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Plan a stay you’ll never forget at one of these unique places in Lexington

From tiny homes to 21c, Lexington is full of special places to stay that offer guests a break from traditional motels and hotels.

A stucco house surrounded by a pool outdoor seating and manicured gardens

Botherum Carriage House. | Photo via Airbnb

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We all need a staycation or a trip to a different city from time to time. Whether you’re a Lexingtonian feeling a little cooped up or a visitor looking for a special Horse Capital of the World experience, picking the perfect home away from home is crucial.

We went looking for unique lodgings around town that showcase that unbridled spirit. So choose your ideal digs, pack your bags, and get ready for a memorable getaway.

The interior of the tiny home at The Kentucky Castle.

This might be a tiny home, but it’s got grand views. | Photo courtesy of The Kentucky Castle

Rooms with a view

Tiny Home with Castle Views | 230 Pisgah Pike
Tucked away on a working farm, this small space features modern conveniences and an exceptional view of The Kentucky Castle. This compact charmer comes with a full kitchen, a small sitting area, and a loft sleeping area. Bonus: You’re just steps away from farm-to-table dining, the spa, and farm animals.

21c Museum Hotel | 167 W. Main St.
The moment you step into this downtown boutique hotel, you’ll feel immersed into Lexington’s contemporary arts scene. Take a free, self-guided tour through its rotating exhibits on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., enjoy dinner at on-site restaurant Lockbox, then check into your room where you’ll be able to see the entirety of Main Street + the Old Fayette County Courthouse.

A bed with white linens and a white comfy chair with colorful rugs at Shaker Village

Simple, fresh, and classic rooms can be found at Shaker Village. | Photo courtesy of Shaker Village

Hideaways with history

Shaker Village | 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg
Nestled on 3,000 acres of rolling Bluegrass hills are 13 beautifully restored historic Shaker buildings — and you’re invited to stay. Let go of your worries in an easy + restful pace of life, just like Shakers would have in one of its many rooms, suites, and private cottages. The property’s amenities include an on-site farm-to-table restaurant, acres of hiking, as well as daily activities + programming.

Lyndon House Bed & Breakfast | 507 N. Broadway
Whether you want to rent out the whole historic house — it boasts seven bedrooms — or just one suite, this downtown beauty is within walking distance to all the excitement our city offers. Plus, the property is home to its own pub where you can kick back + relax with a pour of local bourbon.

Farm charm

The Dew Drop In | 469 Browns Mill Rd.
With panoramic views of family-operated Kentucky horse farm, Saxony Farm, guests can sip their morning coffee and watch the sunrise on the front porch, or enjoy sun-drenched evenings on the wrap-around west-facing side porch. Enjoy walks along the farm or add on a guided tour with the owners to get unique insight of daily farm life + meet the four-legged friends that also call it home.

The outside of Elwood Hotel

The outside of Elwood Hotel | Photo by The LEXtoday

Here’s the theme

The Elwood | 444 Parkway Dr.
Just as the exterior suggests, this boutique hotel loves its greenery. In fact, it even became the World’s First Plant-Friendly Hotel. With its emphasis on well-being, comfortable accommodations, and proximity to downtown, you’ll be sure to feel rejuvenated upon checkout.

The Stone House | Downtown Frankfort
While it’s not exactly in Lexington, if you’re hopping on the Bourbon Trail and plan on cutting loose — play it safe (and cool) by staying at this comfy, cozy historic spot that overlooks the Kentucky River.

A living space with chairs and seating and plants

JC Cockhouse | Photo via Airbnb

Cozy cottages

Historic JC Cock House | Merino Street
This stylish two-bedroom, one-bathroom gated historic home is just steps away from all the excitement downtown has to offer. Think: Rupp Arena, Central Bank Center, and dozens of delicious restaurants. You’ll live lavishly with manicured gardens + peaceful equestrian decor. We love the overhead beams and unique wood ceiling.

Snug Hollow | 790 McSwain Branch, Irvine
Cabins, cottages, creeks, and a home-cooked meal — need we say more? You have three different comfy accommodations to choose from, but wherever you rest your head, you’ll sleep soundly away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The property features 350 acres of hiking trails, gardens, and a labyrinth.

A lobby of The Manchester with velvet couches, a blue tile bar and horse art

Cocktails in the lobby of The Manchester? Yes, please. | Photo by LEXtoday.

Modern chic

The Manchester | 41 Manchester St.
Art deco meets Appalachia at this Distillery District hotel. Enjoy the warmth of its intricately designed walls reminiscent of 1960s Miami. Planning a date night? Easy. Start with a high-end Southern cuisine dinner at the Granddam, followed by carefully curated cocktails + downtown views from rooftop bar Lost Palm.

Artistic sanctuaries

Botherum Carriage House | Downtown Lexington
This stunning + expertly-decorated Carriage House is complete with two bedrooms, two baths, three sitting rooms, a kitchen, laundry room, and a bar. Oh, and did we mention the salt water pool and beautiful lush gardens designed and cared for by the Jon Carloftis?

Once you’ve booked your room, VisitLEX is on hand to help you plan your trip. Here are a few ways we’d spend our time in Lexington:

Did you know? The Old Courthouse (located across from the 21c Museum Hotel) is home to the Lexington Visitors Center, which is filled with great resources on the best way to experience Lexington. Don’t forget to grab a bourbon or meal at one of Ouita Michel’s restaurants — Thirsty Fox and Zim’s Cafe — also located at the Old Courthouse.

Choose your ideal digs, pack your bags, and get ready for a memorable getaway.

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