Lexington, KY Do List

Do List

Our favorite things to do and see near Origin Hotel.

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.

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

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a landmark destination that shares 3,000 acres of discovery in the spirit of the Kentucky Shakers. Home to the third largest Shaker community in the United States between 1805 and 1910, the vibrant site offers experiences designed to ignite curiosity, expand imaginations and inspire generations. Spirited hospitality, fresh-air adventures and great discoveries are just around the corner.

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

Goodfellas

If you’re looking for a big ol’ delicious slice of New York style pizza – this is the place. With two spots in Lex, you can grab a quick bite to-go at the Mill Street location or enjoy the speakeasy style, Wiseguy Lounge in the Distillery District. Be sure to go hungry – their portions are huge!

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.

Country Boy Brewing

Embrace your inner Country Boy at Country Boy Brewing! They brew fresh, minimally processed beers using high-quality ingredients with locally sourced fruits, vegetables, and hops when available. Stop in the taproom to try one of their staples, like Cougar Bait Blonde, Cliff Jumper IPA, or Shotgun Wedding Vanilla Brown Ale. You can also find their beer on tap at our restaurant, 33 Staves!

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.