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dressagetraks
Aug. 31, 2010, 08:38 PM
Due to the price of WEG tickets, I will have "no event" days scattered here and there among my vacation. I'm sure others are in the same boat. I'll spend one or two of those free days just looking around the KHP and Equine Village in general, but what are some cool but non budget-breaking other attractions and activities?

Already on my list:

Thoroughbred farms - Tour of Claiborne already scheduled. :cool:

Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville - not too much of a drive, if you have a car.

Find a good theater to see the Secretariat movie, which is premiering then.

Other ideas? Anybody got a good bookstore? I can never resist those. :yes:

DLee
Aug. 31, 2010, 08:43 PM
Joseph Beth bookstore. Definitely worth a stop.

Peggy
Aug. 31, 2010, 08:45 PM
We are hoping to visit Shaker Village (http://www.shakervillageky.org/) and Berea College (my traveling mate b/c she does college consulting, me to tag along and look at cool crafty things (http://bereacollegecrafts.com/)).

vineyridge
Sep. 1, 2010, 01:49 AM
Shaker Village is my favorite place in the world. The drive from Lexington on 38 (?) is quite lovely, as you will pass part of the Kentucky Palisades.

There will be an exhibition/trade fair in Georgetown as well as Lexington. Keeneland for breakfast and watching the horses train is something that is just about unique. There will also be the downtown festival and the other horse exhibition in downtown.

If you're into history, Henry Clay's home is in Lexington.

Agree about Joseph Beth, and you should also not miss The Liquor Barn if you enjoy shopping for excellent beer, wine, cheese, bread, assorted gourmet goodies, and deli meats. There are two Liquor Barns (that I know of) now. The original is on Richmond Rd. and there is now one on Man O'War way south.

hitchinmygetalong
Sep. 1, 2010, 04:08 AM
Find a good theater to see the Secretariat movie, which is premiering then.


I saw Seabiscuit at The Kentucky Theater (http://www.kentuckytheater.com/) downtown. It was a great venue as the building itself will take you back in time.

KEENELAND! (http://www.keeneland.com/default.aspx) Get there at dawn for the morning works, have a gut-busting breakfast at the track kitchen, hit the library for all things historic, and don't forget to stop by the gift shop.

A distillery tour is a must. I have only been to Woodford Reserve (http://www.woodfordreserve.com/age.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fDefault.aspx) but it is a dandy. The drive there is lovely, and they have a great gift shop. (don't mind the opening page - I think because the website is for "adult beverages" they have to ask your age. :D

If you go to Louisville to see the Derby Museum (EXCELLENT, by the way), you might want to get a little more out of your trip and hit up the Speed Art Museum. (http://www.speedmuseum.org/) Not horsey, and not particularly "Kentucky", but a very good art museum.

For those knitters out there, there are a number of farms in the area that raise sheep or alpacas.

I would bet that either Rood and Riddle or Hagyard's are giving tours during WEG. Might be worth a call in advance to find out.

Edited to add: How could I have forgotten THIS???!!!??? (http://chickenfestival.com/) If you get here a few days early, it would be a perfect day out, don't you think? Imagine the tee shirts! :-D

Hope this helps!

ReSomething
Sep. 1, 2010, 07:44 AM
Louisville? Why the Louisville Slugger factory/museum of course. It isn't too hard to get to, or expensive, and standing there right next to the bats of all those famous players was remarkably moving.

And I like to walk, so McConnell Springs and Masterson Station Park and the Arboretum were on my list of places to go too.

Muckmaster2010
Sep. 1, 2010, 08:14 AM
I agree with everything posted and would add......

If you happen to have access to bike (or don't mind a little walking) there is the new Legacy Trail connecting the KHP and Lexington. Rode this on the bikes a couple of days ago and it is beautiful. If fact may use it to come to the games and avoid all that traffic, if the weather cooperates :)

SmplySweet1021
Sep. 1, 2010, 08:33 AM
They are going to have a festival in Downtown Lexington, which will also have live streaming from the games :)

Also there are concerts at night all around the Bluegrass.

Good Choice
Sep. 1, 2010, 09:15 AM
Try to get to Keeneland for the morning works.....it's really fun (and delicious!) to eat breakfast in the track kitchen and then watch the horses gallop. Get there before 9am.

The Legacy Trail is opening up soon, which is a long wide walking trail from downtown, through Coldstream park, out to the horse park. We biked it last week and it was BEAUTIFUL! Lots of cool bridges, some hills, winding around horse country. Lots of horses looked at us whizzing by on bikes like "Woah what are YOU doing here!" :D

Do breakfast/lunch one day at Alfalfa's downtown--really good food, lots of vegetarian dishes, and cool atmosphere.

For food, also try to get to DeSha's downtown....YUM!
I'm sure there's more but this is all I could think of now...

khp vol
Sep. 1, 2010, 09:48 AM
Agree with the above posts; here's the website for the Lexington Convention & Visitors Bureau which has other suggestions:

www.visitlex.com

equescool
Sep. 1, 2010, 10:42 AM
Also Louisville Pottery while you are touring Churchill up that way.
http://www.louisvillestoneware.com/
http://www.louisvillestoneware.com/shop/Equine/

SmartAlex
Sep. 1, 2010, 10:58 AM
After you visit Keeneland, take the Bluegrass driving route to Midway and back. There are some great lunch spots there, and some gifty shops, and the Freedman Harness boutique (http://www.freedmanharness.com/locations.htm).

