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Must Do's

If you visit Lexington there are some things that you just have to do. I suggest coming in the Spring (April) or Fall (October) to see the horse races at Keeneland. It is an all day event where people dress their best to tailgate, have some drinks, watch horse racing and to place their bets. A trip to Lexington Green to Joseph Beth Booksellers is on the top of my list. This is an extrodinary bookstore with 2 levels, many shops and boutiques all inside. Every month there is usually something going on there. The Arboretum that is owned by UK is a very nice place to walk. They have a huge college of plants that is very well taken care of. The Lexington Cemetery is home to Adolph Rupp, Jim Varney, and many other notable residents. I would also suggest catching an event at the convention center or at Rupp Arena while you are in town. Kentucky bleeds blue and they love their sports! Lexington is also home to several wineries. Jean Farris and Talon are two that come to mind. You can take tours and see the wine being made as well as taste or have a glass with a delicious meal. Wagon rides are common in the fall.
Take a visit of the historic Henry Clay Home. Very beautiful and full of history. Spend a day making your own pottery or fusing glass at the Mad Potter. While you are there stop next door to the Old Kentucky Chocolates. Candy made right here on the other side of town (Which you are welcome to take a factory tour) Many distilleries are in the area stop by and see your favorite liquor being made, have free samples, then take some home.
Through the summer and fall the Farmers Market is a huge event. More than 100 area farmers set up with their fruits, veggies, fresh flowers, honey, etc. Musicians are playing instruments all around. This is a fantastic event and a great way to spend Saturday mornings.
These are only a handful of the things to do here. Lexington is a beautiful city and I am proud to call it my home.

Places to dine

Nothing beats good food and good drinks in my opinion. Lexington has many great establishments. If you come here stay away from the chain restaurants! They litter every corner but look past them and you can find some fantastic places.

*India Garden-Great Indian restaurant. Come during lunch for the buffet. You get to sample everything for one price. If you come during lunch on a weekend there is a good chance you will have the place nearly all to yourself.

*Pazzos Pizza Pub-Probably a long wait but worth it. A lot of college kids hang out here but so do the locals. It is a 2 story establishment with the best pizza and a variety of beers.

*Mellow Mushroom-Another place for the pizza lovers with a unique eclectic style. Fun place with a bar.

*Goodfellas-Pizza by the slice. Small only a few tables outside and on the inside. Its fast and you can take it with you. For $5 you can get a baseball bat size breadstick, a slice of pizza for the size of a plate, and a drink!

*Columbia Steak House-Very nice place all stone on the inside with a fireplace and candles on the table. Classy..a lot of options even for those that do not love steak.

*Tolly-Ho is a 24 hour restaurant in downtown. Great breakfast and you must try the Ho burger. As the locals would say....if you haven't had the ho burger you are a ho-virgin. Large portions!

*Mr. Kabab-Is a Mediterranean Eatery that is quick for dine in or take out but the quality is very good and the food is delicious

Night Scene (My favorite/not so favorite hangouts)

*Redmons-Located downtown basement type establishment with live music. Great atmosphere

*Marikkas-More than 100 beers, cheap liquor, pool tables, air hockey, fooseball, darts, outside volleyball, restaurant all on site. Downside is it is not in downtown

*The Penguin-A piano bar with cheap drinks but very limited seating. You must get there as soon as it opens around 7 or 8 if you want a seat. Otherwise wear comfortable shoes or you will be standing.

*Campus Pub-More of a sports bar with food. It is very close to campus (Hence the name) so a lot of college students here. Stay away if you want to avoid the younger crowd

*The Paddock-Nice little hole in the wall establishment on Limestone. Tables outside, cheap drinks, but again full of college students.

*The Fishtank-Small bar with live music small seating area

*Charlie Browns-A very dark pub with loaded bookcases along the wall and garage sale sofas for lounging. Great food and a nice place for the locals to hang out.

*Tin Roof-New bar in town with live bands and a huge patio area. Since this is all open front it may not be that popular in the winter but in the summer its great and the food is amazing!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful, clean, safe, plenty to do
  • Cons:Not very tourist friendly...cars are essential
  • Intro Written Sep 23, 2009
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