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Frankfort travel guide

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You're Going to Love Frankfort

With its red wooden homes and cluster of impressive neoclassical state buildings, Kentucky's capital is immediately appealing. From the moment you arrive, you feel embraced by this small town.

Part of the appeal lies in Frankfort's time capsule nature. The historic core is largely intact after 200 years, and is full of interesting sights, including the grave of pioneer Daniel Boone and the Old Governor's Mansion, which hosted seven US presidents.

But Frankfort is modern too. For a town of just 25,000, it has plenty of craft breweries and hip distilleries, art galleries, museums, and downtown shopping opportunities. It's also a great base to visit the Kentucky Derby in nearby Louisville, or to explore dynamic Lexington, a few miles to the southeast.

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When to Visit Frankfort

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If you intend to venture out into Bluegrass country during your stay, springtime is easily the best time to go. From April through June, Kentucky's countryside bursts into bloom (as do the gardens of Frankfort), and the Derby takes place in May. Summer can be a little sweltering, but fall is pleasant, and winter vacations can even make the most of the stunning scenery.

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Where to Stay in Frankfort

Frankfort constantly plays host to politicians and business travelers, so the center of town is not short on luxury hotels. The Capital Plaza is probably the pick of the central hotels, with a handy location near the river and the Frankfort Convention Center, but there's also the Meeting House, a lovingly restored 1840s home that is now a cozy B&B. Just out of town, check out the functional Days Inn or the Hampton Inn, which always offer reliable accommodation for all types of traveler.

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Shopping Streets

Downtown Frankfort is a vibrant craft and art shopping center. Start at W Broadway, where stores like Broadway Clay sell homemade ceramics and Completely Kentucky showcases local artists. Then head to St Clair St, where you'll discover artisan jewelers like M.A. Selberts and the beautifully made furniture at Three Elements Designs. Finally, check out Nitro of Frankfort on W Main, probably the city's best apparel boutique.

Groceries and Other

Grocery shopping in Frankfort shouldn't be any trouble at all. Just outside town, you'll find large Kroger and Walmart outlets, while Save-A-Lot and Bryant's Pic-Pac Supermarket offer more central alternatives. Prices should be reasonable, at around $3 for a gallon of milk and $1.80 for a pound of apples.

Where to Eat in Frankfort

Frankfort has plenty of wonderful eateries, with an emphasis on home-cooked BBQ. Staxx BBQ is a great place to start your culinary adventure, while Cliffside Diner offers great views (and a tasty signature "Frankforter"), Rick's White Light Diner has a cajun focus, while Serafini blends Italian and traditional American cooking in fine style. Prices for entrees range from $10 to $25, but in general, prices will be very affordable.

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