There are so many things I love about living in Lexington, Kentucky. I grew up in Southern California so living here is quite a change for me. I enjoy having all four seasons and being surrounded by beautiful horse farms. Sure I miss the beach, but there's something really special about living in a town with such a rich history. Of course I love going to Keeneland (a day at the track is always fun!).
Known for their wax top when you visit you can actually dip your own bottle (although you have to be 21).
While Kentucky is known for its bourbon there are some wineries here too. Without a doubt our favorite winery in Kentucky is Jean Farris.
You seriously must go and read the story behind this winery here, and then if you are ever in Lexington you have to make Jean Farris dinner reservations. The food is unbelievable! We visit them quite often and are members of the wine club as well!
While horse racing, bourbon tours, and great dining make living in Lexington absolutely wonderful; my favorite places to waste time in this town are not so obvious.
This might look like just an ordinary strip mall. At first glance if you didn't know any better you might just drive right by. What a mistake you'd be making! These two stores are unique and fabulous. Hitting them both up in the morning is my idea of a great way to start the day! Coffee Times Coffee House is without a doubt the best coffee place. They roast and flavor their own coffee. My personal favorite from the espresso bar is the Mexi-Cappuccino which is espresso, steamed milk (non-fat for me), and Mexican spiced cocoa topped with whipped cream (but I usually take mine without the whip). It is heavenly! They also have a cute little gift shop and they're connected to favorite spot numero dos - Street Scene. It is the coolest little vintage shop. I love the way the store is styled and the inventory is constantly changing. They sell everything from vintage clothing and accessories (their jewelry is always awesome!) to sofas, coffee tables, and well you name it and they have it. It's hard to go in there and not buy something. There's just too much good stuff, but even if you are just window shopping it makes for a fun place to lose yourself in time (if you have time to kill that is) with a great coffee in hand, of course. ;)
On the morning I snapped the above hipstamatic pic, this guy was my shopping buddy (our vet's office is right across the street).
|This is Prince. Named for the greatest artist ever. ;)|
My bike is the green one. It's a $30 yard sale find that my bro-in-law found. I'm kind of in love with it and the cute basket I bought at a beach shop in Kiawah, SC a few years ago. Guess who rides that pink Hello Kitty number.
Yeah you guessed it. The girl rides that one.
There's a sweet little garden that's maintained by volunteers.
Check out the helmet!
The boy is much harder to photograph.
He is at one with the trail. :)
Busy perfecting his "tricks".
Occasionally I get close enough to snap a decent photo.
Those three favorite spots filled up much of our summer. With the start of school and soccer season, we don't have as much time for them.
It's funny how the simplest places can be your most favorite places to spend/waste time. What are your favorite places to waste time in your town?
Then again, time you waste having fun really isn't time wasted - is it?
****UPDATE - Somehow, I scheduled the wrong draft to post last night?! - Oops - I apologize to anyone that read the "unfinished" version of this post. -- My bad!