Your Travel Guide To Explore Louisville, Kentucky #LoveLouisville

Special thanks to the Louisville Visitor’s Bureau for hosting my trip to Louisville, KY. I’ve provided my opinion and an honest review.

Named as of the top “10 Best New Food Cities” in America Louisville; KY also offers one the best Bourbon Experiences, award-winning micro-distilleries, deliciously crafted cocktail and a host of legendary attractions like Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and the Muhammad Ali Center. I recently had the opportunity to explore Louisville, KY and I can’t wait to share with you some of my favorite places.

During our visit to Louisville, KY I stayed at the Aloft Hotel located conveniently on Whisky Row walking distance from Fourth Street Live, museums, restaurants, and distilleries in the downtown area. The location is perfect, and my hotel stay was comfortable. The lobby is open 24/7 with a trendy lounge area that also has a pool table. Looking to sip on a refreshing cocktail visit the Corner Restaurant & Bar located to the left of the front desk. The tacos were on point, and the Kingslayer cocktail stole the night. The hotel does offer a hot breakfast for purchase on the weekend from 7:00am-11:00 am. My favorite was the ‘a al carte pancake, and bacon or the create your breakfast sandwich. There’s a gym located on-site, and for my pet lovers, the Aloft is pet-friendly so bring Buddy with you.

 

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If you miss breakfast hours at the hotel or prefer to dine somewhere local, then swing by Wild Eggs there open daily until 2:30 pm. Wild Eggs is popular restaurant so expect a short wait time, but it’s well worth it. They have a good selection of breakfast and lunch items on the menu along with a refreshing beverage. Sip on a mimosa or a latte while you wait for your entree to arrive it’s up to, but there is plenty of drink options. During my visit, I ordered the chocolate chip pancakes with bacon and orange juice. King Thrifty ordered the steak entree and coffee. Service was excellent, and we were in an out off to enjoy the afternoon.

At Wild Eggs, the goal is to offer the same level of preparation, presentation and service that guests can expect from an upscale dining experience. Our well-trained staff consistently delivers innovative dishes that offer a fresh, contemporary approach to traditional breakfast, brunch and lunch. From our bacon and eggs and fresh squeezed orange juice, to our signature Everything muffin and Sweet Home Apple Bourbon Crepes, each detail of your meal is crafted with care by our experienced chefs at prices ranging from $5 – $12.99. Sounds like a great philosophy to me! 

Kick off the afternoon and sip on a little bourbon while taking in some fun history facts make a reservation and enjoy the “Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.” Located on downtown Louisville’s historic “Whiskey Row,” the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience features an artisanal distillery, guided tours, educational Bourbon tastings, and more! The first official stop in Louisville on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The three tours offer the chance to sample some of the best Bourbon before the tour ends at the gift shop. We had a perfect time I recommend scheduling your tour in advance do not just visit the location as a walk-in.

 

Prefer a little Brandy visit Cooper & Kings just minutes from downtown. I fell in love with the beautiful courtyard area, and the tour was super informative tons of laughter from the group. A fun fact about Copper & Kings is that in the barreling area of the facility music plays 24/7 to blend the Brandy. You can feel the vibration of the music by just touching the front of the barrel. At the end of the tour sample, any brandy of your choice then heads to the gift shop to purchase a souvenir or a bottle to take home. We had a new tour guide who did an excellent job during our tour no complaints here just a recommendation to stop by Copper & Kings during your next trip to Louisville.

 

After a long week, the perfect anecdote is a two-hour relaxing sightseeing cruise aboard the Belle of Louisville which includes a buffet style lunch. Once onboard we grabbed beverages and joined the line to grab food. The buffet is open for the first hour, and you can eat as much as you want. Of course, the dessert was my favorite I love chocolate cake. The Captain made an announcement shortly after the first hour that the dance floor was now open so we danced through two songs before visiting deck 3. On deck three we laughed and enjoyed one another’s time while taking in the view of the Ohio River from a unique perspective. No matter what you’re boarding for a river cruise, a corporate event, or a wedding the experience is truly one to remember.

Facts about the Belle of Louisville 

Built
1914, James Rees & Sons Company, Pittsburgh, PA, named Idlewild

Comfort Passenger Capacity
650 • 180 Dining

Seasonal Passenger Capacities
April–October, Cruises or Dockside: 650 • November–March, Limited Cruises and Dockside: 200

Specifications
Fully heated and air conditioned • Concession stand and bar • Dance floor • Stage • Full on-board Sound system • Indoor and outdoor seating • Non-smoking

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I’m a huge fan of Muhammad Ali so I could not pass on the opportunity to visit the Muhammad Ali Center. A non-profit museum and cultural center in Louisville, Kentucky. Dedicated to boxer Muhammad Ali, a native of Louisville located in the city’s West Main District. For us, the visit was a journey that walked us through the heart of a champion better known as the “greatest of all times.” The center has three levels of award-winning exhibits and galleries for visitors to explore Muhammad Ali’s legendary life, as well as to reflect upon one’s values, inner strength, character, and what makes you the greatest person you can be. Visiting The Muhammad Ali Center is a memory I will hold on to forever. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to learn and discover the six core principles that Muhammad Ali embraced throughout his life. Ali was a man of strength and character who stood for what he believed in and allowed nothing to stop him from achieving his dream.

