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Under $100: Lexington, Kentucky

by Holly Riddle

Mar 30, 2019

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Start your day in the Bluegrass with a hearty, southern breakfast. Ramsey’s Diner is a good place to begin, with its location away from some of the heavier Lexington traffic. This iconic Lexington eatery is beloved by local families. Get the Traditional Ramsey’s Breakfast for $11, which includes five eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, pancakes and toast.


See a little Kentucky history with a visit to the Mary Todd Lincoln House. It’s closed December through February, but opens again for visitors in March, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The late Georgian-style brick house was built in 1803 and includes a period herb and perennial garden. Indoors, see family relics and the personal possessions of Mary Todd.


Enjoy some high-end shopping at Lexington’s newest retail destination. The Summit at Fritz Farm includes some of your favorite brands, like Anthropologie, Brooks Brothers, Free People and lululemon. There’s also plenty of unique dining and drinking outlets in case you get hungry.


Take a scenic drive outside of Lexington’s urban center to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. The largest restored Shaker community, it features 3,000 acres of farmland and 34 restored 19th-century buildings. You can catch classes, performances and more, or take a tour of the historic setting, beautiful all year-round.


Grab dinner at a small Southern chain that’s just branched into Southern Kentucky and Tennessee. Double Dogs is a casual and trendy eatery serving unique takes on pub food, like East Tennessee Carbonara Mac (bacon, peas, Romano and mozzarella cheeses mixed in with creamy mac n’ cheese and topped with runny eggs) and the chicken pot pie served in its own cast iron skillet. Enjoy your dinner alongside a local beer, like one of those available from West 6th Brewing.


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