Humans of Lexington | Kayla – Buffalo Springs Distilling Co.

Humans of Lexington | Kayla – Buffalo Springs Distilling Co.

Buffalo Springs Distilling Co
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spring Distilling Co

Many people have never heard of Stamping Ground, KY – bit in this quaint little town is a unique Airbnb. We caught up with owner Kayla to learn more about her, her role in the hospitality industry and her unique accommodations.

Tell me about your current career.  What do you love most about what you do?

I wish that I had started this venue earlier in life because I really enjoy the hospitality business. It’s very important to me that folks enjoy their time away from home and take home lovely and quality memories of Central Kentucky. I love it when I have returning visitors and I always try to make sure that their visit is extra special, either by leaving hand-written notes, perhaps candy, and/or fresh flowers.

Bedroom at Buffalo Springs Distilling Co
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Springs Distilling Co

What is a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

When I was a teenager and later in my 20’s, I worked 5 years at the Trustees House at Shaker Village and then about 5 years at Beaumont Inn. Both of these places are historical and cultural icons in Old Kentucky. They helped cultivate my love of preserving history.

What is the best way for locals and tourists to find out more information about your venue?

We are listed on the AirBnB site. Type Stamping Ground KY in the search bar on that site and our listing will pop up or you can click on this link: https://www.airbnb.com/h/kentuckybourbonhouse

We have a Facebook page too: Buffalo Springs Distilling Co. or @KentuckyDistillery.

Exterior Buffalo Springs Distilling Co
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Springs Distilling Co

What would be your recommendations for people wanting to visit your venue?

We are centrally located between Lexington, Georgetown, and Frankfort and Owenton. Our place is convenient when visiting Horse Farms, Keeneland, events, and sports in Lexington. We are also close in proximity for farms, events, festivals and quality local dining options in Georgetown, which is also the birthplace of Bourbon. Then, of course Frankfort has a wealth of places to visit including the Capitol, museums, and distilleries. Finally, towards the Owenton side, there’s a lake and Elk Creek Vineyard and Winery. A little farther north is the Ark Encounter and the Sparta Speedway.

If you could travel anywhere in Kentucky, where would it be and why?

I’ve traveled our state extensively and experienced many awe inspiring encounters, but the place I’ve not visited yet is Churchill Downs on Derby Day. So that’s definitely on my bucket list.

What is your favorite thing about the Lexington area?

Definitely Keeneland in Spring and Fall. Also, seeing the white fences of Calumet when landing back home at Bluegrass Airport. Another favorite is the distillery district and all the revitalization that is going on there.

What are a couple of your favorite places to eat, stay and play in the greater Lexington area?

My favorite area is Hamburg. There’s racing history there because of the horses that were bred there and where their graves remain, there’s wonderful shopping opportunities, and we always stop and eat at Ted’s.

Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Lexington – what makes them so interesting?

Meeting George R. R. Martin at Joseph-Beth and having him sign my brand new copy of “A Dance with Dragons.” I’m a huge fan of the Game of Thrones books.

Where do you find daily inspiration?

By intentionally focusing on “thankfulness” for my creator as a daily practice. My goal is to always be thankful.

For more information on places to Eat, Stay and Play in and around the greater Lexington area, visit our Area Information Page.

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