9 Lexington Area Insider Gems

If you’re attending the World Equestrian Games in Lexington you’ll have access to a lot of information about some of the more commercially established places and sites to see. Those folks have the resources to place ads where you can easily see them. The places I’m about to tell you about are off the tourist path and known to the locals for being specifically wonderful in their area of expertise. So in no particular order:

  1. The Parkette Drive In
    1216 E New Circle Rd
    Lexington, KY 40505
    (859) 254-8723
    A traditionally styled old fashioned diner – and hey the food’s good too! It came close to being a has-been but was brought back to life a year ago by two brothers. If you’ve ever wanted to experience an authentic American drive in – this is your place.
  2. Cornerstone Pharmacy
    100 S Main St
    Versailles, KY 40383-1214
    (859) 873-3007
    Here’s another American classic – a luncheonette inside an old style drug store. Get an egg salad sandwich while you watch area horse farm managers come in and get their equine’s prescriptions filled.
  3. Addie’s Creekside Cafe
    5711 McCracken Pike

    Frankfort, KY, 40601
    In a little enclave called Millville this adorable little restaurant serves up some tasty + imaginative sandwiches you can enjoy with a beer on their comfortable porch. The drive here is about as gorgeous as you can get. You’ll go past some of the fanciest thoroughbred farms the region has to offer and through hill and dale in beautiful Kentucky style. Two mile up the road from the Woodford Reserve bourbon distillery (also worth a gander – but already well advertised).
  4. The Valleyview Ferry
    Ever wanted to experience an old fashioned boat ferry that crosses a river with one or two cars at a time? Of course you have – who wouldn’t? Now you can!
    Hours of Operation
    Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
    Saturday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Sunday 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
    It operate at no charge and connect southern Nicholasville to Richmond – and is a perfect side trip for anyone headed south back to Interstate 75 with a more adventurous spirit.
  5. Third Street Stuff
    Third Street Stuff
    257 N. Limestone
    Lexington, KY 40507
    (859) 255-5301
    Chock full of wacky and unusual trinkets you didn’t know you needed. They’ve also got a coffee shop. Absolutely adorable and unique!
  6. The Tack Rack
    1045 Georgetown Road , Suite A1
    Lexington, KY 40511 (Map)
    Got equine tack and apparel stuff to sell? Looking for a gently used something? Chances are they’ll have  it here. Some really great deals on some high quality stuff. It’s in a little strip mall that’s not much to look at next to Wise Choice tack. Another great local business. Dave, the owner just couldn’t bring himself to buy a booth at WEG ($$$)- but has awesome deals and an excellent selection for all you English riders.
  7. Seldom Scene Farm Llama Treks
    3605 Watts Ferry Rd.
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Have you ever been curious about hiking with beautiful friendly llamas on some of the more perfectly inspirational trails the bluegrass region has to offer? This is a wonderful way to see the land and meet some locals. Seldom Scene Farm specializes in alpacas and using their ultra wonderful fiber in knit and felted goods. Lindy Huber, your hostess is also horsey, knowledgeable on the flora and fauna and an excellent baker – so don’t be surprised if your trek includes a delectable offering or two.
  8. The Kentucky Equine Humane Center
    1713 Catnip Hill Rd
    Nicholasville, KY 40356-9769
    (859) 881-5849
    Hey! How about bringing home THE ultimate souvenir! The KyEHC has horses of all breeds and manner. Their adoption fee is reasonable and you will get a friend for life.
  9. Iota McHippus
    Maybe you’ll be in the right place at the right time to meet the world’s snarkiest miniature horse. He lives here in the bluegrass and maintains a Facebook presence (so you can at least friend him). He will be insinuating himself into public venues if the authorities let him that is. Otherwise just look for his comments on his fan page they’re sure to be rude. It’s his specialty!

2 Responses to “9 Lexington Area Insider Gems”

  1. Love ’em! Gosh, I’d forgotten the Parkette – and I used to live in that end of town!

  2. I’m going to dig out my photos of the ferry, Shaker Village and other sights I saw around Nicholasville when I was there four years ago. I still can’t believe I didn’t realize that’s where you were!

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