If you’re visiting Kentucky, Lexington is a great place to experience the Thoroughbred and bourbon industries firsthand, as well as enjoy the beauty of the Bluegrass. While you’re in Big Lex, take a short drive to our neck of the woods and experience a little small-town Kentucky for the day!
See where Kentucky was born
As the site of the signing of the Kentucky constitution and the birthplace of the Bluegrass state, Constitution Square Historic Site is a must-see when visiting our area. Get a glimpse of frontier life with the park’s log courthouse, jail, and meeting house, or the post office, an original building dating back to the 1790s that served as Danville’s first post office. While you’re there, walk across the street to the Ephraim McDowell House, the home of pioneering surgeon Ephraim McDowell, who successfully removed a 22-pound ovarian tumor in 1809. Tour his home, gardens, and apothecary and immerse yourself in 19th-century medicine. If history isn’t your thing, you can always walk to the other side of the park and try Kentucky Donut Trail hotspot Burke’s Bakery—this fifth-generation family business has some seriously scrumptious sweets!
Stroll our streets
Our downtown district is just a few short blocks, but it’s packed with locally owned shops and restaurants, each with their own unique Danville personality. Our colorfully painted building facades will brighten your day as you try family-recipe caramels from Cerci on Main, see local art at the Community Arts Center, or grab a slice of from-scratch pizza at Bluegrass Pizza and Pub.
Have a bit of bourbon
If you’ve spent any time in Lexington, you know it’s a place famous for bourbon—continue the adventure at our very own Wilderness Trail Distillery, a stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®. Get your passport stamped while learning the intricacies of fermentation from our biochemists-turned-distillers. Then sample their rum and vodka (distilled from locally sourced grains) and get a true taste of Boyle County!
Get a little perspective
The name “dollhouse museum” can be a little misleading—the Great American Dollhouse Museum isn’t just a place for kids! With over 200 miniatures on display, it’s easy to get lost in an entire village of people, places, and things, all with their own unique stories.
Sit (and sip!) a spell
Before you head back to the big city for the night, wet your whistle at one of our local pubs: Jane Barleycorn’s Market and Bar offers gourmet small plates, a staggering selection of premium bourbons, and your pick of specialty wines and cocktails; Beer Engine is our local microbrewery with 12 taps—several of which are house-made—as well as an addictive homemade beer cheese. Brother’s Bar-B-Que serves up delicious traditional barbeque and boasts its own bar with a wide selection of draft beer and, more often than not, live music to go with it.
We’re just down the road—come see us!