Pack the car and head to Lexington for a relaxing and memorable
getaway. Whether you're traveling with the family, the girlfriends, or seeking a
romantic vacation destinations, Lexington offers many options for travelers.
Enjoy outdoor recreation, historic treasures, the charm of downtown Lexington
and fabulous dining and entertainment year-round.
Did You Know? - With the exception of Alaska, Kentucky has more navigable waterways than any other state, which means there are more than enough places to drop in a canoe or boat and head out on the water for the day. Then there are the lush rolling hills throughout the area, which are ideal for hiking and bird-watching at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. If you would like to saddle up and hit the trail visit the Daniel Boone National Forest. Avid fisher's will also find plenty of waterways and lakes in which to cast your line for bass.
Step outside your door in the morning and there are endless possibilities. A favorite of ours is to explore the areas Horse Farms on a tour. For horse lovers, Lexington is the center of the horse universe! A visit to the Kentucky Horse Park gives you a up-close look at a variety of horse breeds including the history of Kentucky's oldest native breed at the American Saddlebred Museum. Then there's the thrill of racing at Keeneland Race Course or the Red Mile Harness Track. An interesting option is to attend the Keeneland Horse Sales, where you'll find yourself standing elbow to elbow with buyers bidding on the most expensive Thoroughbreds in the world. It is amazing to realize that many of these buyers travel from as far away as the Arabian countries to purchase their horses.
A treat for many horse fans is to meet past and future Kentucky Derby winners and get a behind-the-scenes look at the multi-billion dollar horse industry on personalized horse farm tours. The Kentucky Derby is known around the world, and rich with traditions. While the race is held in Louisville, Lexington is where Thoroughbreds are bred, foaled, trained, bought, sold, raced and retired. It is also where the Derby Eve parties are held, and where the mint julep was perfected!
When searching for accommodations try one of the areas beautiful Bed and Breakfasts located in charming downtown historic neighborhoods or in the heart of horse country. You'll find that each has its own character and that Bluegrass bed & breakfasts offering down-home traditions, a historic atmosphere and modern conveniences to make your getaway memorable.
Shopping for the perfect gift is easy. Be sure to visit downtown Lexington where you'll discover not only mega centers offering bargains, also charming boutiques that offer unique items that express the heart of the region. When it comes time for a bite to eat enjoy a sample of Bluegrass fare; including hot browns, country ham, beer cheese, corn pudding, spoonbread and Derby Pie®. From the elegant to the rustic, Lexington and the surrounding areas have restaurants to suit all tastes. Don't miss regional favorites like Hall's on the River, Beaumont Inn, The Glitz and Boone Tavern. And, this is just the beginning of exciting vacation options available in Lexington!
By Leroy Worley
To plan your trip, learn about more events and attractions to enjoy visit the Lexington, Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau at http://www.visitlex.com/ or call 1-800-845-3959.