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Chilling Out In Gtown

Written by Dylan Marson

Sometimes after a long day on the road, you just need to take a break. Whether you need to stretch your legs, fill your belly or simply unwind, this is your guide to Chilling out in Georgetown, KY.

Take In The Fresh Air

Get away from the busy interstate travel and get a little closer to nature! The many parks, farms & outdoor experiences throughout Georgetown offer little pockets of natural beauty that are the perfect places to stretch your legs and relax in the sunny rays of the Bluegrass. 

Nothing says zen like a Japanese Garden, and Georgetown just happens to be the home of Kentucky & Japan’s official Friendship Garden: Yuko-En On The Elkhorn. Japanese architecture, sculptures and gardening practices blend with native Kentucky plants to create the perfect place to find your center.

This hidden garden may seem out of place in the heart of horse country, but it represents a cultural friendship that has reached across oceans for decades since the introduction of Toyota to Georgetown. In other words, it’s full of positive vibes.

Enter A Food Coma
Sometimes all you really need is a full belly to send you into a stupor, and Georgetown is more than happy to accommodate you with its delectable lineup of locally owned restaurants, dessert shops, breweries & more. 

Foodies can take comfort that a tour through Georgetown/Scott County Tourism’s restaurant guide will not only be a culinary trip of the taste buds, but will also help support the eateries and small businesses who give Gtown its unmistakable charm.

Whether it’s nap-inducing southern comfort, a cool local brew or home-made Mediterranean flavors, you can rest assured your stomach will be thanking you!

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Scream For Ice Cream
If you managed to save space for dessert, or if you were just looking to cool off in the first place, there’s more than one place to enjoy an icy treat in Historic Downtown Georgetown!

Hoggy’s Ice Cream has you covered on the cool, with a wide selection of soft serve flavors to enjoy in the heart of downtown. You won’t have to worry about your cones melting down your arm either, with their air-conditioned indoor seating area being the perfect place to beat the heat on a summer day.

If gelato is more your jam, Spotz Gelato has you covered in the brightly colored building just across the street. Whether you want sundaes, ice cream sandwiches or a scoop of freshly made small batch gelato, it is a perfect place to get your hands on an icy treat.

Friday Night Jams
If sunshine and good eats just isn’t gonna do it for you, then you might need to jam out at one of our iconic venues for LIVE music.

Weekends in Historic Downtown Georgetown are always lively when musical talents convene in the close-quarters halls of Slainte Public House, Georgetown’s one and only authentic Irish pub. Friday-Saturday at this local watering hole brings in local musical acts to accompany good brews and an irish inspired menu fresh out of their kitchen. It all adds up to a good time!

Just a few minutes from downtown, you'll find another establishment rocking on the weekends. Tipsy Cow Bar offers a contrast to the close quarters feel of Slainte Public House with a wide open space perfect for those who like to get out on the dance floor. Often featuring local & regional artists on their stage, It's a great spot for anyone who likes to end their night with a nightcap accompanied by some good tunes.

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Take A Stroll Through History
Whether you’re staying in Georgetown or just passing through, you might not know that you just stumbled onto the Birthplace of Bourbon….and there’s a wealth of history just waiting to be explored on this small town's cozy streets.

Historical markers can be found dotted throughout Downtown Georgetown, detailing everything from civil war raids to the very genesis of Kentucky’s now world-renown spirit, all laid out in an easily walkable 2 mile stroll. Click Here to check it out!

And don’t forget to stop by the Georgetown & Scott County Museum along your stroll, a local jewel of historic preservation containing local history, ever-changing exhibits and fascinating stories from the Bluegrass state.

Author: Dylan Marson

Dylan Marson is a Public Relations Assistant for Georgetown/Scott County Tourism.