Staying in Mount Sterling? Explore Beautiful Downtown Lexington

While staying in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, plan to spend a day in downtown Lexington. This area is known for its bluegrass and horse farms, but the downtown area offers Mount Sterling bed and breakfast visitors a friendly big city with history, fine dining, shops, galleries and much more.

The Mary Todd Lincoln House
578 W. Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507
859-233-9999
www.mtlhouse.org

First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of President Abraham Lincoln, grew up in Lexington in this two-story brick house. Built between 1803 and 1806, it was originally an inn. While visiting this piece of history from your Mount Sterling inn, you will see that the Todds were some of the wealthier residents of the city. On your tour you will find family portraits, slave quarters, an outdoor kitchen, a smoke house, the Todd's furnishing, stables and a garden. The home is open and offers guided tours from mid-March through November, Monday through Saturday.

Hunt-Morgan House
253 Market St.
Lexington, KY 40507
859-253-0362
www.bluegrasstrust.org/hunt-morgan.html

While visiting downtown Lexington, take in the historic Hunt-Morgan House. It was the home of the first millionaire in Kentucky, John Wesley Hunt. Built in 1814, it also houses the Alexander T. Hunt Civil War Museum. It has a host of items from Hunt's grandson, General John Morgan. Guided tours of the home are available Wednesday through Sunday, from April through mid-December. While in the neighborhood, walk over to Third and Broy where you can visit the oldest college west of the Alleghenies, Transylvania University. Make sure you take a look at the law office of Senator Henry Clay as you pass by it at 176 North Mill Street.

Victorian Square
401 West Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507
859-252-7575
www.victoriansquareshoppes.com

If you love shopping, your visit to a Mount Sterling bed and breakfast will fit the bill as a fun getaway. Downtown Lexington has shopping and more shopping. Victorian Square has been where the action is since the 1880s. There are 16 buildings that house entertainment, restaurants and shops. The nationally registered historic building is a treasure in itself, but also offers bars, a theater and a kids' museum. The Shops of Lexington are connected to the square and you will find shops, galleries, handmade jewelry and more. On the fourth floor of Victorian Square, there are more than 30 local artisans and their wares. 

Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company
401 Cross Street
Lexington, KY 40508
859-255-2337
www.kentuckyale.com

Tour this brewery that has a 200-plus year history. Built in 1794, it has a great tradition of producing fine beer while making use of the limestone water locally. The company makes a wide variety of beer and you can just walk in and take a free tour.  

Lexington Livery Company
North Broadway and Short Streets
859-259-0000
www.lexingtonlivery.com

Finish your day off with dinner at one of Lexington's fine restaurants and a horse drawn carriage ride around the city. The Lexington Livery Company offers evening rides around the city that show you the ins and outs of the city. The tours are 30 minutes in length, weather permitting. It is a good idea to make a reservation, but you can also hop on a carriage at the corner of Short and Broadway. Rides begin at 7:30 p.m.

After a day of exploring downtown Lexington, the relaxing comfort of your Mount Sterling inn will be a welcome relief.