Kentucky's location in the central United States translates into weather that is typically mild and moderate with average temperatures throughout the summer months historically with lows in the 60's and highs in the 80's.
Charred Oaks Inn, a Select Registry B&B, located on the western side of Lexington, Kentucky, is perfectly situated to be your home-away-from-home base for any and all adventures in the Horse Capital of the World. And Richard and I are only too happy to assist you in planning your visit.
Not sure what's here? Can't decide if it;s to be horses or Bourbon? We've put together a list of suggestions to get you started ... call, text or email us if you have questions or would like additional information.
Guided Horse Farm Tours:
Unbridled Tours www.unbridledtours.com
Horse Farm Tours, Inc. www.horsefarmtours.com
Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours www.seethechampions.com
Bluegrass Tours (horses and bourbon) www.bluegrasstours.com
There are several horse related activities/tours that do not require an official guide should you need something to fill in time. Keeneland (our boutique race course which is free and open daily - the horses are exercised every morning from 6:30AM until 10AM and it has a super gift shop); or the top favorite, Old Friends Retirement Farm, ( a wonderful place to go and see thoroughbreds – you can feed them, pet them, etc.). Also, the Kentucky Horse Park requires several hours to tour and the International Museum of the Horse is a Smithsonian affiliate.
The best place to see a listing of the horse farms offering tours on-site is www.visithorsecountry.com
Guided Distillery and Winery Tours
Thoroughbred Limo Tours www.thoroughbredlimo.com
Mint Julep Tours/Lexington www.mintjuleptours.com/lexington
Distilleries & Wineries to do on your own:
Woodford Reserve; Buffalo Trace, Castle & Key (new); Town Branch; Four Roses; Wild Turkey, James E. Pepper distilleries
Equus; Prodigy; Grimes Mill wineries
Other Bourbon related places to visit:
Justin’s House of Bourbon www.thehouseof bourbon.com
Amsden Bourbon Bar 106 Court Street, Versailles, KY 40383
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill (40+ buildings, a restaurant, walking and hiking trails and a paddlewheel boat ride through the Kentucky Pallisades) www.shakervillageky.org and www.shakervillageky.org/the-river/
Mary Todd Lincoln House (downtown Lexington) www.mtlhouse.org/
Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate & Garden (small bistro on site) www.henryclay.org
Music: www.railbird.com at Keeneland (August 10 & 11)
11th annual Jane Austen Festival at Locust Grove (July 12, 13 & 14)
Let us know if you have any questions, or need additional information.