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 ten 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.
Lexington may be known around the world for its horses, but its exploding culinary scene is 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.
Founded in 1775, Lexington has a rich history that is evident in its carefully preserved architecture and notable nearby Civil War sites. History buffs can take self-guided walking tours around historic downtown sites or tour the former homes of famous historical figures such as statesman Henry Clay and Mary Todd Lincoln.
Lexington’s art scene is thriving and locally-focused, with quaint art galleries and boutiques scattered throughout the city. More than 30 larger-than-life street murals can also be spotted around town, giving visitors the opportunity to discover interesting street art around every corner.
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.