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Derby Day! 11 Things To Do in Kentucky

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Whether you're making a full-blown Southern vacation of it or just have a weekend to spare, here's 11 attractions on which to wager your fun during The Run for the Roses.
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700 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
Art collectors Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson set out to revitalize their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, by turning five abandoned warehouses into a 90-room hotel with a 9,000-square-foot exhibition space and a restaurant. Their second 21c...
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411 S 4th St STE 180, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
If you're looking for entertainment and nightlife in the heart of downtown Louisville, Fourth Street Live is the place to go. Free concerts and other special events take place outside under the 10-story glass canopy. Indoor options include food,...
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700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208, USA
My family has been flexible on Thanksgiving traditions for the past few years--the gatherings move from state to state, and sometimes I make chili instead of turkey, for instance. So when I dragged everyone to Churchill Downs on Black Friday to...
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113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601, USA
Buffalo Trace offers a distillery tour that winds through various old buildings, including one stacked high with aging bourbon barrels and another (shown) filled with bottling equipment. The grounds are scenic and good for a walk or a seat on the...
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401 Cross St, Lexington, KY 40508, USA
Sometimes you don't have a four-hour window to drive across the Bluegrass countryside, take a distillery tour, wander the gift shop a bit, and return home. Rather, you have a finite window for catching local flavor before a University of Kentucky...
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Loretto, KY, USA
For true whiskey lovers, there is nothing better than taking in the Bourbon Trail and all its 'high-spirited' watering holes. If you want to visit one of the mainstays, Maker's Mark, located in Loretto, Kentucky, is a fine place to start. They...
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453 Allied Dr, Nashville, TN 37211, USA
URP has been turning out the vinyl since 1949. Fascinating tours offered on Fridays reveal the mysterious process of manufacturing records, and include a frozen-in-the-1960s suite built for Motown clients in the days prior to desegregation. Check...
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231 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219, USA
Opening in 1910 as a hotel, this Beaux-Arts gem was home for weeks to both sides of the women’s sufferage movement when they descended on the hotel in 1920 to lobby Tennessee lawmakers, who cast the necessary vote to ratify the 19th amendment. The...
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1200 Clinton St #110, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Housed in the historic Marathon Motor Works, which turned out automobiles until 1914, Corsair makes and shares its range of spirits. Drop by the tasting room for sampling, and enjoy a cocktail in the festive, enclosed courtyard or hit the tap room...
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8400 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221, USA
You can eat other things at Loveless Cafe, but if you don't try the flaky buttery biscuits, you're missing out. Carol Fay Ellison started at Loveless as a dishwasher in 1979. She graduated to the stove a few years later and reigned supreme as The...
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2601, 1235 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208, USA
Don't miss Monell's when you are in Nashville. It's only about a mile out of downtown and serves some of the best Southern cooking in a Victorian-style house. The fried chicken is a staple along with many classic sides and banana pudding for...