US Airways offers nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Lexington, Ky., with mid-October fares currently starting at $305 round trip.
Gratz Park Inn
120 W. Second St..
Beautifully restored 41-room historic property decorated with antiques. Rooms from $179.
The Lyndon House
507 N. Broadway
Elegant B&B with congenial sitting areas, lovely gardens and home-cooked breakfasts. Five spacious rooms and suites with private baths from $169.
141 E. Main St.
This locals’ favorite serves hoppin’ John, mushroom ragout with butternut squash polenta, and other dishes using fresh-picked ingredients from organic-minded growers. Entrees from $8.95.
The Village Idiot
307 W. Short St.
New gastropub serving farm-to-table dishes. Its Wild Mushroom Sloppy Joe features shiitake, wood ear and cremini mushrooms braised in ale and smoked tomato ketchup. Entrees from $15.
Henry Clay’s Public House
112 N. Upper St.
Libations include locally distilled spirits. Great local bands; no cover charge.
Lexington has several weekly farmers markets, including Cheapside Park on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and South Broadway at Maxwell Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Victorian Square at Broadway and Main Street
In this space shared by nearly two dozen Lexington-area artists, you can view local art and learn about the creators’ techniques. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Free.
161 N. Mill St.
Built in 1904 as a YMCA, this handsome Beaux-Arts building now features a large, airy gallery of changing exhibitions as well as contra dance and music events.
Oct. 28 (rain date Oct. 29). Performances and sideshow begin at 5 p.m. at Cheapside Park. Thriller Dance Showcase begins at 7 p.m. at the CenterPointe field stage off Main Street. Parade starts at 8:30 p.m. traveling from the Kentucky Theatre (214 E. Main St.) to Cheapside Park.