Southern Road Trip: Old Frankfort Pike
Eastern Kentucky is a necessary addition to anyone’s Southern Road Trip (SRT). The region abounds with activities ranging from horse farm tours to bourbon trails, and is known for Bluegrass and its Thoroughbred farms. Now, you might be thinking that you aren’t interested in farms, you can taste more than enough bourbon in New Orleans, or that you don’t like horses. I’m with you; I’ve seen enough crop fields and red barn farms to last a lifetime and I’m no bourbon connoisseur, but the stuff in New Orleans is good enough for me. As far as horses go, no matter what Kentucky locals tell you, you’re not alone if you don’t like them. My mother (and co-pilot for this trip) is terrified of horses. Terrified.
So, why go to Eastern Kentucky? Old Frankfort Pike.
The Kentucky Scenic Byway starts just southeast of Frankfort and extends through Lexington (or the other way around) and features many of the Thoroughbred farms responsible for breeding the best race horses in America. Airdrie Stud, and its ownership of a portion of the original Woodburn Farm, is probably the most historically relevant horse farm you’ll come across in Kentucky. You can also see beauties such as Donamire, or if you’ve decided to take a horse farm tour Three Chimneys is your best bet. It’s accessible and houses the Derby winners who made it famous. (more…)