Louisville is full of unexpected combinations. Even though it’s not technically part of the South (depending on who you ask), it’s known for its Southern hospitality and hearty cooking. And while it might be Kentucky’s largest and most entertaining city, it has a small-town feel. Spend your days wandering green parks, farmers’ markets, and the historic Victorian neighborhood. Then head downtown for live music and bourbon – Kentucky’s most worshipped beverage since 1776.
Art lovers can explore museums and galleries and foodies can go wild with Louisville’s many award-winning restaurants. Credited with dishes like the Hot Brown sandwich and chicken fried steak, Louisville’s the place to be for digging into some homestyle cookin’. There’s derby pie made of walnuts and chocolate, crispy rolled oysters (deep-fried and as big as baseballs), and beer cheese, which is exactly what it sounds like (delicious!). Louisville’s breakfast diners serve up showstoppers like biscuits with chorizo gravy or lemon soufflé pancakes. Continue your culinary journey with orchard, vineyard and mint julep tours in the rolling hills of the Bluegrass Region.
When to Go
Fall brings fresher temperatures, golden light, and gorgeous red leaves. It’s also Halloween season, so Old Louisville is packed with haunted houses and spooky walking tours. Spring is also an equally awesome time for a trip, as the hills turn green and dogwood trees bloom, bringing country lanes to life.
Where to Stay
Hyatt Regency Louisville – Louisville, KY
This hotel is smack-dab in the middle of downtown, so you’re within walking distance of the best shops and restaurants – and the start of the Urban Bourbon Trail. You can take it easy and dine at the on-site restaurants, including Sway, which features a farm-to-table menu, or head to Einstein Bagels for a quick breakfast.
Galt House Hotel – Louisville, KY
Galt House Hotel is right next to the Ohio River, so many of their bright, comfy rooms feature waterfront views. This place is all about takin’ it easy, with its downtown location and many restaurants and bars. Bourbon fans don’t even have to leave the hotel – Jockey Silk’s Bourbon Bar and Lounge serves over 150 brands.
Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown – Louisville, KY
Right next to the Fourth St. Live! Entertainment neighborhood and Whiskey Row, this historic building is the perfect base for some nights out on the town. And when you wake up the next morning, you can treat yourself with a made-to-order breakfast feast."