By: Melissa McCaughan
The world knows Kentucky for its beautiful Bluegrass region, famous for its miles of farmland and home to various breeds of horses. In the heart of the bluegrass is the charm and beauty of Georgetown, centrally located in the “golden triangle” — the area between Cincinnati, Louisville, and Lexington.
Discover genuine Kentucky treasures around every corner, from the Victorian-era buildings along Main Street to relics of Georgetown’s spirited past harkening back to the 1800s at Ward Hall — a national landmark believed to be the largest Greek Revival antebellum mansion in Kentucky and certainly one of the finest in the South. Stroll down the picturesque downtown sidewalks and find charming antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, and an eclectic array of dining options from a century old family-run restaurant to upscale venues and casual eateries featuring Kentucky bourbons and craft beers.
Known for their Prime Beef steaks and fresh seafood, Rodney’s on Broadway is located in downtown Georgetown in a historic 1840’s home. The restaurant has been beautifully restored to commemorate the “best that the bluegrass has to offer”. Enjoy Rodney’s Woodford Reserve Shrimp and Sea Scallops — perfectly seared shellfish mounted atop toast points and sauced with a light Woodford Reserve bourbon-cream reduction.
Red State BBQ Is an area mainstay and trusted source for down-home, done just right barbecue. The restaurant recently opened Red State Taps in downtown Georgetown, the taproom features craft beer, wine, and a tapas menu.
Located just steps from the heart of town and a block from Georgetown College, Local Feed’s historic building was originally constructed in the 1890’s as the ice house, across the street from Royal Springs where Elijah Craig pulled water to first make bourbon. Local Feed prides itself on a scratch farm-to-table concept, the chicken and dumplings are prepared the old fashioned way and even the condiments are home made.
For over 200 years, the John Payne family home has been used to entertain guests and visitors from all over the world. Today that tradition of good food and entertainment continues with Wilshire’s Restaurant, entrée’s such as the signature Honey Bourbon Glazed Salmon — fresh Atlantic salmon, seared then brushed with the chef’s honey bourbon glaze — ensures tradition will be carried on for many years.
Just five miles from downtown is the Kentucky Horse Park, a 1200-acre educational theme park, home to the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the Annual Rolex Three-Day Event. Nearby, the Old Friends Retired Thoroughbred Farm provides a safe haven to over 100 horses whose racing days have come to an end including Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners Silver Charm and War Emblem. Founded by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Bowen, the farm offers opportunities to get up close and personal with the stars of the turf and meet miniature horse Little Silver Charm.