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Exploring Horse Country

Drive just 10 minutes outside the city’s charming downtown and find yourself in the heart of Horse Country where you can explore the rolling hills of bluegrass, surrounded by 450 horse world-class horse farms. You can see thoroughbreds in action at the Keeneland Racecourse as they charge to the finish line, or you can tour the magnificent thoroughbred farms and nurseries on a Horse Country tour.

 

All About Bourbon

When it comes to bourbon, Lexington is one of Kentucky’s top destinations for sampling and learning about the iconic spirit. Tour one of the 14 bourbon distilleries within 75 kilometers of downtown. Explore old warehouses where row upon row of charred-oak barrels stretch into the darkness, waiting for their chance to be sipped. Then, grab a stool at one of the many world-class bourbon and cocktail bars downtown. In Lexington, every bar is a bourbon bar.

 

Beyond Southern Comfort Food

Local farms have been supplying Lexington restaurants with farm-to-table ingredients since before it was cool. These fresh foods, along with inventive chefs, are the cornerstone of the city’s thriving culinary scene, which sees new restaurants, cafés, food trucks and bistros popping up almost constantly. Not surprisingly, chefs here also have a knack for incorporating bourbon into cuisine, with bourbon-infused dishes ranging from ice cream to entrees.

 

Live Music & Nightlife

Lexington is home to the oldest bluegrass music festival in Kentucky, the Festival of the Bluegrass. While bluegrass is about as prevalent as bourbon here, there are also plenty of musicians showcasing other genres. You can find live music in Lexington any day of the week – at restaurants, bars and traditional music venues throughout the city.

There’s also the Distillery District, formerly an abandoned distillery site that has been brought back to life as a funky, unique hangout. The Distillery District is full of restaurants and bars, a brewery and, you guessed it, a few distilleries. Whether you want to eat pizza by the slice, drink a microbrew or play old-school arcade games, this local hot spot is the perfect place to unwind and get a taste of the Lexington lifestyle.

Fun Fact

A rose at The Arboretum in Lexington, Kentucky
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Everything’s coming up roses at Lexington’s Arboretum, a preserve that showcases over 1,200 different types of the fragrant flower.

The pastoral scenery at one of Lexington’s horse farms
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Lexington is surrounded by more than 450 horse farms.

A bourbon cocktail in Lexington, Kentucky
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There are 14 bourbon distilleries within 45 minutes of downtown Lexington.

Overlooking a horse farm outside Lexington Kentucky
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