Your stay at our Kentucky inn is not just about our warm hospitality, it’s also an invitation to explore the wonderful experiences that Central Kentucky offers. From cultural landmarks to natural wonders, there are Kentucky experiences for everyone. Browse our list of the best things to do in Versailles, KY and the surrounding areas.
Top Things to Do in the Heart of Kentucky
Bourbon Trail & Distilleries
Nestled within Bourbon Country on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Rose Hill Inn offers a central gateway to over 40 signature and craft distilleries. Experience an immersive journey through picturesque landscapes, learn about bourbon-making traditions, and indulge in tastings that unveil the world of America’s unique spirit. Whether you’re a connoisseur or novice, the trail promises an authentic expedition into the essence of bourbon.
Horse Racing & Farms
Kentucky is renowned for its rich tradition of horse racing and breeding, with its Bluegrass region serving as a hub for the industry. The state is home to iconic horse racing venues like Churchill Downs, where the famous Kentucky Derby takes place annually, attracting thoroughbred enthusiasts from around the world. Kentucky’s fertile soils and favorable climate also make it an ideal location for horse farms, producing some of the finest bloodlines in the equine world.
These sites, including Ashland, the home of Henry Clay and the Mary Todd Lincoln House, offer a window into the area’s cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in the history, architecture, and landscapes that shaped Central Kentucky.
Dining & Drinks
Kentucky food is known for its Southern cuisine. Trying the local food will allow you to fully experience the unique flavors and combinations that you cannot find anywhere else. Discover the traditions of bourbon infused dishes, Hot Browns, Burgoo, and Derby Pie to enhance your memories of your Kentucky trip.
5-Minute Stroll Away
Rolling Oven Taproom: Enjoy a casual dinner at a local favorite, Rolling Oven Taproom. With wood-fired pizzas, fire-roasted sandwiches, and a large selection of local brews on tap, this is a great spot for a delicious meal.
Amsden Bourbon Bar: For a before or after dinner drink, be sure to stop by the Amsden Bourbon Bar. This cozy, intimate spot has a vast selection of bourbon and delicious craft cocktails. It is the perfect addition to any evening during your one-of-a-kind stay at Rose Hill Inn.
Vallozzi’s: Italian restaurant in downtown Versailles, Kentucky, offering a casual dining area, downstairs bar, and an outdoor area with fire pits and bocce ball. Enjoy family traditions like homemade pastas, Helen’s gnocchi, pizza, steaks, and seafood.
Quick Drive (13-15 Minutes) to Midway
Blind Harry’s and Brown Barrel: A “Casual-Yet-Classy” dining experience in Midway, Kentucky. This eatery serves a wide variety on their menu, featuring seafood, steaks, and even traditional Kentucky dishes.
Don-Jockey: Enjoy Don-Jockey’s signature menu, with upscale, authentic Mexican dishes. From traditional Mexican cuisine, to fresh salads, and signature cocktails, this unique spot would make the perfect addition to your stay.
Heirloom: For upscale dining that’s just a short drive from Rose Hill Inn, we recommend Heirloom. Voted one of the top 100 restaurants by Opentable, Heirloom has some of the highest standards for their patrons’. To be sure that you can get a table, our staff recommends booking a table in advance to avoid wait times.
Holly Hill Inn: Holly Hill Inn has been featured in local, regional, and even national news for its culinary craftsmanship that is offered with each course. With its intimate setting, and award-winning food, this spot is a perfect addition for a special dinner during our stay with us. Holly Hill is so popular that our staff always recommends making reservations, as their tables fill up quickly.
Gibson’s Midway: Enjoy a more casual meal with many upscale touches at Gibson’s Midway. Their Italian menu offers both traditional Italian dishes and several Kentuckian takes, along with a vast selection of wine and bourbon.
Wallace Station Deli: Wallace Station Deli is a popular establishment located in Midway, KY. It is known for its delicious food and unique offerings. You can order sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups and baked goods.
A Short Trip (20-25 Minutes, traffic dependent) to Lexington
Tony’s of Lexington: For upscale dining in Lexington, Kentucky, Tony’s of Lexington is a wonderful option. Their menu features premium steak and seafood and generous portions. With its rustic-modern vibes, Tony’s is one of the finest choices for dining in Downtown Lexington. Reservations, however, are a must!
Carson’s Food and Drink: Carson’s is Lexington’s hip, one-of-a-kind Kentucky speakeasy. With its nods to bluegrass history, thoroughbreds, and bourbon, Carson’s is a great spot for anyone wanting a dazzling atmosphere and unique dishes and cocktails. Reservations are recommended!
Jeff Ruby’s: Transport yourself back to the 1920s at this lively, sophisticated spot in downtown Lexington. Being one of the most upscale dining establishments in the area, Jeff Ruby’s offers not only a scrumptious menu, but a one-of-a-kind experience with impeccable service and a glamorous atmosphere. Reservations are a must!
Zim’s Cafe: Located in Lexington’s historic library, Zim’s Cafe is perfect for any guest looking to experience the definition of southern comfort. With a menu featuring all the fixins, Zim’s is perfect for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. Added bonus, attached is Lexington’s premium bourbon bar, the Thirsty Fox!
Frank and Dino’s: If you are looking for upscale, Italian cuisine in downtown Lexington, Frank and Dino’s is just what you are looking for. Featuring occasional live music, a romantic atmosphere, and southern-Italian menu options, Frank and Dino’s is a gem!
Cole’s on Main: Cole’s in Lexington is perfect for any couple looking for an intimate dinner and fine cuisine. In their circa 1938 space, Cole’s on Main is committed to fresh ingredients and to the art of dining itself.
Ramsey’s Diner: Consistently voted a local favorite. Ramsey’s menu has something for everyone and don’t forget to snag a piece of their fabulous pie.
Whether you are interested in boutiques, local artisans, vintage finds, or farm-fresh items, the area shopping is a great place for all different preferences. Below are just a few of our favorite shopping areas.
- Fayette Mall
- The Summit at Fritz Farm
- Hamburg Pavillion
- Midway shops
- Downtown Versailles
- Fleur de Flea
Enhance your experience in Kentucky by immersing yourself in the natural beauty of our landscape. Visit the majestic waterfalls or towering cliffs of the Red River Gorge and you are sure to see breathtaking scenery.
Kentucky’s scenic byways weave through its captivating landscapes, from rolling hills and historic sites to horse farms and serene waterways. Discover the state’s diverse beauty and rich heritage on these curated routes.
From evening art gatherings to captivating outdoor celebrations and multicultural festivities, these diverse events offer a vibrant mix of music, arts, crafts, and local flavors, offering a window into the spirit of the Bluegrass State.