Travel writers and bloggers have no shortage of things to say about Lexington's Bluegrass Region. Explore these links to see what intrigues and inspires them about the Horse Capital of the World.
Amy Laughinghouse. No doubt you've heard of a little horse race called the Kentucky Derby, held in early May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. But Lexington, 75 miles east of Louisville, is just as "racy" as her more famous sibling, and this Southern soul sister loves to party year round. Read the complete story in Houston Chronicle.
Abigail Wilt. Thinking of taking a family trip? Lexington, Kentucky should be on your bucket list. Known as "The Horse Capital of The World," this northern Kentucky city has everything from rolling hills to a budding arts culture to exceptional bourbon - and even stargazing. Check out some of our favorite things to do in the area. Read the complete story in Southern Living.
Lea Lane. Louisville may host the country's greatest horse race on May 6, but Lexington Kentucky, known as the "Horse Capital of the World" is where Kentucky Derby dreams originate throughout the year - and where legacies continue long after the horses have crossed the finish line. Read the complete story in Forbes Online.
Elaine Glusac. Between 1805 and 1910 the third largest community of Shakers, the Christian sect known for its spare architecture and furniture, lived on the 3,000 acres that now make up Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in northern Kentucky. Spread over 13 original Shaker buildings with 72 guest rooms, the Inn at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill offers access to horseback riding and hiking on 37 miles of trails in the compound's nature preserve consisting of prairie and woodlands. Read the complete story in the New York Times.
Lynn O'Rourke Hayes. Is someone in your family passionate about ponies? If so, you'll want to consider one of these five getaways.
It's considered by some to be the horse capital of the world. Millionaires, moguls, sheiks and queens have been known to make their way to Churchill Downs and Keeneland to witness equine magic. Read the complete story in Dallas News.
Harriet Baskas. On a flight out of Lexington, Ky.'s Blue Grass Airport earlier this month, passengers were served hay instead of pretzels and assigned stalls instead of seats.
In the boarding process there was a bit of foot- stamping and snorting, but otherwise, the flight crew heard no complaining from the eight horses flying direct to New York on Air Horse One, the leased 727-200 aircraft the H.E. "Tex" Sutton Forwarding Company uses to fly valuable race horses and show horses around the country. Read the complete story in USA Today.
Ellen Creager. She touched his silky chestnut shoulder and felt like the luckiest person in the world. Shannon Brown of South Lyon had just met equine royalty, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Where is he now? Living the good life in the sweet rolling Kentucky countryside.
But here's where the story takes a twist. Normally, fans never get to see these multimillion-dollar horses, let alone pet a Triple Crown winner. But shaken by low interest in horse racing in general, Lexington tourism and area horse farms in 2014 invented Horse Country, a program to open up the secretive racing world to the public. Read the complete story in USA Today
Daniel McGinn. THERE ARE PLACES in this country where geology has played an obvious role in creating a vacation destination - think of the Grand Canyon, for instance, or the volcanic Hawaiian Islands. Though you might not think it, the same is true of Lexington, Kentucky. Beneath its gently rolling hills, geology has exerted a subtle force that's helped make this a spectacular place to spend a weekend. Read the complete article in the Boston Globe
Jill K. Robinson. It may be before lunch, but it's a good time to be sitting on a barstool at Lexington's West Sixth Brewing in a building known as the Bread Box. In this redevelopment of the century-old Rainbo Bread factory, I'm tasting through a selection of beers - from IPA to amber to porter - which, not coincidentally, are part of the new flavor of Lexington. Read the complete article in the San Francisco Chronicle
Amy Laughinghouse. Given my surroundings - a jumble of old warehouses, graffiti murals, a craft beer pub manned by a bearded youth - I could be in one of New York's trendiest neighborhoods or London's uber-cool Shoreditch. But as I belly up to a cold steel bar, which crouches low and lean within the cavernous brick-and-concrete box that is Ethereal Brewing, the bartender's distinctive accent plants me firmly in Dixie.
"What are y'all havin'?" he drawls with a smile.
Yes, sir, I'm in Lexington, Kentucky, alright.
Read the entire article in the Philadelphia Inquirer
Jackie Hutcherson Parker. Bluegrass, basketball, bourbon, and beer give springtime in Lexington, Ky., a sense of place like no other. Tiny, purplish blooms pop up on redbud trees against acres of rolling bluegrass in central Kentucky. March Madness is like a holiday, especially if the local favorites, the University of Kentucky Wildcats, are playing in the NCAA Tournament. Win or lose, the phrase, "How about them 'Cats?" will be all you need to start a conversation with the Big Blue Nation locals over drinks at any of the bourbon distilleries, breweries, and restaurants in and around Lexington.
Read the complete article in AAA's Midwest Traveler
Dan Dickson. When people think of Lexington, Kentucky, several things often jump to mind: bluegrass, basketball and bourbon. There's plenty of gorgeous scenery to enjoy in the greenbelt surrounding this city of 308,000 in what locals call the Horse Capital of the World. University of Kentucky basketball is a passion of the Big Blue Nation, as is the distilling of arguably the best bourbon in the world. Read the complete article in Small Market Meetings.
Matt Lee & Ted Lee. Bobby Flay is the ultimate New Yorker. But transport him to Kentucky, where he owns Thoroughbred racehorses, and he seems even more at home. Here, his story and his feel-good food. Read the complete article in Food & Wine magazine
Michele Peterson. "If you want a great horse photo, try making a mating sound," suggested my tour companion who had managed to catch the attention of Big Brown, a champion breeding stallion grazing in the paddock at Three Chimneys Farm. Read the article in Dreamscapes magazine.
Patricia Harris. Several restaurants have upped the dining fun factor by offering good food in quirky old locations. Here are some of the most colorful. Read more about Lexington restaurants in the Boston Globe
Megan Smith. The editor of Cake & Whiskey magazine writes a compelling love letter to Lexington on the Huffington Post. Read it here.
Betsa Marsh. A horse could carry only four bushels of corn over the rough roads to the Eastern markets, but if you distilled it into liquor, the same horse could carry the equivalent of 24 bushels. Learn more about the heritage of Bourbon in this USA Today online article.
Katie Van Syckle. Despite being tucked into the heart of Kentucky bluegrass country, Lexington boasts an eclectic music scene that thrives in sweaty punk bars and Irish pubs as well as local barbecue joints. Read more on Men's Journal.