Southern-chic luxury makes its home at this Lexington, Kentucky, boutique hotel named for the first woman-owned horse to win the Kentucky Derby.
A mural featuring vibrant blooms climbs across the white exterior of the 60-room Elwood Hotel & Suites in Lexington, its central location drawing in travelers that come to town for the state’s bourbon trail, horse racing and University of Kentucky sports. The boutique hotel also serves as the perfect destination for a girls’ weekend. Guests can enjoy a bountiful brunch and a selection of 10 different cocktails at the Fiddletree restaurant located in the lobby. Named for the first woman-owned horse to win the Kentucky Derby, the Elwood features suites with pops of pastel colors and bright natural light that call to mind European boutiques. The property is surrounded by walking trails and a nearby golf course, allowing visitors to get outside and enjoy the scenery of the Bluegrass State. 444 Parkway Dr., Lexington, Kentucky 40504, 859/423-1001, theelwoodhotel.com