I recently had the privilege of spending the day with my friends at Georgetown Tourism. While I knew that this was one of the loveliest towns in the Commonwealth, I left feeling even more pride in my Kentucky heritage!
Georgetown, at its core, is historic, quaint, and charmingly southern. Near Lexington, it is home of Georgetown College, a world-class Toyota manufacturing plant, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, Ward Hall, Country Boy Brewing, and fabulous food. It is a focal point in the midst of both bourbon and horse country; a trip to Georgetown is good for the soul.
There’s no better way to kick off a morning in Scott County than with breakfast at Fava’s. Originally conceptualized as a confectionary in 1910, it has been a Georgetown staple for many generations. While the ownership and offerings have changed throughout the years, the goal is steadfast: serving good food and facilitating fellowship.
Located downtown, I knew that Fava’s was the perfect restaurant for breakfast — it’s an old-school diner with southern comfort food. I couldn’t decide between biscuits and gravy and a breakfast croissant sandwich; thus, naturally, I had both! The food at Fava’s will, without question, remind you of your grandma’s cookin’.
Also, check out this meringue — that’s Write Your MeeMaw worthy by any standard!
I love diners that still have the old-school bars + stools. It’s very nostalgic and reminds me of my childhood.
You can visit Fava’s at:
159 E. Main St, Georgetown, KY 40324
After breakfast at Fava’s, I intended to visit the Old Friend’s Thoroughbred Retirement Farm. A dignified home to over 100 horses who have retired from their racing/breeding careers, it is a place to both pay respect to Kentucky culture and to spoil the horses for their hard work! From past Derby winners, to Little Silver Charm – a favorite in Scott County – their repertoire is sure to please!
The weather did not cooperate for a visit to the farm; that said, I fully intend to revisit!
You can visit Old Friend’s Thoroughbred Retirement Farm at:
1841 Paynes Depot Rd., Georgetown, KY 40324
With the impending weather, I decided to tour the local Toyota Manufacturing Facility. A driver of huge economic impact in the state, “Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) is Toyota’s largest vehicle manufacturing plant in the world, annually capable of producing 550,000 vehicles and more than 600,000 engines.”
Tours at the plant are conducted on trolleys, which allow you to see the nooks and crannies of the expansive facility. It was very interesting to see the process from beginning to end — so much so, it garnered a new level of respect for the industry on my end. I would recommend anyone to take this tour — adults, families, children — because it has interest points for all. I’m not very interested in automobiles, though I found myself enthralled the entire time.
We are so fortunate to have this industry in our Commonwealth!
You can visit the Toyota Manufacturing Facility at:
1001 Cherry Blossom Way, Georgetown, KY 40324
After a late morning spent at Toyota, it was only fitting to relax with my friends at Country Boy Brewing.
Founded by Kentuckians with a passion for craft beer, Country Boy Brewing specializes in minimally-processed, high-quality brews. I was impressed to find out about the ingredients that go into Country Boy Brewing products; for example, the vanilla is extracted from actual vanilla beans, not just vanilla flavoring. While this is not the cheapest route, it does ensure the highest quality, which I appreciate.
Country Boy Brewing originated in Lexington, though they have now opened a state-of-the-art taproom and production facility in Scott County.
The best part? They now offer food – and y’all, this is not your average bar food. It’s delicious!
Roast Beef & Beer Cheese Sandwich
Southwest Turkey Club
Hot Brown Pizza (yes, please!)
Pretzel + Beer Cheese & Mustard
After spending a few hours (or the entire afternoon) with the fine folk at Country Boy Brewing, there’s no better place to soak in some Georgetown history than at Ward Hall. Easily the grandest Greek Revival residence in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Ward Hall is said to be one of the finest examples of mid-nineteenth century classical building in the United States.
To quote, “Built for Junius Richard Ward and his wife Matilda Viley Ward, the mansion is attributed to British-born military engineer and Lexington architect, Major Thomas Lewinski. It was constructed by Taylor Buffington with the assistance of James Bailey. The house embodies numerous Minard Lafever design elements from his 1829 and 1835 pattern books.
The more than 12,000 square-foot house rises from a six-foot high brushed and hammered coquina limestone foundation with twenty foot wide heroic scale steps leading up to a portico supported by four 27 foot-high fluted Corinthian columns with cast iron capitals and bases and the façade decorated on all four sides with pilasters and matching cast iron capitals set against Flemish bond brickwork. All window and door enframements on the exterior are cut stone.”
To say the least, time spent at Ward Hall will take visitors back to a different time in the South. I am so happy to know that the property is being cared for by the Ward Hall Preservation Foundation. They have incessantly worked to better the property since the acquisition in 2004 and have many plans for the future.
Support our state’s history by visiting Ward Hall at:
1782 Frankfort Road (US 460 W), Georgetown, KY 40324
No trip to Georgetown would be complete without dinner at Rodney’s on Broadway! Housed in a historic property just outside of Downtown Georgetown, Rodney’s prides itself on serving elegant, southern cuisine. Don’t miss out on the cocktail menu, either!
Seahorses: fresh diver scallops, wrapped in prosciutto, served on a bed of crispy spinach, and drizzled with hollandaise sauce.
Known for their prime beef, I had to have the filet mignon – an ultimate barrel cut steak that is both slow and naturally aged. It is, to understate, a fork-tender piece of meat.
Y’all – let me tell you – it was delicious!
For all of my food lovers, be sure to participate in Georgetown’s #GtownEats Week, which is happening from March 23rd – March 30th, 2019. This event is an eight-day culinary exploration and celebration, highlighting local Georgetown restaurants, bakeries, and drinking establishments. In doing so, businesses offer either multi-course meals or unique menu items at a discounted price. These meals and deals are only available during this time frame; thus, don’t miss out, y’all!
You can find more information here.
Adventure awaits in the Commonwealth of Kentucky; if you aren’t planning your next trip to Georgetown, Kentucky — get on it! Be sure to come with a hunger for culture, history, and of course, delectable food!
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: This is a commissioned post; all opinions, as always, are my own.