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700 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
This boutique hotel doubles as a contemporary art museum. Founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson wanted somewhere to store their growing art collection while helping revitalize downtown Louisville, so they opened a hotel with rotating public...
800 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206, USA
Two Indianapolis transplants opened this cafe in the NuLu neighborhood in 2011. Customers can sip local coffee while they play records on self-service turntables. The chewy cookies studded with oversize chocolate chunks have earned a loyal...
1200 Story Ave, Louisville, KY 40206, USA
A celebrated new bar in the Butchertown neighborhood, Meat serves the city’s most complex cocktails, such as the Bold & Fashioned, in a Prohibition-era ambiance. 1076 E. Washington St., (502) 354-3212. This appeared in the May 2013 issue.
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,...
113 Great Buffalo Trace, Frankfort, KY 40601, USA
Buffalo Trace, which works with the Van Winkle family to make its renowned whiskies, offers complimentary tours every hour at its Frankfort, Kentucky distillery. Hard hat tours offer a more detailed behind the scenes look at the distilling process...
Louisville, KY 40202, USA
Before attending a cousin's wedding in Louisville back in September, I took a morning stroll through downtown along Main Street and came across these buildings, formerly occupied by bourbon-related businesses and distilleries dating back between...
335 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
Bourbon enthusiasts and Derby attendees have been frequenting this opulent hotel for 90 years. The 293-room property recently debuted a $4 million renovation that established a theme (bourbon, fashion) for each floor. Doubles from $169. 335 W....
144 N 6th St, Louisville, KY 40202, USA
Louisville-born boxing legend and philanthropist Muhammad Ali founded a cultural center that features a replica of his Pennsylvania training gym. Visitors can practice their jabs or watch a high-tech video about Ali’s life. 144 N. Sixth St., (502)...
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...
1034 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204, USA
This old Unitarian Church turned bar is a great place to enjoy a good beer and good company in Louisville. A local favorite, Holy Grale offers a selection of 26 (ever changing) beers on tap, with additional bottled selections, and delicious food....
Old Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA
This neighborhood was declared a historic preservation district in the 1970s ensuring the beautiful architecture remains the same. Architecturally, Old Louisville is one of the most diverse in the country, and includes homes built between 1880 and...
921 Swan St, Louisville, KY 40204, USA
Don’t let the hole-in-the-wall location defer you from trying this amazing eatery. This Dive Bar/ Restaurant does not disappoint. Locals and visitors rave that this is one of the best places to eat in Louisville, despite the dark basement location...
1303, 1250 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204, USA
Perhaps more common than Starbucks in Louisville, this coffee chain offers 100% fair trade & organic coffee at all of their 13 shops in the area (and their mobile airstream espresso bar). Heine Brothers' features history of their coffee (farm and...
Gratz Park, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
Only a block from the downtown plaza hotels, Gratz Park Historic District is definitely a must-do walkabout in Lexington, Kentucky. Pick up a free map, and wander around the several blocks of landmark brick and wood homes dating from the 18th and...
526 Happy Hollow Rd, Clermont, KY 40110, USA
In the small town of Clermont, KY, 30 minutes outside of Louisville, is home to one of the oldest bourbon brands in the U.S., Jim Beam. A tour of the recently renovated stillhouse and distillery puts a period on Louisville's claim as "Bourbon...
Red River Gorge, Kentucky 40387, USA
Red River Gorge will forever hold a special place for me. It is the perfect step away from Cincinnati. The trails, views, animals, and experience is so clean and open. Definitely check out: Miguel's Pizza Rockhouse Grey's Arch Trail Rough Trail...
1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071, USA
Every day more than 100,000 travelers cross from Ohio to Kentucky via one of the bridges connecting the old south to Cincinnati. But it's only by getting out of your car and walking the banks of the Ohio that you begin to appreciate how momentous...
Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071, USA
Cincinnati was America's second city—home to greatest repository of cultural and business centers west of the Alleghenies. Chicago may have outgrown Cincinnati and manifest destiny may have brought Americans to the Pacific and beyond, but many of...
147 N Limestone, Lexington, KY 40507, USA
Adorable little hometown pub where no one knows your name when you enter, but everyone knows your name when you leave! Sit at the bar, sit in the dining area or sit outside. Wherever you sit, you're still close enough to have conversations with...
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