Downtown Lexington KY

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I struggled with opting to write this blog post about the current box office movie titled American Animals. I have not stepped foot inside a movie theater since 2009. I’m not a movie person but more of a sports fan and if you knew me the thought of taking Two hours to sit down and chill is very much a challenge for me.  But American Animals was different. It wasn’t just any movie to see. It centers around a major art & book heist, one of the most lucrative in the entire world that involved rare, I mean RARE books of Charles Darwin’s On  The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection from 1859, the horticultural masterpiece Hortus Sanitatis published in the 1500's (think about how old that is), rare pencil drawings from the 1850's by John James

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Eat Your Way Across Downtown Lexington Ky

Have you heard of the Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours? This popular adventure attracts locals and tourists to downtown Lexington Ky on Saturday mornings. Participants learn some interesting tidbits about our history while sampling offerings from at least six local restaurants.

The guided tour features cuisine that highlights the best of the Bluegrass region and includes both well-liked and lesser known eateries. Guests meet on Main Street oneach a Saturday morning April through October and walk to various establishments. Also included is a visit to the Farmer’s Market at Cheapside Park, 241 West Main Street, which showcases locally sourced meats, produce, flowers, and more.

The morning Bleu Plate Walking

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I think it’s pretty awesome that we have a premier violin specialty shop right here in Lexington! Old Town Violins works exclusively with violins, violas, and cellos. They provide full service including sales, rentals, lessons and repair. Instrument appraisals and restoration services are also available. Located in a large historic house downtown, the shop contains two showrooms and three instructional studios. There is even a 100-seat recital hall on the third floor. Musicians will appreciate the accessories in stock such as bows, cases, and sheet music.

Visitors to the store will value the excellent acoustics provided by the high ceilings and hardwood floors of the 200+year-old building. Old Town Violins was founded ten years ago in Berea and moved

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Do you know that a little creek runs under downtown Lexington? Our town was founded in the late 1700s on the banks of Town Branch, which is a small fork of Elkhorn Creek. The first settlement was near what is now the intersection of Mill and Main streets in the heart of our downtown. The creek was seen as a steady supply of water and the reason Lexington was founded in this location. But by the mid 1800s there had been at least two major floods and subsequent outbreaks of cholera that cost hundreds of lives. People began to view the creek as a public health threat. Regular flooding continued to disrupt commerce and traffic flow into the 1920s and public sentiment was that the unruly water was blocking progress. Work began to cover up Town Branch with a

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One of the most beautiful garden cemeteries in the nation is here in Lexington. The 170-acre nonprofit establishment can be found at the edge of downtown on West Main Street. Visitors enter through tall iron gates and pass a majestic gatehouse that was built in 1890. Curving roads lead around mature trees, past three lakes, and by a variety of gardens. Over 179 species of birds have been identified within the grounds, which have been featured in the Handbook of American Gardens.

Lexington Cemetery was founded in 1849 and over 70,000 people have been interred there. The graves of many Kentucky notables can be viewed including Henry Clay, whose 120+ foot tall monument can be seen for blocks. Visitors may also see burial sites of the Confederate General

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Ashland Park is probably one of the first neighborhoods you’ll hear about if you are planning to move to Lexington Ky. Nearly 2,000 people live in this historic 600-acre development that was originally part of the Henry Clay Estate of the same name. Now 20 acres, the estate sits in the center of the subdivision. It was named over 200 years ago to honor the forest of ash trees that once grew on the property.

The distinguished neighborhood was platted in the early 1900s by the famous Olmsted brothers, who also designed New York’s Central Park.  The streets curve gracefully under a canopy of mature trees. Since the majority of homes are 75-100 years old, the architecture is classic and beautiful. They simply do not build them like this anymore!


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Have you discovered Shorty’s Market? This neighborhood grocery store and deli is a Lexington treasure in the heart of downtown across from Cheapside Park. The food market provides urban residents and employees with common staples and organic alternatives. Shoppers will find fresh produce including bananas, salad greens such as spinach and hydroponic butter lettuce, bell peppers, potatoes, and even celery. Prepared salads range from Caesar salad, chef salad, and mixed greens with salmon. There is also a Lexatonia salad made with bibb lettuce, fruits, pecans, blue cheese and topped with bourbon dressing. Cheesecake, brownies, chocolate cake, and oatmeal raisin cookies were the tempting desserts on display during a recent visit.

Shorty’s Market also has

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Rupp Arena in Lexington Ky

Rupp Arena in Lexington Ky is THE place to be right now. Many people know it as the site of the home games for the men’s University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team. Did you know that Rupp happens to be the largest capacity indoor arena in the country? The facility officially holds up to 23,500 screaming fans, however bleacher seating areas – and even standing room only zones – allow for more. Five years ago the arena set a new attendance record of 24,480. The arena was named for legendary basketball coach Adolph Rupp and will host the regional NCAA Women’s basketball championships for three years starting in 2016.

But Rupp Arena is about much more than college basketball games. Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, and

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Enjoy the Season in Lexington Ky!

If you are celebrating the holidays in Lexington Ky, be sure to get in the spirit by taking part in some of the many festive options happening in and around town. (If you still have shopping to do, check out my recent post on some unique boutiques and shops downtown.) Here are some ongoing or upcoming seasonal events:

Ice Skating

There’s fun for the whole family at the downtown ice rink, which is open daily through January 11 at Triangle Park. Even if you don’t skate, stop by to watch the ups and downs of the scene.

Southern Lights

Pile friends and family in the car one evening to see the amazing holiday light show at the Kentucky Horse Park. The four mile driving tour is going on through the end of the

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Feel good about shopping in downtown Lexington Ky! Skip the mad rush and the crazy scene at the malls by shopping at The Square, a newly revitalized retail area, as well as the surrounding boutiques and gift shops.

Formally Victorian Square, The Square is a shopping center made up of sixteen historic commercial buildings that were later connected via indoor walkways. It is now home to an Urban Outfitters, a fast-fashion store popular with teens and college students. The 3,000-square-foot franchise anchors The Square at the corner of Main and Broadway. There is also an Alumni Hall, which sells college-themed apparel and gifts, and a jewelry store. Shoppers will find several art galleries for one-of-a-kind gifts on the upper floor of the complex.

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