Monday, December 14, 2015



holiday square in downtown louisville with people ice skating and many christmas lights all around the area
A new seasonal attraction has opened up in Louisville.  Holiday Square is located in the center of downtown at 4th Street and Jefferson Street.
It has the feel of a European village at Christmas with many shops and cafes and even a ice rink.  Christmas music is playing and Christmas lights sparkle all around. Children can visit Santa and receive a free photo.
hoilday square with a huge christmas tree with many lights and shops set up around the squareLocal artists and craftspeople are selling their wares in beautiful wooden chalets built to be similar to European houses.
There is even a Bourbon Village...great place to rest and sip our native spirit.
This will hopefully become an annual event in Louisville and grow each year. What a great beginning!

Visit now until December 23. For more information check:

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Light Up St. Matthews Happens December 5

Light Up St. Matthews has been a tradition for decades for residents and visitors.  The event which is held in Brown Park includes musical entertainment, pictures with Santa, train rides,  and horse drawn carriage for the whole family.  The event goes on regardless of the weather. Free cookies and hot chocolate and hot cider are served under a huge tent in the park.  There is plenty of parking nearby.

huge white and red snowman set up in the park with snow on the ground and trees in the background
The event gets under way at 4:00pm and ends at 6:00pm when the switch is thrown to turn on all the thousands of colorful displays throughout the park. The lights remain on each night during the holiday season so visitors can stroll around the grounds of the park and enjoy the festive decorations.

summer scene of brown park with winding walkway and green grass and green trees all aroundBrown Park is just a block south of the Inn and many of my guests enjoy walking there year round. Pathways wind through the rolling hillside and beside beautiful Beargrass Creek.  It is a favorite spot for Canadian geese and mallard ducks who never seem to fly north or south.

a cement bridge across beargrass creeck in brown park

Tuesday, October 27, 2015




water pond with green plants in center and trees around and a stone walkway leading up to itYew Dell Botanical Gardens is the place to be this Saturday October 31.
The garden itself is enough of a draw for people of all ages. The weather should cooperate for strolls along the garden paths. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the setting with family and friends.
For this special Boo Dell day there will be trick or treating along a Trail of Treats. Many local businesses will also entertain with creative and creepy decorated booths. There will be hayrides, a straw maze, scavenger hunts and a Mr. Magic performance.

Saturday, October 31
11:00am to 2:00 pm for the Trail of Treats
2:00pm to 3:00 pm for the Mr. Magic performance
Cost is only $5.00 per carload
Yew Dell Botanical Garden is located at 6220 Old LaGrange Road, Crestwood, Kentucky

wide open field at yew dell garden with trees on the edge and a purple row of plants running all the way down the center

Monday, September 14, 2015



The 2015 Bellarmine Showhouse is open for tours now through September 27.

This year the home on tour is located in a development called Norton Commons. Norton Commons is a charming neighborhood with homes built to look like they have been there for a century or more.  All the homes have wonderful front porches and high ceilings.

the designer showhouse at norton commons with side porches on two levels and a brick chimney and walkway from the red brick sidewalkThe showhouse, called the Charleston, features architecture and details reminiscent of homes built throughout the south in the 1900s. The décor is very traditional and elegant.  It includes 4 bedrooms and 3 and 1/2 baths and a lower level completely finished.
Designers from all over Louisville have decorated and furnished each room with the top of the line new furnishings and details.  Guests will be able to see the newest in  paint colors and trims.
There are many interesting shops and restaurants to visit while you are in the area.

Hours are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00 pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00am to 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 in advance
For more information contact:

Thursday, July 16, 2015


hundreds on people on the riverfront at the forecastle music festival with a stage in front and the city and a beautiful red and blue sunset in the backgrounFORCASTLE FESTIVAL IN FULL SWING THIS WEEKEND

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Waterfront Park will be the place to be for music lovers. Sixty bands will appear on four stages set up around the park.
Headliners include local favorite, My Morning Jacket and Houndmouth, Cage the Elephant, White Reaper and Chris Stapleton.

Music is of course the main event but local flavor is not slighted. The very popular Bourbon Lodge is back and expanded.   There you will find beautiful décor, air conditioning and very good toilets...definitely a fabulous thing at any outdoor festival! The beautiful décor comes from Kathy Schmitt and her Crescent Hill Trading Post. Eleven Kentucky Distillers will be there with a mixology station. Try some bourbon inspired dishes from Feast BBQ and Bourbon Lane desserts.

Hours for the Festival are:
Friday 1-11:30 pm
Saturday 1- 11:30pm
Sunday 1- 11 pm

Thursday, June 25, 2015




a glass jar with lid with lots of fire flies inside lighting upThis year is a great year for fireflies. They are so magical and beautiful floating up at night. One of my guests from northern Illinois was so happy to see them this week. They are not as abundant in some areas of the country as they are here.

You can enjoy them each night in your own yard of course, and you can take a nighttime nature walk this Saturday from 8:30 to 10:00pm at The Louisville Nature Center. The Nature Center's naturalist, Rosemary Bauman will give a short talk about fireflies before the one hour walk.

Registration is required and there is a $5 fee per person.
night time and dark outside with fireflies lighting upFor more information call the Louisville Nature Center at 502-458-1328.


