1853 Inn at Woodhaven
APRIL IN LOUISVILLE 21 Mar 2017, 7:48 am
April is the best month to visit to see flowers in bloom and take part in the Kentucky Derby Festival events. Spring days are perfect for walking the trails in our many parks along the river and circling the city. The Louisville Nature Center holds bird walks and plant sales this month. Or you can visit daily and just walk the trails. For more information visit their website at www.louisvillenaturecenter.org or call 502-458-1328.
46TH ANNUAL CHEROKEE TRIANGLE ART FAIR
The Cherokee Triangle Art Fair is held in a beautiful historic neighborhood each spring.
It's the perfect place to find one of a kind gifts and pieces of art. Food vendors will have a great variety of items too. This years fair dates are April 29 and 30. To see a list of the activities and hours for the fair check out their website at: www.cherokeetriangleartfair.org
KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL EVENTS
The Kentucky Derby Festival kicks off two weeks of action packed events on Saturday April 22 with the Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks. Every year the tons of fireworks increases and the event gets larger and better...in fact it is the largest fireworks display in North America. The air show begins at 3pm and the fireworks go off at 9:30pm. You can bring your own picnic and enjoy a day on the river or partake of the great food the many vendors will have on site.
Louisville is the place to come for a fabulous hat. Local and international designers have a great selection of hats and fascinators at shops and shows the whole month. You can even make your own at Dees Crafts to match any outfit.
Even if this is not the year you attend the Derby you can experience the excitement and have fun at the events proceeding the big day. Visit the Derby Museum and take a tour of Churchill Downs in the weeks before that first Saturday in May.
FOOD FUN IN FEBRUARY 23 Feb 2017, 7:18 am
SOME FUN FOOD OPTIONS FOR THE END OF FEBRUARY
THE FIFTH ANNUAL GRAVY CUP
More than 30 local chefs and weekend warriors will be offering their version of great biscuits and gravy.
It is a competition in three categories: traditional, nontraditional and veggie/vegan. The cost is $15 per person and the proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Haven here in Louisville. Good food and a good cause.
TASTE OF THE HIGHLANDS
Also, happening on February 28, THE TASTE OF THE HIGHLANDS will highlight great food from many of the restaurants in the highlands area including Asiatique, Highland Morning, Jack Frys, and Uptown Café. And beverages to compliment the food offerings will be on hand from Cumberland Brews, Great Flood Brewing and Makers Mark.
All this will be under one roof at the Highland Community Campus from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
The cost is $50 per person and the proceeds go to the Highlands Community Ministries.
So you could make a day of it and have brunch at the Gravy Cup and then dinner at the Taste of the Highlands...a nap or long walk might be necessary in between!
SPECIAL PLACES TO BRING IN THE NEW YEAR 26 Dec 2016, 11:32 am
NEW YEAR'S EVE CHOICES
2017 is coming soon...time to make a decision on how to celebrate.
There are lots of options for food and drink and festivities to bring in the New Year.
Check these out and be sure to book early.
610 Magnolia offers a four course for $95 per person with your choice of seating at 5:30 pm or 6pm or a 6 course dinner for $115 per person with seating at 8pm or 8:30pm
Their telephone number: (502)636-0783
Brasserie Provence offers a three course dinner with seating from 5:00 to 6:30 pm for $49 per person or a five course dinner with seating from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm for $79 per person
Their telephone number: (502)883-3153
Butchertown Grocery offers a four course dinner with seating at 9pm for $85 per person. Wine pairing are also available for an additional $40 per person.
Their telephone number: (502)749-6323
Equus and Jacks Lounge offers seating at 6pm for $55 per person or 8pm seating for $65 per person.
Their telephone number : (502)897-9721
Corbetts offers a 5 course dinner with choice of seating at 6, 8 of 10pm for $100 per person.
Their telephone number: (502)327-5058
THE WEATHER IS NOT FRIGHTFUL 18 Dec 2016, 6:47 am
THIS DECEMBER THE WEATHER HAS BEEN GREAT
We have had a very seasonal December. Temperatures hover in the 30s and 40s and so far not much precipitation. This week the sun will shine and the temperature will not be toooo cold, so it is a good time to do some activities out of doors. A cold sunny winter day is great for walking in parks or taking in the Holiday in the City happenings in Louisville. The Ice Skating Rink and the Holiday Market at the Plaza at 4th and Market Streets will be open 11 am to 7pm on Sundays and 11am to 10 pm Monday through Saturdays ending on January 16.
Ice Rink tickets are $10 per person
The Holiday Market will also have food vendors open.
OCTOBER IS PUMPKIN TIME 11 Oct 2016, 9:13 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 18 Aug 2016, 8:39 am
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, 11:52 amTWO 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, 8:34 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, 2:11 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! 24 Feb 2016, 1:11 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