Lexington, KY Do List

Do List

Our favorite things to do and see near Origin Hotel.

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Do

Horse Country Farm Tours

Meet superstar athletes, prolific baby daddies and some fine baby mamas. Horse Country farm tours allow you to get behind the scenes at some of the most prestigious breeding farms, world-class vet clinics and showcases the heart of the Bluegrass. Booking a tour? Check with our Locals for a special group rate!

James E Pepper Distillery

Get up close and personal with each stage of the bourbon process – taste the mash straight out of the fermenter, white dog as it comes off the still and sweet, delicious bourbon straight from the barrel. Check with our Locals to receive a discounted rate before taking a tour!

The Summit at Fritz Farm

Experience The Summit at Fritz Farm right outside our front door. The Summit features the region’s best food, fashion, social gatherings and includes over 60 street-level shops with more than 20 dining options. Check with our Locals for various discount and coupons available!

Keeneland

One of Lexington’s top attractions and go-to spots in April and October (but open all year round) is the National Historic Landmark racetrack, Keeneland. Enjoy bourbon, betting and stunning Bluegrass views. Head to the track at dawn to watch the horses’ morning workout followed by breakfast at the Track Kitchen – where you’ll sit alongside trainers, owners and jockeys fueling up for the day.

Legacy Trail

Wind through 12 miles of horse country and Lexington green space on the Legacy Trail. Parking is available at three trailheads: Coldstream Park at McGrathiana Boulevard, North Lexington Family YMCA on Loudon Avenue and Iron Works Pike across from the Kentucky Horse Park campground. Limestone pillars mark each end of the trail. Walk, in-line skate, bicycle & wheelchair accessible.

Shaker Village Paddling

Shaker Landing provides one of the few public access points to the sweeping Kentucky River Palisades, with steep, scenic gorges and limestone outcroppings that stretch for miles. Bring your canoe or kayak and launch into pool 7 on the Kentucky River from Shaker Landing. Venture upriver on the Kentucky, or take a detour onto the Dix, a stocked trophy trout stream. $5 per vessel. Non-motorized vessels only. Fee must be paid and waiver signed in advance at the Welcome Center.

Kentucky Horse Park

The Kentucky Horse Park is a premier venue for those who love and want to learn more about the equine industry + man’s relationship with the horse. Kentucky Horse Park tickets include admission to the world-renowned International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Saddlebred Museum – the Showplace for Saddlebreds, and the beautiful grounds year-round. Many additional horse shows and special events take place on the grounds throughout the year. Head to kyhorsepark.com for ticketing information and additional details.

Red Mile

Lexington’s oldest existing racetrack, dating to 1875, and one of the nation’s most respected harness tracks. Simulcast wagering on Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Quarter Horse racing is offered year round. The Red Mile entertainment complex includes a 75,000 square foot gaming facility with 902 instant racing machines for your playing pleasure. Free live music acts in the Atrium every weekend!

Battle Axes

Indoor hatchet throwing! Battle Axes offers casual throwing, league play, corporate events, and private parties with over 70 canned beers and ciders (half of which are Kentucky Proud), soda, bottled water, and snack foods are available for purchase. Be sure to call and make a reservation on the weekends, as spots fill up quickly!

Eat

33 Staves

Enjoy our very own seasonally crafted menu inspired by recipes from a collection of Kentucky cookbooks passed down through generations! Must-try dishes include the chicken and waffles with sorghum and local bacon syrup; the harvest bowl with farro, locally sourced vegetables and a spicy sesame dressing; and 33 Staves’ signature cocktail The Summit, a homage to the Manhattan with a custom twist.

County Club

Close your eyes and point to a menu item… you won’t be disappointed. Fresh smoked meats fills in the air as you walk in the door, authentic cocktails and specials updated regularly. Always try the deviled eggs – prepared differently each week.

Crank & Boom

The creamiest, tastiest, handmade ice cream you’ll ever put in your mouth. Not just any ice cream, but the kind made with the local, all-natural and exotic ingredients. The menu rotates – if you catch it at the right time try the Bourbon Ball ice cream and add a shot of Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream. Your taste buds will thank you! PC: Sarah Jane Sanders

Honeywood

Owned by the culinary queen of the Bluegrass, James Beard Foundation Award nominee Ouita Michel combines delicious southern fare, locally sourced products and southern hospitality at Honeywood. Luckily for us, Honeywood is a hop, skip and jump from our front door. Our favorite seasonal option – the Fried Green Tomato BLT and Butternut Squash Bisque.

Kentucky Native

Imagine a secret garden with delicious vegetarian food, local beer, wine and gelato. Heaven. On. Earth. This place is open seasonally (as it’s all outdoor seating) and connected to a nursery with greenhouses that adds even more to the ambiance. PS. You can’t go wrong with their beer cheese, Bavarian pretzels, blood orange Bellini and salad of the day.

Drink

Ethereal

Located in a revitalized historic distillery, Ethereal taproom selection spans from traditional craft staples (IPAs, Saisons, Witbiers) to ambitious out-of-the-norm brews. Head past the taproom to find a wall of dart boards and the occasional taco stand (or free, local White Cheddar & Jalapeno popcorn while supplies last on the weekends). And bring your pup, too.

Ona

Tucked away in downtown Lex is Ona, boasting an Art Deco interior, unique cocktails, cheap beer and a relaxed vibe. This spot was recently named one of the top 21 bars in the country by Esquire Magazine – with drinks like The Urban Cowboy (bourbon, smoked thyme honey, lemon, heering) & Sophie’s Best (gin, berry citrus cordial, absinthe) you can taste why.

West Sixth

West Sixth Brewing is known for their delicious beer, relaxed atmosphere and involvement in the community. Head to their free Run Club on Monday nights or donation based Yoga Class on Wednesday nights while sipping on pint specials and locally-sourced SmithTown Seafood restaurant bites, located within the brewery.

Wine + Market

Wine + Market is a boutique deli, market, wine, craft beer and specialty liquor shop located in historic downtown Lexington. The market offers a large variety of domestic and imported cheeses, charcuterie, deli meats and seasonal locally grown produce. Their beautiful wine room offers a hand-picked selection of quality wine, spirits and craft beer from around the globe. Be sure to stop by on Fridays from 5-7:30pm for free wine tastings!

Bluegrass Tavern

Experience the largest bourbon collection in Kentucky with over 915 bourbons & counting. Also The Bourbon Reviews’, Best Bourbon Bar in America, 6 years running. Be sure to ask for their famous Old Fashioned or ask the bartenders for their recommendations, known for their encyclopedic knowledge of bourbon.