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Forbes names Lexington a cheap summer destination


Forbes.com recently named some of America’s best places to visit on a budget this summer, and Lexington made the list.

In an article titled “Cheap Summer Travel: 23 Places To Go In 2018,” a writer out of Nashville nominates Lexington for its bourbon trails and distillery district, as well as the ice cream, local art and much more.

Where: Lexington, Kentucky

Chosen By: Nashville-based Kristin Luna is a journalist by profession, a Southerner by birth and a boss woman who runs the travel and lifestyle site Camels & Chocolate, where she shares her adventures around the South (and beyond).

Why: As a Southerner who grew up nearby in Tennessee, I somehow didn’t discover Lexington until my 30s — and once I did, I loved it so much that I wound up traveling there four times over a two-year period. My husband and I are big fans of bourbon, so the easy access to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail was what originally attracted us to the area — Woodford Reserve being a favorite and the new Castle & Key just down the road from there poised to be the next big “it” distillery. But it’s all the developments within the city itself that have kept us coming back time after time. Lexington has the same appeal as Austin, Texas, but without the price point. Hotels are still affordable, and you can cover plenty of ground downtown on your own two feet, which makes tackling the Brewgrass Trail pretty handy. (And if you don’t want to walk, I highly recommend the Thirsty Peddler as your mode of transportation!) My favorite neighborhood is the Distillery District, anchored by the old James E. Pepper Distilling Co., which originally was built following the Civil War and just reopened its doors a few months ago. The area also boasts the best ice cream, Crank & Boom, and a killer brewery, Ethereal. But best of all, there’s plenty to do that’s free, like participating in Visit Lex’s Mural Challenge and tracking down as many of the 100+ art installations woven through the city as you can find. Bonus: They make for great Instagram fodder.

Other popular cities on the list include Boise, Nashville, Panama City and St. Louis. I’ve already been to all four this year, so does that make me cheap or efficient?

See them all here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

6 responses to “Forbes names Lexington a cheap summer destination”

  1. Chad

    Drew Frankline it just means that completed the Grand Slam of economic tourism.

    1. gobble gobble

      I agree, Lexington is a great place to visit during the summer on a budget… considering there’s absolutely nothing to do in lex (esp during the summer), you most likely won’t have to spend any money during a trip there. I lived in lex for 5 years and I can’t think of a single reason why anyone would wanna visit there during the summer…

  2. ClutchCargo

    I don’t know about all of that. I like Lexington and all, but there’s a reason why it would be considered a cheap summer destination. They completely lost me when they compared Lexington to Austin TX. LOL!

  3. Pigboi

    I love Lexington as much as the next person but there is literally no comparing Lexington and Austin.

    Absolutely preposterous.

  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Nashville a budget destination??? That’s not what I’ve heard. Granted, what I’ve heard is very anecdotal, so maybe it depends on what towns you compare it to…and how much you make determining what you consider a “budget”.

    1. Jiminy Crickets

      Nashville hotels are very big city expensive, but it’s free to get into most of the bars. So depends I guess