1853 Inn at Woodhaven
BIG FOUR BRIDGE LIGHT SHOW 9 Feb 2015, 11:27 amTHE BIG FOUR BRIDGE IS LIGHTING UP DOWNTOWN
Louisville's super popular walking bridge is now even better!
Beginning this Wednesday February 11, the bridge will put on a dazzling light show each night.
Advanced Electrical Systems of Louisville was awarded the contract to light the bridge. The system they installed has over 1500 LED lights that are programmed to produce an endless combination of colorful configurations. The light show on the bridge will be visible in both directions up and down the river for more than a mile.
THINK CHOCOLATE 21 Jan 2015, 8:31 amCHOCOLATE HEAVEN
Most people love chocolate. There are endless desserts and cookbooks devoted just to chocolate recipes. Every restaurant has at least one chocolate dessert on the menu. I have even had chocolate gravy at a bed and breakfast in southern Kentucky.
Combine wine and bourbon with chocolate and you have CHOCOLATE DREAMS...that is the 10th annual Chocolate Dreams fundraiser for the GuardianCare Services. The fun event will be held and Bellarmine University from 6 to 9 pm on February 2.
Twenty five top chefs and culinary professionals will showcase chocolate laced appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages. The photo above shows the entree from Cake Flour from last year...yum.
Guests work their way through the venue and sample the creations from each of the chefs. Samplings of bourbon from the Kentucky Distillers Association and wine from Old 502 Winery is available.
The event gives the chefs a chance to be creative with offerings like the cocoa and coffee encrusted pulled pork with bourbon maple apples butter and a chocolate, ancho chili barbecue sauce, from Chef Andrew Welenken from Bucks Restaurant.
For more information and to buy tickets for CHOCOLATE DREAMS
Call 502-585-9949 or go to www.chocolatedreams.org
ACTORS THEATRE'S NEW PRODUCTION OF " A CHRISTMAS CAROL" 18 Dec 2014, 3:11 pmA NEW LOOK FOR A CLASSIC
Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol" has been a favorite story for 171 years and a popular production each year in Louisville at Actors Theatre.
This year's production has been updated with new set pieces, costumes and lighting. Digital media has been added to enhance the magic of the play.
Little touches like the proscenium arch and a big curtain that crosses the stage and footlights that resemble candles from the Victorian age remind you of the time when the classic story was written.
New props and new costumes in rich fabrics and bright colors depict the clothes of the era, starting with Srooge's youth and follow him for 50 years.
There is still time to take in this new rendition of a favorite Christmas story.
It will be running through December 23 at Actors Theatre of Louisville
In the Pamela Brown Auditorium at 316 West Main Street
Tickets range from $25 to $75
Call: 502-584-1205 www.actorstheatre.org
BELLE OF LOUISVILLE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS ON THE RIVER 28 Sep 2014, 1:34 pmCENTENNIAL FESTIVAL OF STEAM BOATS
The Belle of Louisville is turning 100 and Louisville is celebrating with a big bash for her.
Louisville will play host to a six day festival of food, art, music and bourbon October 14 through October 19. There will be nine historic riverboats docked on the mighty Ohio along the Waterfront Park. The whole week will be filled with opportunities to watch riverboat races, listen to each boat's calliope tunes, cruise on your pick of the boats for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner and watch a balloon glow.
The opening ceremony will have a parade and fireworks and special dinner cruise on the Belle. The Belle's Birthday Bash will also have River Industry Display with tours of boats and river lore stories and display of steam engines and knots.
There are activities that will appeal to people of all ages. This is a rare chance to glimpse a bygone era in a contemporary setting.
For a look at all the times and activities and to purchase tickets go to www.festivalofriverboats.com
JANE AUSTEN FESTIVAL 12 Aug 2014, 7:45 amCONGRATULATIONS TO LOCUST GROVE
AND THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY OF LOUISVILLE
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!
BELLE OF LOUISVILLE AND 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS 2 Jul 2014, 11:02 amCELBRATE THE FOURTH OF JULY ON THE BELLE
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 pmMEMORIAL WEEKEND MUSIC
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.
FOUR ROSES KENTUCKY REGGAE FESTIVAL
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.
EVAN WILLIAMS EXPERIENCE 4 Mar 2014, 12:28 pmTHE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK 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 pmJULEP CONTEST AT THE ICE HOUSE
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 pmTIS THE SEASON
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.
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.