1853 Inn at Woodhaven

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

JANE AUSTEN FESTIVAL 12 Aug 2014, 7:45 am


The Jane Austen Festival at Locust Grove has grown in popularity and attendance each of the seven years it has been held in Louisville at Locust Grove. And this year it was better than ever.

Last year the number of attendees in period Regency dress fell a bit short of breaking the record which has been held  since 2009 by the festival each fall in Bath, England.

Not so this year! This year 491 folks dressed in period costume attended at Locust Grove for the promenade. While the committee is still reviewing the video to make sure that each person was in authentic period dress, the record surely will hold ....at least until the festival in Bath!



Now you can take a ride on the oldest steam boat in America and watch fabulous fireworks in style.
All aboard the Belle of Louisville for a special cruise on the 4th of July.
The FIREWORKS CRUISE ON THE BELLE boards at 7:30pm at 401 West River Road. The cruise last form 8:30 to 11pm and costs $25.
The concession stand is open for snacks. Call 866.832.0011 for information and to buy tickets or check out www.belleoflouisville.org

MUSIC IN THE CITY 23 May 2014, 1:53 pm

May 22-26

This weekend Louisville will host events in the city for music lovers of all ages.
ABBEY ROAD ON THE RIVER, the biggest BEATLES Festival in the nation, makes a return to the Belvedeer downtown for the 10th year. It is bigger and better this year and includes as an appearance by the BEACH BOYS.  The Beatles and the Beach Boys had a friendly rivalry and this year marks a 50 year anniversary for both bands.
More than 60 bands will perform throughout the weekend on 8 stages set up on the Belvedeer and at the Muhammad Ali Center. Bands are coming from more than 10 countries including Sweden, Scotland and Brazil. Every performer will perform and couple of Beatles songs.
The Beach Boys and the Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian perform at 7 pm on Sunday  on the festivals lawn stage.

SKRILLEX, led by Sonny John Moore, is headlining a holiday weekend mini festival on Memorial Day that will feature Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, What So Not and Milo & Otis.


This festival has been thriving since 1992 on the riverfront at the Water Tower.  This event is very popular with families ...it is affordable and there is plenty of great options for food on the grounds. The event runs three days and includes Keith Porter and the Yard Squad on Saturday, Taj Weekes and Adowa on Sunday) and The Ark Band on Monday.

The weather forecast for the whole holiday weekend is fabulous. Perfect time to get out and enjoy these bands in Louisville.



Whiskey Row in Louisville now has a new and exciting attraction for bourbon enthusiasts.
The Evan Willliams Bourbon  Experience opened recently in downtown Louisville on West Main Street, in an area of wonderful old cast iron front warehouses. This is the first official Louisville stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

The guided tours take you back in time to 1783, to the early days of the Republic, when Kentucky's native spirit first was made.  The Bourbon Experience is aptly named for Evan Williams who was Kentucky's first distiller. 

The tours include the artisanal distillery where you actually see bourbon being made, the interactive history museum that takes you back to 1783, and a premium bourbon tasting.
And you can stop in the gift shop on you way out and take home a personalized bottle of Evan Williams bourbon.

For information on hours of operation and tour prices check out the website at:

JULEP CONTEST 4 Feb 2014, 12:27 pm


The 11th Annual Rose Julep Recipe Contest will be held this year at the Ice House on East Washington Street on Thursday February 20, 2014 beginning at 5:30. Mixologists from the Louisville area compete to be one of the top five finalists. A panel of local celebrity and beverage industry judges evaluate each Julep based on taste, presentation and creativity.

Event attendees have the fun job of sampling the 5 Rose Julep finalist recipes and voting on the "Peoples Choice" Rose Julep. Hors d'oeuvress by Crushed Ice Events and desserts by Cellar Door Chocolates, Kerns Derby Pie and wine from Old 502 Winery will be available too.
A sneak preview of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival Official Poster and Merchandise line and several events including Thunder Over Louisville and the new Tour De Lou cycling event will be showcased.

Guests can also have the photos taken in front of interactive screens, picturing them at Festival events before they happen. All guests receive a goodie bag as well.

Get your julep taste buds ready! DERBY is right around the corner.

Tickets are $30 in advance of $35 at the door. You can purchase online at www.kdf.org or call the Derby Festival Office and 502-584-FEST.

TIS THE SEASON 17 Dec 2013, 4:22 pm


So much to do and not enough time in the day. This time of the year we add seasonal decorating and shopping  to our all ready busy schedules.  And there are friends and family to socialize with too.

There are so many options in Louisville. Here are a few of our favorites.

Tis the season to shop till you drop. 
Try Louisvilles many small local boutiques in the St. Matthews Vogue Shopping Center or the Nulu West Market Street area. (www.nulueastmarket.com)

Or you can always check out the shopping malls. The two best malls, the Mall St. Matthews and Oxmoor Mall are just a mile away from the inn. They offer a great mix of stores and top restaurants. If you want to take a little break from the shopping, a new Cinemark movie center complex has just opened in the Mall St. Matthews.