Another great place to eat is Joe Balognas (http://www.joebolognas.com/). Unless of course, there is a college ball game on TV, then you won't be able to hear yourself think.

There is also the Red Mile harness racetrack, and the life sized bronze throughbred sculputures (http://www.gwenreardon.com/lifesize-thoroughbred-park.html) in the park downtown.

SmartAlex
Sep. 1, 2010, 11:00 AM
Oh, and if you like antiques, Shelbyville (an hours drive and on the way to Louisville where Churchill Downs is) has some nice shops downtown, and then high end English antiques at Wakefield Scearce galleries (http://www.wakefieldscearce.com/).

dressagetraks
Sep. 1, 2010, 11:06 AM
Great tips, thanks! I hadn't even thought of Keeneland, and I don't know why not. I'm a big racing fan. Shaker Village sounds neat, too, and I love history, so I'll definitely check out Henry Clay's place.

SmartAlex
Sep. 1, 2010, 11:13 AM
And please, everyone stop by the American Saddlebred Museum (http://www.americansaddlebredmuseum.org/). It is on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park (to the right of the main gate) and doesn't require Horse Park Admission to reach. They've remodeled the whole thing for WEG and added an outstanding gallery featuring their collection of original George Ford Morris horse portraits (my favorite horse artist EVER).

Hillside H Ranch
Sep. 1, 2010, 11:27 AM
Try to get to Keeneland for the morning works.....it's really fun (and delicious!) to eat breakfast in the track kitchen and then watch the horses gallop. Get there before 9am.

The Legacy Trail is opening up soon, which is a long wide walking trail from downtown, through Coldstream park, out to the horse park. We biked it last week and it was BEAUTIFUL! Lots of cool bridges, some hills, winding around horse country. Lots of horses looked at us whizzing by on bikes like "Woah what are YOU doing here!" :D

Do breakfast/lunch one day at Alfalfa's downtown--really good food, lots of vegetarian dishes, and cool atmosphere.

For food, also try to get to DeSha's downtown....YUM!
I'm sure there's more but this is all I could think of now...

Okay, I'm definitely putting the morning works at Keeneland on my list to do! Any important details to know about this? Just show up at the track and watch? No important details I need to know before just showing up?

pony grandma
Sep. 1, 2010, 11:56 AM
Anyone into textile art don't miss this - the Overbrook tapestry hanging in the U of KY library lobby.

http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/forms/tapestryfs.pdf

The Thoroughbred Park racing sculptures at the corner of Main St and Midland just east of downtown.

http://myoldkentucky.blogspot.com/2007/02/thoroughbred-park.html

And the COTH's very own DLee has an art show opening "Living Bluegrass" starting Sept 10 at the Gallery B downtown.

http://www.dianasart.com/

http://www.galleryblexington.com/pages/viewPage.php?id=8

she's modest! she mentioned the book store above!
enjoy :)

Holly Jeanne
Sep. 1, 2010, 12:00 PM
Most have been mentioned but if you get to Louisville, you might want to check out the Flame Run:
http://www.flamerun.com/

Don't know whether you will be around for any of their shows but you might check this out:
http://www.nortoncenter.com/upcoming-schedule

hitchinmygetalong
Sep. 1, 2010, 01:03 PM
Great tips, thanks! I hadn't even thought of Keeneland, and I don't know why not. I'm a big racing fan.

You don't have to be a racing fan. Watching from the rail as those horses breeze by will bring tears to your eyes. And the pony horse folk are the nicest people - they'll answer any questions you have. It is a very, very special place.


And please, everyone stop by the American Saddlebred Museum (http://www.americansaddlebredmuseum.org/). It is on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park (to the right of the main gate) and doesn't require Horse Park Admission to reach. They've remodeled the whole thing for WEG and added an outstanding gallery featuring their collection of original George Ford Morris horse portraits (my favorite horse artist EVER).

I was at the opening and I am not a "Saddlebred" person (though I'm somewhat familiar with some of the old names) and SmartAlex is right, it is great. The artwork is fabulous. I learned a lot and appreciate the breed's history MUCH more now.

sisu27
Sep. 1, 2010, 01:05 PM
Keeneland in the am for sure!! It is fantastic!!

Nope, no special arrangements or instructions....just show up and don't forget to bring your camera! I think it is the last "open" track in North America and you can stroll around the shedrows. Very cool.

If you like Mexican try Jalapenos on New Circle.

Spindletop is cool http://www.spindletophall.org/Home-1.html

Hill N Dale and Three Chimneys too!

I love KY!!

Rudy
Sep. 1, 2010, 01:15 PM
Old Friends TB stallion retirement center. :)

vineyridge
Sep. 1, 2010, 01:28 PM
Keeneland will be opening the fall meet either right after or beginning the last few days of the WEG, so you might be able to see some famous race horses at breakfast.

