About 10 miles north of Lexington, Georgetown rests among rolling hills covered in tobacco fields. Horse farms are framed by fieldstone fences, with often a colorful wooden quilt displayed on the broad wall of a 100-year-old barn. Georgetown was founded in 1790 by Baptist minister Elijah Craig, a legendary character in Kentucky historical lore. Considered to be one of the most picturesque Victorian downtown areas in Kentucky, the district features more than 200 buildings and homes listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The city is also the home of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, which contributes to the health of Georgetown event venues. Nearby is the Kentucky Horse Park, the only park in the world dedicated to the horse.
Blue Grass Lexington Airport, 20 miles from Georgetown, is served by five major airlines to 15 nonstop destinations. Georgetown-Scott County Regional Airport, six miles from downtown, serves travelers using private airplanes.
While there are no official convention venues in Georgetown, there are two conference centers, as well as another non-hotel meeting facility. The Cardome Centre, which has 11,745 square feet of space in nine rooms, can accommodate up to 400 people for a meeting. The Leadership and Conference Center at Georgetown College offers 9,500 square feet of meeting space in nine rooms, with the ability to host a banquet for 400 people. And the Thoroughbred Center has four event spaces, the largest of which, The Pavilion, can seat 920 people.
Of the 10 hotel venues in Georgetown, the largest is the 108-room Hilton Garden Inn Suites, which has 18 function rooms and can host up to 400 for a meeting and 260 for a banquet. In addition, the 67-room Best Western Plus Georgetown Corporate Center can accommodate 80 people in the largest of its two meeting rooms and the 66-room Comfort Suites can host a meeting for about 50 people.
Georgetown is replete with historic charmers at which to hold a private event. Prime among them is Ward Hall, an antebellum plantation mansion said to be one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country. Small groups can stage a party inside, while up to 1,000 people can hold a tented event on the grounds. At the Scott County Arts and Cultural Center, a Romanesque Revival structure dating back to 1870 when it was built as the Scott County jail, a reception for up to 25 people can be held in the original jailor's home.
Four of the city's restaurants are located in historic homes and buildings ideal for private dinners and parties. Rodney's on Broadway, set in a circa 1840s home, is known for its fine-dining experience at an affordable price. Fava's Restaurant, a Georgetown institution since 1910, focuses on Southern-style cooking, while Wilshire's Restaurant, located in the historic home of General John Payne, more specifically dedicates itself to restoring Historic Kentucky Cuisine. Two other notable local dining favorites are Galvin's, a jovial family restaurant, and The Plum Tree, which serves gourmet Oriental fare, such as steamed or fried whole pompano, Peking duck, and Szechuan Maa-La shrimp.
Georgetown has another claim to fame: the North Fork of Elkhorn Creek, which flows through this historic community, is known as one of the best small-mouth bass fisheries in the U.S. Several segments of trails are open and others are being developed along the creek, or strolling visitors can take a two-mile walking tour of the city center.