New attractions, new initiatives, new ideas for ways to explore Lexington and the Bluegrass Region! In Lexington we are deeply rooted in our heritage and traditions, but we never stand still! If you are on the hunt for new restaurants to try, click here.
Flying in or out of Lexington, KY? Be sure to check out Cork & Barrel! They have opened their second location at the Blue Grass Airport, conveniently located post-security in the gate area of the airport. With more than 100 bourbons in the shop, passengers will be able to travel with the finest spirits from Kentucky's distilleries. For more information on the store check out the Cork & Barrel website!
Fancy yourself a chocoholic? Chocolate Holler is owned by the wonderful people at a Cup of Common Wealth. This coffee and chocolate bar has everything a chocolate lover could desire. As Lexington's first chocolate 'bar,' they have chocolate espresso drinks, chocolate treats, chocolate baked goods, chocolate bars – you name it, they’ve probably put chocolate in or on it. Find out more information for chocolate lovers on their website!
The Summit at Fritz Farm is now open! Stores and restaurants are opening throughout the summer. The Summit is a Festival Zone, and when complete will have more than 60 shops and a food hall called "The Barn". The Summit at Fritz Farm is a finely curated mixed-use destination infused with the essence and style of Lexington, KY. Blending retail, office space, a boutique hotel and a residential component, The Summit at Fritz Farm is a first-class destination for visitors looking for a unique shopping and dining experience.
The Burl is Lexington's newest entertainment destination, located right across Manchester Street from the Distillery District. This beautiful restored old train depot has its original wood frame and open layout and holds nearly 300 people. The natural surfaces add to the great acoustics. Live music is featured Thursday through Sunday. Come hear local and national talent of all genres. See more photos of this creatively renovated building on their Facebook page.
21c Museum Hotel rehabilitated the iconic Fayette National Bank Building in downtown Lexington. Like its sister properties, 21c Lexington welcomes both visitors and members of the community to experience its rotating exhibits, participate in its programming and enjoy its culinary offerings. This is a multi-venue museum and hotel, with 7,000 square feet of gallery and event space. The art galleries are open to the public, free of charge, 24/7.
21c Museum Hotel's on site restaurant Lockbox, is proud to have Jonathan Searle as executive chef. Lockbox showcases Searle's commitment to sourcing local, high-quality seasonal ingredients and thoughtful yet simple preparations and cooking techniques.
The newest party bike in Lexington is the Thirsty Pedaler. What a way to do a pub crawl! They provide a driver and the bike... you provide the party. This beautiful 15 passenger bike is equipped with a sound system and adjustable seats. Great for birthdays, bachelor or bachelorette parties, corporate events or just a night out with friends.
Do a two hour tour of downtown Lexington on one of two routes. About half your time will be spent pedaling, and the other half enjoying one of their partner bars along the route.
Join the fun aboard the "Big Blue Pedaler" featuring brewery tours, family day tours, historic tours and much more. Check out their routes and their schedule and book a tour at www.bigbluepedaler. It's a "bike", it's a trolley, it's a party bus, it's a spin class on wheels, it's a human-powered limo, it's a pedal-powered cruiser-- it's what ever you make it!
You can book several seats, or the whole bike. Take a pre-arranged tour or create your own itinerary. You can also secure the Big Blue Pedaler for special bookings such as sporting events, wedding events, corporate outings or promotional rides.
The Distillery District is a popular downtown area off Manchester Street. It features historic warehouses and other buildings related to Lexington's earliest forays in to Bourbon Distilling. Restaurants, bars, artists studios, a craft brewery, a distillery and special event spaces have sprung up along the Town Branch. Enjoy a view of the creek from the deck of The Break Room, or stop in the newly opened Crank and Boom Ice Cream Lounge. There is always something new happening in the Distillery District. Slated for 2017: a new distillery on the site of James E. Pepper's original 1879 distillery. Southern Living named the Pepper Campus one of the 50 Best Places in the South Now!
Legal graffiti? Street art shows up in unexpected places throughout Lexington. Several organizations have sponsored local and internationally known artists to create murals both large and small. Do our new Mural Challenge by visiting at least fifteen. Find your favorite. Want a preview? Check out these resources: www.aceweekly.com
A booming trend...Craft Breweries! Lexington is quickly becoming the center of Kentucky's craft beer industry. The "Brew"grass region now features eight Craft Breweries on the Brewgrass Trail. Pick up a Brewgrass Passport at any of the breweries.
Complete the passport and VisitLEX will mail you a specially designed T-shirt! You can turn in your completed passport at any of the breweries, or mail it to VisitLEX. Be sure to include your mailing address and your T-shirt size.