Surrounded by rolling green hills and wildly recognized for the best bourbon in the country, Lexington is a perfect place to settle into Southern life. Located in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, Lexington offers a vibrant music scene with Bluegrass music taking its name from the area’s fertile grasslands. Equal in popularity is the area’s horse culture, with residents participating in everything from dressage to rodeo. Enthusiasts can enjoy Kentucky Horse Park, a working horse farm and educational theme park, as well as many race tracks and rodeos. Fans of the great outdoors experience not only horseback riding and farming but hiking and biking amongst beautiful rolling hills and green spaces.

Those looking for more urban activities should look no further than the vibrant Lexington downtown, which offers fine dining, boutique shopping and independent theaters. Explore historic mansions and estates, including the childhood home of Mary Todd Lincoln. Breweries and microbreweries abound in Lexington, with the "Brewgrass Trail" taking beer lovers on a tour of the best breweries around, including Country Boy Brewing and Rock House Brewing.

Those looking for something a little stronger will be happy to imbibe at one of the local bourbon distilleries. They say that the water in Lexington makes the best bourbon in the world and with dozens of bourbon distilleries finding homes in the city, the story seems to be spot on. Old standbys like Wild Turkey and Four Roses have been in Lexington forever, and smaller, independent distilleries like Barrel House Distilling Company offer house-made, small-batch bourbon.

The city's lovely weather allows for lots of porch and patio dining, with most restaurants and cafes featuring al fresco options during the summer months. Numerous restaurants offer a wide range of options in addition to the local food traditions, which include beer cheese, bread pudding and fried chicken. Farmer's markets are hugely popular and mostly feature produce and products sourced directly from Kentucky. Essentially, bring your appetite A-game.

Real estate in Lexington is seeing a boom due to a growing local economy and an ever-steady tourism industry. The average listing price of a home is around $285,000, with the number of homes available only going down slightly over the years. The Beaumont neighborhood is perfect for those looking for close-by amenities, where residents work and play in the same community. Those looking to buy near green space should check out the Chevy Chase/Ashland Park area, which features spaces designed by the Olmstead brothers. Solid school systems and friendly well-rounded neighborhoods make buying a home in Lexington a smart choice.