Lexington, Kentucky, is known as the horse capital of the world due to the horse farms and thoroughbred racetracks in the area as well as the excellent pastureland. Lexington is rich in a history that dates back to the 18th century. The college education rate is high in the city, with many residents having a bachelor’s degree, and there are three top-notch colleges including Transylvania University, the University of Kentucky, and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College. The beautiful summers and mild winters make for comfortable weather all year long. Lexington also boasts one of the nation’s most stable economies. And with annual cultural events and fairs, you’ll never run out of activities the whole family can enjoy.
Median household income: $53,178
Average resident age: 34.4 years
Median condo/ home value: $181, 200
Median gross rent: $818
Sourced from: City Data
19th-century plantation Ashland was owned by statesman Henry Clay. It is registered as a National Historic Landmark in order to preserve the legacy of Clay’s estate and the pride he had for the state of Kentucky. A visit to the estate means going on an educational guided tour of the Henry Clay exhibit and seeing the eighteen rooms that make up the historic mansion.
Kentucky Horse Park
Working farm Kentucky Horse Park opened its doors to the public in 1978 and has been teaching people about these majestic animals ever since. The park focuses on the bond between man and horse in the equestrian sport. The Equine Theme Park features museums, memorials, statues, attractions, a Hall of Champions, the Parade of Breeds Show, a draft horse hub, and a walking barn tour.
Mary Todd Lincoln House
The Mary Todd Lincoln House was the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln’s wife, First Lady Mary Todd, who grew up in Lexington in the 1830s. The fourteen rooms in the house feature furniture, portraits, and artifacts from that time period. You can partake in guided tours to learn more about the house and about Mary Todd herself. It is the first historic site restored in honor of a First Lady.
Bourbon n’ Toulouse
The good people at Cajun and Creole hotspot Bourbon n’ Toulouse are as passionate about good food as they are about giving back to the community. Their jambalaya is made twice daily and sells out every day. Other menu items include gumbo, pulled-pork sandwiches, artichoke and parmesan cream with mushrooms, and award-winning red chili.
Rustic Italian restaurant Bella Notte utilizes fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients to create their mouth-watering plates like a grilled salmon salad, chicken breast with prosciutto and an apricot marmalade, wood-fired pizzas, and every pasta dish you could imagine. Dining at Bella Notte is like taking a quick trip to Italy.
The Village Idiot
Ironically the chefs at Lexington’s first-ever gastropub The Village Idiot are extremely intelligent when it comes to food. They know that residents crave locally sourced American fare and craft beer and that’s exactly what they deliver. Their dinner menu boasts bar snacks, shareable plates, greens, sandwiches, and entrees.