Uniquely Woodford – the Horse Country Guide to Woodford County

HORSE COUNTRY TOURS- We want to host you in Horse Country, of course! Woodford County is home to nine touring Horse Country locations – including the two living Triple Crown winners – each steeped in history and rich with personality, stories, and success in their own right.

Horse Country touring locations in Woodford County:

Airdrie StudBlackwood StablesCoolmore HurstlandLane’s End

Pin OakStonestreetThree ChimneysWinStar

Woodford County recently opened the doors to its first hotel – the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Versailles.

If you’re more of a bed & breakfast type, check out one of the several outstanding accommodations in the area: The Ruin; Charred Oaks Inn; The Woodford Inn; A Storybook Inn; or the Montgomery Inn.

FOOD – Versailles and the surrounding county was doing farm-to-table before it was cool. Check out some of our favorite spots for an authentic taste of Central Kentucky.

Wallace Station – A cornerstone of the Ouita Michel family of restaurants, Wallace Station serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner to locals and visitors alike year-round. It’s cozy, it’s local, it’s a can’t-miss while in WoFo!

Holly Hill Inn – Another of Chef Ouita’s concepts, the Holly Hill Inn has been touted as a “gem of a restaurant” by the New York Times. Set in a historic home, this fine dining restaurant is charming and comfortable, serving up seasonal menus and southern hospitality. Reservations recommended.

Right in downtown Versailles, the newly re-developed Main Street block anchored by the Amsden building provides several opportunities for fun & refreshments – hit up the Amsden Coffee Club for a morning or midday pick-me-up, and shop the Mercantile while you’re there. A few doors down, the Amsden Bourbon Bar is fun local hang with a great cocktail list (take it from us!) – and Rolling Oven Pizza, Mrs. Rogers’ Popcorn & Sweet Shop, and Spotz Gelato round out the casual and tasty culinary options.

Just a few miles from Woodford Reserve down McCracken Pike is modern southern restaurant The Stave. A hidden gem along the Ky Bourbon Trail, this casual eatery has views of Glenn’s Creek, ample outdoor seating, and an extensive bourbon list. Best of all – we’ve never been able to get cell service on the property. 😉

The Brown Barrel – Set in historic Midway, The Brown Barrel is casual, delicious, and great for groups of all sizes.


Bluegrass Traditions – easy to find (and with ample parking!), Bluegrass Traditions is a fun local boutique with lots of souvenirs commemorating your time in KY. And, check out the Horse Country corner – offering official Horse Country member branded merchandise. Don’t forget to grab your Horse Country Passport while you’re there before heading to a tour!

Bourbon! We can’t send you to Woodford County and not recommend experiencing America’s native spirit in and around ground zero. Woodford Reserve and Castle & Key are prominent players in distillery tours, and with good reason! Geographically, including Woodford County horse and culinary experiences also makes sense if your itinerary takes you just west of us on the KY Bourbon Trail: it’s about a 30 minute drive to Woodford County from popular distilleries Willett, Maker’s Mark, Heaven Hill, Lux Row, or Bardstown Bourbon Company.

Check out the many activities going on at the Kentucky Castle! Everything from a farm-to-table restaurant to Spa services to princess parties -and so much more. The Castle has long been a landmark in the Bluegrass and under its newest ownership, is thriving as a regional destination.

While horses and bourbon are year-round staples of experiences, Woodford County is dynamic in the fall. The annual Midway Fall Festival is fun for guests of all ages, and Eckert’s farm allows for apple & pumpkin picking- and serves up the yummiest apple cider donuts you can imagine!