Christina's Three Favorite Reasons to Visit Lexington, Kentucky: 

1. Downtown Lexington. "Downtown Lexington is my absolute favorite place to be. There is always something to do—Thursday Night Live, a weekly outdoor concert series, runs from April through October. I love walking down to The Lexington Farmer's Market, which was recently voted one of the best in the country, spending Saturday mornings at Cheapside Park. I also enjoy ice skating in Triangle Park in the winter months, catching a musical or ballet at the Lexington Opera House, watching the UK Wildcats play at Rupp, or enjoying one of the many quality, locally owned restaurants and breweries downtown Lexington has to offer." 

2. The Bourbon Trail. "The trail lets you celebrate Kentucky Bourbon and visit five working, historic distilleries nearby: The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, Town Branch Distillery, and Wild Turkey."

3. Keeneland. "Keeneland Race Course, minutes from downtown, is arguably the most beautiful race course in the world. Keeneland hosts live race meets in the spring and fall. In 2009, the Horseplayers Association of North America introduced a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America, and Keeneland was ranked #1."

About TSG Lexington Editor Christina Jelesky:

Christina Criollo Jelesky was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She moved to Lexington in 2004 to attend The University of Kentucky, where she earned her degree in Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles. She then moved to Chicago, where she spent years working in the fashion industry, traveling to Asia, Central, and South America before eventually deciding it was time to move back to Lexington.  

Christina first learned about The Scout Guide when a friend gave her a copy of The Scout Guide of Charleston. Christina fell in love with its “live local” mission just like she fell in love with Lexington over a decade ago, and she immediately committed to bringing The Scout Guide to her city. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, Christina understands and respects the hard work, determination, and passion needed to run a successful small business as well as the importance of adopting a lifestyle that supports her local community. She loves that behind every local business owner, artist, and farmer, there is a story about why they started their business and a reason they are willing to assume so much risk to enrich their community. Christina’s favorite aspects of her job include sharing her clients’ stories, watching Lexington businesses grow and thrive, and befriending local business owners.   

Christina and her husband Chris live in the NoLi neighborhood of downtown Lexington with their Alaskan Malamute, Kit, and their daughter Pilar.


Words Christina Lives By:

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself aloud.
— Coco Chanel