Welcome to the Gratz Park Inn

Gratz Park Inn - Welcome to Lexington’s Historic District

Authentic and timeless, the Gratz Park Inn welcomes you to sit and stay a spell.

Nestled in the heart of Kentucky horse and bourbon country, we are the only small boutique hotel located in Lexington’s Historic District, within walking distance to all downtown has to offer. Whether you’re a wedding guest, horse enthusiast, bourbon aficionado, corporate traveler or vacationer, the Gratz Park Inn is your destination for historic charm and Southern hospitality.

Our hotel offers a rich combination of appreciating the past while enjoying modern comforts. What could be more inviting than sinking into one of our cozy italian leather chairs in our well-appointed library, sipping some exquisite locally-distilled bourbon while reading a history of the area? Our hotel is full of one-of-a-kind furnishings and luxury extras.

The Gratz Park Inn sits on land first settled in 1781. Our area is full if historic landmarks and our front desk -- certified Southern Hospitality Ambassadors -- are ready to help you plan your Lexington adventure.

"Distilled at Gratz Park" 

 From award-winning Heirloom Restaurant in Midway, Ky stems "Distilled at Gratz Park," serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chef Mark Wombles and team specialize in farm-to-table fare, incorporating an artful and elevated approach to southern cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere. Located in Historic Gratz Park Inn, the establishment removes all unnecessary ingredients from fine dining, leaving only the artistic expression food.

Wake up to a great breakfast!

Try our "Kentuckian" - two eggs any style , red potato home fries, Stone cross Farm sausage or smoked bacon. 

Another Lexington favorite… Fried Chicken Biscuit N’ Gravy

Join us in our dining room on first floor!

Upcoming Events and Local Attractions

Southland Jamboree

Enjoy a free Bluegrass music concert, bring a lawn chair or blanket and listen to some great Bluegrass music! 

Details

  • Dates: Monday, May 30, 2016 - Monday, September 5, 2016
  • Times:Starting: 7:00 PM
  • Location:MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheatre
  • Admission:Free
  • Recurrence:Every Monday

Thursday Night Live

Get downtown every Thursday, April 7 - October 13, for Central Bank Thursday Night Live! Join thousands of your closest friends for live music, local food and beverage vendors, and the hottest party in town. The event takes place each week at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park (251 W. Main St). This event is rain or shine!

Details

  • Dates: Thursday, April 7, 2016 - October 13, 2016

 

27th Annual Breyerfest

The weekend celebration is the intersection of the real horse world and the model horse hobby with spectacular equine entertainment, the largest model horse shows in the country, the horses that inspired our models, and thousands of families and fans for three fabulous days of horse play.  Enjoy Competitions, clinics and a trade fair.

Details

  • Dates: Friday, July 22, 2016 - Sunday, July 24, 2016
  • Venue: Kentucky Horse Park
  • Recurrence:Recurring daily

4th of July Festival

Enjoy fireworks, food, music, dancing, vending and a parade! The annual 4th of July parade is Monday, July 4th at 2pm.

Details

  • Dates: Friday, July 1, 2016 - Monday, July 4, 2016
  • Location:Downtown
  • Admission:Free
  • Recurrence:Recurring daily

9th Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Festival

The Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest is a regional arts & cultural event held annually that celebrates contemporary American Jazz complemented by fine cuisine and Kentucky culture.  This year's line-up features: 

Thursday at 7:00 pm, Jazz live at Central Library's William Stamps Farish Fund Theater, free and open to the public. 

Friday - 5 One Way Jazz Band will perform at 8:00 pm in the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Hotel's Coldstream Ballroom.  Purchase tickets at http://www.aafinc.tix.com.

Saturday - Summer Breeze Saturday, All Star Jazz Showcase featuring Gerald Albright and Johnathan Butler at the Kentucky Horse Park, Camp Ground, Primitive area at 7:30 pm.  Purchase tickets at http://www.aafinc.tix.com.

 

Details

  • Dates: Thursday, August 11, 2016 - Saturday, August 13, 2016
  • Location:Various Locations
  • Recurrence:Recurring daily

Big Blue Madness

UK's first open practice for 2016-2017 men's and women's basketball team!  Ticket information is expected to be released later this summer.  This event will be televised by the SEC network. 

