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Kentucky’s two largest cities, Louisville and Lexington, have all the ingredients for a pleasure-filled urban getaway for girlfriends.

Eclectic cuisine, unique shopping, world-class theater and other arts opportunities await gal pals searching for a feast for the senses.

Louisville boasts several “restaurant rows,” including Bardstown Road in the Highlands area, Frankfort Avenue in the Crescent Hill neighborhood and East Market Street in NuLu. To get your culinary bearings, join in a guided City Taste Tour offered daily by informative owner Leslie Burke.

For girlfriends intrigued by Louisville’s history as a center of bourbon distilling, following the Urban Bourbon Trail will provide the opportunity to visit a host of bars and restaurants featuring scores of bourbon brands, most produced in Kentucky.

Downtown’s Museum Row provides a range of intriguing attractions, all within easy walking distance of each other. Visit the Museum of Art and Craft, Glassworks and several galleries hosting contemporary artists along West Main Street. If you time your visit right, you can also catch a production at world-renowned Actors Theatre of Louisville or several other downtown theatrical venues.

Meanwhile, Lexington is a great base of operations for girlfriends seeking rest and rejuvenation along with shopping excursions in the city and in charming nearby towns like Berea and Midway. At the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington, friends can choose from a variety of pampering, tension relieving and beauty options in the full-service spa. Other amenities include restaurants, swimming pools and a fitness center.

Along with its fame as the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington is a shopper’s paradise, featuring malls, boutiques and plenty of antique stores. The city is also a strategic location from which to explore the many studios and galleries in Berea, the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky. Berea is home to a thriving population of weavers, instrument makers, furniture artisans, jewelry designers, glass workers, potters, painters, sculptors and musicians. In nearby Midway, you can sample upscale dining options and hunt for antiques and gifts in a thriving shopping district.

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