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    ABOUT THE REGION

    Welcome to the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky! The bourbon and horses may have landed you here but the adventure, food, history and people will keep you here. Showing interest in this part of Kentucky means you are ready for a fun and authentic time. So make yourself comfortable, we have a feeling you’ll never want to leave.


    EXPERIENCE THE EQUINE WORLD
    The best Kentucky experiences begin in Horse Country! Boasting more than 450 horse farms, this region is filled with scenic drives and elegant farms. In Lexington, The Horse Capital of the World, you can visit four-legged celebrities at numerous horse farms or watch what they do best at Keeneland Race Course. Lexington is also filled with bourbon bars, craft breweries, farm fresh cuisine, and unique shopping. Just down the road from Lexington, you’ll discover Versailles – a destination with Instagram-worthy horse farms at every turn and home to the Kentucky Castle. And if you’re curious where these famous horses retire, head to Georgetown to visit Old Friends, a horse retirement farm. You can also make a day of it and explore Georgetown’s charming downtown while shopping and dining in the best of Bluegrass culture.


    A RETREAT IN HISTORY AND ARTS
    Find your historically bold spirit when you step back in time with a visit to the birthplace of the Commonwealth, and Kentucky’s most historic battlefield, in Danville and Perryville. Be sure to check out Stanford, a place of firsts, and quaint downtown full of antiques, hand-made items and farm-to-table dining. And if you like history, continue your exploration at Daniel Boone’s cabin in Carlisle. If the legendary Boone is who you admire most, make your way to Richmond to witness a replica of his handy-work at Fort Boonesborough. Near Harrodsburg you’ll find the third largest Shaker community in the United States, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Witness impeccable Shaker architecture, enjoy miles of trails, and enjoy an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In Berea, the Crafts and Folk Arts Capital of Kentucky, you’ll delight in artists’ studios in Old Towne and the various artisans represented at the Kentucky Artisan Center.


    SIP THE BOURBON SLOW
    There’s one thing for certain, Kentuckians love their bourbon. If you’re planning to visit Buffalo Trace Distillery, a National Historic Landmark in Frankfort, be sure to visit the Kentucky State Capitol too. There’s a reason it is known as one of the most beautiful statehouses in the nation. In nearby Lawrenceburg, you’ll discover more bourbon distilleries, Wild Turkey and Four Roses, both set in the gorgeous Kentucky countryside. And let’s not forget about visiting Bourbon County! They are home to Hartfield & Co., a boutique craft distillery with a big Bourbon taste. Not into bourbon? The Bluegrass Region is also home to the first commercial vineyard in the United States, First Vineyard. Today you can visit and enjoy a wine tasting with unparalleled views of the landscape in Jessamine County. And no trip to the region would be complete without tasting Kentucky’s favorite soft drink, Ale-8-One. In Winchester you can visit the Ale-8-One facility, complete with a tour and a tasting.


    WANDER THROUGH ADVENTURE
    If outdoors and adventure is more your speed, this region won’t disappoint. Explore the Bluegrass in Cynthiana at the Quiet Trails Nature Preserve – 165 acres of ridges and ravines bordering Licking River.

     

    Want to know about the rest of Kentucky? Visit www.kentuckytourism.com for everything there is to see & do in our beautiful state.

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