I had SO MUCH FUN over Kentucky Derby weekend.
I expected it to be fun, but it was SO MUCH MORE FUN than I had even expected.
Let me begin at the beginning …
I left California last Thursday morning.
With connecting flights, layovers, missing luggage issues, etc., I wasn’t settled in Kentucky until very late Thursday night.
We had a pretty big group hanging out together for the weekend.
My hosts (friends) organized and planned the entire visit and it was incredible.
They rolled out the red carpet in a big way.
Fortunately, Kentucky provided picture-perfect weather for my trip also.
It was beautiful.
After a nice breakfast on Friday, a driver showed up to take us on a tour of The Bourbon Trail.
The drive through the rolling hills of the Kentucky countryside was beautiful.
It was exactly as I pictured.
The distilleries are charming.
(I haven’t had a chance to go through all my photos yet, so forgive me.)
I learned a lot about the history of bourbon, prohibition, etc.
I did “try” tastes of the different bourbons even though I don’t like bourbon.
We stopped for an elegant (!!!!) several course lunch at an old home/plantation which is now a very nice restaurant.
I felt like I’d stepped back in time to the 1920’s … Great Gatsby time.
It was so Southern, so charming, and the food was fantastic.
(And yes, I drank a mint julep with lunch!)
Next, we were off for a private tour of a Derby horse farm.
What a great thing for my hosts to have set up.
The farm was beautiful – 900 acres of beautiful greenery!
We visited several mares.
Mare With Her Foal
We were allowed to pet the mares and their “brand new” foals.
They were so sweet.
Then we met the stallions.
Unexpectedly, our visit happened to occur when a breeding was scheduled.
So, yes, I witnessed horse sex.
(I’m still not over it.)
The stallions at this particular horse farm “breed” three times a day.
Their stud fee is $7,500 to $25,000 depending on the stallion.
After the horse farm, we were off to one more distillery.
When we eventually got “home” to my friends’ house,
I was treated to a delicious dinner of beef tenderloin with zillions of amazing side dishes.
We ate, drank wine, and chatted late into the evening.
It was a perfect day.
In tomorrow’s post, I’ll tell you about Derby day and share some photos.
(Hats, hats, and more hats!!)