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Old 08-12-2017, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Clifton, NJ
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Hi, everyone! I wanted to get some locals' perspectives on cool things to do in and around Louisvillee. My husband and I will be in the city the week of Labor Day and we want to know what's worth checking out, what's overhyped, and what "hidden gems" locals can suggest. If you saw this thread in the Nashville forum, it's because that's where we're stopping before we get to Louisville. Basically, we're driving down from NJ through VA, then to Nashville, then to Louisville, then back through Ohio and PA.

We're 27 and 29 and from New Jersey. Neither of us has ever been to Louisville or Kentucky before, so we're really excited to come visit! Any suggestions on places to stay, places to eat, things to do would be much appreciated! We're definitely checking out some distilleries in the area. Which should we head to?

Thanks!
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina
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If you are driving from Nashville to Louisville you will pass by the Corvette Factory (only place they make the Corvette) and Museum. Its in Bowling Green, and even if you don't stop you can see it on your left as you drive North.
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Old 08-13-2017, 02:30 AM
 
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Hi, everyone! I wanted to get some locals' perspectives on cool things to do in and around Louisvillee. My husband and I will be in the city the week of Labor Day and we want to know what's worth checking out, what's overhyped, and what "hidden gems" locals can suggest. If you saw this thread in the Nashville forum, it's because that's where we're stopping before we get to Louisville. Basically, we're driving down from NJ through VA, then to Nashville, then to Louisville, then back through Ohio and PA.

We're 27 and 29 and from New Jersey. Neither of us has ever been to Louisville or Kentucky before, so we're really excited to come visit! Any suggestions on places to stay, places to eat, things to do would be much appreciated! We're definitely checking out some distilleries in the area. Which should we head to?

Thanks!
Stay in an airbnb in an urban neighborhood.

Eat and drink your way around the city. Louisville is not as flashy or as well known as Nashville, but its just as fun in its own way

Stay here:
SLEEP - Gralehaus

Both restaurants connected to it are stellar and its a beautiful, walkable neighborhood. Have breakfast there, then Walk down Cherokee Rd to Willow Ave and then head east on Eastern Parkway. Get on Yelp and stop in some boutiques that interest you. This area is the Highlands and it rocks from the intersection of Taylorsville and Bardstown Rd all the way to Baxter and Payne Street.

That night, head over to Germantown to see a very unique urban neighborhood. Places like Pearl, Mr. Lee's Zanzabar, and Seidenfaden's are totally what makes Louisville unique. Check out the vernacular urban housing form (shotguns) on Charles and Samuel St and end with a late night pint at Nachbar

Take in a Trolley tour or Mint Julep Tour that interests you that starts downtown.
Make sure you see Old Louisville, and specifically, Belgravia and St James Courts. The Conrad-Caldwell Mansion is representative of the grandeur of 19th century Louisville.


To explore downtown, rent bikes at www.louvelo.com. There is an app called "transit" that has all the bike locations. It is only 3.50 for 30 mins. The parts of downtown that are best to view are Main and market street EAST of 9th street, and also 4th street from the river to Broadway. Washington Street In Butchertown is unique and interesting

While downtown, head east into the Butchertown neighborhood and check out a brandy tour at Copper and Kings, have lunch at Butchertown Grocery or cocktails at its lounge, Lola, and check out how Louisville is a "nook and cranny city" if you want some pizza at Lupo.


Another nearby neighborhood is centered along Frankfort Ave. Check out the historic Peterson-Dumesnil house and take in dinner at Red Hog or a private dinner at At the Italian Table followed by cocktails at Red Herring, Silver Dollar, or the Hub

Do not leave the city without eating and drinking in Nulu. Garage, Taj, and Galaxie are the best bars in the city IMO.

St Matthews has bars that are more of a locals vibe such as Tin Roof or Sullivans.

Also don't leave without walking the Big Four Walking Bridge and exploring Spring St and along the River in Jeffersonville, IN. Have a cigar inside Match or some fresh fish at Portage House on the river.

Louisville has great Mexican on Preston Highway in Okolona, great Vietnamese in Beechmont, and great Bosnian in Buechel.

On Sunday, the Speed Art museum is free and nice to check out. The Muhammad Ali and Slugger Museum are very unique museums to the city and worth an hour or two each.
For city bourbon tours, Angels Envy and Peerless are among the best.
Even New Albany IN is really popping. Its stately main street is very pretty and there are a couple cool boutiques such as Him and Dress and Dwell. Mesa is a live, intimate, kitchen theatre restaurant with rotating chefs in New Albany, IN

Louisville is a great place for young people and this doesn't even include every cool area in the urban core alone! Don't think Louisville is inferior to Nashville just because its downtown doesn't "jump out at you." (yet) Both are amazing cities but in Louisville you very much need to know where to go, as it is a city of "nooks and crannies"


check leoweekly.com
and do502.com to see events the days you are in town.

And do PM me while you are here for more ideas. Have fun

Last edited by Peter1948; 08-13-2017 at 03:01 AM..
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