MimsEppi
Sep. 1, 2010, 01:32 PM
While Keeneland has an open backstretch policy, it is courtesy to stay out of the barn aisles - I feel the need to reiterate this just because of the people I see every year (not you, just generally) going through the barns themselves. Makes me twitch. :)

A drive through Midway is always fun - Most of the big TB farms won't have the big stallions there - (Darley, Lanes End, Three Chimneys, Adena Springs, etc etc etc) They have a high percentage of stallions that shuttle to the southern hemisphere. Claiborne doesn't, but I wouldn't bank on any other farms (esp if there are particular horses you want to see) without asking specifically if they're there. :)

And try to eat at Jalepeno's on New Circle Rd - Fantastic mexican place! :)

DLee
Sep. 1, 2010, 01:40 PM
PonyGrandma, thanks! :yes: Will I see you at some point?

SmplySweet1021
Sep. 1, 2010, 02:15 PM
While Keeneland has an open backstretch policy, it is courtesy to stay out of the barn aisles - I feel the need to reiterate this just because of the people I see every year (not you, just generally) going through the barns themselves. Makes me twitch. :)

A drive through Midway is always fun - Most of the big TB farms won't have the big stallions there - (Darley, Lanes End, Three Chimneys, Adena Springs, etc etc etc) They have a high percentage of stallions that shuttle to the southern hemisphere. Claiborne doesn't, but I wouldn't bank on any other farms (esp if there are particular horses you want to see) without asking specifically if they're there. :)

And try to eat at Jalepeno's on New Circle Rd - Fantastic mexican place! :)



Adena Springs is located in Paris now :) Their stallions don't shuttle and it is worth the trek out to Paris to tour the farm. The new farm is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! :D

DLee
Sep. 1, 2010, 02:24 PM
Speaking of art, I need to mention and highly recommend these. I have seen the Andre Pater Retrospective and it is magnificent and plan to see Hoofbeats and Heartbeats soon. Pretty amazing stuff.

http://www.uky.edu/ArtMuseum/

poltroon
Sep. 1, 2010, 02:39 PM
At the Horse Park itself, in addition to the Saddlebred Museum, there are many exhibits and a very interesting library that is open only weekdays. They have horses representing many breeds in residence there year round, where you can go up to the stalls, see the horses, etc. There are usually foals out in the pastures. They have people who know about harnesses and harnessmaking, all kinds of great stuff. I don't know whether there will be more or less of that than usual during WEG.

If you won't be there during the eventing, you will probably be able to go out and see the course, especially after, and see for yourself what those jumps are like.

carasmom
Sep. 1, 2010, 02:52 PM
I love my Quillin's halters and leather goods. http://www.quillin.com/

Also, second (or third) Jalepeno's for great margarita's and food! We always end up there at least one night when we show at the KHP.

SmplySweet1021
Sep. 1, 2010, 04:08 PM
Ramsey's for good southern food!

Lexington has plenty of good restaurants around where you can get a good meal. There are some fun places downtown to go for a drink in the evening too :)

bugsynskeeter
Sep. 1, 2010, 08:09 PM
When going out to Keeneland, please remember that the final days of the Sept Yearling Sale will be going on the first weekend of WEG. It may be a little hairy going out there that weekend :)

Since when have Three Chimneys, Lanes End, and Adena shuttled? Darley and Hill-N-Dale shuttle some of their stallions, but a vast majority of the farms do not. If you are going through Midway, don't forget to check out WinStar!

SmplySweet1021
Sep. 1, 2010, 09:07 PM
When going out to Keeneland, please remember that the final days of the Sept Yearling Sale will be going on the first weekend of WEG. It may be a little hairy going out there that weekend :)

Since when have Three Chimneys, Lanes End, and Adena shuttled? Darley and Hill-N-Dale shuttle some of their stallions, but a vast majority of the farms do not. If you are going through Midway, don't forget to check out WinStar!

And see WinStar's BEAUTIFUL training track....that track is GORGEOUS!!!


For food, you MUST have a Hot Brown while in Kentucky...DELICIOUS!

Touchstone Farm,Ky
Sep. 1, 2010, 10:06 PM
Woodford Reserve bourbon distillery in Versailles is beautiful and fun. Great gift shop. Cindy Wolf equine bronze studio is also in Versailles. Beautiful bronzes and she also has beautiful sculpted soap and jewelry. Kesmarc Horse rehab center. Pool, Auquatreds and hyperbaric chambers for horses has tours. If you get out to Winstar my farm is right in the middle of it if you get a hankering for warmbloods among all the thoroughbreds <s> Asian Wind is fabulous chinese food near Keeneland. If you get to Midway there is a great art and gift shop called Damselfly with lots of horsie art and unusual gifts and just up the street is Freedman's harness shop. The most wonderful place to spend half a day is Irish acres. Its a bit of a drive into the countryside but when you go through the doors at Irish Acres you'll feel like you arrived at Oz. The retaurant there is called the Glitz and you'll need reservations. Fantastic lunches and the most amazing collection of antiques and gifts anywhere. ok There are a few <s> ohh almost forgot Wallace Station. The BEST sandwiches and lunches. In the middle of horse country on Old Frankfort Pike.

bugsynskeeter
Sep. 1, 2010, 10:11 PM
Oh man...I almost forgot Wallace Station. No one going to WEG can miss going there. The sandwiches are divine!

