When planning weekend getaways in Kentucky, there are two things to consider. Number one, a getaway is supposed to be that…a getaway! You have to include a cool place to STAY to feel as though you’ve “gotten away.” Number two, you don’t want to spend your entire getaway driving! So welcome to Oldham, Kentucky – home to bourbon, horses, brews, wines, trains, and Underground Railroad history.
If a true horse adventure is what you’re after, we have no shortage of awesome places to rest your head and hooves! Wake up on one of our Oldham, Kentucky horse farm B&Bs and take of the best hands-on horse farm tours in Kentucky, all just 20 minutes from downtown Louisville on I-71 at exit 14 and exit 22.
Bluegrass Country Estate B&B at exit 22 off I-71 is a 9-acre horse farm in the equestrian community of L’Esprit in La Grange, just minutes from the historic shopping and dining district of downtown La Grange. Stroll this large community of horse farms called, “L’Esprit” and inhale breathtaking views of what first-time visitors to our state say they pictured Kentucky to look like! Relax in the hot tub under the stars – yes, you can SEE stars here! Bluegrass Country Estate boasts a theater room with movies and popcorn, gym, pool table, seasonal in-ground pool, and horse boarding for those traveling with their horses. It’s no wonder they’ve received numerous awards for being the “Best Bed and Breakfast in Kentucky for Amenities.”
*Close By: Bluegrass is located across the street from Windy Meadows horse farm tour, close to historic downtown La Grange Main Street‘s locally-owned shops & dining district where you’ll find the Oldham History center museum with Underground Railroad history, Trackside Winery, and La Grange restaurants – Main Street Bourbon & Ale House with their train observation tower, and One Nineteen West Main restaurant…all with views of the passing Trains on Main!
The Inn at Spring Run Farm at exit 14 off I-71 is the perfect getaway if you are looking for an elegant, true Kentucky experience! The Inn was originally two dogtrot log cabins that have been completely renovated, but with remnants of the exposed log walls intact, original ash floors and working fireplace to add to this one-of-a-kind experience on a working horse farm.
With Chef Jeff as your host, you’ll enjoy all things Kentucky – fantastic food, bourbon, history & culture, horses, outdoor fire pit, and our famous Southern hospitality – all in one gorgeous, secluded bed and breakfast.
The Pillow and Paddock Bed and Breakfast is just yards from the equestrian community of L’Esprit. The Pillow and Paddock is a casually elegant, country inn featuring 5 beautifully appointed King and Queen bedrooms each having a modern spacious private bathroom, hot tub, back veranda, wrap-around porch, and separate basement apartment for short-term stays.
Named “Best of Oldham County for Hotels and B&Bs” for the last four years!
Close By: Historic downtown La Grange Main Street’s locally-owned shops & dining district where you’ll find the Oldham History center museum with Underground Railroad history, Trackside Winery, and La Grange restaurants – Main Street Bourbon & Ale House with their train observation tower, and One Nineteen West Main restaurant…all with views of the passing Trains on Main!
Check out our Farm Tours page for Second Stride (retired race horse adoption farm), the historic thoroughbred farm, Hermitage Farm who has raised Triple Crown winners, has hosted Queen Elizabeth, and now has a Carriage Driving Museum housing the original carriage from Gone with the Wind, and Windy Meadows horse farm in the equine community of L’Esprit, a horse community with over 5000 acres of scenic beauty, thoroughbred and quarter horse farms and beautiful estates. And that’s only our horse farms!
You’ll also find many other awesome farm tours such as our dairy farm tour, alpaca farm tour, bison farm tour, and many organic farms that raise food for some of the high-end restaurants in the region!
Kentucky Artisan Distillery in Crestwood, exit 14 on I-71, is the perfect start to your Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience! Home to Jefferson’s Bourbons and Whiskey Row, your tour includes tastes of 6 brands. Notice we said Jefferson’s bourbons – plural! Jefferson’s Reserve, Jefferson’s Ocean, and the list goes on. This distillery tour is unlike any other craft tour in Kentucky. You’ll belly up to an antique Pewee Valley bank teller window for your tasting while you study the barrels of unique bourbon concoctions such as the Chef’s Collaboration with famous chef, Ed Lee. This is a taste & tour as uncommon as the bourbons themselves and features a nice collection of distilling antiques throughout!
Kim’s Tidbits: Since one can’t live on bourbon and horses alone, you have to eat! If you are staying in La Grange or visiting Windy Meadows Horse Farm, you can’t go wrong with Red Pepper Deli on Main Street. If you are in Crestwood at the Distillery or at the Inn at Spring Run Farm B&B, Red Pepper Deli has a 2nd location there that includes the Red Peppermint – a frozen yogurt shop with toppings. They have the best homemade sandwiches, soups, pasta salads, and desserts! If something light is what you crave, I suggest the Valley Veggie Wrap (no olives for me). Fresh cucumbers, hummus, tomatoes, onions, romaine lettuce, and feta cheese…all in a red pepper wrap. You will not miss the meat, but you can ask for grilled chicken to be added. Delish!
For dinner in La Grange, there are a couple of options I would suggest. One Nineteen West Main restaurant on Main Street has a large menu! The Haute Brown (right) is very popular and the Country Ham Quesadilla is a favorite. But save room for dessert – they have copyrighted their Bacon pie!
Another dinner favorite is Big R’s BBQ on 1st Street. They happen to be my favorite BBQ place in Kentucky. I recommend the Brisket Nachos topped with pulled pork, baked beans, sour cream, and peppers. Pick any side you want…they’re all fantastic! Outdoor seating is also available!
If you would like to have good drink with your meal, enjoy a nightcap, or just relax at an old friend’s house, I suggest Main Street Bourbon & Ale House on Main Street La Grange. They have awesome outdoor seating (left) and a train observation tower by the railroad tracks…what La Grange is known for! Here is a Restaurant List for downtown La Grange. Next door to Main Street Bourbon & Ale House is Trackside Winery of the Little Kentucky River Winery!