Hotel at a Glance: The Campbell House
Stately columns welcome guests to The Campbell House, known as "Lexington's Grand Hotel." First opened in 1951, it's been expanded over the years to nearly 300 rooms and suites, many of which were renovated as recently as 2009. A central Lexington location puts the hotel within walking distance of the University of Kentucky and close to Blue Grass Airport and Keeneland racetrack.
- Southern fine dining at the award-winning Kilbern's—be sure to save room for the famous bread pudding
- Kentucky bourbon: Sip a cocktail at Bogart's Lounge, which features live music on the weekends.
- In-room amenities: Tempur-Pedic mattresses and 37-inch flat-screen TVs
- Tee off: The 18-hole Gay Brewer, Jr. Course at Picadome is located right next door.
- Take a dip in the indoor heated pool.
- Break a sweat in the 24-hour fitness center.
Lexington, Kentucky: Horse-Racing, Basketball, and History in Bluegrass Country
Known as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts two historic tracks—Keeneland and the The Red Mile—where thoroughbred and harness races are held throughout the summer and fall. But these days, the city might be more aptly nicknamed the "Men's College Basketball Capital of the World." The University of Kentucky Wildcats have won eight national championships over their 100+ year history, and their perennially impressive squads always seem to be in contention for more trophies. To catch a game, make your way to Rupp Arena, the world's largest basketball-specific arena.
Though some diehard fans might disagree, there is more to Lexington than horses and basketball. The city is famous for its historic mansions and sprawling estates. Many of the 19th century's most noteworthy and notorious statesmen spent time here, including Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, who was a Lexington native. Her family home is now a museum. Another historically important dwelling is Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, a former slave plantation on several hundred acres of Kentucky Bluegrass country just outside the city. Today, visitors can take guided tours of the 18-room mansion, walk the grounds, and visit a Civil War monument.