If you want to spend a night on the town, 4th Street Live in Louisville always provides some good entertainment.

Touchstone - I must pass by your farm all the time then! I'm out at WinStar once a week.

SmplySweet1021
Sep. 1, 2010, 10:33 PM
Oh man...I almost forgot Wallace Station. No one going to WEG can miss going there. The sandwiches are divine!

If you want to spend a night on the town, 4th Street Live in Louisville always provides some good entertainment.

Touchstone - I must pass by your farm all the time then! I'm out at WinStar once a week.

I'm still in disbelief....Wallace Station took my fav sandwich off the menu. I've been eating the same sandwich for 6 years!!!!! :cry:

Touchstone Farm,Ky
Sep. 1, 2010, 10:44 PM
Stop by sometime Bugsy! I live right in the middle of Winstar in the little yellow farm.

khp vol
Sep. 2, 2010, 03:54 PM
Be sure to see the International Museum of the Horse and the Saddlebred Museum, but don't forget the newest one- the Show Jumping Museum @ USHJA Headquarters. It moved here from Tampa after Inbev bought Anheiser-Busch. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located under the permanent grandstands of the new stadium.

keepthelegend
Sep. 2, 2010, 05:06 PM
Cross Gate Gallery has some amazing horse paintings. http://www.crossgategallery.com/

Dressage.For.Life.
Sep. 2, 2010, 06:48 PM
It's already been mentioned (twice, haha) but I wanted to mention Joseph Beth bookstore. I always stop there when I am in town. The Artique Gallery (http://www.artiquegallery.com/) (a really neat shop which has nice jewelry at all different price ranges and other fun stuff) is right next to the Joseph Beth - The Fayette mall is nearby as well. Shaker Village is fun too.

Enjoy Lexington - it is one of my favorite towns! :)

Mao
Sep. 3, 2010, 01:25 PM
At the Horse Park itself, in addition to the Saddlebred Museum, there are many exhibits and a very interesting library that is open only weekdays. They have horses representing many breeds in residence there year round, where you can go up to the stalls, see the horses, etc. ...


The Breeds Barn won't be open during WEG and its resident horses are being housed elsewhere. The Breeds Barn arena will be used as the Clinician Corral of the Equine Village. And I believe one of the Drill Teams will be stabling in stall area.

The Hall of Champions WILL remain open during WEG.

Definitely get a Hot Brown while in Kentucky! Soooo good. Brown Hotel in Louisville is the birthplace of the Hot Brown.

SmplySweet1021
Sep. 3, 2010, 01:30 PM
Definitely get a Hot Brown while in Kentucky! Soooo good. Brown Hotel in Louisville is the birthplace of the Hot Brown.

Darlin Jeans in Midway makes a delicious Hot Brown also if you don't want to drive to L-Ville. Also Wallace Station makes an inside out hot brown sandwich. :)

dressagetraks
Sep. 3, 2010, 08:48 PM
Um, what is a hot brown?

My knowledge of sandwiches is pretty basic. I can do PBJ and turkey. Maybe time to broaden my horizons, at least once.

SmplySweet1021
Sep. 3, 2010, 09:06 PM
Um, what is a hot brown?

My knowledge of sandwiches is pretty basic. I can do PBJ and turkey. Maybe time to broaden my horizons, at least once.

Deliciousness :lol:

I looked it up online as I just eat & enjoy it! According to Wikipedia

The Hot Brown is an open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown. Many Hot Browns also include ham with the turkey, and either pimentos or tomatoes over the sauce, and imitation Hot Browns sometimes substitute a commercial cheese sauce instead of the Mornay sauce, but fans of the dish usually decry this substitution. Some restaurants even offer a 'veggie brown' nowadays to attract vegetarians, as the recipe is easy to modify with avocado, or, less commonly, soy burger.
More common alternatives to the Hot Brown include using Cheddar cheese or American cheese for the sauce. Alternatives for garnishes include tomatoes, mushroom slices, and, very rarely, canned peaches.[1][2]
When Fred K. Schmidt created the Hot Brown, its sliced roast turkey was a rarity, as turkey was usually reserved for holiday feasts. The original Hot Brown included the sliced turkey on an open-faced white toast sandwich, with Mornay sauce covering it, with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, completed by being oven-broiled until bubbly. Pimento and bacon strips were then added to it. After its debut, it quickly became the choice of ninety-five percent of the customers to the Brown Hotel's restaurant.[1][2]
The dish is a local specialty and favorite of the Louisville area, and is popular throughout Kentucky. It was briefly unavailable at its point of origin, as the Brown Hotel was shut down from 1971 to 1985.[1]

SmartAlex
Sep. 3, 2010, 09:07 PM
I had a hot brown once. I remember it as being covered in gravy, and very very salty. And I like salt. I'm sure there is variations in them, and I'm used to country ham (family is from KY), but that was too much for me!

cai
Sep. 3, 2010, 09:14 PM
Has anyone said the UK Art Museum?

