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Trip Report, Woodford Distillery and Kentucky Speedway Race

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Trip Report, Woodford Distillery and Kentucky Speedway Race

Visited Lexington for the first time last weekend. Really like the city. We flew into the airport which was very easy to navigate. Picked up the rental car and off we went. Found the hotel easily. Stayed at the Marriott on the southeast side of town. Hotel was nice and clean but hate they they tell you they are queen beds when they are really double beds! Great breakfast but not included. The hotel was just across the street from a restaurant called Malones that had delicious food.

We headed out to the race track in what we thought would be plenty of time for Friday nights race and immediately were stuck in a 20 car pile up on the interstate. Not a good thing when the police were too busy to try and direct traffic off the interstate nor was there any places to turn around. Forturnately we were not part of the accident but the delay caused us to be late to the track so we again sat in traffic outside of the track just trying to get into the parking lot. On Saturday we left much earlier so we could spend the entire day at the track which was fun. However they were severly lacking in bathroom facilities (people waiting in line for more than 45 minutes), not enough trash cans and parking / traffic directions were terrible. We will not be returning to this track for a Nascar race again anytime soon. They have a lot of improvements to make.

Sunday we spent with friends touring Keeneland which was interesting even tho the horses were not running and touring around the countryside looking at horse farms and just the overall area.

We went to Eddie Montgomeries Steakhouse which was really cool with his guitars on the wall and a separate VIP area where only he or other stars are allowed to sit (It overlooks the dining room). They have live music in the evenings which we missed out on. The food was delicious. We had steak sandwhiches which just melted in your mouth and were almost more than you could eat.

Monday we went to the Woodford Reserve Distillery for a tour. It was very interesting and lasts about 1 1/2 hours. This facility is one of the nicer distilleries even tho it is smaller than many other places. Everyone was knowledgeable and very friendly. Ken who gave the tour had a great sense of humor and kept everyone entertained the entire time. We then headed toward the airport and ate at Saul Good before heading to the plane. This restaurant has an intersting twist on pizzas with lots of them to choose from. They are owned by the same people who own Malones and Harrys but have a different menu but are equally just as good.

I will have to add some pictures later as I don't have them downloaded yet but wanted to say Lexington was great, found it to be a nice town with loads of stuff to do and lots of good restaurants. We want to return when the horses are running.

Edited: 11:22 pm, July 12, 2011
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1. Re: Trip Report, Woodford Distillery and Kentucky Speedway Race

bornwithwheels, thanks for the trip report. We are so glad that you had a great time in Lexington! I am confident that NASCAR and the Kentucky Speedway will be better organized next year since this was the inaugural race.

Keeneland is celebrating their 75th anniversary during the fall meet in October, so there will be special events throughout the meet. We hope to see you again soon!

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2. Re: Trip Report, Woodford Distillery and Kentucky Speedway Race

We have some friends who live in Nicholasville and really love the area. I'm sure they will improve the race but I think we will give it a couple years before returning for that. I would love to see a horse race and will try for October but we are usually down in the Smokey Mountains at that time. May have to make a detour tho!

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