Lexington (officially Lexington-Fayette Urban County) is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 62nd largest in the US. Known as the “Thoroughbred City” and the “Horse Capital of the World”, it is located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region. In the 2012 US Census Estimate, the city’s population was 305,489, anchoring a metropolitan area of 472,099 people and a Combined Statistical Area of 687,173 people.
Despite Lexington’s claim to fame as the “The Horse Capitol of the World”, we have so much to offer in the areas of Sports, Arts & Leisure and Cuisine & “Spirits”.
Calling All Sports Fans
Most Lexingtonians proudly claim to “Bleed Blue”, in tribute to the Kentucky Wildcats Basketball and Football teams. Despite a recent surge in the quality of the University of Kentucky football team, college basketball remains the sport of choice in most of Kentucky.
Home to the University of Kentucky, collegiate football and basketball attracts nationwide attention. April through September you can experience America’s favorite pastime with the Lexington Legends baseball team at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. On Sundays, spring through fall, watch polo at the Kentucky Horse Park. Lexington has women’s rugby, a skateboard park, disc golf, and the list goes on. Amateur or professional, sports are alive and well in Central Kentucky!
For more info: [http://www.visitlex.com/sports-lexington.php]
Culture Aplenty on the Bluegrass Region
Music, concerts, and performing arts are offered in a wide variety of genres: Rock, Pop, Country & Western, Jazz and Blues, Folk … and cannot be forgotten or understand, where we boast to be the origin and home of Bluegrass Music. From Rupp Arena, Red Barn Radio, Cheapside Bar & Grill, Singletary Performing Arts Center, and the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, there are local offerings of live music almost every night of the week.
Lexington offers an extensive and varied arts calendar. The city’s many groups include a professional orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, and The Lexington Singers is one of the oldest choral groups in the United States and has about 180 members.
Lexington offeres a wide variety of theatre groups: The Actors Guild of Lexington, Studio Players, offer some of the oldest community theatre. Both Lexington Ballet and Kentucky Ballet Theatre offer full seasons of dance. Lexington Children’s Theatre, Kentucky’s official state children’s theatre. Touring groups present Broadway dramas and musicals at the beautifully restored Lexington Opera House.
Hungry for More … and don’t forget the “Spirits”
From Italian, Chinese, Mediterranean, Fine Cuisine, Seafood, Caribbean, Breakfast, Bistros, Bakeries, Delicatessens, and the ever growing Food Trucks community, Lexington has it all. For $25, restaurant-goers may explore myriad dining options. Some places are even including alcohol in that price.
- Here are some of the Area’s most popular rated eateries: [http://www.urbanspoon.com/c/65/Lexington-restaurants.html]
- A full listing of dining in Lexington, KY: [http://www.visitlex.com/whattodo/restaurants.php]
- Lexington Food Trucks: [http://bluegrassfoodtrucks.org/]
The Bourbon Trail:
Explore the rich tradition and proud history of “America’s Official Native Spirit” on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour, featuring seven signature distilleries nestled among the most beautiful scenery the Bluegrass has to offer. [http://kybourbontrail.com/] In 1999, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association formed the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour to give visitors a firsthand look at the art and science of crafting Bourbon, and to educate them about the rich history and proud tradition of our signature spirit.
The Brewgrass Trail
The craft beer movement in Lexington and the Bluegrass Region is alive and well! We are known as the birthplace of bourbon and our world-famous distilleries provide an outstanding visitor experience. Breweries are now scattered across Kentucky, and more and more thirsty travelers are seeking out small craft brewers and locally-made beers in addition to sampling our classic bourbons. [For more info: http://www.brewgrasstrail.com]
And the Kentucky … Doughnut Trail ???
A recent NY Times article explored another of the Bluegrass region’s culinary gifts:
“Kentucky does not really belong to the Midwest. But the power of the doughnut has created a lucky overlap. Think of the state, despite its Southern accent and Southern ways, as the paunch hanging over the Midwestern bak
ery belt, the last calorie-filled province in an enormous swath of territory where the glazed twist, the apple fritter, the chocolate-iced Long John and the vanilla-cream Bismarck hold sway.”
Come & Visit the Bluegrass Area
*From Attractions, Dining, Night LIfe, Shopping, Sports, Culture & History and of course the Horses, Lexington has something to offer for everyone. If you’d like to explore Kentucky’s many treasures in person, call University Inn to help plan your upcoming trip. We are located “Inn the Heart of Lexington”: UNIVERSITY INN HOTEL – | 1229 SOUTH LIMESTONE AT WALLER AVENUE | LEXINGTON, KY 40503 | (859) 278-6625.