Lexington Guidebook

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Lexington Guidebook

Food Scene

Contemporary American food in a hipster-chic setting. Located on Jefferson Street among other interesting restaurants. Within walking distance of West Sixth Brewery which is also worth a visit.
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County Club Restaurant
555 Jefferson St
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Contemporary American food in a hipster-chic setting. Located on Jefferson Street among other interesting restaurants. Within walking distance of West Sixth Brewery which is also worth a visit.
Do not leave Lexington without visiting a Ouita Michels restaurant! Windy Corner is a bit of a drive through horse farms but so worth it when you land in a beautiful setting with plenty of down-home food and live bluegrass music on Friday nights. Also in the Ouita Michels family of restaurants: Holly Hill Inn, Wallace Station, Smithtown Seafood, Wallace Station, and Honeywood.
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Windy Corner Market
4595 Bryan Station Rd
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Do not leave Lexington without visiting a Ouita Michels restaurant! Windy Corner is a bit of a drive through horse farms but so worth it when you land in a beautiful setting with plenty of down-home food and live bluegrass music on Friday nights. Also in the Ouita Michels family of restaurants: Holly Hill Inn, Wallace Station, Smithtown Seafood, Wallace Station, and Honeywood.
Creative from-scratch bakery, breakfast and lunch menu. The owner is wonderful and the restaurant is a hub for second-chance employment that is making a huge impact on Lexington.
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DV8 Kitchen
867 S Broadway
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Creative from-scratch bakery, breakfast and lunch menu. The owner is wonderful and the restaurant is a hub for second-chance employment that is making a huge impact on Lexington.
Some people just need donuts. I am one of those people.
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North Lime Coffee & Donuts
101 W Loudon Ave
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Some people just need donuts. I am one of those people.
Trendy, Latin-inspired cuisine in a beautiful setting.
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Corto Lima
101 W Short St
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Trendy, Latin-inspired cuisine in a beautiful setting.
If you're feelin' fancy, check out one of the most celebrated restaurants in town. Truth be told, I've never been there but all my friends who know things tell me it's good. Valet parking available. $$$
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Tony's of Lexington
401 W Main St
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If you're feelin' fancy, check out one of the most celebrated restaurants in town. Truth be told, I've never been there but all my friends who know things tell me it's good. Valet parking available. $$$
The Pepper Campus is a fun place to hang out in the evenings with plenty of food and drink options available all in one place. Goodfella's Pizza (a must-see!), Crank and Boom Ice Cream, Ethereal Brewing, Middlefork Kitchen and much more!
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James E. Pepper Distillery
1228 Manchester St
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The Pepper Campus is a fun place to hang out in the evenings with plenty of food and drink options available all in one place. Goodfella's Pizza (a must-see!), Crank and Boom Ice Cream, Ethereal Brewing, Middlefork Kitchen and much more!
This fresh-casual eatery serves salads, soups, and lemonade using locally sourced ingredients. Choose a salad from the menu or build your own. Eat in, carry out, or order online. Full disclosure: this also happens to be my restaurant!
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Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen
113 N Broadway
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This fresh-casual eatery serves salads, soups, and lemonade using locally sourced ingredients. Choose a salad from the menu or build your own. Eat in, carry out, or order online. Full disclosure: this also happens to be my restaurant!
The perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening--a secret garden attached to Michler's Greenhouses. They serve beer, wine, spritzers, and smalls plates in a quaint setting. Live music on weekends. Highly recommend!
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Kentucky Native Café
417 E Maxwell St
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The perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening--a secret garden attached to Michler's Greenhouses. They serve beer, wine, spritzers, and smalls plates in a quaint setting. Live music on weekends. Highly recommend!
Amazing coffee in a beautifully restored historic building. My current favorite spot--see you there! :)
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Old School Coffee
380 S Mill St
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Amazing coffee in a beautifully restored historic building. My current favorite spot--see you there! :)
The hippest coffee spot around!
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Manchester Coffee Co.
903 Manchester St
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The hippest coffee spot around!
Lexington's coolest new coffee shop. Beautiful vibe, delicious baked goods and the best black coffee I've had! For real!
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Brevede Coffee Co.
1170 Manchester St
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Lexington's coolest new coffee shop. Beautiful vibe, delicious baked goods and the best black coffee I've had! For real!
Lexington classic. Very swanky inside or you can grab a table on the sidewalk for a more casual experience. I like the hot brown!
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Dudley's On Short
259 W Short St
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Lexington classic. Very swanky inside or you can grab a table on the sidewalk for a more casual experience. I like the hot brown!
Such a fun place to hang out often with food trucks and live music nearby.
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Ethereal Brewing
1224 Manchester St
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Such a fun place to hang out often with food trucks and live music nearby.
For the foodie--classy Kentucky fare and a wide selection of bourbon on Main Street. Be sure to call for reservations to make sure you snag a spot!
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Carson's Food & Drink
362 E Main St
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For the foodie--classy Kentucky fare and a wide selection of bourbon on Main Street. Be sure to call for reservations to make sure you snag a spot!
The best Italian I've had since Italy! Enjoy a casual setting and the TASTIEST dishes paired with handmade pasta. The Chicken Parmesan and gnocchi appetizer can't be beat!
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Pasta Garage Italian Cafe
962 Delaware Ave
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The best Italian I've had since Italy! Enjoy a casual setting and the TASTIEST dishes paired with handmade pasta. The Chicken Parmesan and gnocchi appetizer can't be beat!

