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Going to Lexington
Getting there: There are no nonstops from South Florida, but Delta and USAirways make the trip from Fort Lauderdale or Miami in just under four hours with a connecting flight. Roundtrip airfare from Fort Lauderdale starts at $250, from Miami at $450.
WHERE TO STAY
Gratz Park Inn, 120 W. Second St.; 800-752-4166; www.gratzparkinn.com. Beautifully restored 41-room historic property decorated with antiques. Rooms from $179.
The Lyndon House, 507 N. Broadway; 859-420-2683; www.lyndonhouse.com. Elegant B&B with congenial sitting areas, lovely gardens and home-cooked breakfasts. Five spacious rooms and suites with private baths from $169.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
Alfalfa, 141 E. Main St.; 859-253-0014; www.alfalfarestaurant.com. This locals’ favorite serves hoppin’ John, mushroom ragout with butternut squash polenta, and other dishes using fresh-picked ingredients from organic-minded growers. Entrees from $8.95.
The Village Idiot, 307 W. Short St.; 859-252-0099; www.lexingtonvillageidiot.com. New gastropub serving farm-to-table dishes. Its Wild Mushroom Sloppy Joe features shiitake, wood ear and cremini mushrooms braised in ale and smoked tomato ketchup. Entrees from $14.
Henry Clay’s Public House, 112 N. Upper St.; 859-368-7754; www.henryclayspublichouse.com. Libations include locally distilled spirits. Great local bands; no cover charge.
WHAT TO DO
Farmers markets, 859-608-2655; www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com. Lexington has several weekly farmers markets, including Cheapside Park on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on South Broadway and Maxwell Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artists’ Attic, Victorian Square at Broadway and Main Street; 859-254-5501; www.artists-attic.org. In this space shared by nearly two dozen Lexington-area artists, you can view local art and learn about the creators’ techniques. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Free.
ArtsPlace, 161 N. Mill St.; 859-255-2951; www.lexarts.org. Built in 1904 as a YMCA, this handsome Beaux-Arts building now features a large, airy gallery of changing exhibitions as well as contra dance and music events.
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