I am the curator of the current exhibition there--Hoofbeats and Heartbeats: the Horse in American Art.

http://www.uky.edu/ArtMuseum/

It's a big show! 50 works of art from around the country including major museums like the Met, Smithsonian, Winterthur, and more.

I am totally biased (obviously) but it's a really exciting group of paintings and sculptures! It examines the role of the horse in America and art from the colonial period to present. Hope some of you can come when at WEG.

The exhibition was four long years in the works and intended to coincide with WEG.

I hear the Arabian exhibition at the International Museum of the Horse is stunning, and there is also an exhibition of the horse in decorative art at the Headley-Whitney!

Roulett
Sep. 4, 2010, 01:07 PM
Be sure to see the International Museum of the Horse and the Saddlebred Museum, but don't forget the newest one- the Show Jumping Museum @ USHJA Headquarters. It moved here from Tampa after Inbev bought Anheiser-Busch. The Show Jumping Hall of Fame is located under the permanent grandstands of the new stadium.

The Arabian Horse Galleries - new, permanent addition to the International Museum of the Horse gives visitors a comprehensive look at the Arabian breed.


http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-news/2010/06/12/arabian-horse-galleries.aspx

jumpsnake
Sep. 4, 2010, 08:34 PM
For anyone with traveling companions who are not horsey, but like the outdoors...

Natural Bridge State Resort park is about an hour east from Lex., and has GORGEOUS hiking trails, and will probably be in full fall colors right about then. There is a skylift you can ride to the bridge itself.
In the same area is part of Daniel Boone National Forest, with also oodles of hiking trails.
Kentucky Reptile Zoo has displays and live venom extractions: www.kyreptilezoo.org
Miguel's Pizza has amazing homemade pizza!

Highly recommended!

redhorse5
Sep. 4, 2010, 10:27 PM
If you go to Paris you have to go to Varden's. http://www.vardens.com/
It's a really cute restaurant that is in an old drugstore for the lunch crowd and a new bistro right next door. Wonderful, very sophisticated food.

Paris also has the White Horse Gallery, a really unique equine jewelry store. They make everything there themselves, so you won't see it anywhere else.

The drive out of Lexington, Exit 113 toward Paris is called Paris Pike. It has to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world - especially if you like luxurious farms with sumptuous barns.

I second Shaker Village. This is a restored Shaker community situated on a 3000 acre tract. You can take your horses and trail ride. It is beautiful and serene. It's just about 30 miles outside of Lexington on the west side.

JumpinBeans81
Sep. 5, 2010, 01:58 AM
Places to eat from a foodie:

Heirloom (Midway)
Wallace Station (Midway)
Holly Hill Inn (Midway)

Jonathan's (Lex)...omg! try the grilled ceasar salad, they slightly grill the lettuce, sounds weird but it's insanely good

Mia's (Lex) the best calamari on the planet

Mouse Trap (Lex) sandwiches/deli items/gourmet snacks/cheeses and meats and cute kitchen shop attached

Sahara (Lex) Middle Eastern food...absolutely fantastic...cannot be beat!

Sunrise Bakery (Lex) Great baked goods/breads, also make fantastic sandwiches...their salami and cheese is indescribable

Alfalfa's (Lex) Fantastic local joint, local produce Sunday brunch at Alfala's is awesomeness

Stella's (Lex) Local foods used, fantastic everything

Le Matin (Lex) French bakery/deli

The Dish (Lex) really innovative menu

Bourbon and Toulouse (Lex) inexpensive great way to fill your belly with ettoufe over rice

Ramsey's (Lex) for breakfast one of my fav homey breakfasts

Liquor Barn (Lex) has loads of international foods, fantastic deli meats and cheeses, and wine tastings...def not just beer/wine/liquor

Furlongs...How could I for get Furlongs! The best cozy little bar in the back with a fireplace. Really different food choices Bayou inspired

Thai Orchid (Georgetown) Really good Thai food...might be the best Thai in town

Miyako Japanese Hibachi (Lex) and sushi...oh good sushi!

Seiki (Lex) sushi Nazi's but fantastic

Tomo (Lex) sushi, specialty rolls can be a bit on the huge side, but good sushi

Goodfella's Pizza (Lex) the best pizza in Lex hands down!

Slice of Chicago (Lex) best calzones in town

Mellow Mushroom (Lex) hippie crowd, with great pizza and vegetarian/vegan options

Pazzo's pizza has a great atmosphere, their new balcony is awesome


That's all I got at the moment...I know I have missed some great restaurants/eateries, but this should give you a good start. :) Enjoy!

SmplySweet1021
Sep. 5, 2010, 11:49 AM
Miyako Japanese Hibachi (Lex) and sushi...oh good sushi!



Yamamoto's has much better sushi!!!!! :D

vineyridge
Sep. 5, 2010, 11:51 AM
Any thoughts on the Springs Inn?

