It’s that time of the year again when horse racing enthusiasts, breeders, owners and jockeys … all visit Lexington KY for Keeneland’s Spring Meeting. Many just come out each year for the socializing, the wagering, the food, drink and the fashion or just to watch the best selection of quality Thoroughbreds run the race. Keeneland Race Course welcomes visitors year round, but what better time to visit than during a live race meet! Plan ahead and time your visit to coincide with the thundering hooves. As one loyal visitor from Cincinnati OH stated, Read More
Are you looking for the perfect gift for the holidays? Do you want to choose a unique gift that is not only memorable but quality made, Kentucky branded, and supports the local economy? The Bluegrass region boasts many locally made products with the Kentucky Proud label, as well as arts & crafts, jewelry, food & drink, and apparel that is developed and created with craftsmanship, care and Kentucky hands and imaginations. Whether those on your gift-giving list are from Kentucky or not, locally made products are a great way to show your Kentucky pride as well as a great way to support your local community. Shop local, eat local and share local with your family and friends.
If you’re doing some last minute Christmas shopping, University Inn Hotel has put together a list of some great Kentucky-based products, foods and drink. Read More
Tailgating has become a cornerstone of American culture, with more than 27 million people taking part in tailgating events each year. It’s that time of the year again in the Bluegrass, with UK Football season in full swing and the UK Basketball’s season opening in just less than a month away. Although the temperatures this year have not provided the best climate for tailgating outside, the cooler weather is just days away and it will truly feel like Fall soon. So how can you prepare for a fun, tasty and spirited tailgate party? Read More
As the weather begins to cool, it’s a great time to sit back, enjoy time with friends and sip fine wine in the beautiful Bluegrass. We are known for our Bourbon and Basketball fervor, but did you know the Lexington KY area boasts some of the country’s finest wineries? During your visit, please take time to tour our local charming wineries and vineyards. Read More
As they say, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day“. Why? Breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast – that’s where its name originates, breaking the fast! Without breakfast you are effectively running on empty, like trying to start the car with no gasoline! Read More
There are thousands each year traveling to Lexington KY for medical reasons whether it’s for surgery, cancer treatment, medical procedure, or just a second opinion from one of the many renown and award winning hospitals or medical clinics. Lexington boasts some of the nations’ best hospitals, as well as it being within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the population of the United States. Lexington is strategically located at the intersection of interstates 64 and 75 in Fayette County, Kentucky. Although most medical visitors are from all over the Commonwealth of Kentucky, we also have visitors from out of state, and even other countries.
Lexington KY has a choice of nationally recognized hospitals and clinics, each with its own specialties and rich history. Read More
The Bluegrass region of Kentucky is known as the birthplace of bourbon, in fact Kentucky produces 95% of the world’s bourbon supply, according to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. More than 5.3 million barrels of bourbon are maturing in Kentucky, outnumbering the state’s population. But there is a new Kentucky produced craft that has risen in popularity, recognition and sales in the recent years – Kentucky craft brews. Read More
Why are local coffee shops so popular among residents and tourists alike?
“If you sit in a coffee shop long enough, you acquire a snapshot of its local community. In a coffee shop, people seem to be themselves. They speak openly; they cross their legs; they laugh out loud; they stay awhile.” – Psychology Today
In the early 2000’s we saw an unfortunate trend throughout the country, bookstores were closing, the larger chains were consolidating or going under altogether (Borders), and the smaller independent ones were losing ground. Why? The advent of digital books and online retailers like Amazon.com followed by BarnesandNoble.com and many more, were risking the tradition of perusing book titles at a brick-and-mortar as a thing of the past. Read More
We are looking towards the warmer weather of Spring, and hopefully it will be here to stay, so we can get outside to hike, bike or just take a relaxing walk alone, with family or even a furry friend. And walking has several proven health benefits for your mind and body. So for those visiting or residing in Lexington, there are several options to take a scenic walk for leisure, for exercise, or a little of both. Read More
As the buds begin to sprout and the thermostats begin to climb above the freezing temperatures, many golfers are getting their clubs ready to hit the golf courses. Start planning your trip to the Horse Capitol of the World, for your next golf vacation where you can enjoy world class golf courses at affordable prices in Lexington, Kentucky. The picturesque setting of Lexington KY, the heart of the Bluegrass, is unforgettable. Spend a day, or two, with friends, surrounded by the legendary landscape of the Horse Capital of the World.
