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Apr18

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
Apr23

Gardens, Design, Lifestyle and Live

Hosted by Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens, you will enjoy Keeneland’s beautiful grounds,... more
Apr23

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Swing Street!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Apr24

The Kentucky Reining Cup

Now in its fifth year, the Kentucky Reining Cup will be in conjunction with the esteemed... more
Apr30

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Scott Said!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
May1

Derby Eve Lexington

The Inaugural Derby Eve Lexington, Central Kentucky's Largest Derby Party, will be held... more
May2

Derby Day Breakfast

Waveland State Historic Site will be hosting a special Derby Day Breakfast at 10 a.m.... more
May7

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Swells!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
May10

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
May14

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Chris Campbell Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
May16

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

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May17

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
May21

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Boogie G & The Titanics!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
May24

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

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May28

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Ralph Curtis and The Nashville Imposters!  Beverages, food from local... more
May30

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

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Jun4

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Trendells!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jun6

Open Gates to Bluegrass Living Garden Tour

The Lexington Council Garden Clubs offers a "Peek Behind the Garden Gate" on... more
Jun7

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

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Jun11

Thursday Night Live

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April in the Bluegrass

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES April brings to Bluegrass Horse Country two major events that drawattention in equine circles worldwide.

The first event is Keeneland's Spring Racing Meet, going on now through April ...

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Date Night Out

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

Where to go for date night...the ultimate Love, Lexington question.

It usually goes a little somthing like this: "We have a night without the kids...where can we go for a speical dinner?" or "It's our ...

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On the Mint Julep

by Robbie, Bourbon Blogger

For purists, it's a sacrilege, a criminal waste of good bourbon. For traditionalists, it's the toast of the season, especially in Kentucky. For good sports (like me), it's something you are obliged ...

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Cute Foals and More

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Foaling season for Thoroughbreds begins January 1--that's thesame birthday that all Thoroughbreds share. They continue to arrive until June.(Arabians and other breeds have their foals ...

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Road to the Horse 2015

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES There's a lot on the line in this year's Road to theHorse, the world championship colt starting event going on now throughSunday, March 29, at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The winner will ...

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Antiquing the Bluegrass

From Fine Furniture to Fun Collectibles, "Great Finds" Await in Lexington and the Bluegrass

In Lexington and surrounding communities, antique shopping is an activity that never, so to speak, gets old.

PDF BoxIn fact, to visit all the antique shops in the area, you'd have to plan to stay a while. There are more than 200 antique shops, ranging from large multi-dealer malls to small specialty stores, ready to tempt you with old Kentucky cabinetry, quilts, imported furniture, Shaker items, Depression glass, collectibles - you name it!

There's enough great antiquing within Lexington itself to keep you busy for days. In addition, virtually every surrounding community includes at least a few antique malls and shops, so it's easy to combine antique shopping with general sightseeing. As a writer for The New York Times put it, antiquing in the Bluegrass is "a chance to unearth some great buys in American antiques and, in the bargain, enjoy some of the most beautiful rural countryside anywhere."

Such a deal! And while all Bluegrass roads eventually lead to an antique shop or two, here are a few suggestions to get you started.

In Lexington antiques

Antique shopping is definitely a main attraction in Lexington. In fact, you'll find some great shops right on Main Street. On the East end, you can stop at Ann Greely Interiors and Antiques (497 East Main Street; 859-367-0200), a yellow mansion full of exquisite furniture, decorative items and paintings. The Thoroughbred Antique Gallery (637 East Main Street; 859-233-9375) brings together outstanding antiques, interiors, garden accessories and fine art. Inventory ranges from period 18th center pieces to mid-century modern..

In The Shops at Lexington Center on West Main, you'll find Lafayette Galleries (859-253-1633) with antiques as well as new American and English silver, collectors plates, crystal and prints. Further west on Main, the street's name changes to Leestown Road, and about a mile west of Rupp Arena, you'll find the Meadowthorpe Antique Mall (1455 Leestown Road; 859-255-2607), where about 50 dealers offer a little bit of everything. Open seven days a week. Across the road, you'll find Feather Your Nest Antiques, Collectibles & Accessories, open daily (859-381-1505).

