Louisville is in the north of Kentucky and the largest city there. When I thought of Kentucky the main thing that popped into my head was KFC. It’s terrible how these companies kind of brainwash you like that. However, at the airport there was a KFC and a statue of the colonel haha. It was a pretty quick visit here so there isn’t too much in this post but hopefully something to get you started! If you want more recommendations you can head over to my friend Josh’s blog The Kentucky Gent as he knows way more!
I guess the main ‘export’ of Louisville is the slugger baseball bat! The Louisville Slugger Museum is located downtown and has an exhibition area and tours of the factory. You aren’t allowed to photograph on the tour but you essentially get escorted round and get to watch them make the bats, shape them, brand them and paint them etc. It’s a pretty interesting process and the amount of bats they make each day is insane. If you are a sports person you’ll probably find this really interesting.
Apparently bridges are a big thing in Louisville and they are actually in the process of building more. This one pictured below is the Big Four Bridge and links Kentucky to Indiana. Access is limited to bikes and pedestrians which makes it a nice strolling bridge. One of the coolest parts of this bridge is that it plays classical music, so as you’re walking along you get to hear Bach and Mozart.
This is a random suggestion but why not check out the Crescent Hill Reservoir? It has a lovely gothic gatehouse building that is surrounded by all this water. You can walk around the whole thing and makes for a great morning run or again a nice stroll (lots of strolling here).
Right by the reservoir is Crescent Hill Craft House. They are all about local beer and local food. The food is very gourmet for pub food and you have a vast selection of great beer to choose from. Inside it’s pretty hip and has the usual wood, brewery decor. Below you can see the grilled cheese, tomato soup, grits, brussel sprouts, mac and cheese, cauliflower gratin, greens and burgoo (this stew that is apparently unique to Louisville). It was extremely delicious and we had a hard time finishing it all.
Another food recommendation is Wild Eggs. They are a breakfast/lunch spot and actually close in the afternoon, so make sure you get there early! Their menu consists of dishes with eggs (duh), pancakes, sandwiches, salads etc. It has a very homey vibe to it and all the staff were super friendly. I went for the Raspberries and Lemons Oh My pancakes (what a name) and it was delicious but so much food. If you do decide to come here then make sure you come hungry!
That is it for Louisville. I guess other spots to check out would be Cave Hill Cemetery as it’s meant to be very large and beautiful, Churchill Downs and try to see a race and 21c Museum for some great art! Thanks so much and I’ll see you guys on Sunday.