Romantic Things to Do in Lexington, KY

by Andy Klaus
Despite a history of horse racing, Lexington truly is a place for lovers.

Despite a history of horse racing, Lexington truly is a place for lovers.

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If you were to make a list of the top romantic cities in America, you would be unlikely to add one that locals call "The Horse Capital of the World." Lexington, Kentucky, rightfully earns its title with a host of horse farms and racing tracks in the heart of Bluegrass country, but doesn't elicit the hand-holding imagery of a lover's paradise. Despite seemingly contrary evidence, Lexington is home to a number of romantic retreats for an adventurous couple.

Romantic Walks

Lexington's primary geological attraction, The Red River Gorge Geological Area, offers a number of lovely vistas and trails for an adventurous couple. This region hosts the largest number of natural arches east of the Rocky Mountains, providing year-round texture to the landscape that will certainly spark conversation. This locale also blooms with new life in the spring and blazes with color during the fall -- providing a stunning backdrop for a romantic traipse through a not-so-wild wilderness.

Bed and Breakfasts

Although Lexington is not a haven of bed-and-breakfast style inns, the offerings in this city provide a memorable experience for the couple seeking a romantic getaway. For those seeking centrally located comfort near the city's finest dining, Lyndon House ( is an elegant blend of urban conveniences such as Wi-Fi Internet and country couture. For couples seeking a more rural experience, Swann's Nest ( serves the romance of rolling green pastures and serene fish ponds in addition to a home style Bluegrass breakfast while you take in the scenery.

Downtown Attractions

Lexington features a variety of attractions ideal for entertaining couples as they stroll through the downtown area. For the nature lovers, The Arboretum ( is a must-see oasis of calm and natural beauty in the midst of the city sprawl. The Mary Todd Lincoln House is a historic respite that celebrates the life and love of the famous first lady. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail ( offers a taste of the captivating history and sweet Southern comfort of six signature distilleries from the Bluegrass Country.

Fine Dining

Lexington may be best known for horse racing, but with such an amazing number of fine-dining choices you will never lose by taking advantage of the many romantic eateries. Whether you are looking for traditional steak-and-potatoes dinners or the adventurous taste sensations of foreign cuisine, you will find a number of elegant choices to titillate your taste buds and set the stage for an evening of romance. Restaurants such as Bella Notte ( bring the flavors of Italy to your plate at hometown prices. For those seeking a more exclusive experience, the authentic French cooking of A la Lucie ( will thrill even the most sophisticated palate.

About the Author

Andy Klaus started his writing career contributing science and fiction articles to Dickinson High School's newsletters back in 1984. Since then, he has authored novels and written technical books for health-care companies such as VersaSuite. He has covered topics varying from aerospace to zoology and received an associate degree in science from College of the Mainland.

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