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1853 Inn at Woodhaven

401 South Hubbards Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40207
Innkeeper(s): Marsha Burton

THE SPEED ART MUSEUN REOPENS! 24 Feb 2016, 1:13 pm

LOUISVILLE'S SPEED ART MUSEUM OPENS AFTER RENOVATION

The Speed Art Museum is set to reopen after a 60 million renovation and expansion on March 12. It has been a long 3 years that the museum has been closed. The time was well spent and the Louisville treasure will now have double the amount of space for world class exhibits.

The newly renovated north building has a modern appearance with a façade of bent metal panels that create a striped effect. Plan on checking the new Speed at the opening celebration. It will be 30 hours of non stop fun starting on March 12 at 10:00 am and running all the way until 4:00 pm on March 13.

Tour the new museum and enjoy free music, film, performance art from Actors Theatre, Squallis Puppeteers, the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Ballet. Speed curators will give pop up talks and a creation of a world peace sand mandala will be created by Tibetan Buddhist monks.

If you can not make this special day then plan a future visit. Thanks to a incredible 1 million dollar gift from Brown Forman in honor of the late Owsley Brown III the museum will be open on each Sunday for the next 5 years with free admission.  The free "Owsley Sundays" will run from March 20, 2016 through March of 2021.

For more information on all of the programs that the Speed offers and hours that they are open check out: www.speedmuseum.org




MEET AMERICAN PHAROAH 10 Jan 2016, 2:11 pm

TOUR AND TRIP TO MEET AMERICAN PHAROAH

Mint Julep Tours has planned a great day of tours and a close up meeting with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. What a great horse!

The tour departs at 9:30 am from the Galt House Rivue Tower.  First off to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Guests tour the museum, view the new 360 degree video and take a Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack. There is plenty of time to check out the gift shop and take a break for lunch while at the track.

Next stop is Coolmore's Ashford Stud Farm in Lexington for a day with horse legends past and present.

The tour includes a visit with fabulous American Pharoah.
Return to Louisville at 6:00pm.


Dates: January 21, 25 and 28 and February 4 and 11.
Price: $139 per person
For more information on the "Champions Tour" visit www.derbymuseum.org


ICE SKATING AND MORE IN THE CITY 14 Dec 2015, 12:04 pm

HOLIDAY SQUARE IN LOUISVILLE



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.
Local 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: www.louisvilleholidayinthecity.com

LIGHT UP ST. MATTHEWS 3 Dec 2015, 2:49 pm

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 rides...fun 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.

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.

Brown 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.



HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS 27 Oct 2015, 2:04 pm

FUN HALLOWEEN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

BOO DELL at YEW DELL

Yew 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
www.yewdellgardens.org


DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE OPEN FOR TOURS 14 Sep 2015, 11:39 am

DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE OPEN

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 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: www.bellarmine.edu/womenscouncil

FUN AT FORCASTLE FESTIVAL 16 Jul 2015, 2:23 pm

FORCASTLE 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

FAMILY FUN THIS WEEKEND 25 Jun 2015, 3:13 pm

TWO OUTDOOR EVENTS THIS WEEKEND


FIREFLY HIKE

This 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.
For more information call the Louisville Nature Center at 502-458-1328.












LOCUST GROVE ANTIQUES MARKET

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 www.locustgrove.org

CHURCHILL DOWNS AFTER DARK AND AMERICAN PHAROAH 15 Jun 2015, 12:29 pm

SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE TRACK FOR DOWNS AFTER DARK

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.

There 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 www.churchilldowns.com for more information and upcoming events at the track.

FUN TIME IN THE CITY 12 Apr 2015, 1:56 pm

MUCH TO DO IN LOUISVILLE IN APRIL

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 www.culinarylouisville.com

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 www.churchilldowns.com for more information.