Parks & Nature

Three mile walk/run path through beautiful gardens.
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The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of KY
500 Alumni Dr
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Three mile walk/run path through beautiful gardens.
Fingers crossed the fountains are on!
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Triangle Park
400 W Main St
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Fingers crossed the fountains are on!
Get your hike in! Choose from meandering meadow or wooded trails along the Kentucky River. Wildflowers and wildlife throughout plus a new nature center.
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Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
3885 Raven Run Wy
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Get your hike in! Choose from meandering meadow or wooded trails along the Kentucky River. Wildflowers and wildlife throughout plus a new nature center.
Schedule a half day or full day kayak trip down Elkhorn Creek. This trip is SO FUN with mini-rapids when water levels accommodate. Canoe Kentucky handles all the details including Kayak rentals, drop off and pick up. If you have a full day to devote to the outdoors, this is totally worth it.
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Canoe Kentucky
7323 Peaks Mill Rd
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Schedule a half day or full day kayak trip down Elkhorn Creek. This trip is SO FUN with mini-rapids when water levels accommodate. Canoe Kentucky handles all the details including Kayak rentals, drop off and pick up. If you have a full day to devote to the outdoors, this is totally worth it.

Everything Else

We have an amazing Visitor's Center located inside the historic courthouse downtown. Worth a visit if you want help planning your day, want to learn more about what Kentucky has to offer, pick up a distillery passport and more!
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VisitLex Business Offices (Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau)
215 W Main St
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We have an amazing Visitor's Center located inside the historic courthouse downtown. Worth a visit if you want help planning your day, want to learn more about what Kentucky has to offer, pick up a distillery passport and more!

Entertainment & Activities

Always a fun way to spend your Saturday morning.
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Lexington Farmers Market
399 W Short St
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Always a fun way to spend your Saturday morning.
Catch an obscure movie title at Lexington's historic Kentucky Theatre.
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Kentucky Theatre
214 E Main St
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Catch an obscure movie title at Lexington's historic Kentucky Theatre.
Unique entertainment complex with movies, sports and more! A quick walk from Merino street just across from Rupp Arena.
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LexLive
301 S Broadway
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Unique entertainment complex with movies, sports and more! A quick walk from Merino street just across from Rupp Arena.

Essentials

If I could change one thing: the grocery would be closer.
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Kroger
704 Euclid Ave
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If I could change one thing: the grocery would be closer.

Sightseeing

Wander through historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the largest restored Shaker village in the world, with 34 original buildings on 3,000 acres.
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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
3501 Lexington Rd
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Wander through historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the largest restored Shaker village in the world, with 34 original buildings on 3,000 acres.
The classic Kentucky Distillery experience.
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Woodford Reserve Distillery
7785 McCracken Pike
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The classic Kentucky Distillery experience.
Just down the road from Woodford Reserve, it has a beautifully landscaped walking trail in a unique and lovely setting.
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Castle & Key Distillery
4445 McCracken Pike
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Just down the road from Woodford Reserve, it has a beautifully landscaped walking trail in a unique and lovely setting.
If you are not here during the months of April or October when the horses run, you can still visit the grounds. Go early in the morning to watch horses exercise and follow it up with breakfast at Keeneland Track Kitchen.
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Keeneland Race Track station
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If you are not here during the months of April or October when the horses run, you can still visit the grounds. Go early in the morning to watch horses exercise and follow it up with breakfast at Keeneland Track Kitchen.
Because every visit to Kentucky should include horses!
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Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Pkwy
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Because every visit to Kentucky should include horses!
Historic home amid beautiful gardens and a soft mulched pathway through aged trees. Perfect for a stroll or pay for a tour of the home. Check for outdoor jazz on the weekends during summer months.
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Ashland - The Henry Clay Estate
120 Sycamore Rd
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Historic home amid beautiful gardens and a soft mulched pathway through aged trees. Perfect for a stroll or pay for a tour of the home. Check for outdoor jazz on the weekends during summer months.

Drinks and more!

Great cocktails and small plates in a swanky setting.
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West Main Crafting Co
135 W Main St
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Great cocktails and small plates in a swanky setting.
Sip on some Cougar Bait at this tucked away, local favorite brewery.
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Country Boy Brewing
436 Chair Ave
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Sip on some Cougar Bait at this tucked away, local favorite brewery.
A great place to hang! Hop in with run club on Tuesday nights or check the website calendar for other local events happening --it's always a happening place!
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West Sixth Brewing
501 W 6th St
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A great place to hang! Hop in with run club on Tuesday nights or check the website calendar for other local events happening --it's always a happening place!