Travel Guide To Cynthiana, Kentucky: Harrison County

December 11, 2018
Travel Guide To Cynthiana Kentucky

Hey, y’all! Looking for a Kentucky roadtrip? Just 45 minutes out of the city of Lexington is the quaint, thriving community of Cynthiana, Kentucky. Located in Harrison County, Cynthiana is listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. Interestingly enough, Cynthiana has the second-largest collection of buildings with mid 19th century cast iron storefronts in Kentucky. These outstanding examples of Federal-style architecture have survived from the community’s earliest years. There’s plenty to do, see, and eat while in town; as such, I’m proud to present my Travel Guide to Cynthiana, Kentucky.

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Post updated 4/21/21.

Travel Guide To Cynthiana, Kentucky: Harrison County

Home to many notable Kentuckians — such as Joe B. Hall, a famed University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Coach, and Robert Kirkman, co-creator of the Walking Dead — Cynthiana has permanently placed itself on the radar of all Kentuckians. Upon visiting, you will find that the community has every ounce of small town Kentucky charm that one would imagine it would. Maybe even more.

Where To Stay

Ashford Acres Inn: 1801 KY-36, Cynthiana, KY 41031
Travel Guide To Cynthiana, Kentucky

The Greek Revival style home of Ashford Acres Inn was built in 1858 by local resident John Williams. Between 1865 and 1941 a number of different families resided in the house as originally built, until 1941 when the Owen family purchased the property and fully renovated the house. They added the columns, a dining room, and the veranda, and painted the house white. Much of the beauty of the house that you see today is due to the renovation work performed by the Owen family.

Ashford Acres is now a first-class wedding venue and bed + breakfast.

Ashford Acres Inn
Ashford Acres Inn
Ashford Acres Inn

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Where To Eat:

Leono’s: 253 S Church St., Cynthiana, KY 41031

Leono’s is your classic local pizza joint from first glance; however the product that is produced is much, much better. Known for their pan crust pizza, diners having been patronizing this institution for years — and for good reason. Crispy, nearly fried, on the bottom & thick and soft in the middle… that’s what makes Leono’s pan-crust pizza so special.

Travel Guide To Cynthiana, Kentucky
Biancke’s: 102 S. Main St., Cynthiana, KY 41031

Serving up family-style meals for over a century , Biancke’s is one of Cynthiana’s most beloved, historic businesses. Established in 1894 by Italian immigrants, this is the spot to go to if you want to interact with locals. And, trust me on this – get the fried green tomatoes and a pie topped with their famous meringue!

Travel Guide To Cynthiana, Kentucky Biancke's

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Where To Drink

Maiden City Brewing: 123 E. Pike St., Cynthiana, KY 41031

Brewed in Downtown Cynthiana, Maiden City Brewing was established in 2016 and is a worthy craft beer destination for any beer aficionado.

Travel Guide To Cynthiana, Kentucky
Maiden City Brewing Cynthiana

Mural Tour

One of the many tourist pulls to Cynthiana is the Mural Tour. Murals are plentiful around town, though some of the highlights include the Joe B. Hall Mural, the Mural of Distillery History, and, of course, the Walking Dead Mural.

Cynthiana Mural Tour

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  • Reply
    Denise Fuson
    December 11, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    So thrilled to see my bracelet here in your post! Glad you like it and thanks for shining such a positive light on our town!

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    Trudy Sosbe
    December 11, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    So happy you enjoyed your visit to Cynthiana!

  • Reply
    December 11, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Glad you loved our little town like we do.

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    December 13, 2018 at 2:10 am

    We are very proud of our town. Thank you for visiting and the wonderful review. Come back and see us anytime.

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    June 20, 2020 at 1:57 am

    Anybody know recipe for Pine Villas beer cheese

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