We lived in Lexington in the early '90s and moved back into the area a couple of years ago, so we commute to Lexington for various needs.
There’s been a lot of housing and new business development in the intervening years, and traffic has gotten more impressive, for example on Nicholasville Rd. where traffic crawls in the middle of the day. Hiking opportunities include trails at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, which is a nice place. We used to visit/hike in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
There are warm to hot humid summers, usually fairly mild winters with not a lot of snow (I’m thinking maybe 15 inches on average), though occasionally it gets nasty. Last February there was a week and a half where it barely got above freezing and there were three mostly ice storms of variable intensity with accompanying power outages, which fortunately didn’t affect us for more than a couple of hours. The wintertime low temperature was 9 degrees F, so our crepe myrtles didn’t suffer any significant damage. Both spring and fall include a considerable amount of pleasant weather.
The Louisville and Lexington papers are left-leaning and feature regular denunciations of Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.
No one will care if you’re not fond of horses and horse racing. It would be a bad idea, however, to have a bumper sticker that reads “To Hell With Big Blue”.