travel: lexington, ky
known primarily as the horse capital of the world, lexington, ky is an absolutely charming southeastern city with a rich history, breathtakingly beautiful farmland, and plenty to see and do. following are our specific recommendations for your trip down to the bluegrass. enjoy!
where to stay
lexington is home to several different hotels, but our recommendation is always for the gratz park inn, a boutique hotel located in the city's historic district. gratz park inn is walking distance to the heart of downtown and features fully-modernized rooms outfitted with 19th century antique reproductions, mahogany furniture, and local lexington art.
what to do
a trip to lexington isn't complete without a stop by the keeneland race tracks. if you're in town during the fall or spring meets (usually october and april), have a full day at the races. get dolled up, enjoy a mint julep, and don't forget to get a bite of the venue's to-die-for bread pudding.
there are five different bourbon distilleries in the lexington area, all of which offer tours: woodford reserve, wild turkey, buffalo trace, four roses, and town branch. spend an afternoon touring one of the distilleries, learning all about kentucky's drink of choice.
the downtown area of lexington is home to a number of adorable boutiques that are absolutely worth a visit. start with bella rose, which is jam-packed full of dresses, then head over to monkee's of lexington. l.v. harkness is the place to go for home goods and gift items, and adele is great for bright, colorful picture frames, jewelry, and other cute knick-knacks.