Monday, May 20, 2019

TIME TO GET OUTDOORS AND EXPLORE LOUISVILLE

TWO NEW WAYS TO EXPLORE THE LOUISVILLE OUTDOORS

Louisville is a city full of wonderful parks. The Riverfront Park and the Walking Bridge are favorites of locals and visitors. Many of my guests have visited Bernhiem Forest in the last month and loved the large sculptures. We have two small walking parks a block from the inn as well where guest take an early morning walk before breakfast.
 The newest addition to the 21st Century Parks system just opened to the public May 10. MOSS GIBBS WOODLAND GARDEN is located in Broad Run Park - the southernmost section of the Parklands of Floyds Fork. The 15 acre garden  invites walkers to stroll over stone walkways, cross a dry laid stone bridge,  walk winding trails amid natural flora and fauna with views of the landscape from several decks and round  three tree roundels.
It really is an enchanted space  with 47,000 new plants that were added to the existing plants and trees including the huge bur chestnut that is 125 years old. And a real plus is that the area is accessible to visitors of all ages and abilities.





THE LOUISVILLE QUEST!


Here is something fun to do in Louisville with a group of friends or family members. The Louisville Quest is part race, part scavenger hunt and part historical, sight-seeing tour. Teams compete  against each other to answer challenge questions and solve puzzles to get from location to location in the least amount of time...all for fun and discovering Louisville while you go!

Participants get to choose from different quests such as The Original which explores history and museums, or the Bourbon Quest which explores the downtown distilleries and bourbon history.
Check out www.thelouisvillequest.com for more information and to buy tickets.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

THE KENTUCKY DERBY IN LOUISVILLE MAY 4

THE KENTUCKY DERBY IS LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY!

Spring has arrived early, trees and flowers are blooming and the guests are really enjoying the porches. Excitement is building in Louisville for Derby. The Derby Festival starts this weekend with Thunder Over Louisville - the largest fireworks display in north America. Held in downtown Louisville on barges in the Ohio River and on the second street bridge it draws crowds of 500,000 to watch from both sides of the river.  It's fun, it's free...you can bring a picnic and watch the air show early in the day and be ready for the fireworks at 9:30pm

Then the next two weeks are full of one event after another. Great fashion shows, super cooking demonstrations, the Pegasus Parade, the Great Steamboat Race, the Marathon, the Balloon Race, The Bed Race, The Kenducky Derby Race...you name it they race it here!

Churchill Downs - the track where the Kentucky Derby is held that first Saturday in May - has tours year round and a wonderful museum. I recently went with my sister to see the new addition to the museum and the new video "The Greatest Race".  The video is worth the trip alone! Projected on a huge screen in one of the world's only 360 degree 4K theaters, the 18 minute movie kept a room full of tourists mesmerized.

One of the best events is the Dawn at the Downs at the track. This is super popular so best to buy tickets early. You are on the 5th or 6th floors at Churchill where you can see the Derby horses practice as the sun comes up and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet.                        

So come to Kentucky the first Saturday in May for the Derby or come any day. There is plenty to see and do here in town and we will make you comfortable here at Woodhaven.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

TWO THINGS THE GUESTS ALWAYS ASK ME ABOUT AND LAST MINUTE IDEA FOR THIS WEEKEND


HERE ARE TWO THINGS THAT THE GUESTS ALWAYS WANT TO KNOW ABOUT

We have complimentary sherry in each of the guest rooms. It is a nice little drink for late at night to wind down from your day. The one we love is Taylors Golden Sherry. It is just a light not too sweet wine and very reasonably priced.  Our guests call and email me later to ask what it is and I have sent many up the street to my favorite store to buy some to take home.

And here are the grits that we use in our cheese grits in the morning. They are available at many stores here in Louisville and Kentucky and of course you can order from the company too. We use cream and Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese to make our grits yummy.



LAST MINUTE IDEA FOR THIS WEEKEND

There are still some tickets available for the Bourbon Classic. This is very popular with bourbon enthusiasts from around the world.  Friday's Cocktail and Culinary Challenge  is at the Henry Clay at 604 S. Third St. and Saturday's classes and Taste event is also at the Henry Clay. For more information and to buy tickets go to www.bourbonclassic.com                                              


Friday, January 25, 2019

BOURBON TOURING


ONE OF THE BEST BOURBON DISTILLERY TOURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have toured many of Kentucky's bourbon distilleries and all are fun and different. Each has a different story to tell and of course a different bourbon.
 Recently I went for the third visit to Buffalo Trace Distillery. I thought I might be bored as I had been twice before. Wrong! This was the best tour yet! They have discovered the original building where the first bourbon was made and spent time and money to excavate and preserve it. They have even copper lined a vat and are producing a batch of bourbon there. Anyone into the history of Bourbon will love this area ...they call it Bourbon Pompeii.

