Renee's Route _ Lexington Kentucky Getaway

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Room decorated wth sea shells at Headley-Whitney Museum of Art

By all accounts, Abraham Lincoln visited Kentucky four times, but most significantly, it was in Kentucky that he experienced his first vacation. In what we would now term a guy's getaway he visited his best friend Joshua Speed in 1841 and obtained his first taste of a life of luxury. The components that make up a successful deluxe getaway have not changed much in the ensuing 175-years and Kentucky is still an ideal location to spend some time with friends and Lexington is just the right size and has such a plethora of culinary, shopping, arts and entertainment venues that everyone is bound to be pleased.

Lexington has emerged as a significant arts destination that showcases all genres of art, architecture and public art. Brochures are available that include walking tour routes, maps and information. Also on offer is a mobile app with an interactive map. Visitors can participate in one of the free LEXARTS Gallery Hops that feature more than 40 galleries and associated sites.             

Located in the heart of the downtown area is the 88-room, boutique, 21c Museum Hotel situated in what was constructed in 1913 as the First National Bank. The hotel's 7,999-sq. ft. of gallery space and private areas are replete with contemporary art that is both arresting and stimulates conversation. The conversation usually begins with guest's requests for one of the hotel's iconic penguins for their room. Each 21c Hotel has a designated color for their representative penguin. Lexington's color is blue.


Two art installations not to be missed are "Spectralline," a multi-toned glass sculpture suspended from the foyer ceiling and "Tomorrow's Weather."  It is a series of globes of varying sizes that are located in the Lockbox Restaurant. The colors change to reflect the next day's weather as predicted by the National Weather Service. Free forty-five minute tours are scheduled throughout the week.