The Radisson Plaza Hotel and Hyatt Regency Hotel offer convenient accommodations, accessible to the convention facilities and performance areas. Shops and restaurants are also easily accessible, via covered sky-walks which connect the entire complex area. A central location, first-class facilities, unique recreational opportunities and Southern hospitality make Lexington an ideal location for your meeting or convention!
Built in 1814 by John Wesley Hunt, one of Lexington 's most prominent citizens of the time, this Federal-style house is a living museum representing the days when Lexington was known as the " Athens of the West" for its highly cultured lifestyle.
Tour Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Group Rate: Yes, for 10 or more people
Hours: Open March through December
1 to 5 pm Wednesday through Friday
10 to 4 pm Saturdays
1 pm- 5pm on Sundays
While in Lexington, KY I visited the restoration of this historic home. It is very much in the restoration process. You cannot see a home, just a shell. In 1810-11, architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe designed for Senator John and Eliza Pope an exceptional suburban villa at Lexington, Kentucky. They mostly used this home for entertaining when visiting Lexington as they lived in Washington, DC.
The Pope Villa is Latrobe's best surviving domestic design. Its plan is unique in American residential architecture: a perfect square, with a domed, circular rotunda in the center of the second story. The most talented designer of the new republic, Latrobe developed an American neoclassical architecture of elegantly austere exteriors which contained interiors rich in variety and event.
If you like architecture, history, or both, visit the home of U.S. Statesman and Senator Henry Clay: Ashland. The mansion stands on the site of the original Ashland, home of Henry Clay from 1806 to 1852. It was rebuilt in 1857 due to crumbling brick, but is still now 250 years old.
The present Italianate style house was completed by Clay’s son James ( in 1857). The interior was remodeled in the Victorian style by Anne Clay McDowell, one of Clay’s granddaughters, in the 1880s.
About 90% of the items in the home have been owned and used by the Clay family.
I enjoy horses, especially race horses, and I really enjoyed this park! This is a working horse park but with exhibition of breeds, a hall of champions with the most valued horse in winnings in the U.S., and many attractions. Two great museums! We spent the day.
The park is open 7 days a week from March 15-October 31 and Wednesday thru Sunday, November 1-March 14. We are closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays from November 1-March14, and on Thanksgiving Eve and Day, Christmas Eve and Day, New Year's Eve and Day. Park hours are 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM.
If you wanted to pick just ONE race track to visit, I might pick Keeneland! It is beautiful! And you are in the heart of KY horse country!
Keeneland is one of the few race tracks in the world where racing fans can get close to the horses.
Keeneland has live racing every April and October
Keeneland races Wednesdays through Sundays, with no racing on Mondays or Tuesdays
Take a driving tour and view the famous horse farms surrounding Lexington. You can order a map with a good loop driving tour from the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau (800-845-3959)or pick up one at the office at 301 East Vine Street downtown. Two of the best drives for viewing farms are Paris Pike (located off I-64/I-75) on the Northeast side of Lexington and Old Frankfort Pike (located off New Circle Road). See photos on my Versailles web page for pictures from some of the farms.
See web site below for useful information about arranging private tours or taking a package tour of some of the famous farms.
The drive to the Woodford Distillery is almost better than the destination itself; the landscape is beautiful. The more direct route is to take McCracken Pk just off of Highway 62 as you pass through Versailles (pronounced “VerSales” here) but we took the GPS route which was a bit more “round-a-bout” and led us past the Woodford Thoroughbred Farms property. The detour was well worth the drive.
Woodford is one of Kentucky's oldes distilleries. The tour includes tasting the wares and is well worth the trip. Produced in the "traditional way" with three copper pots.
Tours are offered at 10, 11, 1, 2 & 3 and leave promptly on time.
Arriving at the distillery, we found the parking lot almost full to capacity. This was probably one of the best tours of any distillery I’ve taken. Living in CA wine country I’ve been on numerous tours where the distilling process was explained, but nothing that took me through buildings that were 150+ years old and still functioning. Our guide provided an excellent explanation of the Bourbon “creation” process with details of the differences between Whisky, Sour Mash (AKA Jack Daniels), and Bourbon.
Woodford is the only bourbon that is still made in historic copper pots using a three tier distillation process. They don’t “age” the bourbon for a certain amount of time; their bourbon is “aged” until it meets a specific “taste distinction” which is measured every year after the elixir has been in the barrel for 6 years. Some barrels are over 10 years old and are still being sampled every year. Thus a Woodford Reserve may be 6 or 12 or more years old when bottled as it must meet a certain “taste” benchmark. This is a very interesting technique.
Home of the American Saddlebred Museum. This is considered the only horse park of its kind in the world. Located on 1200 acres of rolling hills about 10 miles north of Lexington horses enjoy living in “horse paradise.” There is a parade of breeds performed April through October to showcase the various (40-50) breeds that are housed here. There are also carriage tours to take you around the beautiful area.
The Rolex 3-Day is the only (now) 4-star event in the US. In addition in 2010 the Horse Park hosted the FEI World Equestrian Games. The first time the games had been held on US soil.
The Red Mile Harness Track is located almost in downtown Lexington. This is the oldest racing track in the region, dating back to 1875. The sign near the entrance of the track at the corner of Harrodsburg Road and Red Mile Road advertises $1.00 beer and $1.00 hotdogs with bourbon and bluegrass.
Live Harness racing is typically from Mid August to late October. Simulcast is conducted year round in the new clubhouse.
Visiting Kentucky, you must taste the bourbon. The best place to do that, besides an actual distillery is at the Horse & Barrel. Located right next to deSha's on N. Broadway the Horse & Barrel is a Britich Pub that has been renounded in the Whisky magazine.
There is a very large selection of imported ales along with most all Kentucky Bourbons and a wide selection of single malt Scotches as well.
Open 5:00 Pm to whenever Mon-Sat.
Even if you miss the World Games themself, all of the arenas constructed for the games will still be here. Lexington is the center of the Horse Industry in Kentucky and probably the world. The World Games are September 25 through October 9, 2010, but the Kentucky experience will continue long after the games are over. We attended a Jumping competitipon and were amased by the riders and horses.
The events held at the Park include Dressage, Driving, Jumping, Endurance Events and on and on. the Park has four arenas including the brand new indoor arena.
Ticket prices for the world Games range form $25.00 to $150.00 and are sold online.
Applebee's Park, home to Lexington's Legends. Park cost 13.5 million dollars and is state-of-the-art. Base line seating seems to be almost on the field and . Stadium seats more than 6,000 people and built with the family in mind.
McConnell Springs is a significant site in Lexington history because it was here that a group of early settlers were camped when the firts heard the news of the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. The city that was to grow in the area surrounding the springs was named Lexington in honor of that first battle. In the 1770s Kentucky began attracting frontiersmen and after the end of Virginia Governor Dunmore's campaign against the American Indians of the west in 1774, William McConnell and some fellow frontiersmen came from Pennsylvania to explore the this area. In 1775 McConnell and his group were camped at the Springs site when news of the first shots of the War reached them from nearby Fort Boonesborough.
This is a walking food tasting tour and is really cool! The walking culinary adventure is a tasteful tour that explores the city and its food. With stops at local restaurants, you stop to taste the dishes that make them Lexington’s most popular eateries. The tour traverses Lexington's beautiful downtown neighborhoods and historic landmarks. So you get a little discussion of history, a tour of downtown, the restaurants and a taste of the food they offer.
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