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March Madness Kentucky Style: Visit Lexington

March Madness Kentucky Style

It’s March Madness – that’s college basketball season to the rest of the world – and there is no place in the world better for lovers of college basketball than Lexington, Kentucky!   Kentucky fans “bleed blue” and Lexington, home of The University of Kentucky (and this year’s unbeaten 36-0 Kentucky Wildcats), is the perfect place to celebrate the college basketball season. This time of year you can’t turn around in town without seeing “Big Blue” and “Cats” specials everywhere.

So here is your guide for the best places to gear up, eat up, drink up, and soak up some Kentucky Big Blue Madness!!! 

  1. Head to North Limestone Donuts and get a donut.  You’ll find it at 575 N. Limestone St.  Try the Maple Bacon or the Long John Calipari.  Just because.  If donuts aren’t your thing, then enjoy the best coffee and company you’ve ever had at Third St. Stuff at 257 N. Limestone. This funky hangout is full of friendly people and there will surely be a wildcat special on the menu.
  1. Get your Kentucky Gear. Personally I always like to shop local and my favorite little shop is High St. Fly at 887 E High St.  It’s got great Unique Kentucky T-shirts and gear that nobody else has! Walk across the street and visit The Morris Book Shop (“MoBoSho”) for their knowledgeable friendly staff and all kinds of books including an entire section of Kentucky books. WHile there be sure to pick up the latest copy of our local STORY Magazine.  This well made publication will entertain and inform you.  Every edition is a great read. Get a copy of this year’s Kentucky Basketball Yearbook to be sure you have all your information about each player on the Kentucky roster. The Cat’s Paws is a local paper dedicated to information just about the wildcats.
  1.  Take a Tour of The Joe Craft Center: (If you can arrange for one.) This 30 million dollar facility is the practice and training home for the University of Kentucky Men’s and Women’s basketball teams.  It is really something to see. You generally have to get somebody local and “in the know” to arrange this but if you have a connection – get ready to be amazed.  You will see how the basketball players experience life at UK as student-athletes, and if you are very lucky, you might get a peek into the office of the top cat, John Calipari.  Alternatively, you can take a tour of the University of Kentucky and it’s beautiful campus.  You won’t be disappointed
  1. Rupp Arena: Get your picture taken on the original floor of Rupp Arena. If you pull into the Hyatt Hotel valet parking you can run inside the front revolving doors of Rupp Arena and Lexington Convention Center.  Just beyond the box office is the original floor of Rupp Arena. This is a great photo opportunity for anyone wanting their picture next to the Rupp Floor. You can’t actually get into the arena when there isn’t an event scheduled – but this is close.
  1. Have lunch at The Square. Right across from Rupp Arena you can enjoy lots of downtown eateries. You’ll be in the heart of Lexington which provides lots of downtown shopping for wildcat fans! My favorites are Pies and Pints, Saul Good (get the chicken and waffles) and Shakespere and Co. (Try their flowering tea and crepes! ). For the largest piece of pizza you have ever had, head around the corner to N. Mill St. to Goodfellas Pizza.
  1. Settle in to Watch the Game. Kentucky Basketball consumes this town. So where are you going to watch it? Don’t watch the game alone in your hotel room. If you are lucky enough to be in town for a home game try to get tickets. if you aren’t able to (every game sells out) watching with a crowd of fellow fans is always easy. If you are younger, you might head to The Tin Roof (303 S. Limestone) or Two Keys Tavern (333 S.Limestone).  Less rowdy fans might want to check out the Kentucky Theater (214 E Main St.) which shows games free of charge on the Big Screen.

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Weekly photo challenge- threes

I decided to jump into the Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge with cool things from my home of Lexington, Ky. One of the coolest thing we have in Lexington in recent years is an abundance of amazing murals. Local and international artists have blessed this town with amazing art in all areas of town.

This mural is part of a bigger mural project called “The Giant Storybook Project” in which Lexington is home to two of the 13 murals that are around the world.

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Appreciating Home.

Lexington, Kentucky, USA

One of the great things about traveling around the world is appreciating home when you return. After spending a year on the road, there are so many things you realize you took for granted while away.  So I thought I’d write a post today of some of the things I love about Lexington, KY:

  1. Unbelievable food! We have so many food choices.  Great local restaurants and more restaurant chains than you can count. Not to mention that we have an abundance of local markets and access to every major grocery chain from organic to luxury to discount to wholesale. Any food and any way that you like your food you can get it here. We have some great ethnic restaurants, and I challenge any town to rival our doughnuts.
  2. Easy Access WIFI and cell-phone coverage. We have come to depend on it we take it for granted in the US but anyone who has traveled knows that at times finding reliable wifi can be tough. Here at home it is a non-issue.  WIFI/4G is a blessing and I love having it!
  3. Amazing art: Lexington is full of fabulous art. We traveled the world and visited some world-class museums, but it was the city’s public art that was always the most striking and memorable. Lexington is home to some amazing public art and murals. Lexington is currently part of a cool mural project (PRHBTN) We currently have a Bourbon Barrel project on display that highlights dozens of local artists and our Horse Mania project can still be seen around town. Art is appreciated in Lexington and generally valued by the community.  Out trip made me more appreciative of our art scene.
  4. Gorgeous Fall Foliage and our tree-lined roads. Driving in Kentucky in the Fall is stunning. It was literally raining red and yellow leaves the other day. We missed Autumn last year as we opted for an “endless summer” year of following the sun.  Experiencing the seasonal change this year I realized how much I missed this time of year. It is truly beautiful.
  5. Basketball. I missed it. We are in Kentucky. It is basketball season. I tried to appreciate Rugby. It was fun but it doesn’t hold a candle to college basketball – especially in the Bluegrass.  Go CATS!
  6. And I love our “new” slogan Kentucky kicks Ass. Visit Kentucky for Kentucky to learn more cool stuff about our home.