Top Five Reasons To Road Trip to Lexington This Week

Keeneland’s spring season is underway! It’s just one of our Top 5 reasons to gallop off to Lexington this weekend.
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Lexington, Kentucky

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1. Keeneland
7 a.m. may seem like an early wake-up call for day at the races, but every Saturday morning of the season, Sunrise Trackside offers a unique peek at thoroughbred racing. Have your breakfast while the horses train on the track, get the inside scoop on handicapping with handicapper Kate Gensler, and query jockeys at a Q&A in the walking ring. Saturday, April 22. keeneland.com

2. The Kentucky Horse Park
The Kentucky Horse Park is mounting a year-long celebration of Man O’ War, one of the most famous thoroughbreds in history, in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Triple Crown winner and father of War Admiral, Man O’War’s centennial celebration begins with an exhibit at the International Museum of the Horse (who knew?) Through November 1, 2017. kyhorsepark.com

3. Kentucky Crafted: The Market
This juried craft show is in its 35th year. Browse the work of the 200+ artists and craftspeople assembled at the Lexington Center and shop for expertly made, un-googleable jewelry, paintings, ceramics, woodwork, and textiles and other goodies. Sat, April 22 & Sun, April 23, artscouncil.ky.gov

4. Lexington Distillery District
Spend some time just sittin’-n-sippin’ at The Elkhorn Tavern, inside the original barreling house of the historic James E. Pepper distillery. It features a rustic atmosphere and cocktails made with Barrel House Distillery’s own Rockcastle Bourbon, Pure Blue Vodka, Kentucky Oak Rum, and Devil John Moonshine. barrelhousedistillery.com

5. Middle Fork Kitchen Bar
Also located on the historic Pepper distilling campus, Middle Fork Kitchen Bar, helmed by executive chef Mark Jensen, puts a bluegrass perspective on dishes that draw from a variety of cuisines: spaetzle cacao e pepe, Vermont cheddar scallion pancakes, braised pork belly with a mirin-soy-lime-glaze…yes please. middleforkkb.com

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