I found Essence of the Bluegrass on TripAdvisor and respected the ratings but 5 stars doesn't do it justice. It is in the heart of Bluegrass country and Jerry even has some horses (that Christie doesn't ride). Having been to Kentucky (the most underrated state in the nation) a number of times, I found Essence of the Bluegrass to be the perfect place to experience all of Lexington. Under 10-15 minutes to all major sites (Keeneland, KY Horse Park, wineries, downtown). We stayed in the Keeneland Suite which is so expansively large, I feel like it could house an entire family. The views from all over the suite were amazing. The cookies and bourbon waiting upon check in were a nice touch.
Christie is an amazing cook. Her breakfasts left no one hungry. Her hospitality was second to none. Even if you are not a B and B person, this is the place for you. The mansion is so large that you don't feel as if you are staying in a house with other guests. The kitchen was so large and amazing that my girlfriend (she became my fiancé during the trip :) decided we couldn't pass up staying in one night and just cooking there.
All in all, amazing place in the middle of horse country with perfect views and great hosts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Essence of the Bluegrass, located in Lexington, KY provides the perfect accommodations for your visit to the bluegrass region of Central Kentucky. Enjoy the height of sophisticated comfort and friendly service as you lounge in the main family room, with its 25 foot ceilings and stone fireplace, or rest in serene privacy in one of four spacious rooms. Five minutes away from the The Kentucky Horse Park and fifteen from downtown Lexington and Keeneland, your stay will be the best of the Bluegrass. ... more less