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 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.

Join us in our dining room on first floor!

Upcoming Events and Local Attractions

Art Scope

Begin at one of nearly 50 locations and visit as many or as few participating venues as they would like. Each site presents an exciting new exhibit for each HOP and, thanks to the generosity of many, admission is always free. Though many shops, galleries and supporting venues are open earlier, the HOP officially starts at 5:00pm and runs through 8:00pm, with many restaurants, bars and other non-traditional venues staying open considerably later.

The Places We Live

An exhibition of artists working in social engagement, an art practice where artists co-create their work with specific audiences.  Seven dynamic social intervention artists from the United States will activate local and regional spaces while exhibiting tangible art objects from those programmed interventions.  (Closed the week of March 13 for Spring Break.)  Also open by special appointment.  Morlan Gallery.


    • Dates: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    • Times:From: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Venue: Transylvania University
    • Admission:Free
    • Recurrence:Recurring daily


Keeneland Guided Tours

Let an experienced guide take you on a walking tour of Keeneland Race Course. Explore the paddock and grandstand while enjoying the morning workouts.  Rain or shine. Wear appropriate shoes for wallking. Children 12 and under free. Advance ticket purchase online suggested as tours limited to 30 people.


  • Dates: Thursday, January 19, 2017 - Thursday, March 30, 2017
  • Times:From: 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Venue: Keeneland Race Course
  • Admission:$8
  • Recurrence:Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival

Leprechauns and shamrocks will be spotted along Main Street. Entertainment all day.


Boys Sweet Sixteen Tournament

Kentucky High School Athletic Association state basketball tournament.


Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show

Jump start spring with fresh ideas from this annual show.


Man o' War at 100

The International Museum of the Horse is celebrating Man o’ War’s 100th birthday with an exhibit in his honor! Come experience the story of the life and career of the original Big Red and those who worked with him. Discover what created Man o’ War’s lasting legacy and how he became the mostest horse. 


Festival of the Bluegrass

Annual jamboree featuring the best Bluegrass bands in Kentucky and top national performers.


  • Dates: Thursday, June 8, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
  • Venue: Kentucky Horse Park
  • Admission:$10-70
  • Recurrence:Recurring daily

Fourth of July Festival

Fireworks, food, music, dancing, vendors, parade.


  • Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - Tuesday, July 4, 2017
  • Location:Downtown Lexington

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

 Five days of all-breed conformation and obedience competition.


  • Dates: Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Monday, September 4, 2017
  • Times:Starting Thursday 9am; Friday - Monday 8am
  • Venue: Kentucky Horse Park
  • 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.


  • Dates: Friday, October 6, 2017 - Saturday, October 28, 2017
  • Times:Starting: 1:00 PM
  • Venue: Keeneland Race Course
  • Recurrence:Recurring daily

National Horse Show

America's oldest indoor horse show.


  • Dates: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - Sunday, November 5, 2017
  • Venue: Kentucky Horse Park
  • Recurrence:Recurring daily

Southern Lights

The 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!


  • Dates: Friday, November 17, 2017 - Sunday, December 31, 2017
  • Times:From: 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Venue: Kentucky Horse Park
  • Recurrence:Recurring daily

 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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