Tis the season for family outings.
Tours of historic homes are a traditional favorite with many local families and visitors.
Locust Grove, Farmington and Whitehall are open for tours daily and decorated for the season as they would have been in 1790 and 1820.  Volunteer docents dress in period costumes and portray the lives of  famous early Kentuckians.

Or try something different and begin a new tradition.
Louisville's Mega Cavern features six underground zip lines, including a fun filled dual racing zip, and two awesome challenge bridges. The new Mega Quest is an aerial adventure course using ropes and a variety of obstacles...definitely a workout. ( www.louisvillemegacavern.com )

Tis the season to take a break from the hustle and bustle.

Turn on some Christmas music, pick up a good book and settle in by a fireplace for a breather from all the activities of the season.  Fix a bourbon hot toddy or a warm pot of tea and settle in for some peace and quiet. If you are taking that break at our inn we can arrange a great tea in your room for you.

Or take a walk along the river walk downtown and a romantic carriage ride along the downtown streets near the river.



A new event showcasing Louisville's Iroquois Park and over 5,000 professionally carved pumpkins will be open this year from October 10 through November 2.  The illuminated
jack-o-lanterns will line a trail over 5 football fields long.

They will be grouped in themed scenes and also feature some Louisville favorites including Uof L, Slugger Bats, Uof K and the Derby.
And don't worry...since pumpkins do not last forever, the display completely changes every 7 days.

Gates open at 7pm nightly rain or shine
Sunday through Thursday:
7pm to midnight
Friday and Saturday:
7pm to 1am

Tickets may be purchased at the Iroquois Amphitheater daily
To call : 502-363-7766

Or you can go online to their web site at www.jackolanternlouisville.com

STROLLIN OVER THE RIVER 26 Sep 2013, 1:14 pm


Once the Big Four Bridge was a bridge used by railroad companies. It sat in the midst of an area only a mile from the city center in an industrial area on the riverfront. Now the bridge has a new life as the latest jewel in the Waterfront Park.

In fact it is turning out to be the most popular spot in the park. People of all ages stroll across the span. The view of the city and the Ohio river is spectacular. There are no cars to worry about ...just people strolling with kids, joggers, cyclists, even jugglers and sometimes string quartets serenading everyone. You can see the Belle of Louisville steamboat and hear the calliope playing.

Soon the Indiana side will open their walkway and people will be able to access the bridge from both sides of the river.  A beautiful, peaceful, and  free way to spend the day!

DESIGNERS' SHOW HOUSE 18 Sep 2013, 10:59 am


The 4th annual Bellarmine University Designer Show House is being held this week at the Anchorage at 804 Evergreen Road in Anchorage. The Gothic Revival house was built in 1868 by James Goslee, a former riverboat captain. The beautiful 7000 square foot house features rooms decorated by 30 of Louisville's best designers. Elegant furniture and accessories and hand painted murals enhance the many rooms of this unusual house.

The house sits on 19 acres in the heart of Anchorage which is just a few miles from the Inn at Woodhaven. Kentucky does not have many examples of the Gothic Revival architecture. It was very popular in the mid to late 1800.
There is a boutique open and a cafe where visitors can shop a bit and enjoy the grounds.
Hours for the tour are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00pm
Tickets are $15
For more information you can check

GHOSTS AND BOURBON 17 Aug 2013, 1:04 pm

Spirits at the Buffalo Trace Distillery

Apparently there are more spirits than those aging in the warehouses at Buffalo Trace.  The Distillery has been rumored to be haunted by Col. Blanton for years. The Stoney Point Mansion where he died in 1859 is the site of his appearances.

I just had a group of guests enjoying visiting many of the Bourbon Trail distilleries and sampling as they went. They had a great time on the Ghost Tour although Col. Blanton did not appear for them!
Buffalo Trace was investigated by television's number one paranormal reality series, "Ghost Hunters" last year.  The show's two lead investigators, Jason and Grant, said Buffalo Trace was one of the few sites they had been to where all the investigators on the team had a paranormal experience. The show's producers came to Buffalo Trace asking to film there, due to viewer requests.

Visitors can now have their own experience on the Ghost Tour at the distillery. The tour will take guests to the rarely seen Stoney Point Mansion as well as several other sites that were shown on the "Ghost Hunters" episode. The tour lasts about an hour and concludes with a sample of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, the distillery's flagship brand, along with one other award winning product made at the distillery.  Other themed tours are available as well.

The tours are offered Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.
There is no charge for the tour but be sure to make a reservation by calling 1-800-654-8471 or emailing giftshop@buffalotrace.com or www.buffalowtrace.com

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