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Girlfriend vacations in KentuckyKentucky’s two largest cities, Louisville and Lexington, have all the ingredients for pleasure-filled urban girlfriend vacations.

Eclectic cuisine, unique shopping, world-class theater and other arts opportunities await gal pals searching for a feast for the senses. Whether your trip lasts a day, a weekend or longer, you’ll never run out of things to do here.

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. www.citytastetours.com and try various classic Kentucky foods all around Louisville for a great price.

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 that offer scores of bourbon brands, most produced in Kentucky.

Want to add a little culture to your visit? 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 travel right, you can also catch a production at world-renowned Actors Theatre of Louisville or several other downtown theatrical venues. www.gotolouisville.com

Spend the night in style at a top-notch downtown hotel room, a charming bed and breakfast or other fine accommodations within the city.

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, massage, tension relieving and beauty options and packages in the full-service spa. Other amenities include restaurants, swimming pools and a fitness center. www.griffingatemarriott.com

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 to browse. 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.

Check out www.visitlex.com to find more information and ideas for girlfriend vacations in the heart of the Bluegrass.

Start planning getaways with your girls today! From accommodations to food to shopping, Louisville and Lexington have it all.