For those who are at or visiting Shaker Village, their food is more than just tolerable.

SimpsoMatt
Sep. 5, 2010, 12:04 PM
Springs Inn is a hole in the ground.

http://www.kentucky.com/2009/09/24/948121/springs-inn-demolition-begins.html

Etoile
Sep. 5, 2010, 01:27 PM
I would bet that either Rood and Riddle or Hagyard's are giving tours during WEG. Might be worth a call in advance to find out.


Rood and Riddle tours can be scheduled at horsecapitaltours.com.

Also, Wine + Market, and The Grey Goose restaurant are downtown by Stella's on Jefferson. Wine + Market has a great selection of cheeses and interesting foods, as well as a cheese and charcuterie tasting of Friday nights. Grey Goose is a nice pizza place with a great patio, but I much prefer their burgers.

And parking is free in that area!

Anon40something
Sep. 5, 2010, 03:50 PM
Dinner at Bellini's in downtown Lex is fab too, you will want to make a reservation. Upscale Italian.

I second Shaker Village. And if you have friends here who might have an extra trail horse to loan you, the trails there are outstanding!

Mali
Sep. 5, 2010, 04:19 PM
Places to eat from a foodie:

Heirloom (Midway)
Wallace Station (Midway)
Holly Hill Inn (Midway)

Jonathan's (Lex)...omg! try the grilled ceasar salad, they slightly grill the lettuce, sounds weird but it's insanely good

Mia's (Lex) the best calamari on the planet

Mouse Trap (Lex) sandwiches/deli items/gourmet snacks/cheeses and meats and cute kitchen shop attached

Sahara (Lex) Middle Eastern food...absolutely fantastic...cannot be beat!

Sunrise Bakery (Lex) Great baked goods/breads, also make fantastic sandwiches...their salami and cheese is indescribable

Alfalfa's (Lex) Fantastic local joint, local produce Sunday brunch at Alfala's is awesomeness

Stella's (Lex) Local foods used, fantastic everything

Le Matin (Lex) French bakery/deli

The Dish (Lex) really innovative menu

Bourbon and Toulouse (Lex) inexpensive great way to fill your belly with ettoufe over rice

Ramsey's (Lex) for breakfast one of my fav homey breakfasts

Liquor Barn (Lex) has loads of international foods, fantastic deli meats and cheeses, and wine tastings...def not just beer/wine/liquor

Furlongs...How could I for get Furlongs! The best cozy little bar in the back with a fireplace. Really different food choices Bayou inspired

Thai Orchid (Georgetown) Really good Thai food...might be the best Thai in town

Miyako Japanese Hibachi (Lex) and sushi...oh good sushi!

Seiki (Lex) sushi Nazi's but fantastic

Tomo (Lex) sushi, specialty rolls can be a bit on the huge side, but good sushi

Goodfella's Pizza (Lex) the best pizza in Lex hands down!

Slice of Chicago (Lex) best calzones in town

Mellow Mushroom (Lex) hippie crowd, with great pizza and vegetarian/vegan options

Pazzo's pizza has a great atmosphere, their new balcony is awesome


That's all I got at the moment...I know I have missed some great restaurants/eateries, but this should give you a good start. :) Enjoy!

May I add: Malones (Lex) - STEAK!
I also vote for Wallace Station. I never miss a chance to eat there when I'm in town.

DLee
Sep. 6, 2010, 09:16 AM
May I add: Malones (Lex) - STEAK!
I also vote for Wallace Station. I never miss a chance to eat there when I'm in town.

Yep, Malone's, Sal's, Drakes have a good grouping on Tates Creek Road. I save my carbs for Sal's rolls. :yes:

vineyridge
Sep. 6, 2010, 01:23 PM
Sorry to hear that the Springs Inn has been gone for two years. Just shows how up to date I am.

In its heyday, it was a wonderful place with good Kentucky food.

khp vol
Sep. 6, 2010, 05:34 PM
If you don't mind a drive (approx. 25 mi fom KHP) try Hall's on the River. It's on the Kentucky River south of Winchester and has excellent Kentucky food.

By the way, I agree with previous comments about Wallace Station(love their inside-out hot Brown) and Malone's (they have three locations, all on the southside of Lexington).

SmartAlex
Sep. 7, 2010, 10:41 AM
And if anyone is headed to Louisville to visit Churchill Downs, stop off at Shelbyville on the way to eat at the Colonel's Lady which is great KY food, and is decorated with a horse theme.

Plumcreek
Sep. 7, 2010, 09:16 PM
I found this list of Lexington area restaurant phone numbers on the Keeneland site:


http://www.keeneland.com/racing/lists/copy/restaurants.aspx

dressagetraks
Sep. 8, 2010, 02:32 PM
Something I just tripped over: Perryville Battlefield from the Civil War is having their annual re-enactment on October 2nd-3rd. The 2nd is XC day, but the 3rd looks quite neat, including a cavalry troop exhibition, battle recreation, tours, museum, etc. Exhibit open right now honoring the cavalry. Looks both horsey and historical - I definitely want to check this out, and the 3rd is a fairly unscheduled day for me.

