1853 Inn at Woodhaven
OCTOBER IS PUMPKIN TIME 11 Oct 2016, 9:50 am
OCTOBER IS PUMPKIN TIME
LOUISVILLE'S JACK-O-LANTERN SPECTACULAR IS BACK
This is one thing you should not miss each fall. Make it a family tradition because it is truly spectacular.
This year's spectacular, held in Iroquois Park will be open October 13 through November 6.
The quarter mile trail opens at dusk and closes at 11pm each Sunday through Thursday night and at midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
Visitors walk along a trail meandering around displays of over 5,000 carved pumpkins. The jack-o-lanterns range in size from a tiny 1 pound pumpkin to one huge 1,900 pound pumpkin!
Each year there is a special theme. This year the theme is". "America the Beautiful". It will be broken down into regions featuring the famous events, landmarks and people of each region. All 50 states will be represented.
You can purchase tickets at the site or online at www.jackolanternlouisville.com
Sunday-Thursday night tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $9 for children 3-12
Friday - Saturday night tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $12 for children 3-12
END OF SUMMER FUN 2 Sep 2016, 2:33 pm
FUN THINGS TO DO TO END THE SUMMER
WORLD FEST THIS WEEKEND
One of Louisville's favorite events happens this weekend. Visit world wide countries and enjoy many different foods by visiting downtown Louisville this weekend. Great booths with clothes and merchandise from these countries will be there, and day long entertainment on the stage featuring dancing and music. This is a fun family event.
There is no charge to attend.
BIRDS AND BEES FESTIVAL AT YEW DELL GARDEN
This Sunday Yew Dell Garden will have activities for all ages featuring hummingbirds.
There will be demonstrations on catching and banding hummingbirds, lectures and tips on how to attract them to your property and also how to catch them in a great photograph.
They are such fascinating creatures. I have one that comes around every hour to feed on plants in the gardens and at the hummingbird feeder on the back porch.
Food and refreshments will be provided and activities for children will be available too.
The price of admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for ages 11 or younger.
6220 Old LaGrange Road
LET'S GO OUT TO THE BALL GAME! 5 Jul 2016, 1:01 pmTWO GREAT BALL TEAMS IN LOUISVILLE
LOUISVILLE BATS BASEBALL
Summertime in the city is the perfect time to take in a ball game. Kentucky is BIG basketball state...but there are other options too. If you have not had the chance yet to take in a Louisville Bats or LouCity game then this summer would be the perfect chance to start.
Louisville's AAA team the Louisville Bats play at Louisville Slugger Field. The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game since the opener in 2000. It is a very family friendly and layed back atmosphere at the field, with areas for fans to bring a picnic and let the kids play while watching the game. It is so popular with fans that Slugger Field was voted the Best AAA Ballpark in America for 2016 by Ballpark Digest.
You can buy tickets and check out the schedule, including updated promotions and special events at batsbaseball.com or call the front office at 502-212-2287.
LOUISVILLE CITY SOCCER
Louisville Soccer has taken off in popularity and the LouCity team is wowing the fans with one win after another! Fast paced and fun to watch, the team is on a 15 match winning streak and first place in the league.
They also play at Louisville Slugger Field. You can find out more about the team and the players and also buy tickets at www.Louisvillecityfc.com
And what would summer be like without ice cream???? The perfect way to cool off after taking in one of the ball games.
Locally you can find great flavors at Greaters, Gelato Roberto, Louisville Pie and Ice Cream Kitchen and the Comfy Cow.
Recently I noticed that Comfy Cow was featured in the July issue of Southern Living Magazine.
They pictured their Bourbon Ball ice cream. Being a huge bourbon ball fan I went right over and tasted it ...sure enough it is great! So good I even brought some back to the inn and made the guests sample some with a little drizzle of Buffalo Traces Bourbon Cream over the top. Pretty good.
All of these businesses produce small batches and have many creative flavors along with everyone's traditional favorites.
TAKE A TOUR OR TWO 7 Jun 2016, 8:54 amJUNE 11 TOURS OF HOMES AND HISTORIC CANDY STORE
TOUR local architectural gems this Saturday from noon to 6pm. The Central Kentucky Chapter of Architects annual tour of homes is open this Saturday. Homes are located in Old Louisville, Crescent Hill, Cherokee Road area and Norton Commons. The architects and designers of each home will be available to talk about the project and answer questions.
Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite or at the door of each home. For more information and photos of each participating home go to www.AIAKentucky.
SCHIMPFFS CANDY STORE AND MUSEUM HOSTS 125TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
The Jeffersonville Candy Store, Soda Fountain and Candy Museum is celebrating 125 years of business with an open house.
Refreshments and candy samples and a Dixieland band will be available.
Also visitors will be able to get a sneak peek at the new addition to the business. Construction is under way on the building next door that will add additional space for the soda fountain and manufacturing area. They want to get a conveyor belt for chocolate production. ( I can picture the one on the episode of "I Love Lucy" )
They are hoping to have all ready by the Fall. It will include antique ice cream tables with the swing out seats. Should be a great addition to an already fabulous spot.
MAY IN KENTUCKY 11 May 2016, 2:58 pmMAY IN KENTUCKY
May is beautiful in Kentucky and there is so many fun activities that it is too hard to choose.
Of course the first Saturday in May DERBY DAY. This year it was a record crowd at Churchill Downs. Hats are popular for both men and women. Every size and color can be found in the stores in town and even at the track. This year really big hats were in and feathers were everywhere.
If you ever want to buy a hat this is the city for you!
21ST ANNUAL GARDENERS FAIR AT LOCUST GROVE THIS WEEKEND
Nearly 60 vendors specializing in all things horticultural will be on hand this coming weekend at Locust Groves Gardeners Fair. You can purchase flowers, plants and herbs and garden art and antiques. There will be lectures each day on such topics as beekeeping and pruning. And chickens and alpacas will on the grounds. Take a break for some delicious food supplied by food trucks featuring BBQ, crab cakes, and Gelato.
Hours for the Fair are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12.
THE SPEED ART MUSEUM REOPENS! 11 May 2016, 1:58 pmLOUISVILLE'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 pmTOUR 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 pmHOLIDAY SQUARE IN LOUISVILLE
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 pmLight 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.
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 pmFUN 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