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Visiting Lexington,KY in the Fall

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My husband and I are considering driving from Memphis to Lexinton, Ky. this Fall. does anyone have any suggestions on fun things to do along the way(pass Nashville), interesting places, ect. I would appreciate any information about Lexington too.

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    Less than 20 miles south of Lexington is the picturespue Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. In addition to authentic Shaker meals in the meeting house the village offers lodging in origianal Shaker dwellings. Its a dry county, so there are no spirits at meals, but it almost adds to the serenity and simple elegance of the setting. For a fee, you can tour all the facilities, including demonstrations of shaker crafts. During the tour season it's best to get meal and room reservations in advance. My husband and I make a pigrimage to Pleasant Hill once every two years. It's worth it just to experience the Kentucky starlight.

    Just down the road from Pleasant Hill in Bardstown, is the Bardstown Inn. This Antebellum mansion provides the best breakfest ... possibly in the world. The only catch is you have to stay over night in the mansion or one of its cabins to partake. This is a treat in itself, since the Inn is equally famous for its lodging and divine dinners that include all the famouse Southern specialities.

    There are hundreds of other sites to see in the area. My favorites include: the state capital (west of Lexington) including the grave of Daniel Boone, Lincoln's birthplace (a 20 minute stop off the highway south of Louisville), a tour of the Michael Graves Humana building (in downtown Louisville), and the lunch at any one of several historic taverns in nearby towns.

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    Cynthia, fall is one of the best times to visit Lexington, and hopefully you will be here in October when the horses are racing at Keeneland. There is no other race track like it - it is beautiful, classy, and a real social event around here. It opens the first Friday in October for 3 weeks (but is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). I would also recommend one of the horse farm tours, or a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park. If you like historic homes, there are several of those here as well, including Mary Todd Lincoln's home and Henry Clay's. The other post mentioned Shakertown, and I agree that it is a great place to visit, especially on a pretty fall day. They have a lovely restaurant. If you are interested in good dining, email me and I will give you the names of some good restaurants in the area. And if you are coming in October you must make reservations early because hotels and restaurants are booked while Keeneland is meeting. Enjoy your trip.

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