Friday, May 15, 2020

NATONAL BUTTERMILK BISCUIT DAY!

IT'S BUTTERMILK BISCUIT DAY HERE EVERYDAY!

We have buttermilk biscuits here everyday. You used to only find them in the south but now they have become so popular that they can be found in trendy restaurants all over the country. Ours are made with just three ingredients: self rising flour, butter, and buttermilk.  Warm from the oven with honey drizzled on them or loaded with some jam they are fabulous. Or if some are left over try some butter on them and then broil them till crispy...yummy!


plate with bisuits sunny side eggs,bacon, strawberry, glass of orange juice, and syrup pitcher on the side of the plate on a table

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

THIS SHOULD BE DERBY WEEK!!!!

NO DERBY THE FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY 2020

two silver julep cup with mint sprigs in them sitting on a metal tableThis is only the second time in the 146 year history of the Kentucky Derby that it will not run on the first Saturday in May. The other one was in World War II. The Covid-19 pandemic has cancelled large gatherings around the world and the Derby is one of them.

Louisvillians don't know what to do with outselves this week... We are so used to all the special events that happen each day the week preceeding the Derby and the parties and the food. It's too quiet here! I've been working in the yard and the everything is beautiful for sure...but there is no one here to admire it!

I will miss my guests who have been coming for 17 years...this would have been year 18. It's such fun to see what hats and amazing outfits they are wearing each year. They know more about the horses and Derby history than me!

But when Saturday rolls around I will bring out my official Kentucky julep cups and fix a mint julep, sing my Old Kentucky Home and shed a tear or two. There will be some special programming on TV about past Derbies  and then a virtual Derby that should be fun to watch. Not as good ...but better than nothing for sure!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

THE GARDENS ARE GORGEOUS THIS SPRING

COVID-19 CAN'T STOP OUR GARDENS FROM BLOOMING

The gardens here at the Inn are just gorgeous this year! We had a very mild winter with lots of rain which all the plants and bulbs seemed to love.  My dogwoods and azaleas have never been more beautiful!  And out weather has been so nice that the porches are open and ready for sitting and sipping your favorite beverage.

At any one time we are only booking 4 of our 8 overnight accommodations so each room has their own private patio or porch to enjoy!  And of course we will be delivering your breakfast to your room...breakfast in bed...what fun!
patio of the Derby room with two metal chairs with cushions and a table with and pink geranium on itview of the back of the rose cottage with porch with two wicker chairs and steps and garden
view of the main house front porch with four white wicker chairs with cushions and tables with flower arrangements on them



Monday, August 19, 2019

A UNIQUE HORSE FARM TOUR

NOW YOU CAN PET A DERBY RACEHORSE

The Kentucky Derby Museum and Unique Horse Farm Tours have combined a tour of the iconic Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum and two horse farms in Lexington.  The tour begins a 8am at Churchill where you stand along the rail and watch the racehorses at their morning workouts on the track. Guests then explore the Kentucky Derby Museum and watch the wonderful movie "The Greatest Race".  Then everyone will board a van a ride to Lexington to visit two horse farms where guests get up close and personal with mares and foals and get to pet and feed them. The day long trip includes lunch at Wallace Station...a fun place that has been featured on the food channel.
The tour includes transportation to and from Lexington, lunch and two day tickets to the Derby Museum. $150 per person 
For more information you can all 502-637-1111 or go to derbymuseum.org



two mares grazing in a rolling kentucky farm with white fences and trees in the background

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.



pathway across and stone bridge through a forest with rustic handrails
stone garden area laid out like a round mozaic with green bushes planted in a circle around it


THE LOUISVILLE QUEST!


a group of people on a tour in front of the belle of louisvilledoing the scavenger hunt

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

photo of the horses running in front of the twin spires of churchill downs with a crowd of people in the background. many different colors of jockey silks on the horses.
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
bag of weisengerger white grits, which is what we use to make our cheese gritsbottle of taylors golden sherry, this is what we have in the rooms for our guests.

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                                              


four glasses lined up on a counter with someone pouring a old fashioned bourbon cocktail into them and a glass off to the side with lemon garnish