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These were the six principles he lived by:

Confidence– Belief in oneself, one’s abilities, and one’s future.
Conviction -A firm belief that gives one the courage to stand behind that belief, despite pressure to do otherwise.

Dedication– The act of devoting all of one’s energy, effort, and abilities to a certain task.

Giving– To present voluntarily without expecting something in return.

Respect– Esteem for, or a sense of the worth or excellence of, oneself and others.

Spirituality– A sense of awe, reverence, and inner peace inspired by a connection to all of the creation and that which is greater than oneself.

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We had an amazing time at the Frazier History Museum exploring The Hunger Games: The Exhibition invites visitors to step inside and explore the world of Panem as created in the films. With over one thousand authentic costumes and props, high-tech and hands-on interactives, and detailed set recreations reveal the amazing artistry and technology that brought the incredible story to life. Also featured are seven galleries which included District 12and 13, Tribute Train, The Capitol, Making the Games, Fan Gallery, and Katniss’s Journey. I was super excited about the Mockingjay pin that was on display, Cinna’s sketchbook, the exploratory map of Panem, and the interactive stunt choreography.

Take a stroll down Fourth Street Live then make a stop at the Hard Rock Café. There is so much eye candy to take in memorabilia from wall to from some the greatest musicians in the music industry. Rock out to the playlist while ordering drinks, appetizers, and your entrée of choice. I love the Hard Rock Café! Expect refreshing cocktails, great food, and delicious desserts. During our most recent visit we ordered a few favorites of the menu. I ordered the Hickory BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger and a refreshing Strawberry Margarita on the rocks. The Cheeseburger was basted with hickory barbecue sauce and topped with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, crisp lettuce and vine-ripened tomato. OMG deliciousness! Kind Thrifty ordered the Famous Fajita Shrimp served with pico de gallo, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, fresh guacamole, sour cream and warm tortillas and a ice cold beer. He was in awe!

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Louisville is a beautiful city with the ingredients of a perfect getaway. One of the most unique destinations on the planet Louisville, KY has a little something for everyone.  Visit https://www.gotolouisville.com and build your Louisville experience. 

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36 thoughts on “Your Travel Guide To Explore Louisville, Kentucky #LoveLouisville

  1. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve driven through Kentucky, but I’ve never been able to actually visit. Your make it seem amazing!

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  2. Looking forward to doing more traveling. Seems like I missed a sweet spot! I have never stayed at an Aloft I will be sure to stay there on my visit in August. Thanks again for your wonderful reviews Queen Thrifty! 🙂

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  3. I’ve never been to Louisville but your review has me considering it. From good bourbon, good eating and the Muhammad Ali Convention Center I see the makings of a really good weekend.

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  4. I’m going to be honest… I have never thought of visiting Louisville Kentucky as a destination, but you had me hooked from foodie destination and on… I can say that Louisville is now on my travel bucket list thanks to you 🙂

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  5. Loved this! I live in Nashville and my husband and I were just talking about taking another weekend trip to Louisville. Now we don’t have to find things to do because you gave some great detailed suggestions.

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  6. How fun! I’m actually only a couple hours from Louisville. I need to visit more. Hunger Games I would love to see the exhibit!

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  7. I love how detailed your post is. I have a goal to visit every state and this is definitely on my list of to go places!!!!

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  8. So being out West, I always naively thought the only thing that came from Kentucky was Kentucky fried chicken, lol — like the song I use to sing as a kid. Its actually a lot prettier than I expected it to be, and I love the bit about Mohammad Ali! WHO KNEW! Thanks for the post its GREAT to feel a little more educated, and kind of embarrassed I didn’t know more about it.

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  9. Okay so apparently I need to start planning a visit to Louisville because this sounds absolutely amazing. I love exploring new cities and when the food looks this good I know I need to be there!

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  10. I have never visited Louisville but these are great places to visit if I ever do get there. I am definitely down for Bourbon Experience and the museums.

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  11. This area was almost home for us a couple of years ago when my husbands job moved…we truly loved the area! Its such a hidden gem!

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  12. It sounds like you had a great trip. I’ve never been to Louisville but I remember my Mom going when I was much younger.

    There is so much to see and do. The Ali Center would be my first stop.

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  13. You had me sold after the first paragraph. Growing up in a baseball family, Louisville Slugger was always my brand of choice as a kid. Pair that with my adult affinity for bourbon and I think I need to start planning a trip!

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  14. Louisville is one of those out of the way places that I am interested in visiting that most people would be like huh lol. I am glad you go to do. Sounds like there is a good amount of stuff to do. Great to know since when I have asked others they tell me there is nothing to do.

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