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Meet Georgetown’s horses and horsepower

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Horses and horsepower characterize Georgetown, Kentucky, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and Interstate 64. 

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown, Kentucky

Photo: Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Georgetown, Ky.

Horse-related attractions include Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm and the 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park in nearby Lexington.

Kentucky Horse Park includes the International Museum of the Horse, a Parade of Breeds, working farm tour, horse-drawn trolley tours and trail rides.

Michael Blowen established the nonprofit Old Friends facility in 2003 to provide a safe haven and permanent retirement home for thoroughbred horses whose racing and breeding careers had come to an end.

“Michael had the idea that thoroughbreds in general and stallions in particular were getting short shrift later in life,” said Cindy Grisolia, board chair.

Groups are able to get close to the former stars of the track — and non-stars — during a tour.

Ward Hall in Georgetown, Kentucky

Photo: Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Ward Hall, Georgetown, Ky.

Horsepower in Georgetown and Scott County comes in the form of a free guided tram tour of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky. The facility produces the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon and Lexus ES 350. The motorized tram takes groups around the 7.5-million-square-foot factory to watch team members craft each car, from stamping to final inspection.

“There’s nothing we enjoy more than sharing our destination with groups from all over the world,” said Lori Saunders, executive director of Georgetown/Scott County Tourism. “Our hospitality staff believes in crafting a personalized experience with itineraries and accommodations suitable for any type of group. Georgetown is the perfect place to begin or end a Kentucky adventure and our team is here to prove it.”

Visitors can browse the shops and boutiques in Georgetown’s Victorian-era streetscape. History buffs will want to tour Ward Hall, a circa 1857 Greek Revival house undergoing restoration.

“This was a party house,” said guide Ron Bryant. “If you got an invitation to Ward Hall, you knew you had arrived socially.”

For more information, call 888-863-8600 or visit georgetownky.com.

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David Hoekman, Managing Editor

David Hoekman is a former newspaperman on a quest to tell the stories of the world’s various places and cultures in compelling ways. He especially enjoys learning and writing about the business of group travel. His favorite destination is wherever he is going next and his travel tip is to always pack an emergency granola bar or two.

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