The charming city of Lexington lies in the heart of Kentucky’s famous Bluegrass region, and this city is known as the “Horse Capital of the World” for a good reason. Lexington’s charm will greet you as soon as you approach your hotel (which is also an art museum!) and try to decide on a place to eat. There are so many things to do, but you have to spend time with the horses. In Lexington, you can learn everything there is to know about the city’s horses, and you can interact with them, too. From horseback riding to exploring the museums and an equine theme park, Kentucky’s horse capital will leave you galloping with excitement.
WHERE TO STAY
One of the best hotels in the south is located in the heart of downtown Lexington. At the 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, you will be surrounded by art from the moment you walk up to the building. The hotel features over 7,000 square feet of space for art exhibitions from the lobby, to the restaurant, and even in your room. There is original artwork tucked into every corner of the building and art galleries for you to explore during your stay. Whether you want a two-bedroom suite or a double-queen deluxe, your room will have comfortable, modern furnishing and amenities that will make your Lexington vacation perfect.
WHERE TO EAT
Bella Notte is a locally-owned restaurant dedicated to serving the freshest (and tastiest) Italian dishes in Lexington. Their locally-sourced ingredients are what make their signature ravioli and homemade lasagna so yummy. If you’re looking for a little more protein, check out Bella Notte’s Fresh Catch or all-natural Butcher Burger. Don’t forget to leave room for some tiramisu.
Red State BBQ
Red State BBQ serves some award-winning barbeque you won’t want to miss. Start with a soft pretzel and beer cheese appetizer before you choose your entree. Can’t choose between the pulled pork or the smoked brisket? You can order a plate with two (or even three) meats, which would be perfect with a side of baked beans and mac ‘n’ cheese. There is also a peach bread pudding that will be hard to pass up.
Stella’s Kentucky Deli
You’ll find the best farm-fresh meal at Stella’s Kentucky Deli, where their food is made by hand with local ingredients. Stop in for brunch and order some buttermilk pancakes and hashbrowns or a House Burrito. If you’re looking for lunch, look no further than the extensive sandwich menu, which has delicious options like the classic chicken salad sandwich and the savory pimento cheese sandwich.
WHAT TO DO
The Kentucky Horse Park is a one-of-a-kind attraction for horse lovers, tourists, and locals in Lexington. Here, you will learn about the millions of years of equine history, and you can get up close and personal with the park’s friendly equestrian residents while you watch them work and play. The equine theme park features horse shows, barns, and museums, including the world’s largest equestrian museum, the International Museum of the Horse.
The American Saddlebred Museum has everything you need to know about the evolution of the elegant, athletic American Saddlebred horse. Featuring the largest collection of Saddlebred trophies, photographs, and artwork, the museum is more than just a center of extensive research for the Saddlebred industry; it is also an educational center for its visitors on the history of the iconic horse.
Speaking of horses, you can ride one through the Bluegrass region at Big Red Stables. Both experienced riders and beginners can be a part of the gentle ride across meadows and through the hills of the 200-acre farm or nearby trails. When you book your ride, you will be paired with the horse based on your height, weight, age, and experience level, so you and your family will have the perfect horseback tour of the stunning Kentucky countryside.