When most people picture Kentucky, they imagine a pastoral setting, will lush, green, rolling hills and curved white fences stretching out for miles in front of them. It's an idyllic image and one that stems from the rich legacy of Kentucky. If you're looking to discover the cultural roots of Kentucky, the Bluegrass region is for you. These roads are steeped in tradition, and home to things like bluegrass music legends, horses, bourbon, and so much more. The Bluegrass Region is also home to some of the finest Bed and Breakfasts in Kentucky. This fall is the perfect time to get away to this extraordinary part of Kentucky. Check availability, and book your room today!
Defining Culture in the Kentucky Bluegrass Region
This fall come experience the essence of this incredible area. At the heart of this exceptionally beautiful region is Lexington, the horse capital of Kentucky. Kentucky's horse farms and racetracks are an integral part of Bluegrass culture, but there's much more to do than gaze at these majestic animals. Whether your interests are Civil War sites, historic homes, Bourbon distilleries, folk arts and crafts, nature, museums, or delicious local eats, the Bluegrass region is a delight to discover. Enjoy our guide to the Kentucky Bluegrass region below.
Meet the Horses of the Kentucky Bluegrass Region
If you're into horses or horse racing, then Lexington is the place to go. Your first stop should be the Kentucky Horse Park, where you'll find over 50 breeds of horses, in addition to museums, art galleries, shows, and demonstrations. If you want to meet some of these incredible animals up close and personal, we suggest taking a Horse Farm Tour of Lexington and surrounding farms. Racing enthusiasts should try their luck at Keeneland Racetrack, and if there's time, visit the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Visiting Bourbon Country
Bourbon Country is central to the Kentucky Bluegrass region. There's no better place to have a taste, or two or three, or Kentucky's most famous spirit. Most of the world's bourbon is produced right here, and this is your perfect opportunity to visit Kentucky's top distilleries.
Get to the Roots of Kentucky Bluegrass Music
There's an underlying rhythm to life in Kentucky, and it has its roots in music born in the Bluegrass region. Follow U.S. 23 in eastern Kentucky, known as the Country Music Highway, and you'll discover birthplaces of country music legends like The Judds, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, and Ricky Skaggs. Visit any one of them, or make a stop at the Country Music Highway Museum. In Owensboro, stop at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. In Rosine, you'll find the birthplace of Bill Monroe, considered to be the father of Bluegrass music itself.
Meet Local Craftsmen & Women
Kentucky's Bluegrass region is also the perfect place to discover hand-crafted works from local artisans. The art-focused town of Berea is on the edge of the Kentucky Bluegrass region, but it at the cultural heart of Kentucky's arts and crafts. Berea is a wonderful place to meet the local artisans at work, shop for a piece of Kentucky's Bluegrass region home with you, and to take part in a class or workshop.