Lexington Journals

My New Kentucky Home

A travel journal to Lexington by ramcgraw

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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.

My New Kentucky Home

Overview

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Lexington has a small town feel with the offerings of a large town. There are plenty of activities throughout the year from theatre, to horse racing, to nature hikes, to shopping. Quick Tips: The following website is a great tool for finding activities in and around Lexington. http://www.visitlex.com/ Best Way To Get Around: Personally, renting a car or driving your own is the easiest way to get around in Lexington. As with many towns, a twenty mile circle of road connects the external parts of the city. One caution on Lexington roads: many roads have different names and/or numbers in different sections of town. It is worth your while to study a map noticing the different names if yo...Read More
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The Garden Cafe is an old home with antiques and curiosities for sale throughout. The restaurant is open from 11am to 4pm only Monday through Saturday. Reservations are highly suggested. The meal options range around lunchtime fare including sandwiches, salads, quiches and soups. The ingredients are fresh and the food is homemade. The kitchen uses local produce and herbs from their own garden in back of the kitchen. They are also known for their fresh brewed flavored teas and desserts. The food is served by friendly waitstaff in a timely manner even for larger groups. I suggest getting the most variety for your money by ordering the half sandwich with homemade soup. The cafe is quaint with great ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2006

Garden Cafe at Flag Fork
900 North Broadway
Lexington, Kentucky 40505
(859) 252-6837

Asian Wind

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Restaurant

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Asian Wind is located in Palomar shopping center. I would probably never have discovered this gem if it hadn't been for my coworkers insisting on eating lunch there one day. (As we are teachers, we only eat out on rare non-student days.) I have now been to Asian Wind several times with my husband as well as coworkers. Each time the service has been quick and friendly. The restaurant is a sit down Chinese restaurant with private booths and tables. The lunch menu offers many options which all come with the soup of the day. Fried noodles are brought to each table as well. The food is cooked without MSG and is exceptional. I always order my dishes extra spicy and they come just like I want. The prices are...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 26, 2006

Asian Wind
3735 Palomar Centre Dr # 4
Lexington, Kentucky 40513
(859) 223-0060

Rail Heads Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Rail Heads At the Depot"

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We decided to try a new restaurant in town. We never eat in our hometown of Versailles, KY, because most of the restaurants allow smoking and just 10 minutes from town in either Frankfort or Lexington, all the restaurants are smoke-free. But we decided to give the new place a try.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...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 8, 2006

Rail Heads Restaurant
110 Frankfort St.
Versailles, Kentucky 40383
(859) 873-FOOD

Raven Run Sanctuary Hiking Trails

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Attraction

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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 ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 8, 2006

Raven Run Sanctuary Hiking Trails
5888 Jacks Creek Road
Lexington, Kentucky

Broadway Series

Attraction | "Broadway Series at the Lexington Opera House"

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The Lexington Opera House is dedicated to the performing arts and has been for almost 120 years. Shows vary throughout the year but I attended two shows from the Broadway series this season. The house is older and more dated than some performing houses I have been to but the performances themselves have been fabulous. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres are available for purchase before the show and during intermission. There is free parking behind Rupp Arena along High Street for the theatre about four blocks away. There is closer parking (one block away) for $3 for the entire night. There are some small cafes and nicer restaurants within easy walking distance for an after or before show dinner.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2006

Broadway Series
Lexington Opera House
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
(859) 233-3535

Kentucky Horse Park

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The horse park is good experience in summer but personally I prefer it in winter. During the Christmas Season, a huge light display themed around horses is shown throughout the park. It is $15 per car rather than per person and you have access to the museums as well as seasonal displays. There are even pony rides for an additional cost and a petting zoo at no cost. The light display takes about 20 minutes to drive through and is well worth the $15 even if you do not go through the museums and petting zoo. The only thing you miss in the winter is going through the barns and seeing the different horses.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2006

Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, Kentucky 40511
(859) 255-5727

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Keeneland is the place in Lexington to see thoroughbred racing and sales throughout the year. Keeneland is open for racing in the months of October and April, Wednesday through Sunday. The general admission is $3, but for an additional $5 you can secure a grandstand seat. Parking is free through gates one and three. The horse racing is fun to watch but I mostly enjoy the atmosphere. People dress for Keeneland in their Sunday best and many families attend together. There are food and drink stands throughout simulating a baseball park in my mind. Of course, there is betting. I suggest taking just as much money as you want to bet and having at it. I bet $20 total on 5 different races last time and lost e...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 8, 2006

Keeneland Race Course
4201 Versailles Road
Lexington, Kentucky 40510
(859) 254-3412

Hiking the Kentucky River Palisades

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Attraction

Kentucky River Palisades Photo, Lexington, Kentucky
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The trail follows an old stagecoach path that leads to what previously was a ferry landing on the Kentucky River. The trail descends to the Kentucky River and then ascends back to the parking lot. At the Kentucky River you have a beautiful view of the Palisades. I learned from an informational sign that we were seeing the oldest, exposed rock in Kentucky. For geology buffs, it is from the Ordovician Period. We went west to east on the trail and were going downhill on the steepest part of the trail. At the base of the Kentucky River were the remains of a fireplace that belonged to the family that operated the ferry at this point on the river. To get to the river and palisades overview you must take the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 1, 2006

Equus Run Vineyards

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Attraction

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Just off I-64, minutes from downtown Lexington, sits Equus Run Vineyards. The vineyard consists of a main building with wine tasting and related merchandise for sale. Off the main building is a garden patio to sit and sip. Just beyond the garden patio are the grape vines. They are marked by their type and extend far into a field. If one walks through the grape vines you will come upon a lovely gazebo secluded from the rest of the area. With just a bit more walking you will come to an amphitheater where summer concerts with various musical genres are performed. The vineyard has summer hours Tuesday through Saturday, from 11am to 7pm, with extended hours on concert dates. The wine tasting is $2 per pers...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2006

Equus Run Vineyards
1280 Moores Mill Rd.
Midway, Kentucky 40347
(859) 846-9463