To begin with Buffalo Trace is huge. The facility sits on over a 100 acres right on the Kentucky River in Frankfort Kentucky. It is super easy to get to. The distillery gets its name from the fact that buffalo originally crossed the river at this point. It is the oldest continuously operating distillery in America and still American family owned.

They have a tour that is free but you will need to make reservations. Reservations are required for most distillery tours in the state. There are a variety of interesting tours to choose from too. Wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking and climbing up stairs in many warehouses. At the end of each tour you will be able to sample four bourbons, and bourbon ball and a wonderful bourbon cream liqueur.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

FOUR FABULOUS HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS IN LOUISVILLE THIS WEEK


HERE ARE FOUR PICKS FOR THIS WEEK IN LOUISVILLE THAT ARE SURE TO ENTERTAIN YOU AND THE WHOLE FAMILY





(1) Start your morning with a stop at Plehns Bakery in the heart of St. Matthews. This neighborhood bakery has been in business on the corner of Shelbyville Road for over 40 years.  They sell a wonderful assortment of cookies, cakes, donuts and breads and even have soups and sandwich spreads to take out or eat at the old fashioned soda counter. I have been taking my children here for ever and buying their pasties for the inn for years.





(2)  Then take a drive downtown and cross the second street bridge and you will be in Indiana. Yes, Indiana is just across the Ohio River from Louisville and as close to the Inn as most suburbs in Louisville. Jeffersonville is a sweet little town and it is home to one of my favorite spots - Schimpffs Candy Store and Museum. This family business makes candy with the old molds and the old equipment.  They will be making and sampling some confection everyday so you can watch and learn how the different candies are made. And of course you can buy an assortment to take home for gifts for friends and family for the holidays. We always have some set our for the guests here at the Inn during the holidays too!    






(3)   Locust Grove Historic Home is a great place to visit at any time of the year. The house and grounds offer visitors different activities year round. But the house is especially gorgeous at Christmas time. Saturday, December 8, from 12 Noon to 7 PM  the house will be open for Christmastide.   Visitors will be able to go behind the scenes and see the how the original Croghan family would have welcomed family and friends during the holidays in 1816.  The home will be filled with the sights, sounds and smells of the that time along with music and card playing. Wander into the outdoor hearth kitchen to talk with the cook.

The visitors center and holiday craft market will be open too. Adults $6, Children and teens $3 and Children under 6 are free. For more information contact www.locustgrove.org                









(4)  Lights Under Louisville  I'm sure there are lots of Christmas light displays in other towns and even in Louisville but I don't know of any others that are under ground! The Louisville Mega Cavern is open year round with the only underground zip line in the world and many of my guests have enjoyed going to that. But this time of year the cavern is open for the Christmas light show.   It is amazing with over 3 million points of light and 850 light displays!

You can drive through in  the comfort of your own car at night or new this year you can take and open air tram tour through during the day. The daily tram tour ends with children being served milk and cookies in the Winter Wonderland.

Prices vary depending on whether you have a car, bus or limo  To find more information on the prices and hours that they are open go to www.louisvillemegacavern.com                                                                      

Monday, October 8, 2018

A SPECTACULAR DISPLAY OF MAGICAL PUMPKINS

THE JACK-O-LANTERN SPECTACULAR OPENING ON OCTOBER 9

Iroquois Park will be lit up with 5000 pumpkins of various sizes and shapes beginning October 9 and running through November 4. Artists are busy working in a huge warehouse this week drawing and carving faces of famous people like Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein and Willie Nelson and fun characters from children's books and movies. And they don't just carve the pumpkins once during the show... they need to replace all 5000 pumpkins on a regular basis.

When they are complete the pumpkins are placed along the winding pathway at Iroquois Park - some up in the trees, some back in the woods. Then they add holograms and music to enhance the theme of a "Night in the Library".

The show runs daily and the gates open at dusk every day. Gates close at 11pm on Sunday through Thursday nights and midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
For more information on ticket prices and special event days when prices are less go to: jack-o-lantern-Louisville.com


Pumpkins at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Saturday, September 15, 2018

END OF SUMMER

A FEW FUN END OF SUMMER THINGS TO DO

TAKE IN THE ST. MATTHEWS FARMERS MARKET

Just a few more weeks left for the St. Matthews Farmers Market to be open. It is one of the best and largest in the city and full of great farm produce and meat and live music and vendors making
yummy breakfast offerings.


Great time to pick up the last vine ripened tomatoes and early pumpkins.

Just around the corner from the inn at 4100 Shelbyville Road, 8:00 am to noon Saturdays through September 29.


TAKE A LEISURELY BOAT TRIP DOWN THE OHIO RIVER ON THE BELLE

The Belle of Louisville is the perfect way to see the city and take in the fall colors while floating down the Ohio river for a leisurely couple of hours. Food and Beverages are served on the boat and there are tables inside and chairs outside on the decks. Guests also can go down and see the boilers and look at the paddle wheels on the back of the boat. The Belle is the oldest steam boat in the country. Mark Twain would be very familiar with a boat like the Belle.