Here's the re-enactment schedule for the 2nd and 3rd.

http://www.perryvillebattlefield.org/html/event_schedule.html

Holly Jeanne
Sep. 8, 2010, 03:40 PM
And to add, they are supposed to be concentrating on horses in the battle in honor of the WEG.

While in the area, take a run through the Centre College campus and stop in the public library and see the entryway glass work done by world renown glass blower, Stephen Rolfe Powell. He is a professor at Centre.

I don't know whether it will be open on Sunday or not but, there is a dollhouse museum in Danville as well.

You can swing back by Shaker Village on your way back to Lexington.

pony grandma
Sep. 8, 2010, 03:42 PM
THANKS!! I just sent that link to Gramps!! He's the civil war nut in the household.

There is also the Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, SE of Louisville the week before the WEG http://www.kybourbonfestival.com/ and they have a lot of civil war stuff local there too.

I have always thought that I needed a week before Rolex (before all the days of hiking) to get to explore more of the area down there.

KY is a great tourist state!! Or IMHO, a great place to retire to!! You'd never lack for places to go or things to do. Horses and bourbon, they got that right. (How I got to know DLee here - from her signature line! ;))

Bacchus
Sep. 8, 2010, 04:24 PM
There is now a Grey Goose in Midway -- hurray. Finally an affordable restaurant in Midway with a great outdoor dining area:)

Also, if you like wine, try Equus Run (Midway) and Talon (Lex out Tates Creek, I think) vineyards. KY wine is not the greatest, but it's worth a tasting and the vineyards are beautiful.

The drive out Old Frankfort to Midway is gorgeous, and you can go Versailles Rd. to Pisgah (just past Castle Post) to drive by WinStar, turn left on Old Frankfort and see Three Chimneys and keep going (I love my commute).

There will be so much going on in this area, you'll be overwhelmed.

As stated, Keeneland is not to be missed.

(Sadly, Seki no longer has the sushi Nazi:( She passed away this year and her husband followed soon after. Someone else has taken over. I haven't been there since.)

SmplySweet1021
Sep. 8, 2010, 04:48 PM
There is now a Grey Goose in Midway -- hurray. Finally an affordable restaurant in Midway with a great outdoor dining area:)

Also, if you like wine, try Equus Run (Midway) and Talon (Lex out Tates Creek, I think) vineyards. KY wine is not the greatest, but it's worth a tasting and the vineyards are beautiful.

The drive out Old Frankfort to Midway is gorgeous, and you can go Versailles Rd. to Pisgah (just past Castle Post) to drive by WinStar, turn left on Old Frankfort and see Three Chimneys and keep going (I love my commute).

There will be so much going on in this area, you'll be overwhelmed.

As stated, Keeneland is not to be missed.

(Sadly, Seki no longer has the sushi Nazi:( She passed away this year and her husband followed soon after. Someone else has taken over. I haven't been there since.)



I quite liked Darlin Jeans in Midway for cheap eats :) There is also a new italian restaurant opening up there at the old Depot....no idea on the pricing.

vineyridge
Sep. 8, 2010, 06:05 PM
I had a great great uncle who was killed at Perryville. Can't remember exactly which of the 21 brothers and sisters it was though, although I do know it wasn't a sister.

The re-enactment sounds interesting, but can't miss the last day of the three day.

vineyridge
Sep. 8, 2010, 06:11 PM
Bardstown is interesting also.
http://www.visitbardstown.com/tourism/things2do.html It's near lots of distilleries, including Maker's Mark distillery, odd art in the proto-cathedral, and the Old TalbottTavern and old jail. When the French Dauphin was hiding out in North America during their revolution, he supposedly visited Bardstown. When he went home and after he became king of France, he sent either art or money for art to the Catholic Church in Bardstown--or so the story goes.

There are also some rather interesting old murals in the Old Tavern. Not particularly well done, but old and interesting.

Dressage Art
Sep. 8, 2010, 11:38 PM
WOW, some great ideas here! I wonder how busy main attractions will be?

Holly Jeanne
Sep. 9, 2010, 08:04 AM
A few elections back, Centre College hosted the only national vice-presidential debate. It was the Thursday before the Perryville re-enactment. I spent several days working the debate along with some state troopers and then went to church and ended up sitting near someone in a union uniform. :lol: Ah, a state of contrasts, that's Kentucky!

A little far from Lexington, in Casey County, there is a pretty large Amish community.

Bacchus
Sep. 9, 2010, 10:29 AM
I quite liked Darlin Jeans in Midway for cheap eats :) There is also a new italian restaurant opening up there at the old Depot....no idea on the pricing.

Darlin Jeans doesn't have outdoor seating, and I'm not thrilled with the decor, but the food is decent and inexpensive. They had a great steel guitar player there one night.

The Italian restaurant is Jimmy D's, which used to be on Leestown. I think it's open. I think it's run by the guy who ran Duggan's, which didn't last long. I never even made it there.

SeeHowSheRuns
Sep. 9, 2010, 10:39 AM
Along these lines, there is also a very nice little place off of Old Richmond Road called Jean Farris. It's a winery and restaurant, and the food is excellent.




