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
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
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
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.