Tuesday, December 5, 2017

HOLIDAY SEASON AT THE INN


HOLIDAYS SEASON IS HERE!

buffett with holiday ornaments hanging from garland on top with christmas lights and pastries on the buffett and pink and white wallpaper on the wall of the roomI 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 fireplace mantel decorated with candy sugar sticks of different colors and a garland with blue bows and burning candles on the mantel with glass scones around them




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.

front view of the main house decorated for christmas with green roping and red bows and big yellow painted gothic trim house with arches on the porch and white polar bears in the yard
chirstmas trees with many ornaments and lights and desk with garland on top wiht lights and candle stick and large window in the backgroung with wreaths in the window and two chairs in front of each window

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




seven carved pumkins with differend designs one with a picture of harry potter

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 historic main building in the background with a world war II plane in front of the building

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!
a table set with two small orange pumpkins and a smore maker with graham crackers, marshmallows roasting and chocolate bars and colorful leaves laying on the table

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

IT'S PORCH SITTING SUMMER

PORCHES MAKE LIFE FUN IN THE SUMMER

Porches extend the living space of a house. They are great for relaxing after work or touring of the city. Settle in with a book and beverage with friends or pick a quiet spot to read. Take a cookie and soft drink or tea from our complimentary offerings out with you and watch the fireflies float up at dusk. The front porch offers great viewing of sunsets and the back is there for sunrise. Any spot you choose will have views of our gardens.
main house back porch with three white wicker chairs and foot stool with cushions and potted plants front porch of the main house with four wicker chairs and one foot stool with cushions and a tray on the foot stool with a plate with strawberries and two glasses of tea on it. lots of green trees in the background and potted blue plantes on the porch

 The inn has many options for you. Try the front porch of the Main House, the back porch of the Main House and  Rose Cottage...or the balcony of the Master Suite and patio of  the Carriage House.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SUMMER CRUISES ON THE RIVER

belle of louisville cruiseing on the ohio river with flags on the side railing and smoke coming out of the stacks at the topDINNER ON THE BELLE OF LOUISVILLE

One of the best ways to see Louisville is to cruise down the river on the Belle of Louisville.
The Belle is the oldest steamboat in the US. Still powered by steam and retaining its original paddle wheels it is truly a local treasure.
Tours take guests down the river and past the city and then to areas of beautiful homes and parks along the river. Dinner cruises offer a buffet and music and a full service bar. The leisurely  pace of river travel allows for time to relax and enjoy the food and river views. And since it is summer in Kentucky - it is good to know that the Belle does have air-conditioning!
The Belle is also one of the best spots in Louisville to watch the Fourth of July Fireworks. What a front row seat!
For more information and tickets go to www.belleoflouisville.org

Saturday, May 13, 2017

TOURS OF GARDENS AND HOUSES



a wooden stand with pots of herbs and flowers for sale and locust grove historic home in the background with the back porch and brick building





MAY TOURS OF GARDENS AND HOUSES

LOCUST GROVE HISTORIC HOME GARDENERS FAIR

 This is the 22nd year for this Louisville favorite held on Mothers Day weekend each year.
A wide assortment of flowers and herbs and garden tools and decorations are available from vendors. The 1790 main house and outbuildings will be open for tours.

Held from 10:00 am to 5 pm on May 13 and 14 at Locust Grove at 561 Blankenbaker Lane.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for ages 6 to 12.
Food concessions will be open and picnic areas on the beautiful grounds are open.




KILGORE HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR

This is a self guided tour of 5 gardens and two houses. Tour locations are 322 Zorn Avenue, 1918 Charbin Place, 6100 Longview Lane, 5804 Brittany Woods Circle,  and 824 Green Willow Way,    Tickets may be purchased the day of the event at any of the tour locations.

Held 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on May 20 and 21
Ticket $30 www.kilgoregardentour.org


NORTON COMMONS SPRING ART FESTIVAL AND HOME SHOWCASE

Arts and crafts, live music, food and beer garden and new home tours.
The art festival will be held at the town center at 10712 Meeting Street and May 20 and 21 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Festival and home tours are free.

CHURCHILL DOWNS

Churchill racing meet is still going on with day and night racing. Also the Derby Museum has a new exhibit "Man of War: the Legacy"  There are many tours available including a Greenhouse and Garden Van and Walking Tour. There is even a Horses and Haunts Tour!
For more information on the tours available: www.kentuckyderbymuseum.org


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

APRIL IN LOUISVILLE






group of people sitting on three benches in the park listening to a guide talk about birds in the park



April is the best month to visit to see flowers in bloom and take part in the Kentucky Derby Festival events.  Spring days are perfect for walking the trails in our many parks along the river and circling the city. The Louisville Nature Center holds bird walks and plant sales this month. Or you can visit daily and just walk the trails.  For more information  visit their website at www.louisvillenaturecenter.org or call 502-458-1328.


























man playing a guitar at the cherokee art fair with booths and people walking around behind him46TH ANNUAL CHEROKEE TRIANGLE ART FAIR

The Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is held in a beautiful historic neighborhood each spring.
It's the perfect place to find one of a kind gifts and pieces of art. Food vendors will have a great variety of items too.  This years fair dates are April 29 and 30.  To see a list of the activities and hours for the fair check out their website at: www.cherokeetriangleartfair.org





KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL EVENTS

view of the twin spires at churchill downs with fans in the stands and horses running past on the track and a blue sky with white clouds abovesix yellow airplanes in formation flying in the air showThe Kentucky Derby Festival kicks off two weeks of action packed events on Saturday April 22 with the Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks.  Every year the tons of fireworks increases and the event gets larger and better...in fact it is the largest fireworks display in North America. The air show begins at 3pm and the fireworks go off at 9:30pm. You can bring your own picnic and enjoy a day on the river or partake of the great food the many vendors will have on site.

a women with blond hair  at derby with a huge red hat with tuqouise feather

Louisville is the place to come for a fabulous hat. Local and international designers have a great selection of hats and fascinators at shops and shows the whole month. You can even make your own at Dees Crafts to match any outfit.

Even if this is not the year you attend the Derby you can experience the excitement and have fun at the events proceeding the big day. Visit the Derby Museum and take a tour of Churchill Downs in the weeks before that first Saturday in May.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

FOOD FUN IN FEBRUARY


SOME FUN FOOD OPTIONS FOR THE END OF FEBRUARY

THE FIFTH ANNUAL GRAVY CUP

biscuits covered with sausage gravy
If you are not staying with us at the Inn and having a helping of our fabulous gravy and biscuits you can head over to the FIFITH ANNUAL  GRAVY CUP at the Mellwood Antique Center Saturday February 25th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

More than 30 local chefs and weekend warriors will be offering their version of great biscuits and gravy.
It is a competition in three categories: traditional, nontraditional and veggie/vegan. The cost is $15 per  person and the proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Haven here in Louisville. Good food and a good cause.





TASTE OF THE HIGHLANDS

Also, happening on February 28, THE TASTE OF THE HIGHLANDS  will highlight great food from many of the restaurants in the highlands area including Asiatique, Highland Morning, Jack Frys, and Uptown CafĂ©.  And beverages to compliment the food offerings will be on hand from Cumberland Brews, Great  Flood Brewing and Makers Mark.
many bystanders standing around a table sampling food and beverages at the taste of the highlands

All this will be under one roof at the Highland Community Campus from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
The cost is $50 per person and the proceeds go to the Highlands Community Ministries.

So you could make a day of it and have brunch at the Gravy Cup and then dinner at the Taste of the Highlands...a nap  or long walk might be necessary in between!