A travel journal
to Lexington by ramcgraw
Quote: I have recently made Kentucky my permanent home. Kentucky is a beautiful state when it comes to natural beauty. It is also a great place to visit for almost any type of vacation. We have mountains, lakes, caves, gorges and plenty of horses.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2006
Garden Cafe at Flag Fork
900 North Broadway
Lexington, Kentucky 40505
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 26, 2006
3735 Palomar Centre Dr # 4
Lexington, Kentucky 40513
Restaurant | "Rail Heads At the Depot"
We were delighted to find that they do not allow smoking in the restaurant. The restaurant has a lovely outside porch with tables for dining, as well as many tables indoors. We were seated indoors without any waiting at a high table for two. I had a view of the new bar with two HD TVs showing the current sporting events.
Our drink order was quickly taken and served along with a complimentary bread basket. I ordered a cup of chipotle soup and burger. My husband ordered pork chops.
The soup arrived in good order and was deliciously spicy in a mild way. Homemade tortillas were added on top, which made it especially good. The burger was cooked just the way I like it and served with waffle fries. I couldn't finish my dinner (especially after slurping down all that soup), but I did have room to try my husband's dinner, which looked like a sandwich with fried green tomatoes on the outside of two slices of pork, with mashed potatoes stuffed in between. It was also delicious. The menu has a Southwest flair but represents a variety of different foods. Bluegill, hot browns, and fried green tomatoes are on the menu, as well as steak, pasta, and chicken.
I was very pleased with my dining experience. The price for both of our meals was $35, which is a little higher than you might pay at a chain bar and grill, but the convenience of being within 2 miles of our home added to the friendly service and good food.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 8, 2006
Rail Heads Restaurant
110 Frankfort St.
Versailles, Kentucky 40383
The red trail is a four mile loop trail with plenty of places to join other trails or take long and short cuts from one part of the red trail to another. You can go either direction on the loop. We went west to start which took us away from the Kentucky River. However, I enjoyed going this way because the grand view was toward the end of our hike making it more climactic. Along the hike there were several beautiful wildflowers and ferns enjoying the filtered sunshine of spring through the trees.
Several trees were labeled with their scientific and common identification along the trail. A couple of miles into the trail we passed a grist mill along Raven Run Creek. A grist mill uses a water wheel to grind corn to meal - something I didn't know. We finally reached the summit of the hike to view the Kentucky River about 3 miles into the hike. The view is a great one, about 75-feet above the water. The last mile of the trail follows an old stone fence: a common yet pleasing scene in Kentucky. The trail is not difficult as fair as terrain goes but is a little long if you are a beginner. The trail is well maintained with a 2- to 3-foot wide trail the whole way. I appreciate this because I didn't have to worry about picking up ticks or brushing against poison ivy as I walked. We finished the hike in 1 hour and 45 minutes following a pretty quick pace. At the end of the hike we went inside the tiny visitor center which had several preserved animals from the area. We enjoyed a picnic after our hike at the picnic tables in the parking lot.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 8, 2006
Raven Run Sanctuary Hiking Trails
5888 Jacks Creek Road
Attraction | "Broadway Series at the Lexington Opera House"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2006
Lexington Opera House
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, Kentucky 40511
Keeneland Race Course
4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40510
The trail is well maintained but there are no facilities beyond a registry and informational sign.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 1, 2006
We tasted 7 wines in all, in several varieties. Equus Run is the official winery of the Kentucky Derby and as such has memorabilia associated with the Derby as well as a commemorative wine. I enjoyed (and purchased) the Vidal Blanc wine which is in a signature blue bottle. All the white wines are made with grapes grown on the property. Red and blush wines are made with combinations of grapes from the property and grapes from other areas of the country. Picnicking is encouraged on the grounds just leave the alcohol at home and purchase a variety from the vineyard. Here is the official website to find out more about the summer concert series and other events : http://www.equusrunvineyards.com/default.asp
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2006
Equus Run Vineyards
1280 Moores Mill Rd.
Midway, Kentucky 40347
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