Let's visit Lexington, KY

  • April 13, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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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

 

 

 

Update: 3/16/12

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. 

 

Entrance Fees:

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

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  • Daphne R.

    I had an absolute blast! I will also add that getting pointers, advice and help from people like John, Carl, Ken, Greg and Elton really helped!

    April 17, 2012

  • Ken R.

    Just a fantatic trip! The organization was again up to Carl's fine standards and with Greg's assistance we were shooting in areas that simply wouldn't have been available to us otherwise. So much to see up there - already looking forward to a return trip!

    April 16, 2012

  • Carl F.

    I'm going to be a bit biased but we did get to see and participate in things that you normally wouldn't be able to do. We had a great time and pretty tired by the time we finished. I look forward to bringing a group again in a couple years.

    April 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great variety of things to photograph and everything was well planned. Thanks Carl for all your work putting this together!

    April 15, 2012

  • Carl F.

    Long range weather forecasts look very favorable for our weekend. No rain in sight. http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Weather.aspx?location=USKY1079

    April 10, 2012

  • Carl F.

    John, Mike, Suri, and Judith, did you folks make reservations?

    April 5, 2012

  • Carl F.

    Glad to see Ken and Daphne joining us for the weekend.

    April 5, 2012

  • Cherie T.

    Beth and Marcia, I'm so sorry, but I ended up booking a portrait session that weekend. I can't afford to turn down a paying gig at this point so I will have to miss out on all the fun you will have on this awesome trip. Thank you for responding. Hopefully I can go on another SPS trip later in the year. Thanks again.

    March 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cherie send me your email and we'll coordinate.

    March 26, 2012

  • Carl F.

    Dinner reservations have been made for 12 at 5:30pm. I also completed my room reservations with the Red Roof Inn. Only one other person has made a reservation. Please don't wait until the last moment.

    March 26, 2012

  • Cherie T.

    Marcia and Beth, I would love to share a room with you. Should I e-mail you? Did you make reservations already?

    March 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ditto on the dinner reservation.

    March 26, 2012

  • Carl F.

    Marcia, not really when it comes to copyright of Bourbon. I've been in the Bev Al business for almost 30 years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bourbon_whiskey

    March 26, 2012

  • Marcia J.

    Just to let everyone know, I am from Central Kentucky. I am very familiar with Shakertown and Keeneland. Also, I am familiar with Three Chimneys and other horse farms. I don't know the distilleries, however. Thanks for clarifying the locations of the bourbon distilleries and Jack Daniels--a whisky distillery. Kentucky has the copyright on bourbon--

    March 26, 2012

  • Marcia J.

    I am interested in a dinner reservation for Shaker Village. Thanks.

    March 26, 2012

  • Carl F.

    Thanks Brent. I'll reach out to Shaker Village and make the dinner reservations.

    March 26, 2012

  • Brent R.

    I made my reservations today at both hotels, and tried to reserve dinner at Shaker Village, but the lady said we would be eating as a group so please count me in your dinner reservation please. Looking forward to this interesting trip.

    March 26, 2012

  • Marcia J.

    Sure, I am interested. My email is [masked] if you want to discuss details.

    March 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cherie and Marcia I am also traveling alone and willing to share a room. I think I will be traveling up there on Friday though instead of Thursday. I'll at least reserve a room for Friday and Saturday. Let me know if you are interested. Thanks.

    March 26, 2012

  • Carl F.

    Marcia, Greg and I did not add it to the schedule. Your welcome to pick and choose what and where you would like to go. We are visiting the 3 Chimneys Horse Farm early Friday afternoon.

    March 23, 2012

  • Marcia J.

    Carl, I see that you don't have a Kentucky Horse Park visit scheduled. I assume we can do that on our own? It will be foaling time at the horse farms, so that is a great time to visit a farm. Just a suggestion.

    March 23, 2012

  • Marcia J.

    I am traveling alone, so I am willing to share a room. Shakertown is expensive--rooms start at $100 now. Shakertown is beautiful, so it is worth the visit.

    March 23, 2012

  • Cherie T.

    Are any of you ladies rooming together? I would like to go if I can share a room, preferably with several people to keep costs low. I'm fine with sleeping on the floor on a blow up matress.

    March 22, 2012

  • Brent R.

    Carl, this sounds great...count me in. I cannot come to your meeting Friday to join due to attending a Marilyn Sholin painting event in Asheville this weekend. The pictures, we would be able to capture would be a dream come true for me--beautiful horses and whisky? Priceless. I have had great luck with bidding for rooms at less than half price on Priceline.com as long as I know where everyone will be.
    Thanks.

    March 1, 2012

  • Carol S S.

    Sounds like a great trip...but I am not going to be able to do it this time due to timing. Hope you all have a wonderful trip!

    February 18, 2012

  • Klaus S.

    Thanks, standing by.

    February 17, 2012

  • Carl F.

    Klaus, not yet. I'm going to see if we can get a group rate. You might want to stay 2 nights at Pleasant Hill, Sat-Sun. I don't think Pleasant Hill will have any affiliations, at least I didn't run across anything. More to come.

    February 17, 2012

  • Klaus S.

    Great, should we go ahead and book at Pleasant Hill (presumably @ the Shaker Village?) If they have a common hotel affiliation (Hilton, Marriot, etc) chances are I'm in their club, get points, etc. News on the rates? Also, stay there two nights on a 3-day trip?

    Next, I have no experience with Lexington, KY - I can look for a hotel in town; better to find the right side to stay on, then check it out.

    February 17, 2012

  • Carl F.

    Klaus, Greg and are already out in front of you regarding the horse farm. Greg has a contact with Calumet which is right next door to Keeneland. More to come on that. We were thinking of the Woodford Reserve Distillery Monday morning. The WR distillery is just down the road in Versailles. BTW, the JD Distillery is in south central TN. Feel free to to plan on a 3 day trip.

    February 17, 2012

  • Klaus S.

    Commerce to get a few leads? (wonder if this is a common request in horse-country, haha. I bet several farms have this and charge, maybe some just allow visitors?)

    February 17, 2012

  • Klaus S.

    Carl, I talked it over with my camera-bearer and navigator (1 person) and she said she'd like to go for the long weekend (3 nights, Fri, Sat, Sun) and make it a mini-vacation. Is the Jack Daniels distillery nearby, or the two you mention, Buffalo Trace + Woodford less cliche and good visually? All sounds good. One thing, I was hoping that we would have a visit to a thoroughbred farm/ranch to pick up some background color. It might be far enough away time-wise to contact the local Chamber of

    February 17, 2012

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