Beautiful Blue Grass Country and Keeneland Racetrack
October 16-19, 2018
Four days and three nights
It’s time to head to the beautiful Bluegrass state for another great horsin’ around kind of trip!! This trip will feature a day at pretty Keeneland’s Racetrack, along with more great tours where we will learn much about horses, and their care! I had many who asked for a repeat of this trip since we had such a fun time when we visited two years ago. This time, we will go in the fall and you will love seeing Keeneland and the surrounding area during this time of year there. The beautiful fall colors will be all around you. And with mild temperatures, it’s a wonderful time to visit! We will be overnighting in Lexington at a local Hampton Inn, where we will stay all three nights.
While on our visit we’ll enjoy a short city tour, where you will learn the local history and take in the sights of downtown. It’s here you’ll learn about the University of Kentucky, which is right in the downtown. You’ll also learn how the horse and racing industry came to be; and how it became part of the local economy. Those lush, blue-green pastures have a lot to do with it! Not to mention fertile soil and perfect grazing opportunities for the horses.
We will spend the better part of one day at Keeneland where we will have access to the Phoenix Room. While here you can enjoy an incredible included buffet with assigned, all day seating at your own table. The restaurant overlooks the paddock area where they bring the horses in before each race. You can also place your bets right here, and watch the races here too on TV, or step right outside in the Grand Stand to watch the races too. It’s so convenient too….and if you win…which you know you will…you can cash in your tickets right there too. It’s a great way to spend the day at Keeneland. You literally get dropped off at the door, you receive a racing program, you hop on an elevator, and walk into the Phoenix Room. We will be there for at least 6 or more races. It’s great fun…and you can come and go out of the room with your access pass. The only requirement is no jeans are allowed.
Another day in Lexington will be spent learning all about horses. A special visit is planned for the Darby Dan Farm, home of Secretariat; one of most decorated horses of all time. This farm visit will be interesting and you’ll learn that horses of that caliber lead a really wonderful life! They are very well taken care of! While out and about we will also visit a local Equine Medicine and Rehab Center, the very place they go to in the event that they need care and attention.
We’ll round that out with a visit to Old Friends – it’s a retirement home for horses! It’s one of the sweetest places I have ever visited before too. Many racehorses don’t make it to the big time, and yet, this organization takes care of them just the same. It will be a walking tour of their farm; it’s a non-profit organization with wonderful volunteers and caregivers. Really one of the coolest places I’ve visited. You’ll be really moved here.
A visit to Lexington wouldn’t be complete without great local food too. We have three special dinners planned that are sure to be a hit with you. You might even find a shot of bourbon at one as well! You’re in the bourbon capital!
This trip will be a really enjoyable trip to one of my favorite towns. It’s just the right size too….and surrounded by some of the most beautiful farmland in the country. We will take it all in….downtown, around town, and farmland outside of town too. All the while learning about those beautiful thoroughbred horses that really put Lexington on the map!
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Price includes deluxe motorcoach, hotel with luggage handling, all tours, all entrance fees, admission to Keeneland with full access pass, 3 breakfasts, one lunch, 3 dinners, a shot of bourbon, and tour director.
$50 deposit is due with sign up. I must know by July 1 if you plan to go!! Final balance is due August 1. Please note – we will have at least 4-8 stops per day on this trip; in addition, we will be visiting two farms with somewhat uneven terrain. They are both walkable, but good shoes are a must at both. Please be mindful of the activity level.
Per Person Double
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