Visit: Louisville

23 Feb

We took a quick overnight trip to Louisville over Valentine’s Day, and enjoyed more freezing cold weather, random horse statues and 4th Street Live.

Stay: The Seelbach (a.k.a. The Hilton Seelbach Hotel). Lovely, historic, charming. The hotel bar is rated as one of the 50 best in the world. While I might question this rating (clearly made by someone who thought “historic” and “alcohol” did a great bar make), it does have solid jazz and didn’t mess up my gin & tonic. It’s right down the block from downtown Louisville’s ONLY weekend attraction – 4th Street Live.

See: The Ohio River, lots of random statues of horses, and that nothing (and I mean NOTHING) is open for lunch on Saturday. The downtown area is not residential and has no shopping – so the optional entertainment for the weekend included cold walks around an empty city, hanging out on 4th Street (Eve 6 was playing; they thought it was 2001) or the National Tractor Pull competition. Yep.

Eat: Rivue. The food was delightful, the view was wonderful, and they bring around a candy cart after your meal for a quick sweet treat before you leave.  We aren’t typically the type to go out to dinner for our Valentine’s date, but it was truly a great meal and a great night.

We’ll be back in the bluegrass state this spring for a tour on the Bourbon Trail, and some night racing at Churchill Downs. Kentucky: Where all our activities revolve around drinking, because there sure as hell isn’t anything else worth doing here! (Note: this is not something to be ashamed of, but rather something they should promote to increase tourism.)

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2 Responses to “Visit: Louisville”

  1. jenny February 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    actually, louisville visitors quite frequently miss the good night life there b/c of the atrocity that is 4th street live. the better location you ask to go? it’s about 10 minutes east of downtown to bardstown road. the bars are much more your style. o’shea’s is a personal fav of mine, especially in nice weather months. other than that, downtown louisville is a vapid wasteland…

    • JJ February 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

      I find this to be most informative, and will definitely be trying O’Shea’s in May. I’m already eager to give Louisville a second chance – what with all that bourbon down there. 🙂

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