Lexington is the geographical center of Kentucky’s famous Bluegrass region, is internationally recognized as the horse capital of the world. Kentucky’s second largest city is also the home of the University of Kentucky and historic Transylvania University. Many sites throughout the city are preserved as reminders of antebellum days when Lexington was known as the Athens of the West, second only to New Orleans as the largest and wealthiest town west of the Alleghenies. From the Inn, turn right onto U.S. 127 north to Bluegrass Parkway. Follow Bluegrass Parkway to Lexington. Lexington is approximately 33 miles from Beaumont Inn.
Waveland State Historic Site
This beautiful Greek Revival mansion built in 1847 by Joseph Bryan, grandnephew of Daniel Boone, re-creates the surroundings of the landed gentry in antebellum Kentucky. Guided tours feature period furnishings, servants’ quarters, smokehouse, and ice house.
Higbee Mill Rd, (859) 272 –3611
Ashland, Henry Clay Estate
This was the estate of the “Great Compromiser,” Henry Clay, from 1811 until his death in 1852. He was a U.S. Senator, Speaker of the House, Secretary of State, and candidate for President three times. Your guided tour features many Clay heirlooms. House surrounded by gardens on 20 wooded acres.
Richmond Road at Sycamore, (859) 266-8581
Headley – Whitney Museum
Located in the midst of beautiful horse farms, this museum features a diverse permanent collection of fine arts, including the world – renowned jeweled bibelots, the only contemporary collection of its kind open to the public.
4435 Old Frankfort Pike, (859) 255-6653
Hunt Morgan House
Located in historic Gratz Park, the Federal home was built in 1814 by the first millionaire west of the Alleghenies, John Wesley Hunt. Also home of the Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, the “Thunderbolt of the Confederacy,” and 1933 Nobel Prize winner Thomas Hunt Morgan.
201 North Mill Street, (859) 233-3290
This thoroughbred race course, founded in 1936, is a National Historic Landmark. Watch morning workouts mid-March – mid-November from daybreak to 10:00. A commentator explains the action Saturdays from 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. during race meets
U.S. 60, Versailles Road, (859) 254-3412
Lexington Children’s Museum
All the exhibits can be touched and explored by children from 12 months to 12 years. Includes natural wonders and international galleries, and a physics and space section with moonscape.
Victorian Square, (859) 258-3256
The Red Mile
Established in 1875, the same year as the Kentucky Derby, this famous race course is the site of more world-record harness racing performances than any other track. Grand Circuit meet in the fall; morning workouts year round. Enclosed clubhouse, Paddock Park with outdoor dining and walking ring, and museum.
847 South Broadway, *(859) 255- 0752
After a day of exploring Lexington, return to our historic bed and breakfast for fine food and drink.
Our Central Kentucky Travel Guide: Top 12 Things to Do | Central Kentucky Small Towns | Harrodsburg & Old Fort Harrod | Danville & Centre College | Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill | Bourbon Distillery Tour | Keeneland | Horse Farms | Kentucky Horse Park | US 127 Yard Sale | 400-Mile Sale | Perryville & Civil War Sites | Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding | Golf | Frankfort | Events | Brass Band Festival | Winery Tours | Berea | Antiques