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Kentucky: a road trip through the state - Part 28 - Orlando / Florida Guide

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While the farms listed below may not have a resident Kentucky Derby winner they do each have their own unique history, local crafted barns and landscaping.

Lane' s End Farm:- This farm has been compared in a number of places to a national park. During the off season you can take a tour on a Thursday at 10 a. m. However be aware that there are no tours available during the breeding season. This runs from February to the end of June but also while the Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton sales are held.

Taylor Made Farm:- This Farm was created in 1976 to provide a place for mares being shipped to central Kentucky to be bred with stallions kept there. The Farm which started out as only 120 acres has had to expand both its size and its range of facilities as it has been very successful. It has now grown to 1, 600 acres and is one of the leading sales agencies in the world. In 1999 three horses from the farm won a race at the Breeders' Cup, this is something that had never been achieved before or has happened since. During breeding season in the spring the farm is extremely busy. They sometimes are not able to accommodate visitors, so it all depends on what’s happening that particular week.

Normandy Farm:- This farm is located on Paris Pike and is famous for its unusual L-shaped barn. The barn was commissioned in 1933 by the then owner of the farm, Joseph Widener. The story goes that it is an exact replica of a barn in Normandy, France, where he sought refuge after his plane crashed during the First World War. The barn main features other than its shape are a clock tower and the fact that its roof, gables, cupolas and dormers are decorated with ceramic cats and other animals. The farm also has a horse cemetery; here you can see a life size bronze statue of thoroughbred champion Fair Play.

Again please remember for each of these three farms you need to make an appointment. If after all this touring around you want something to eat then the suggestion below will cater to both casual and more formal tastes.

Dudley' s Restaurant has been a landmark in Lexington since 1981 occupying space in historic Dudley' s Square until Oct. 2009. In 2010, Debbie Long, the owner of Dudley' s purchased The Northern Bank Building. It was built in 1889 it was one of the best known landmarks in downtown Lexington. It is at the beginning of Market Street and is at the entrance to the Gratz Park Residential Historic District.

The renovation of Dudley' s new location started in Aug of 2009 and the doors opened in March 2010. The two story restaurant that you will find continued its award winning creative menus and wine list.

The lower floor has a more relaxed street side bistro feel to it, while the more formal upstairs restaurant will satisfy those wanting this type of meal.

The next section of our trip continues in part 29

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