Wouldn't you like to visit the home of Thoroughbred Horses and Bourbon Whiskey? Greg Comstock and I are trying to get an idea of how many people would be interested in a long weekend field trip to Lexington.
The tentative idea would be to arrive early Friday afternoon, April 13. The drive is approximately 6 hours. We would visit the Buffalo Trace distillery that afternoon after arrival. Saturday, we would spend the day at Keeneland Thoroughbred Raceway, observing the early morning workout all the way through to the afternoon races. Sunday, we would spend the day out at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Monday morning, we can visit the Woodford Reserve Distillery and then return home from there.
The itinerary is not final and of course subject to change. Once we have an idea of the number of interested people, we can arrange for a block of rooms. This is not a workshop so you would be responsible for all of your own incidentals and getting from place to place. Greg and I are just here to help facilitate and organize as best we can.
He can stay at a Hampton Inn (Lexington South) for $109-$119. Shaker Village even has rooms available should we want to stay perhaps Sunday night, $110-$150.
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Keeneland Thoroughbred Raceway
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill
Woodford Reserve Distillery
We've changed the timing a little bit for the weekend. For those of you who can make it, plan to arrive in Lexington Thursday evening. I have reserved a block of rooms for 2 nights at the Red Roof Inn, 2651 Wilhite Dr. Lexington, KY 40503,[masked], group #427680329. The rate varies from $54-69 depending on two twins or a king bed. The group is listed as Southeastern Photographic Society. Cut off date to reserve your room is by 4/5/12.
Everyone is free to pick and choose what they want to do. This is not a workshop. Greg and I have put some things together in order to try and maximize our time in Lexington.
Friday, we'll plan on going to the Woodford Reserve Distillery for 9am. The plan is to be there a couple hours and then catch some lunch on our way to 3 Chimneys Horse Farm by 1pm. We'll stay there from 1-2:30pm and then head to Buffalo Trace for a 3:30pm personal tour appointment by Greg's son who's the Brand Manager. Those of you who choose to drive up Friday, just plan to meet us at the Buffalo Trace Distillery at 3:30pm. After we're done, about 6pm, we can head back to the hotel, freshen up, and possibly meet for dinner. You're call.
Saturday, we'll meet early, 7am or so, and head over to Keeneland to see the morning workouts of the horses. Everyone is welcome to stay as long as the wish, but we need to check out of the hotel sometime in the morning, whether you do it first thing or after the morning workouts. The races start at 1pm and will continue until 4pm or so. After the races, we'll need to travel to Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, get checked in, and then have dinner. If we still have some daylight, we can shoot around the village a little. Dinner reservations need to be made in advance. They will take stand bys if available.
Shaker Village reservations have been made by calling Ann Voris @[masked]-1548. I have blocked 8 rooms. Prices vary from $110 on up. Deadline to reserve your room is 4/2/12. Our group is listed as Southeastern Photographic Society.
Sunday, we'll plan to take advantage of the early morning light around the village and then have some breakfast before the buildings open at 9am. Lots of the people will be performing period task throughout the village so take note of what events are taking place when you buy your ticket at the gift shop. Stay as long as you like. Most of us will probably head back to Atlanta around midday. Breakfast reservations need to be made in advance. They will take stand bys if available.
Woodford Reserve Distillery, $5 for tour
3 Chimneys Horse Farm, $10 donation
Buffalo Trace Distillery, Free
Keeneland Raceway, no charge for morning workouts, $5 ticket after 11am
Kentucky Horse Park, $16
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, $15