Also, if you like wine, try Equus Run (Midway) and Talon (Lex out Tates Creek, I think) vineyards. KY wine is not the greatest, but it's worth a tasting and the vineyards are beautiful.

dressagetraks
Sep. 13, 2010, 02:34 PM
The Kentucky Derby Museum is having 2 special nights of tours during WEG, Sept 27th and Oct 5th. Sounds neat! I just talked to them, and they did say the photo with the spotlit Twin Spires and the Derby trophy is not an additional sales opportunity besides the tour price but is taken by them with your own camera. It does sound like a neat picture, but I'm scrimping every cent, so extras are definitely limited. All pictures are going to be with my own camera, not bought. Anyway, these tours are selling out, so if you want one, better call ahead.

Snippet from Derby Museum:

We will be offering an exclusive Dusk at the Downs Tour on two nights which will be a 1 ½ hour guided walking tour of Churchill Downs. During this tour of historic Churchill Downs you be treated to the exclusive behind the scenes areas with stops in the Jockeys' Quarters, Millionaires' Row, and the Press Box. The premiere stop will be on the balcony off of the Turf Club, overlooking the Twin Spires. During this stop, one of the exquisite and coveted Kentucky Derby Trophy’s will be present for a photo opportunity, with the historic Twin Spires lit in the background.

The Dusk at the Downs Tour is limited to 15 guests and will depart every half hour starting at 5:30 p.m. with the last tour departing at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Smarty7
Sep. 14, 2010, 02:09 AM
Three Chimneys for sure, what a great place. Plus it'll be your last chance to see Smarty Jones in Kentucky.

vineyridge
Sep. 14, 2010, 09:10 AM
Where are they sending him? Is he going abroad or moving to another state?


Three Chimneys for sure, what a great place. Plus it'll be your last chance to see Smarty Jones in Kentucky.

Absolut Equestrian
Sep. 14, 2010, 12:48 PM
Where are they sending him? Is he going abroad or moving to another state?

Looks like Smarty is probably headed to Pennsylvania:

http://www.drf.com/news/smarty-jones-may-relocate-pennsylvania

Beverley
Sep. 19, 2010, 02:39 PM
Edited to add: How could I have forgotten THIS???!!!??? (http://chickenfestival.com/) If you get here a few days early, it would be a perfect day out, don't you think? Imagine the tee shirts! :-D

Hope this helps!

This thread is an excellent resource! As to this particular event, I'm laughing. Not to burst anybody's bubble, but The First KFC was opened right here in Salt Lake City, Utah!

Of course it's now world wide, they were everywhere in Russia when I recently visited!

Schiffon
Sep. 19, 2010, 02:44 PM
If you don't mind a drive (approx. 25 mi fom KHP) try Hall's on the River. It's on the Kentucky River south of Winchester and has excellent Kentucky food.

By the way, I agree with previous comments about Wallace Station(love their inside-out hot Brown) and Malone's (they have three locations, all on the southside of Lexington).

Lived in Lex in 83-85, loved Hall's on the River and was looking forward to returning, but reviews on TripAdvisor are horrible. Many were from people like me, returning after time away and they were very disappointed.

SmplySweet1021
Sep. 19, 2010, 03:08 PM
I hope Everyone enjoys Kentucky!!!!

Gilder
Sep. 20, 2010, 01:34 PM
For those of you who might be thinking of a side trip to Paris, Kentucky, while at the WEG, Claiborne Farms, Bethlehem Farms, and Our Mims Retirement Haven will be open for tours.

While I can't speak for the open times for Claiborne or Bethlehem, OMRH will be open in the afternoons by appointment -- we want to make sure the ladies will be bright-eyed and spiffy for your visit! Call Jeanne (phone number is on our web site) or send an e-mail to jeanne.ourmims@gmail.com, and she'll be happy to show you our retired Thoroughbred mares. The ladies love company!

http://www.ourmims.org

SteppinEasy
Sep. 20, 2010, 03:31 PM
This thread is an excellent resource! As to this particular event, I'm laughing. Not to burst anybody's bubble, but The First KFC was opened right here in Salt Lake City, Utah!

Of course it's now world wide, they were everywhere in Russia when I recently visited!

While the first actual franchise KFC was in Utah, it was NOT Colonel Sanders first chicken restaurant. That was right here in KY, and it's the basis of the festival. Sanders first operated out of a gas station in North Corbin. So yes, the "original recipe" was first served right here in KY. The franchise didn't come along until about a decade later.

LauraKY
Sep. 25, 2010, 09:32 PM
If you're interested in Daniel Boone and frontiersmen, there's Fort Boonesborough (http://parks.ky.gov/findparks/recparks/fb/). There's a reenactment this weekend (Sept 25-26), the Siege of Fort Boonesborough. (http://www.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org/)

If you're into arts and crafts, especially Applachian, take a drive to Berea (http://www.berea.com/). Lots of craftsmen and shops and very nice little restaurants. The Boone Tavern has a wonderful restaurant and is staffed by Berea College (jackets required at dinner for men).