Road Tripping: Kentucky Edition

This week Georgia makes our trip north to the bluegrass state and I hope everyone is rested up after last week’s Saturday off.  Now Kentucky is known for many things…and football ain’t one of them.  So if you’re making the trip, enjoy the leaves on the drive up and here’s a few things to do when you get there.

Who: University of Kentucky
Where: Lexington, Kentucky
Stadium: Commonwealth Stadium, seats 67,942, natural grass
Record: 1-6
Game Notes
Distance: 403 miles from Sanford Stadium
How to get there: Let me first say that from Athens there are two ways to head up.  One up 441 to Franklin, TN and then over towards Asheville.  Do not do this unless you have a very good GPS, actually pay attention while driving, or enjoy the sound of banjos.  Just take I-75 and everyone will be safe and happy.
Along the way:  Now back to the task at hand, bourbon and ponies. Since we’re playing Kentucky before Florida this year Keeneland will be open.  Located a few miles west of Lexington on the way to the staples in Versailles is the Keeneland track.  They will be racing from 1:00 until 6:00 so even if you leave Friday morning you can still catch one of the last races.  But if you are lucky enough to leave today or tomorrow go to the bourbon trail.  That’s not a suggestion but an order.  In my opinion you must see Woodford, 4 Roses, Makers and Jim Beam.  Heaven Hill is okay but they are more of a big distillery and the others have a better feel.  Also Buffalo Trace is not technically on the trail but it’s in Frankfort just outside of Lexington and they make Pappy Van Winkle.  That in itself is worth a visit.  So if you start at Jim Beam take a day or two to work your way east you can take in all the distilleries and be in Lexington for the game.  Not a bad way to spend a weekend.

In Lexington: I don’t have much to say about tailgating for this place because it’s borderline north/mid west and there’s not much to see around the stadium.  Try to avoid the parking decks unless it’s windy or raining just because tailgating in parking decks always depresses me.  Their fans are nice so mingle and study up on basketball before you go and dress warm, it will get cold.  Sorry I don’t have too much to say for the game itself but really…bourbon and ponies.  And if you’re taking the family and worried that someone will look down on you for dragging kids through a distillery, Keeneland does breakfast and stable tours Saturday morning so even race tracks and be family friendly. For anyone who’s making the trip, travel safe and Go Dawgs.



8 Responses to “Road Tripping: Kentucky Edition”

  1. 1 Ron October 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    There’s only one reason to make this trip. Keeneland. It rocks.

  2. 2 Kaboom October 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    where are some good places to eat around town. making my first trip up to lexington. unfortunately cant make until late friday other wise, Bourbon and ponies.

    • 3 Granite October 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Keep in mind I didn’t make the game two years ago so the last time I was up there was 4 years ago so something new might be around. A really good meat and three is Ramsey’s Dinner I think that’s just to the east of campus and Tolly Ho just north of campus is a greasy burger joint but good. I had to double check with a customer there that I had the names right and he said for BBQ to try Butt Rubb BBQ. I haven’t tried it but he says it’s good but not great.

  3. 4 Bulldawg Bill October 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    One thing they have up there is Culver’s. Truely the most amazing fast food chain ever. A midwest chain that opened their first unit south of the Mason-Dixon within the last year(Murfreesboro, TN) Butter Burgers are to die for. Real frozen custard(like 15% butterfat). Three different tiers of meal deal options. I’ll bet the farm on this one!!

  4. 5 Sanford222View October 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Bourbon…nuff said.

  5. 6 KABOOM October 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Thanks. Looking forward to watching the dawgs whoop up on the cats.

  6. 7 stoopnagle May 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I can make two contributions:

    We went for an upscale dinner at Dudley’s on Short. I can recommend.

    Bluegrass Tavern is a must if you are of the bourbon-loving persuasion. Whatever you might want to try, they have it. We went with Geo. T. Stagg. No regrets.

    Also, Ramsey’s is a good call for the day after the night before.

  1. 1 Kentucky BBQ Is Strange « The Grit Tree Trackback on October 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

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