Ah, Louisville, you had me at Mint Julep. I love Louisville as a destination because there is something for everyone in this fun city. From art to horses to bourbon to Mohammad Ali to baseball bats and so much more in between; Louisville has it all! (I've visited Louisville before and at the end I'll tell you briefly what I did on that trip.)
Here's what went down on my most recent road trip which included three nights in Louisville. (Technically, I spent three nights in Louisville but I arrived around 10 PM on the first night and didn't go out so no need to count that night since it was too late to get into anything really.)
Day 1: I'm probably one of the few people in the world that didn't go on a bourbon tour the first time they visited Louisville. So. Whiskey trailing was on the list for this road trip. My original plan was to visit three distilleries. However, we had some traffic snafus so I only made it to two distilleries and one of those was a craft shop in downtown. I was disappointed because these two stops took up the entire day. But, what are you gonna do eh? And the truth is that you have to set aside at least one entire day to do a whiskey trail.
I hit Maker's Mark (where I dipped a couple of bottles myself!) and Evan Williams. After leaving Evan Williams I walked around downtown and took way too many pictures of the bronze bat monuments. They are interesting though as the placard at the bat lists the user & their bio and model of bat - of course, they were all made by Louisville Slugger.
I also saw some other interesting outdoor art on my walk as well. See for yourself!
Day 2: Sorry to say this but I mostly worked the entire day except for going out for two fabulous meals! Do not follow my example if you can help it - when you go to Louisville, don't spend one of your two days working! I mean it. (Kicking my own butt is in order since I'm my boss now!)
But those meals. Oh. My. Goodness. For lunch I went to Proof On Main. It's hands down (says me as a -loves to eat good food in a nice atmosphere- expert) the best restaurant in Louisville. I think they have the awards to prove it too. Conveniently, the restaurant is located in my hotel - 21C Museum Hotel - which I'll talk about in another post because it's worth talking about for sure!
I perused the menu (perusing is what you do in a real nice restaurant; reading is what you do at medium nice; and skimming over is what you do in joints). 😉 Anyhow, I ordered the Rye Cavatelli (WF squash, brown butter, sage, parm). Because I guess I'm not as fluffy as I want to be I figured pasta would be a good choice! Well, it was indeed a good choice. Goodness gracious, the bread came out first and the butter was soft (I hate when you go somewhere decent and the butter is cold and hard to spread) so I was able to slather each piece of the fresh baked french in true southern style. And the pasta, oh my, Delicious! Oops forgot to say that they had a very nice white wine so I had a glass (ok, two glasses) so that my palate could appreciate the pasta appropriately. 😜
Since I am trying to eat healthy I passed on dessert. HeeHee.
Got back to work and then before I knew what hit me it was dinner time. Asked downstairs and they recommended Mussel & Burger Bar right across the street from the hotel. Here's what I had:
Dates in a blanket:
Stuffed dates w/ goat cheese & roasted garlic, wrapped in Nueske’s bacon, smoked honey, tomato sofrito.
Good Lordy Lou! Those dates were the best thing I've eaten in a long time. (In fact, later that week I was at a cooking class in New Orleans and the chef asked us to say the best meal we'd had that week and I said Dates in a blanket. Great day - I can't even tell you how delicious the sweet and savory mix was on those pups.
Short rib nachos:
Potato chips, braised short ribs, guacamole, pico de gallo, Monterrey jack cheese, black bean puree, pickled jalapenos, sour cream & cheese dip.
Bartender said he makes a mean old fashioned so had one of those too! Again, for health reasons, I passed on dessert. Ha.
Day 3: Before I left Louisville this time I had one other thing I really wanted to do; walk across the Big Four Connector Bridge so that I could say I walked from Kentucky to Indiana. So I did it - I walked from Louisville, Kentucky to Jeffersonville, Indiana. 🚶♀️
The parks on each of the bridge are set up very nicely. On the both sides there are play parks for children; on the Kentucky side there are bike rentals (regular and the kind you see on the beach where four or six folks can ride) and a boardwalk type place to get a bite to eat. On the Indiana side there is an ice cream shop to the left and directly across the street - a new pizza place. Jeffersonville also has a nice little 'main street district' that you can easily walk to and there are some good eateries over there.
I walked over a couple of blocks in Indiana and had a delicious salad at The Red Yeti.
After lunch, I walked back to Kentucky and got on the road to: Nashville, Tennessee - another city that I love to visit.
Come along with this southern girl on my fun travel adventures! I’m taking the tours; seeing the sites; trying out the hotels; dining at the restaurants; cruising on the cruise ships; and sharing the experiences on this blog. I hope you enjoy reading about my travel escapades and that they will be inspiring and helpful when planning your own fabulous adventures.