Trip to Lexington, KY

Old 08-30-2017, 05:33 AM
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Default Trip to Lexington, KY

I am booking a trip to Lexington for a football game. Never been there. We are looking at renting a house for 3 days using VRBO. We are planning to see a few places on the Bourbon trail as well as the football game.

For those that may have done this before where are the areas we should avoid staying? If anyone has had a good experience with a particular rental please let me know.

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Can't help on the rentals but a few places worth seeing if your schedule is not full is Keeneland,Mammoth Cave State Park, Churchill Downs, and stop by Bardstown Road for restaurants outside of Louisville. Jim Beam is worth a visit. I know its a big bottler but worth a visit. Moonlite BBQ is the famous BBQ place in KY but its a bit of a drive. I haven't spent much time in Lexington but it is really a beautiful place with all the horse farms in the country.
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Moonlite is in Owensboro which is a hike from Lexington. Pretty drive though. Napa Prime is a good restaurant (Goumet Burgers and more) between Frankfurt and Lexington in Versailles. Keeneland would certainly have to be on the to do list.
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Definitely check out Keeneland. I would skip Churchill Downs unless you are in Louisville for Bourbon already. Some of the Lexington locals I know say Keeneland is nicer. October is the month to visit Keeneland and catch a few races.
Woodford Reserve is within 30 minutes of Lexington and a nice drive so I would include that on your bourbon trail. Wild Turkey and Four Roses are also within roughly 30 minutes of Lexington. You could probably hit all three in one day if you start early. Town Branch is in downtown Lexington and has some decent bourbon too. The rest of the distilleries are more towards Louisville.
Check out Saul Good for dinner. For drinks, Centro has a good vibe and is open-air. Lots of bars to stumble into downtown. From what one bartender told me, the downtown area is pretty safe to walk around. The further North/Northeast you go, the sketchier it gets. Not sure where you are from, but I felt much more confident walking around there than I do in downtown Detroit, if that says anything.
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Can't help with neighborhoods and home rentals but I would highly recommend the heritage horse farm tour. They pick you up at the embassy suites which is a fine place to stay. I'm not into horses but I enjoyed it. The wife and daughter loved it. Go on the early morning tour and you can often see the horses and jockeys practicing at Keeneland. Pretty cool!
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If you are Lexington, you should visit Calumet Farms, where the best thoroughbreds in the world are born and trained.

Joe Bologna's Pizza is an institution if you have a chance. I also recommend Keeneland, the prettiest race track in America.
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As far as keeneland and Churchill downs it depends on what month you go. They both are open for I think six weeks in the spring and fall but not at the same time. The rest of the time turfway park is open. Most of the bourbon trail is closer or in and around Frankfort ky.
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Cool Thanks for the input
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We were just in Louisville and took a ride over to Lexington for the day...on the way back we visited Woodford Reserve, which took us (unexpectedly on our part) through beautiful horse farm country. Woodford was really cool too - very historic - amazing operation.

We also really like the Churchill Downs Museum and Tour, and we are not big horse racing people at all - still very interesting.
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A group of 6 of us were visitors for Bama v Ky a few years ago. Treated very well around the stadium on game day. For the weekend, hit Keeneland and Kentucky Horse Park and highly recommend both. Sunday morning cruised through the scenic horse farms, then the Wild Turkey distillery on the way out. Great time!
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My wife spent a year working in Louisville a few years back. Hitting Lexington meant I was 90 minutes away from finishing a 14 hour ride so I never did stop except to get gas a few times.

If you make it to Louisville hit Churchill downs. We were able to hit the 2013 derby and it definitely is a bucket item. You can take tours or better yet they may have a race or two. I hear keeneland is pretty fun also.

If you do make it to Louisville grab a burger at Hammerheads or Game. If you want an awesome steak book a reservation a few weeks out at Jack Fry's.
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Loved Makers Mark and I would also hit Buffalo Trace (pick me up a bottle of Blantons)
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Do the bourbon trail and the grey goose in midway for some food after. Find somewhere that looks good to eat in downtown lex and maybe a brewery before the game.

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