Details

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

Four days of all-breed conformation, obedience & rally competition.  Alltech Arena. 

Details

  • Dates: Thursday, September 1, 2016 - Monday, September 5, 2016
  • Venue: Kentucky Horse Park
  • Admission:$5
  • Recurrence:Recurring daily

Fountain Films on Friday

Movie:  The Labyrinth! (David Bowie Tribute) Triangle Park will be transformed into an outdoor movie theater on selected Fridays throughout the summer.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket, purchase food and beverages from Double H BBQ located in the park, and enjoy a free movie.  Arrive early for lawn games and music.

Details

  • Friday, August 12, 2016 - Friday, August 12, 2016
  • Times:Starting: 8:45 PM
  • Venue: Triangle Park
  • Admission:Free

Keeneland September Yearling Sales

This sale attracts buyers from all over the world.  Spectators welcome!

Details
  • Dates: Monday, September 12, 2016 - Saturday, September 24, 2016
  • Venue: Keeneland Race Course
  • Admission:Free
  • Recurrence:Recurring daily


Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing

No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. See live Thoroughbred racing at the most elegant race course in the world.

Details

  • Dates: Friday, October 7, 2016 - Saturday, October 29, 2016
  • Times:Starting: 1:00 PM
  • Venue: Keeneland Race Course
  • Admission:$5
  • Recurrence:Recurring daily

Kentucky Cork, Tap & Barrel

Kentucky Cork, Tap & Barrel celebrates Kentucky made wine, beer, and bourbon in a fun environment that includes live music, concession vendors, and includes arts & craft vendors.

Details

  • Friday, September 9, 2016 - Friday, September 9, 2016
  • Times:From: 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Location:Fifth Third Bank Pavilion
  • Admission:Free

Kings vs. Wizards NBA

NBA pre-season game will feature the return to Lexington of former UK stars DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings along with John Wall of the Washington Wizards. 

Details


23rd Annual Southern Lights

The 23rd Annual Southern Lights includes a self-guided four mile journey through a dreamland of fabulous light displays including never-before-seen displays and traditional favorites. Following the driving tour, families are encouraged to park and visit the holiday craft merchants, the KHP Gift Shop, seasonal entertainment and activities for children, petting zoo, pony and camel rides and so much more!

Details

  • Dates: Friday, November 18, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016
  • Times:From: 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Venue: Kentucky Horse Park
  • Admission:Monday - Thursday $15 per car, Friday - Sunday $25 per car
  • Recurrence:Recurring daily

Holiday Lights at the Distillery

See a kaleidoscope of sparkling lights and displays that captivate your imagination on a drive through Buffalo Trace Distillery!

Details

  • Dates: Thursday, December 1, 2016 - Monday, January 2, 2017
  • Times:Dusk to 11:00 PM
  • Venue: Buffalo Trace Distillery
  • Recurrence:Recurring daily

Big Blue Madness

UK's first open practice for 2016-2017 men's and women's basketball team!  Ticket information is expected to be released later this summer.  This event will be televised by the SEC network. 

Details

Santa Claus Train

Climb aboard the Bluegrass Railroad's Santa Claus train for a scenic holiday excursion past holiday scenes, elves and Bluegrass countryside.  Please arrive at 10:30 am

Details

 Local Attractions

  • The Square  The Square offers visitors an exciting and original mix of shopping, galleries, restaurants, bars, and even a theater and museum for the kids. 401 West Main Street.Lexington, KY 40507
  • Thoroughbred Park - 2.5-acre park with a limestone walking tour of the history of the Thoroughbred.
  • Aviation Museum of Kentucky - Various historical aircrafts with interactive displays.
  • Elk Creek Vineyards - In the rolling hills of Owen County just an hour’s drive from Lexington.
  • Horse & Barrel – British-style local pub.
  • DeVassa Bar & Cafe – Brazilian Tapas bar and dance club.
  • Meadowthorpe Antique Mall - Antiques and collectibles.
  • Jacobson Park - A 216-acre park with lake and boating, basketball, dog park, playing fields, fishing, volleyball, paddleboats, playgrounds and more.
  • LV Harkness-offers a wide selection of fine tableware and gift items including china and porcelain, silver, leather, crystal and trophies of all styles.

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