When Mint Julep Tours started based on a conversation over a ping-pong table in the basement of co-founders, owners and husband-wife team, Sean and Lisa Higgins basement back in 2007 they didn’t really know where it was all headed. Back in that day, bourbon was popular and had its fans but bourbon and Bourbonism wasn’t a ‘thing’.
Oh my how things have changed in the last 13 years. In today’s bourbon crazed world fans will stand in 30 degree weather for six hours in the hopes of getting their hands on those hard to get bottles of bourbon. Over those 13 years bourbon tourism has expanded as well. Bourbon tourism in the state of Kentucky now attracts well over 1 million visitors a year and continues to grow.
As tour operators Mint Julep Tours has grown and changed its name to Mint Julep Experiences to better reflect what they do. What they do goes well beyond tour operators driving a multi-passenger vehicle. What they do is create experiences for their customers. Experiences that their guests will remember for a lifetime. And as their business has grown they’ve also expanded operations into Tennessee.
Mint Julep Experiences Wins 11th Consecutive TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award
Mint Julep Experiences makes it a “double” by being recognized among the best of the best in both Louisville, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee, based on exceptional traveler reviews. The company was recognized as an overall 2020 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award winner for Attractions/Tours. The award was given based on a full year of TripAdvisor reviews prior to any changes caused by the pandemic. TripAdvisor says these award winners exemplify travelers’ ultimate favorite, the top 1% of hospitality businesses around the globe.
“In a world struggling with a pandemic and social unrest, it’s difficult to celebrate. However, this achievement was earned by a staff of passionate, caring and loving humans that deserve recognition. I continue to be humbled and proud of their efforts as they continually strive to put the customer experience above all else,” said Lisa Higgins, Owner of Mint Julep Experiences.
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“Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at TripAdvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners’ achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for travelers as the world begins to venture out again.”
“Lisa and I never thought we would be in this position after building our family business over the past 13 years,” said Sean Higgins. “However, here we are and we are dedicated to rebuilding our company that was meant to last. We are grateful to be able to recognize our passionate staff who continue to raise the company flag and have dedicated themselves to our vision for the future.
“This recognition is a testament to those hard-working, life-loving, passionate and welcoming individuals we are honored to work beside on a daily basis.”
The family owned Mint Julep Experiences with offices in Louisville, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee offers experiential tours utilizing deep expertise, long-term partnerships and complete hospitality services for hassle-free ventures for any size groups. The company now operates with 20
vehicles serving more than 30,000 guests per year in Kentucky and Tennessee.