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Top Choice Museum in Lexington

George C Marshall Museum

Many visitors to Lexington give this museum in the grounds of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) a miss. We counsel you not to do the same, as its subject matter and exhibits are totally engrossing. Chief of staf…
Top Choice French in Lexington

Red Hen

Reserve well ahead for a memorable meal at Red Hen, an intimate restaurant occupying an 1890 building just off Main St. The limited menu features a creative, French-focused menu showcasing fine local produce. Great …
Bridge in Lexington

Natural Bridge State Park

We're going to let Thomas Jefferson write the review of the main feature in this state park, which he described in his book Notes on Virginia: 'It is impossible for the emotions arising from the sublime to be felt b…
Bar in Lexington

Taps

This cozy place in Georges doubles as Lexington's living room, with students, professors and other locals hanging out on the fancy couches or at the small bar. Come here for craft beer, fine cocktails and local goss…
University in Lexington

Virginia Military Institute

You'll either be impressed or put off by the extreme discipline of the cadets at Virginia Military Institute, the only university to have sent its entire graduating class into combat (plaques to student war dead are…
University in Lexington

Washington & Lee University

Named for George Washington and Robert E Lee, this pretty and preppy liberal arts college was founded in 1749. George Washington saved the young school in 1796 with a gift of $20,000. Confederate general Robert E Le…
Museum in Lexington

Lee Chapel & Museum

This picturesque chapel inters Robert E Lee (1807–70). After Lee's death, Virginia sculptor Edward Valentine created its life-size 'Recumbent Lee' statue. A small museum displays Lee's office, and his horse Travelle…
Historic Building in Lexington

Stonewall Jackson House

One of the most revered generals of the south, Thomas Jonathon 'Stonewall' Jackson lived in this handsome brick Federal-style town house with his wife and five slaves from 1851 to 1861, while he taught at nearby VMI…
American in Lexington

Pure Eats

In a former filling station, Pure Eats doles out delicious house-made doughnuts and egg-and-cheese biscuits in the morning; later in the day, burgers are the popular choice. Also sells local craft brews, milkshakes …
American in Lexington

Southern Inn

There's an old-fashioned feel at this popular eatery on Lexington's main drag. The food could be better (though our most-recent meal featured excellent produce, dishes were poorly executed), but the surrounds and st…