Combining the cosmopolitan conveniences of a big city with the easy approachability of a small Southern town, Lexington offers one-of-a-kind experiences for meeting and convention attendees looking to explore a destination filled with unique adventures. Not to mention, it’s packed with some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet—your guests can expect unparalleled Southern hospitality at every touchpoint.
Lexington is known worldwide as the “Horse Capital of the World,” so visitors are never more than 10 minutes away from the rolling Bluegrass hills of Horse Country. There are plenty of opportunities to experience the horse scene here—tour a world-class horse farm, visit the historic Keeneland Race Course, or learn about all breeds of horses at the famous 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park. There’s no better place to get up close and personal with horses than Lexington, Kentucky—so whether attendees are equestrians or just curious about the history of the horse, they’ll have come to the right place.
Ninety five percent of the world’s bourbon is aged in Kentucky, making Lexington a hub for quaint bourbon bars, craft-micro distilleries and several historic bourbon distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Visitors can tour nine working distilleries within 30 minutes of Lexington, and learn about the time-honored traditions involved in crafting America’s only native spirit. And downtown, you can expect to find bourbon-infused cocktails and culinary creations at any number of bourbon bars or eateries.
Lexington may be known around the world for its horses and bourbon, but its exploding culinary and craft beer scenes are also garnering national attention from food bloggers, critics and lovers of fresh, local cuisine. (In fact, new hotspot Middle Fork Kitchen Bar was named one of the “Top 100 Hottest Restaurants in America for 2016” by Open Table). Collaborations between local farmers and chefs have led to the creation of wonderful and unique restaurants that boast seasonal menus. Visitors will find delicious, fresh-from-the-farm cuisine on just about every corner, from chic white tablecloth hotspots to beloved hole-in-the-wall diners. And craft beer lovers can hop on the “Brewgrass Trail” and sample creative craft brews at any featured brewery.
With a walkable downtown, unique meeting spaces, uncommon Southern hospitality and experiences you won’t find anywhere else, Lexington is a wonderful destination for meetings and conventions of any size.