Friday, August 10, 2018

NEW OPENINGS AT THE FRAZIER HISTORY MUSEUM



THE  FRAZIER HISTORY MUSEUM UNVEILS NEW DISPLAYS AND GARDEN AREA

There is always much to see and learn at the Frazier Museum. Many great exhibits are featured year round. Now the museum adds a new garden space and bourbon exhibit.
The park and garden space will be open to the public during museum hours. The garden space is located on the east side of the museum building between the Frazier and the neighboring brick building. The linear park has tables with chairs and benches where people can sit and enjoy the  native Kentucky plantings of ghost ferns, service berry shrubs, Kentucky coffee and locust trees and many more species picked by world-renowned landscape artist John Carloftis.

From the park stairs lead to a second story rooftop garden with more unusual native Kentucky plantings. On the south side of the rooftop space there is a balcony that juts out and offers a spectacular view of the West Main Street Bourbon district.

A new entrance - called the Cube - will open soon and this will be where guests enter for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center.  This will be the official starting point for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.  The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center and the "Spirit of Kentucky" exhibit both open August 25.  The new exhibit will highlight the history of Bourbon - Americas only native spirit - through interactive exhibits and display a bottle collection that will include nearly every brand of bourbon being produced in Kentucky!

Here is where you can get answers to any and all Bourbon tourism questions you might need to plan your excursions around the state and in Louisville.


Monday, July 9, 2018

FUN FACTS ABOUT LOUISVILLE

HERE ARE SOME FUN THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT LOUISVILLE

Louisville is home to the Kentucky Derby and the Louisville Slugger but it also has many other very interesting facts that most people are not aware of.

1. The Old Fashioned cocktail originated in Louisville. It was invented at the Pendennis Club in downtown Louisville. It is made with bourbon of course and angostura bitters, a little sugar and garnished with an orange peel. Very good and very potent!

2. The Louisville Slugger was originally a famous baseball  named Pete Browning. He ran into a slump and asked Bud Hillerich to make a new bat for him. He tried out the new bat and immediately made three hits.
His teammates then wanted new bats too...and so began the Louisville Slugger.

3. Main Street in downtown Louisville has the nations second largest collection of fabulous cast iron front buildings...only SoHo in New York city has more.



4. Louisville is the disco ball capital of the world. Omega National Products makes the disco balls by gluing tiny mirrors by hand on disco balls. Some are small and some are huge. They came into popularity in the 1970s and are still in demand.  Madonna, Kid Rock and Pearl Jam are some of their clients.

5. Louisville had the largest urban forest in America. The Jefferson Memorial Forests is just minutes from suburban neighborhoods. 6,500 acres of beautiful forest where visitors can get away from the city and enjoy fishing, hiking and camping.

Monday, July 2, 2018

FOURTH FIREWORKS!

FOURTH OF JULY DAY DRIP

How about a day trip to Indiana? Well all you have to do is cross the Ohio River and there you are in Jeffersonville Indiana.
From the Inn it is only 8 miles. Take the 2nd street bridge and you avoid the tolls. Then visit the Falls of the Ohio historic site and museum. It is a fascinating spot that includes the museum and the falls. In the dry summer months you can walk out on the falls and look at the fossils from the glacial era.

We can pack you a picnic to enjoy there or later during the fireworks.
Another fun place is the Schimphs Candy Store . Watch them make the candy and sample some. The double dipped malted milk balls  and bourbon balls are fabulous! They have a soda fountain where you can have lunch if not opting for our picnic basket.



Then pick a spot for the LOUISVILLE WATERFRONT FOURTH fireworks that start 10:00pm. The Indiana or Kentucky sides of the river are both good vantage points. There will be music performances, and food and drink on both sides of the river. You could even walk from one side to
other over the Big Four pedestrian bridge.

The Zambelli Company handles many of the best fireworks displays around the country and this one will not disappoint!

Monday, June 11, 2018

DAY TRIPS FROM THE INN


SOME OF MY FAVORITE DAY TRIPS

I love road trips and Kentucky is full of really fun and historic areas to head out to.
From the inn in Louisville you can go any direction and there will be something to do within 45 miles of us.

So I thought I would highlight some of the areas that are my favorites.
We are starting out heading east on highway 64 toward the bluegrass area of Kentucky. From Frankfort to Lexington the country side is beautiful. Rolling fields, beautiful meandering rivers and historic towns are on each side of the highway.

Just recently I took a trip over to Coolmore Farm to see American Pharoah. This is one special horse.

Not only did he win the triple crown of horse races, he also came back and won the Breeders Cup. Now he is having a fun time in the breeding barn at Coolmore Farm in Versailles Kentucky. Race horses can be pretty high strung and not too friendly, but American Pharoah actually likes people! The farm itself is a destination even without the famous horses there. It is incredibly beautiful piece of this earth. So you can make arrangements to tour this farm or any of the other horse farms in the Versailles and Lexington area.

We made arrangements to meet at the farm for a tour but were a little early. We just had enough time to stop in at the Rebecca Ruth Candy Store and pick up some bourbon balls for the guests. You can also take a tour of the factory and see the candies being made.



Every distillery makes great bourbon and most have bourbon balls as well. Chocolate and bourbon are a great combination!















Then after patting American Pharoah and walking around the farm we headed to Midway Kentucky for lunch. This tiny town is midway between Frankfort and Lexington.... hence the name! The railroad runs right down the center of town. Each side of the street is lined with shops and restaurants.
Just enough to fill an hour or two.








Then back to Versailles road to see bourbon being made at Woodford Reserve Distillery. The road to the distillery is lined with horse farms and the distillery sits in a little valley with gorgeous stone buildings. You can tour the distillery and sit on the veranda with an special cocktail.

All this fun can be accomplished after breakfast here at the inn and before dinner back in Louisville!

Next month we will head in another direction...exploring Kentucky and making memories.


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.