We are thrilled to welcome you back to travel! As you prepare to hit the road for your next adventure, you’ll find the world a little different from what you remember, but don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of our favorite local spots to help ease all of your planning woes. Here’s our guide to the Lexington community for your upcoming visit…
Louis Armstrong by Odeith located at Corner of Elm Tree Lane and Corral Streets.
Start your day the right way with a coffee and donut to-go from North Lime. After you’ve explored our current exhibition, Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art, take a five-minute walk through the downtown neighborhood to Institute 193 contemporary art gallery, which features local and regional artists. Looking for an outdoor adventure? Grab your bike and hit the Legacy Trail, which connects downtown Lexington with area neighborhoods, parks and historic sites on a northward course to the Kentucky Horse Park. Or stay close and discover Lexington’s vibrant street art scene with commissioned works by street artists from all over the world. Take things to the next level and tackle Visit Lexington’s Mural Challenge. Have time for a day trip? Travel a little further and visit Kentucky’s natural bridges and sandstone cliffs at the Red River Gorge located in Daniel Boone National Forest.
Have you worked up an appetite? After you’ve enjoyed the Kentucky Bluegrass region’s freshest seasonal offerings prepared by executive chef Cody DeRosett of Lockbox, continue to support local and dine with some of our neighborhood partners. Here are a few of our favorite spots: Coles 735 Main, Graze, Corto Lima and Epping’s on Eastside. Grab to-go and enjoy a picnic at the University of Kentucky Arboretum, Kentucky’s 100-acre state botanical garden. Compliment your local cuisine with a bottle of wine from Wine+Market. Visiting on a warm summer day? Cool down with a beer from Mirror Twin Brewing or Ethereal Brewery in Distillery District.
Now, how about some bourbon? After all, you are in Kentucky. Explore the countryside and visit Buffalo Trace for a guided tour. There are a few local distilleries that are still in the process of reopening their doors to the public – stay up to date on re-openings with this resource from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Can’t find what you are looking for, try a flight from Lockbox’s expansive bourbon library. Afterwards, visit our gift shop and take home a bottle of our exclusive private barrel 21c Selects.
In need of a little retail therapy? The Summit at Fritz Farm is your one-stop for the region’s best shopping. Last, but not least, be sure to take home a little piece of our city with a locally made print or crafted barware from Keeneland Mercantile.
Our teammates are experts on our community so give us a call at 859.899.6800 if you have any questions when planning your stay!