(800) 845-3959  VisitLEX.COM 7 6 2017 LEXINGTON VISITORS GUIDE BEST BETS You know you’ll try to visit a horse farm and a Bourbon Distillery, but what else is a good bet for 2017? Consider these options when making your plans. Discover the Distillery District An eclectic group of businesses are reinvigorating an area of town that once housed thriving bourbon distilleries. Prohibition crushed Lexington’s Bourbon industry – temporarily as it turned out. Barrel House and Town Branch are now producing Bourbon, and buildings that housed distilleries in the 1800s have been repurposed as bars, restaurants, artists’ studios, event spaces, a micro-brewery and an ice cream lounge. Coming soon: a “new” James E. Pepper distillery and museum, at the site of the original 1879 distillery. Restaurant Row Lexington’s Jefferson Street corridor is a destination in itself. With around a dozen restaurants, why pick just one? Start with cocktails, move on for the main course, and stop at yet another for dessert. Then walk off your dinner with a leisurely stroll past the elegant mansions of the historic neighborhood of Northside. Just head towards Broadway on 2nd or 3rd Streets. Jefferson Street is the site of the annual Jefferson Street Soiree, a popular street festival held in conjunction with the September yearling sales at Keeneland. Today’s Shaker Village With over thirty fully restored buildings on a working farm, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill gives visitors a peek into the industrious life of the Shakers. But if you are expecting a history lesson and nothing more, you are in for a surprise. Sign up for Candlelight Herbal Yoga. Attend an urban farming roundtable. Try your hand at stand up paddle boarding. Take a bee keeping workshop. Hike or bike 40 miles of trails through 3,000 acres of native prairies, woodlands, and canebrakes. The Legacy Trail This 12-mile interpretive trail is a shared-use greenway trail connecting our downtown with area neighborhoods, parks, and historic sites. It’s also a public art venue. Hike or bike from the Isaac Murphy Memorial Garden on East Third Street to the Kentucky Horse Park. Over 8.5 miles are off-street. The YMCA Northside has a limited number of bikes that can be rented, as does The Golf Shop at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort. East End Icon History, art, music and theatre all converge at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. The Lyric opened in 1948 as a thriving cultural centerpiece for Lexington’s African American families hosting movies, fashion shows and big name acts like Count Basie and Ray Charles. Renovated and expanded, the facility hosts a robust schedule of performances, films and exhibits, including photography exploring the East End and it’s rich, diverse past and present. Buy Your Ticket to History VisitLEX offers an economical way to tour four of Lexington’s historic homes. At the Lexington Visitors Center, history lovers can purchase one ticket for $20 that grants them one admission to Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, the Mary Todd Lincoln House, the Hunt-Morgan House and Waveland State Historic Site. The ticket is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Former Kentucky Poet Laureate, Frank X Walker is a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets and Message Theater. He is the author of eight collections of poetry, and a professor in the Department of English and the African American and Africana Studies program at UK. His book, “Turn Me Loose:The Unghosting of Medgar Evers,” won the 2014 NAACP Image Award for best poetry collection. His latest work is The Affrilachian Sonnets (Larkspur Press). What are your “must-do” events in Lexington? FXW: The Roots & Heritage Festival, the Women Writers Conference Poetry Slam, opening day of Keeneland and Thursday Night Live. What are 5 things you must see when you’re in Lexington? FXW: A local distillery on the Bourbon Trail, the Legacy Trail from a bicycle seat, the Thriller Parade, a horse race and the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden. What is something that you can experience in Lexington that you can’t experience anywhere else in the world? FXW: A downtown full of dancing zombies and multiple Michael Jackson impersonators at the annual Thriller Parade. Frank X Walker Affrilachian Poet SECTION TITLE BEST BETS