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JUN 2017

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1 1 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse in downtown Louisville has launched a new interactive experience that expands its sampling of Beam bourbons to include mixology lessons on creating hand-crafted cocktails. The tableside experience combines select Jim Beam bourbons with a trio of nonalcoholic mixers, garnishes and glassware to help guests craft classic and contemporary cocktails. Featured bourbon cocktails will rotate monthly, presenting visitors with a variety of traditional and modern options showcasing the entire Jim Beam family of brands. The 30-minute lessons are offered seven times a day at the top of the hour in a dedicated place. Located 25 miles from its f lagship distillery in Clermont, Kentucky, the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse operates as a small working distillery showcasing a small copper pot still with a recti- fying column and see-through glass vapor condenser along with interactive visitors' experiences and a tasting bar crafted from reclaimed wood. W W W.JIMBE AM.COM PORTLAND, Oregon — Portland Japanese Garden's $33.5 million expansion, which opened to the public April 2, features a new Cultural Village to provide a more immersive experience of traditional Japanese arts and culture. Emulating monzen-machi, Japan's "temple towns" surrounding sacred shrines and temples, the Cultural Village features an authentic medieval castle wall 185 feet long and 18.5 feet high. Built with traditional hand tools and techniques under the supervision of Suminori Awata, a 15th-generation Japanese master stonemason, the wall incorporates 800 tons of Oregon granite. The garden's other new structures include the Umami Tea Café by Ajinomoto, designed to "f loat in nature," and the Garden House, constructed to host horticultural workshops. Outdoors, the Tateuchi Courtyard features seasonal performances and demonstrations and three new gardens: an entry garden with cascading ponds and a water terrace, a small urban garden and a bonsai terrace. The private Bill de Weese chabana garden — the first in North America — will grow f lowers for tea ceremonies and the International Institute for Japanese. The garden expansion is the first public commission in the United States for renowned architect Kengo Kuma, who is also heading the design of the National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. W W W.JAPA NESEGAR DEN.COM L O U I S V I L L E ' S J I M B E A M U R B A N S T I L L H O U S E O F F E R S C O C K T A I L M I X O L O G Y C L A S S E S P O R T L A N D J A P A N E S E G A R D E N E X P A N S I O N F E A T U R E S C U L T U R A L V I L L A G E Courtesy Kengo Kuma & Assoc. THE PORTLAND JAPANESE GARDEN RECENTLY UNVEILED A $33.5 MILLION EXPANSION. KENTUCKY OHIO INDIANA Cincinnati Indianapolis Louisville Lexington 1 South of I-74 & west of I-275, 20 minutes west of Cincinnati Venture down the Ohio River Scenic Byway to tour and dine in historic Aurora, Indiana's landmark estates – Hillforest Victorian House Museum and Veraestau Historic Site. Tour SOUTHEAST INDIANA www.TOURSoutheastIndiana.com 800-322-8198 Progressive Mansions Dinner Twilight Tour Guides in costume, Hillforest Delicious desserts, Veraestau " Great Hospitality, Great Dining!" - Tours for You, Bardstown, KY

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