Lexington. Kentucky

We decided to spend our first night on the “Thelma and Louise” Road Trip Revisited in Lexington, Kentucky.  After driving seven hours through Virginia, winding West Virginia and part of Kentucky we made it to Lexington.  It was a beautiful day for a drive when the leaves in our area were at peak color.

We had made reservations at the Candlewood Suites at Exit 115 off I-64 in Lexington.  I was disappointed that it was in a small industrial park but the hotel was clean, we had a great room and the ladies that worked behind the desk were great.  When we asked where we should go for dinner that would be a local favorite and not part of a chain they immediately said Packette’s.  Sounded great and soon we were headed to the drive-in diner and restaurant that had been in existence since 1951.  They have 72 bays for  cars!  We also found out that it had been featured in the Food Network’s Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins.

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The ladies working at the hotel told us to make sure we had the fried chicken.  Parking out front is for the drive-ins and since we wanted to eat inside, we had to park out back.  We walked in and immediately knew that we had traveled back in time.  Chrome was everywhere, the old leather red booths and Pepsi Cola signs hanging everywhere.  The best part was our extremely friendly waitress Carla who was so helpful to us.  Chicken – well they pride themselves on being the original Kentucky Fried Chicken until a certain colonel came along and claimed that name.  It was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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Fried Chicken with Hot Brown fries. Mmm good!
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This is where we entered the restaurant but not where we ate. It sparkled and shined with all the chrome
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Red and white booths and walls with the glass Pepsi lights
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The famous Packette’s sign by the highway and a few of the 72 bays for the cars.

We woke up to a cold, windy morning with rain spitting down on us.  We drove over the the Kentucky Horse Park.

Kentucky Horse Park
Kentucky Horse Park

Not knowing much about it I was stunned to see all that was at the Park, which has been owned and operated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 1978.  We began outside admiring the different statues of well known horses such as Secretariat and Man o’ War.  A horses body is so interesting to me – how sleek yet how strong and muscular they are.

Secretariat
Secretariat
Man o' War
Man o’ War

We then went inside to the International Museum of the Horse and was able to only look around for about 15 minutes as it was time for the morning guided trolly tour.  We were in a horse drawn trolley and took a quick 15 minute tour around the more visited areas of the Farm.

15 minute trolley tour ride
15 minute trolley tour ride

We departed in time to catch the golf cart shuttle to go to the Hall of Champions where 4 different champions were brought out and introduced to us via television clips of their winning races.

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The horse that I was more familiar with was Go for Gin.  We also saw quarter standard horses that sulkies and another thoroughbred.

Go for Gin, the 1994 Kentucky Derby Winner
Go for Gin, the 1994 Kentucky Derby Winner

When that was over we headed over to the Breeders Barn where they have many different horses from all over the world.  We didn’t stay long as it was very cold, damp and windy and we needed to be somewhere else, but we saw Chincoteague ponies, Fells ponies from Scotland, a Chinese horse, and a Tennessee walking horse.

We wished we could have stayed longer as there is so much to see and do at the Kentucky Horse Park.  If I were to come here again, I would allow at least 5 hours, if not more.  We stayed off Exit 115 which is Newtown Pike and that was the perfect location to get to the Park very easily.

Next up on our Road Trip – Mammoth Caves and the two tours we took.

 

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