While downtown, browse through Shelley's Limited Antiques at 765 East 7th Street (859-225-7426), specializing in antique trunk restoration. Heritage Antiques (154 North Broadway; 859-
253-1035) offers 18th, 19th and 20th-century furnishings and accessories. January, at 193 North Limestone, has an eclectic mix of furniture, lamps, silver and decorative objects.

Nearby, you can have luncheon tea or afternoon tea and browse fine period furnishings and object d'art at the Greentree Tea Room, 521 West Short Street. (859-455-9660).

Check out the Cow Girl Attic (135 Delaware Avenue; 859-225-3876). You'll find architectural artifacts, furniture, garden relics, iron gates, art, estate items, and more! Close by is another treasure trove. Lenabelles Antiques (732 National Avenue; 859-253-0137) has 18th to 20th century fine furniture as well as art and a selection of decorative items.

If it's an old Kentucky long rifle you're shooting for, try Antique and Modern Firearms (2263 Nicholasville Road; 859-276-1419). Glover's Bookery (862 South Broadway; 859-253-0614) is a house full of old books and prints, including many regional items.

In a quaint old church(1850!) on the Fayette/Jessamine county line, you'll find ClaireBourne Antiques (4648 Nicholasville Road; 859-272-4648). The building houses some fine country pieces, quality furniture, mirrors and decorative items.

Bluegrass Note: A large monthly antique show is held in Lexington. Athens Schoolhouse Antiques (859-255-7309) offers an astounding array of antiques and collectibles from hundreds of dealers on selected weekends year round.

In the Region

In a state that's as antique-laden as Kentucky, it takes a lot of bravado (and old stuff) to call yourself the "antiques capital." Georgetown , 13 miles north of Lexington, backs up its claim with a number of antique malls and shops downtown on Main Street. One of them, Georgetown Antique Mall (502-863-1891), encompasses two buildings and is open seven days a week. Another, Central Kentucky Antique Mall, is a great source for early silver, estate jewelry and civil war items. (502-863-4018). Just south of Main Street, explore Vogue N Vintage; everything is from the 1970's. In the Oxford Antiques District, five miles east of Georgetown on US 62 you'll find even more shops.

North of Lexington in the quaint town of Paris, go see Dan Graham at Graham's Antiques on East 4th Street for antique and country furnishings as well as hand-tied rugs (859-987-5566). While in Paris, stop in at Loch Lea Antiques at 624 Main St. ( 859-987-7070 ), a favorite of antique lovers for the past 20 years. At either shop, while you are at it, pick up a map that shows about 8 other antique shops that make up the Paris Antiques and Gallery District. You may need an entire afternoon!

Frankfort is more than just the seat of state government and home to the Kentucky History Center. It is also a haven for antique stores. You'll find an assortment of shops featuring classic collectibles. Check out Old Capitol Antiques at 231 West Broadway (502-223-3879) or Rail Fence Antiques at 415 West Broadway (502-875-5040).

In Woodford County, west of Lexington, several shops are found in Midway and Versailles . But what is perhaps the most well-known of all Bluegrass antique shops is found in the tiny community of Nonesuch . The term "shop" hardly describes Irish Acres, 4205 Ford's Mill Road (859-873-7235). You'll find everything from affordable whatnots to pricey museum-quality pieces on three floors in this 32,000 square foot former school building. Take the beautiful country drive Tuesdays through Saturdays, mid-March through December. You'd better pack a lunch - or, even better, make reservations to have lunch in the on-site tearoom, The Glitz (859- 873-6956). You have to see it to believe it!

Blue Note: Wakefield-Scearce Galleries in Shelbyville, 47 miles west of Lexington via I-64, is a bit of the "British aisles" in the Bluegrass. Established in 1947, the shop specializes in imported English furniture, fine silver, paintings and objects of art. Sterling silver julep cups from Wakefield-Scearce are a popular Kentucky gift.

For more information contact VisitLEX, the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, at (800) 845-3959.

By Teresa Day, a freelance travel writer based in Georgetown, KY.
Updated March 2014

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