Visit Lexington, Kentucky
Nestled in the heart of the historic Bluegrass Region and surrounded by the rolling hills of Horse Country sits Lexington, Kentucky, a bustling town of many titles, including the Horse Capital of the World, the Birthplace of Bourbon, the Best Place in America to Grab a Drink and the Athens of the West. But it’s the combination of Lexington’s widespread labels that give the city its unique, eclectic and sophisticated Southern charm.
Lexington’s most internationally-recognized title is the Horse Capital of the World, with more than 450 surrounding horse farms and a culture that celebrates the horse and the Thoroughbred industry. Drive ten minutes in any direction from downtown and you’ll be in the midst of rambling black and white fences, iconic stud farms and nurseries, legendary Thoroughbred racehorses, idyllic parks, historic racetracks and much more. If you find yourself visiting in April or October, you can visit the famous Keeneland Race Course for its spring and fall meet, or check out exhibits, horse shows, museums and more year-round at the 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park.
Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon is aged in Kentucky, making Lexington a hub for quaint bourbon bars, craft micro-distilleries and several big-time bourbon distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. There are 9 working distilleries within 30 minutes of Lexington, where you can learn about the time-honored traditions involved in crafting America’s Native Spirit. And downtown, you can expect to find bourbon-infused cocktails and culinary creations at any number of bourbon bars or eateries (that’s right, we even put bourbon in our food).
Bourbon isn’t the only reason why Lexington is also known as the Best Place in America to Grab a Drink. An exploding interest in craft beer over the past few years has led to an influx of craft breweries in urban, renovated spaces and a whole trail dedicated to exploring them. Hop on the Brewgrass Trail to try popular and inventive brews from 11 featured breweries on the trail. If you’re more of a wine person, there are several picturesque vineyards in the area that offer tours, tastings and more.
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Lexington may be best known for its horses and bourbon, but its exploding culinary scene has made it somewhat of a dining destination as well, garnering attention from food bloggers, critics and lovers of fresh, local cuisine. Unique relationships between local farmers and chefs have led to the creation of diverse restaurants that boast thoughtful, seasonal menus with Southern-inspired dishes. Foodies can find fresh-from-the-farm cuisine on just about every corner, from chic white tablecloth hotspots to beloved hole-in-the-wall diners. And don’t be surprised if you run into a food truck or two while you’re exploring the city – there are over 30 active in the area!
Lexington’s art scene is thriving and locally-focused, with quaint art galleries and boutiques scattered throughout the city. More than 30 larger-than-life street murals can also be spotted around town, giving you the opportunity to discover interesting street art around every corner.
Take a weekend getaway to a destination with big-city vibes and small-town heart. Bourbon Country, Horse Country and much, much more await you in Lexington, Kentucky.