After tee times, enjoy a diverse choice of dining, pubs, arts and theatre, the bourbon trail, equestrian attractions, as well the historical traditions & legendary Southern culture.
Keeneland is part of Lexington’s Tradition & History
Spring in Lexington, KY means the opening of Keeneland’s 2016 Spring Race Meeting. If you have never been to Keeneland, you may be wondering what makes Keeneland so unique. So, here is a little history. Keeneland was founded in 1936 on 147 acres of farmland just west of Lexington. Keeneland’s purpose is to serve as a “lasting monument to the sport’s heritage and tradition.” Read More
In Lexington and the Bluegrass region, there’s a lot of history to be re-lived. This was the first part of Kentucky to be settled, and the beginning of the American West. The Civil War deeply divided the state but, fortunately, left most antebellum houses and buildings intact. Many national leaders and other prominent individuals of 18th and 19th-century America had a connection to Lexington. Read More
Lexington KY has a wide variety of locally owned boutiques, stores and shops. Whether its for the perfect outfit, treasured antiques, home decor, a great read or a locally made souvenir or trinket, Lexington has much to offer for retail therapy during your trip to the Bluegrass. #shoplocal Read More
Now that Christmas dinner has been served, the gifts have all been unwrapped and you and your family have had their fill of holiday treats and traditions, it’s time to turn on the game! University of Kentucky Wildcats will meet up against their arch rivals, the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday, December 26th for one of the most anticipated games of the season. So it’s time to sit back, unwrap those leftovers and root for your team. Read More
University Inn Hotel is located in the historic and beautiful Downtown Lexington KY. We feel privileged to be “Inn the Heart of Lexington” because as well as being the closest hotel to the University of Kentucky campus, Lexington’s finest hospitals and medical centers, we are also surrounded by the Bluegrass’ best eateries, pubs and restaurants. Here are some of the best food at locally owned restaurants you can find in Downtown (in alphabetic order): Read More
If you’ve visited Lexington KY for the first during Breeder’s Cup Week, you see and feel the difference of the Bluegrass, which offers first-rate fun, food, live music and cultural activities for visitors of all ages. “Mayor Jim Gray says the economic impact of Breeders’ Cup is estimated at $65 million. The city expects 24,000-40,000 people in the city each day for the festivities.” – WTVQ Read More
Lexington has plenty to offer than just meeting space (i.e. live music, bourbon, beer, night markets, great food). Come on y’all, #meetlex! #sharethelex #visitlex
Kentucky is the birthplace of bluegrass music and it’s quiet beautiful hills continue to inspire as new local musicians emerge and add to this rich history with a style all their own.
This rich history dates back to the people who migrated to America in the 1600s from Ireland, Scotland, and England. With them they brought the basic styles of music that are generally considered to be the roots of bluegrass music as it is known today. They wrote songs about day-to-day life in the new land. Read More
2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland in Lexington KY will be held on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2015.
About the Breeders’ Cup
In Thoroughbred racing, the Breeders‘ Cup World Championships is the culmination of the horse racing season worldwide and the $5 million Breeders‘ Cup Classic is the defining event of the international racing season. The Breeders’ Cup Classic, run at 1 1/4 miles, draws the top international Thoroughbreds year after year. With its $5 million purse, the Classic is the richest race in all of North America. It is open to horses 3-years-old and older and is limited to 14 starters. From its inception in 1984 through 2006, it was a single-day event; starting in 2007, it expanded to two days. The attendance at the Breeders’ Cup ranks fourth or fifth in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races. Read More