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Trip Report Anniversary at The Castle Post in Lexington. WOW!

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My husband surprised me with a stay for our anniversary. Unfortunately, we had to postpone our original reservation, but they gladly rebooked us. We have watched this behemoth being built for 30 years. It's past is checkered, to say the least. What a wonderful addition to Kentucky's travel repertoire to have this upscale, yet friendly and welcoming property available to all.

The Castle Post sits on 40 acres of land close to Lexington's airport and historic racetrack, Keeneland. The property has tennis courts, a large swimming pool, basketball court and fountain areas outside. On the top deck, there is a shuffleboard court. Indoors, there are several sitting areas, a library, a game room with plush reciiner chairs and large TV, a music room with piano, a banquet hall, a huge entry hall with a gorgeous staircase and a lovely dining room with low amber lighting. They operate a small bar in the lobby before dinner as well.

Before we arrived, we were sent a menu and asked to choose our dinner. The gourmet dinner is included in the room price. Upon checking in, the delightful manager Rob Thomale told us that the owner had expectations of this inn being more of a B&B atmosphere, where guests could dine together if they chose. They were expecting 5 couples for dinner and if anyone nixed the idea, we would eat separately. Luckily, we all agreed to banquet dining and we made 8 new great friends! Many of us were celebrating special events and we had a wonderful, lively dinner. The food and presentation were top notch.Chef Cameron Irvin graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in 1996, and worked work at the Woodstock Inn in Vermont.He worked with Hubert Keller at Club 19 at Pebble Beach. . He also worked in Paris, France for Philippe Groult at Amphycles, a Michelin three star restaurant. He worked in Monterey before returning to Lexington, his hometown. Obviously, the inn has invested much to portray this chef's talents and I expect that this will become a dining destination worthy of national acclaim. It was a dinner that ranks in my top 10. After dinner, I was allowed to play the piano ( my profession) and we had a rollicking singalong. Nothing stuffy about this place!

Our room was beautiful- a nice sitting area , a huge bed (very plush) and good shower head. L'Occitane products were available. The only drawback was the positioning of the TV. You didn't have a couch or chair, the only viewing was from the bed. The room was actually a bit small. I'm not complaining, though.

In the morning, I enjoyed a refreshing swim in the large, clean pool. There is also a hot tub on thetop deck.. Breakfast was Continental- juices, coffee, muffins, coffee cake and wonderful fresh fruit.

This is a perfect destinations for weddings, romantic weekends, etc. The staff is wonderful, the place is warm and inviting. We LOVED it! Pictures are here:
http://llindac.myphotoalbum.com/view_album.php?set_albumName=album09

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