The Summer Antiques Market at Locust Grove Historic Home will be this Sunday June 28 from 10:00am to 4:30 pm. The show features American country antiques, including books, furniture, garden accents, jewelry and silver.  Dealers from all over the south and Midwest set up booths on the lawn of the historic home. There are items in all price ranges.
Admission tickets which cost $8 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under, also include a tour of the house and museum.

Bring a picnic or buy refreshments at the concession stands.
For more information on this event and others happening this summer at Locust Grove check out their website at

Monday, June 15, 2015


people standing all around american pharoah and his trainer bob baffert at churchill downs

the horse american pharoah walking on the track at churchill downs with the twin spires in the background and hundreds of people in the stands and walking on the track with him
The meet at Churchill Downs goes on through the end of June. You still have time to go to the track for the races. And another very fun event is the Downs After Dark. The track is alive with bands and food vendors and of course racing under the lights.

a brown horse on the track racing with a jockey riding himThere are many ticket options. My favorite is the Millionaires Row that includes an air conditioned interior spot and dinner and balcony viewing of the races. Another option is the new Courtyard area along the track homestretch. Tickets prices range from $10 for general admission to $70 for the Millionaires Row area.

This past weekend American Pharoah was at the track for the presentation for the Derby and Triple Crown trophies.  What a horse! So cool and calm with 40,000 people in the stands cheering for him.
Check out for more information and upcoming events at the track.

Sunday, April 12, 2015



two silver mint julep cups with silver staws in them and mint and ice showing in the top sitting on a yellow metal table
A traditional mint julep served in the official Derby mint julep cup from Churchill Downs

Spring time in Kentucky is absolutely beautiful. And all the attractions and restaurants have planned extra special activities and menus.

This year April is mint julep month. In Louisville many of the restaurants on the Urban Bourbon Trail have concocted special renditions of our traditional mint julep. Mint julep merchandise will be on sale at many locations around town too...and you can sign up to win a set of silver mint julep cups at

If the liquid variety of mint julep is not to your taste then try some of the candy being offered. You can get mint julep butter creams, made with Evan Williams Bourbon, at Cellar Door Chocolates and mint julep taffy is available at the Derby Museum.

You can sample the real traditional mint julep at Churchill Downs and take home the derby glass it is served in as a momento.
If you are not attending the Derby the first Saturday of May this year ...not to worry. One of the best ways to get the Derby experience ahead of the actual Derby is to come to Louisville the week before. Racing starts on April 25 and many of the Derby horses are in town.
And Churchill Downs hosts Dawn at the Downs each day April 28 and 29 from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Then you can sit in Millionaires Row on the 6th floor at Churchill and have a great breakfast while watching the Derby contenders workout on the track. You need to buy tickets so check out for more information.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015



the inn with the main house showing with yellow paint on the house and 6 inches of white snow covering the front yard and the trees and the sign
the front porch with four white wicker chairs with blue cushions and footstools and a guests sitting and reading in one chair with green trees in the background

We have had more than our share of snow and cold this winter. It is not a good thing when the weather channel has someone on site reporting from your city three times in one week!

But now the snow has melted and the temperatures are normal and the bulbs are already 2 inches up in the gardens...last week 12 inches of snow - this week bulbs coming up!

And around town many classes are available to get us in the mood to plant.
Here are just a few happening this March.

"Herbs Past and Present" March 28
Presented by the Kentuckiana Herb Society and held at Huber Orchard and Winery in Southern Indiana. Price is $35 and includes the presentation from Bill Handel of the Illinois Natural History Survey and chef Nancy Russman, and continental breakfast and buffet lunch.
For more information contact: or call 812-590-4604

Monday, February 9, 2015



colorful photo of the big four bridge lit up at night with blue, green ornge lights reflecting into the river and the large buildings in the backgroundLouisville's super popular walking bridge is now even better!
Beginning this Wednesday February 11, the bridge will put on a dazzling light show each night. 

Advanced Electrical Systems of Louisville was awarded the contract to light the bridge. The system they installed has over 1500 LED  lights that are programmed to produce an endless combination of colorful configurations. The light show on the bridge will be visible in both directions up and down the river for more than a mile.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015



Most people love chocolate. There are endless desserts and cookbooks devoted just to chocolate recipes. Every restaurant has at least one chocolate dessert on the menu. I have even had chocolate gravy at a bed and breakfast in southern Kentucky.

a plate of choclate brownies topped with gold nuts at the chocolate dreams fundraiserCombine wine and bourbon with chocolate and you have CHOCOLATE DREAMS...that is the 10th annual Chocolate Dreams fundraiser for the GuardianCare Services.  The fun event will be held and Bellarmine  University from 6 to 9 pm on February 2.

Twenty five top chefs and culinary professionals will showcase chocolate laced appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages. The photo above shows the entree from Cake Flour from last year...yum.

Guests work their way through the venue and sample the creations from each of the chefs. Samplings of bourbon from the Kentucky Distillers Association and wine from Old 502 Winery is available.
The event gives the chefs a chance to be creative with offerings like the cocoa and coffee encrusted pulled pork with bourbon maple apples butter and a chocolate, ancho chili barbecue sauce, from Chef Andrew Welenken from Bucks Restaurant.

For more information and to buy tickets for CHOCOLATE DREAMS
Call 502-585-9949 or go to