Monday, April 2, 2018

ALL THINGS DERBY!


THIS TIME OF THE YEAR ALL THINGS LEAD TO DERBY

Two weeks and more of events full of unique experiences make the Kentucky Derby Festival one of the top festivals in the country. Each year over 1.5 million people attend one of the 70 plus events.
And the food fenders offer mouth watering cuisine  at each event.





My favorites include the Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks, The Great Steamboat Race, and Dawn at the Downs. 








New this year is the SkyStar Observation Wheel.  It just arrived this week and set up on the Great Lawn at Waterfront Park.  The 137 foot tall Ferris Wheel has 36 gondolas that hole 6 people each. At night it lights the sky with a spectacular display of over 1 million Led lights.
This is the first stop for the huge Ferris Wheel and it will stay for a month and then visit other cities in the country.



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

FUN FESTIVALS IN lOUISVILLE

FEBRUARY FUN FESTIVALS

Louisville is fast becoming one of the best foodie towns in the nation. We are not just bourbon and horses anymore folks. Food and beer are coming on strong.
Here are a couple events that are popular and fun to attend this month.

Coming up first is the TAILSPIN ALE FEST.



USA TODAY voted this the 6th best craft beer festival in the nation. It is held in a aviation hanger at Bowman Field at 2700 Gast Boulevard in Louisville Saturday February 17 from 3 - 7 pm.

75 plus breweries will participate and 9 food trucks with offer food to accompany the beer offerings
Guests enjoy samples of more than 250 beers including a section for Kentucky breweries, a cider bar and the Liquor Barn Bourbon Barrel bar.

Cost to attend is $50 or $75 for the VIP ticket.
For more information check out:
www.tailspinalefest.com



Next up this month is the 6th ANNUAL GRAVY CUP

 We will actually be competing in this one with a gravy and biscuit too. There are categories for traditional, non traditional and vegan entries.  500 plus guests tour and sample different gravies from participating restaurants, home cooks and bed and breakfasts.

Judging the entries 
It is held at the Mellwood Art Center at 1860 Mellwood Ave Saturday January 24 from 11 - 2 and cost $15.
The Mellwood Art Center also houses a huge antique mall...so you can tour it and walk off some of the gravy calories!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

JANUARY 2018 - A GOOD TIME TO REST AND REVIVE

Soak away in one of our spa tubs
ANOTHER YEAR IS HERE

January is my quiet month. Here at the Inn we take down the Christmas decorations and decorate for Spring. Lots of dogwood blooms and light colors abound. We have lots of candles to brighten the cold winter days and soft music drifting about.

It's the best time for planning the coming year's activities and travel...for me and the guests. Time for quiet talks and reading by the fire with a cup of coffee or glass of  wine...or bourbon here in Kentucky. We have a collection of cookbooks for guests to take to the rooms and look for comfort food recipes. And there are so many great restaurants near to visit for more comfort food!  I just visited Gasthaus German Restaurant which has the best German food in a quaint and warm setting.

On those cold winter days the movie theaters are a great way to escape. One theater - Cinemark - is located just a mile from the inn...with those comfy lounging chairs.

warm up with hot cider


Just taking a day or two away from the world makes a big difference. The soaking tubs and steam showers in our rooms will definitely take the chill away. And we love to arrange for an extra package to make your stay more special.

So take some time to rest and revive and then head off into the rest of the year with new energy.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE INN


HOLIDAYS SEASON IS HERE!

I can't believe it is December 2017! I've been and innkeeper for 24 years! And have decorated for Christmas at the Inn 24 times! It really has flown by. This house truly looks great decorated for the season. When you have 8000 plus square feet you can really do a lot of decorating! We begin the day after Thanksgiving with a trip to buy our live 12 foot tree. Then we spend a week getting every nook and cranny of the inn interior and exterior full of decorations. One of my guests estimated that the tree alone had 1000 ornaments on it! I joke to the staff that I don't know when to stop! There is always a spot for one more ornament.

The dining room theme is candy. One year we hit upon the icicle look and loved it. We get the rock candy sticks at a fabulous candy store and museum called Schimphs. It is located in Jeffersonville Indiana...right across the river. You can even park on the Louisville side and walk across the pedestrian Big Four Bridge. A little exercise before indulging in all the many candy options at Schimphs. They have the rock candy sticks in many colors and flavors.








The Tree in the Parlor is very traditional with ornaments collected over the years.  I love to receive and to give ornaments to friends and family. Every year we add more and somehow find room on the tree. The ceiling height is 14 feet so the room can accommodate a large tree. One year it touched the ceiling! That sure made it hard to decorate the top!  Now we try to keep it in the 12 foot range.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

SPOOKTACULAR EVENTS



SPOOKTACULAR EVENTS

There are many wonderful family events this time of the year. I am listing some of my favorite ones happening this week and on into November.











BOOS AND BREWS

 For the 21 and older there is a tour and Halloween themed event at COOPER AND KINGS DISTILLERY Friday October 27. There will be games, a costume contest along with the tour. The cost is $45 per person and that includes two drink tickets and heavy hors d'oeuvres. It starts at 6:00pm at the distillery at 1121 East Washington Street.






BOO DELL AT YEW DELL

This spectacular garden is hosting an event Saturday October 28 from 11:00 am to 3:00pm at 6220 Old La Grange Road in Crestwood. The cost is $7 and includes trick or treating, hayrides, straw maze, scavenger hunt and a Mr. Magic performance at 2:00pm. More information www.yewdellgardens.org





JACK O'LANTERN SPECTACULAR

More than 5000 illuminated jack 0'lanterns light the trail at Iroquois Park.
The setting is perfect for this event.  The theme for this year is the alphabet and along the trail music accompanies each area.
7:15 pm to 11:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. This event runs through November 5 so there is more time to fit it in your schedule.
This is an annual event that gets better each year!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

HISTORIC BOWMAN FIELD AVIATION AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL


BOWMAN FIELD AVIATION AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL

The first Bowman Field Aviation and Heritage Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday October 14 and 15. The event will showcase rare vintage aircraft and warplanes. And visitors can take airplane rides and tour the historic airport. Vintage cars will be on display too and there is even a four mile run around the airport at 8:30 am on Saturday.

Have fun touring and taking in the airport and the historic art deco terminal building which was built in 1929 and designed by local architect William Arrasmith.
Enjoy free music. Food trucks and craft beer will be available.  The Festival will be held around the historic terminal building and the 1929 Curtis Flying Service Hangar.
Gates open at 9:00am and close at 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

S'MORES ON THE PORCH

S'MORES ON THE PORCH

No campfire needed to have a s'more here at the Inn at Woodhaven.
We have our little s'more maker and all the fixins ready for you.
Fall is perfect for this treat.
So have dinner at any of the many great restaurants in town and then come back to the inn for dessert!