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A Horse Lover's Dream in Lexington, Kentucky!

We're Off to the Races in Kentucky!

Tour Horse Farms and Visit the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington Kentucky

The bluegrass hills of Lexington Kentucky are exceedingly beautiful, and home to world-class horse farms and attractions like the Kentucky Horse Park.  This summer is a wonderful time to visit this part of Kentucky, and maybe even do a little horseback riding for yourself!

Horses have been synonymous with Kentucky since its earliest days as a territory when frontiersmen came on horseback through the Cumberland Gap. For more than 2 centuries, Kentucky has been a hotbed for American horse racing, breeding, and shows, and the state's rolling green hills are considered to be the best place to raise these majestic animals. 

The most famous of these races, of course, is the Kentucky Derby, which is held every year in the first part of May. But throughout the rest of the year, Kentucky is a great place to visit if you're interested in visiting these fabled race tracks, the many horse farms around Kentucky, and top horse-related attractions like the Kentucky Horse Park. 

Lexington Kentucky, famously known as the "Horse Capital of the World," is the epicenter of all things equine in the Bluegrass State. In Lexington, you'll find two beautiful Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts. These incredible properties would be happy to welcome you this summer and to help guide you through the very best of horse country.  

Tour Horse Farms and Visit the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington Kentucky

What to do at the Kentucky Horse Park

There are quite a few horse-related attractions in the Lexington, Kentucky area, but none more popular than the Kentucky Horse Park. It's here that you can enjoy one of the most immersive horse experiences in all of Kentucky, including meeting the famed champions of the industry, learning more about the history of horses in Kentucky, and even hop up in the saddle yourself. 

Altogether, Kentucky Horse Park is an incredible destination, and it's located just about 25 minutes outside of downtown Lexington. Here are a few things you'll enjoy doing during your visit this summer: 

  1. Enjoy a live performance at Kentucky Horse Park, including their popular Hall of Champions show and the Parade of Breeds.
  2. Explore the legacy of Kentucky's horses at amazing museums, like the International Museum of the Horse and The American Saddlebred Museum.
  3. Hop in the saddle and take a guided 35-minute trail ride along the outskirts of Kentucky Horse Park.

Kentucky Horse Park isn't the only amazing horse-related attraction to see in the Lexington area.  Here are a few others for your consideration: 

  1. There are more than 450 horse farms in Lexington and the surrounding area. Touring one or more of these Kentucky horse farms is a great way to spend your time in Lexington.
  2. Visit Keeneland Racecourse, where the country's best Thoroughbreds compete every April and October. Keeneland is also the Thoroughbred industry’s leading auction house.
  3. Visit the beautiful oval track at Red Mile Harness Track, one of the world's oldest harness tracks.
  4. There are plenty more farms and guides in the area offering scenic horseback rides through the countryside if you're up for more adventure on horseback. You can find a comprehensive list of them here.
  5. Visit the horses at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm.
  6. If you're up for a short drive, the Kentucky Derby Museum and the famed Churchill Downs are about 2 hours away in Louisville. 
Tour Horse Farms and Visit the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington Kentucky

More Things to do in Lexington KY

As wonderful as the Kentucky Horse Park is, it's just one of the many great things to do in Lexington KY. From horses and history to the famed Bourbon Trail, Lexington is an incredible place to spend some time this summer.  

If you're in need of ideas, here are a few more incredible things to do in Lexington KY: 

  1. Tour distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, or sample local craft breweries in downtown Lexington.
  2. Learn more about the area's history at top attractions like the Mary Todd Lincoln House, Waveland State Historic Site, and Fort Boonesborough State Park.
  3. Get outside and enjoy a hike in beautiful places like Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
  4. Visit great museums like the Aviation Museum of Kentucky and the Headley-Whitney Museum.
  5. Head to the Red River Gorge for some great hiking and other adventures. 

Whether it's visiting the Kentucky Horse Park or touring bourbon distilleries, you'll want a relaxing place to put your feet up at the end of the day.  That is where our incredible Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts come in. With distinct style and exquisite attention to detail, our Inns offer so much more than just a place to sleep.  Why stay at a traditional hotel, when you can Select something more unique, with unparalleled hospitality?  Browse our properties below, and then start planning your getaway to Lexington Kentucky this summer!

Lexington Bed and Breakfasts

A Storybrook Inn Bed and Breakfast

At A Storybook Inn, we have a holistic approach to serving our guests with attentive service, unparalleled luxury in our accommodations, hypoallergenic, green cleaning/laundry practices, and tantalizing gourmet breakfasts with as much local and organic foods as available. 

Kentucky is famous for its natural beauty. For all there is to do outside the Inn, inside the Inn is also perfect for catching up on your rest, napping, reading, or birdwatching. The luxury bedding and well-appointed suites invite one to linger in bed but the delectable breakfasts made with local ingredients tempt one to rush downstairs and indulge. Fresh ground organic coffee, quality ingredients, tasteful, upscale décor, and attentive, caring service, surrounded by a setting of glorious natural beauty is what A Storybook Inn…so ‘storybook.’

Charred Oaks Inn

Romance, elegance, and tranquility describe the ambiance at Charred Oaks Inn. The house is furnished in a playful mixture of art and antiques, with a constant eye on comfort. Open year round, and located just minutes from downtown Lexington, Keeneland, Kentucky Horse Park, the Bourbon Trail, wineries, museums, shops, fine dining establishments and thoroughbred horse farms, our Lexington, Kentucky bed and breakfast provides the perfect setting any time of the year!

Here in the heart of the Horse Capital of the World, guests experience unparalleled amenities in our timelessly appointed and spacious guestrooms and suite; all have King size poster beds and private en-suite bathrooms; tall ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors that mirror the romantic flames from the fireplaces in several of the rooms.

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Chateau Bourbon Exterior
Chateau Bourbon glass
Bedding with pillows at Chateau Bourbon
Chateau Bourbon interior
Innkeepers at Chateau Bourbon
Innkeepers Missy & John Hillock
Cocktail & Dessert
Waffle with bourbon buttered maple syrup
Bourbon selection
Angel's Share suite
Reserve suite
Single Barrel suite
Stillhouse suite
Sleeping porch

Chateau Bourbon

Louisville, KY

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astorybook place seting
conservatory dining room
guest room
dining room
astorybook door
astorybook vintage
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a storybook cupcakes
breakfast crepes
Our gorgeous 48 foot conservatory where breakfast is served. Colors change with the season.
The massive air-whirlpool tub in Somewhere In Time luxury bathroom.
A section of our stunning 34 ft. living room where guests enjoy relaxing
Our original Quiche with fresh organic or local ingredients in puff pastry
The arched door in the wall. Does it go to the "secret garden?"
The gardens and courtyard behind the old brick wall. Gardens and a pond with waterfalls feature.

A Storybook Inn Bed and Breakfast

Versailles, KY

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Living Room on first floor at Charred Oaks Inn
Dining Room offers separate tables on first floor
The inn on a snowy day from the circle drive
Ground level outdoor terrace
Front lawn with view of the building
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fruit salad
Commemorative Poster on display in common room
Kentucky Derby Dessert served in mint julep cups
Charred Oaks Inn signature breakfast sweet potato hash topped with fried egg
Charred Oaks Inn afternoon tea open face cucumber sandwiches
Charred Oaks Inn signature chocolate orange bread pudding
Glimpse into the front entrance hall at Charred Oaks Inn

Charred Oaks Inn

Versailles, KY

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