Lexington has long been on our list. At over four hours, it’s too far for a regular weekend and too close for a weeklong vacation. Thus Lex lands on the three day weekend wishlist.
A great, beautiful campground with only two minor critiques. There should be a path connecting the campsites to the bath houses. Due to the unique shape, campers have to either go around the horseshoe or cut across sites. Also, the park has a guardhouse. However during our stay, the guardhouse, campstore, and campground hosts were all MIA. We feel like someone should be at the property.
Saturday morning we decided to explore downtown Lexington. We started at the farmers market and a visit to the tourism office to plan out the remainder of our visit. We picked up a walking tour map that took us past several great sites, including the Mary Todd Lincoln house, several churches, and a log cabin.
Next stop: Nate’s Coffee for a good pour over, lattes for the kids, and a unique beetroot latte. Based upon two local recommendations, we had great tacos and tamales at Corto Lima. The tostones and cauliflower al pastor tacos were so good. We visited the downtown library where we saw a five story pendulum clock and great city views. in a restored industrial area is now the Distillery District, with breweries, distilleries, ax throwing, shops and restaurants. We did a couple bourbon tastings and enjoyed the beautiful afternoon.
We got a tip from the Tourism Office to visit Keeneland Race Club early on Sunday morning. We were there at 7:30 and found a self guided tour app. The grounds are immaculately landscaped. We saw horses on the track for training as well as in the stables being prepared for an upcoming breeding stock sale event.
Per the kids request, we found a skate park in a city park where the kids successfully didn’t break any bones on their scooters. At Good Foods Co-Op we got a few groceries as well as a light early lunch.
Also per recommendation, we visited McConnell Spring. This is the site where the city founders decided to form Lexington, so named as the founders had just learned of the first battle of the American Revolution and wanted to honor the effort. We love college towns and enjoyed seeing the UK campus. Near campus we found a lunch spot that was recommended at the coffee shop: Girlsgirlsgirls Burritos. The kids destroyed a mountain of tamales for their second lunch of the day, while we had a good and spicy bowl.
We decided to head about an hour east of town to visit another location that we’ve also been considering: Natural Bridge State Resort. The natural bridge and rock formations were amazing! The trails were steep but the views worth every step. The trails run close to the edge in multiple spots, especially once you get off the Original Trail, Mitchell kept us nervous all afternoon.
Kentucky Horse Park Campground, Lexington, and Natural Bridge State Resort combined for a great three day weekend escape.
Shane and Jessica
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