Jack and Amy's Trip to Kentucky
Wednesday, September 13th
Sunday, September 17th, 2017
Chihuly Nights at the Maker's Mark Distillery
A few months ago Amy saw something about an art exhibit at the Makers Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. That got the wheels in motion to start planning a trip to the Louisville area.
Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
We took a half day off of work on Wednesday and left Spartanburg shortly before lunch arriving in Louisville, KY just in time for dinner. After checking into our accommodations, a nice little upstairs apartment a few miles outside of downtown Louisville, we headed downtown for dinner and a few brews.
For dinner we went to the Bluegrass Brewing Company. I wasn't blown away by any of the beers I sampled, but the food was very good!
Enjoying a Flight at the Bluegrass Brewing Company
After dinner we went to the Goodwood Brewery. Not only did Goodwood have some really good beer, but they also had a live Jazz Band playing. A great spot to conclude our first day in Louisville.
Thursday, September 14th, 2017
The next morning after breakfast we went over to Churchill Downs to check out the Kentucky Derby Museum and do a few behind the scenes tours of the most famous horse racing venue in the world!
Amy in front of Churchill Downs
Me at Churchill Downs
Amy at Churchill Downs
The John Deere Tractor Races at Churchill Downs
Amy enjoying a Mint Julep at the Kentucky Derby Museum Cafe
Me at the Kentucky Derby Museum
That afternoon we drove downtown to check out the riverfront parks and the Big Four Bridges. One of the Big Four Bridges has been converted to a pedestrian bridge. This mile long bridge over the Ohio River offers up a pleasant stroll that takes you from Louisville, KY to Jeffersonville, IN.
Amy at the Big Four Bridges
Amy strolling along the Big Four Pedestrain Bridge
The Big Four Bridges
Since it was Five O'clock somewhere and there was a brewery on the other side of the bridge, we took a little break for me to enjoy a flight at the Flat 12 Bierworks. Amy also got a bit of shopping in the quaint little downtown area of Jeffersonville, IN.
Enjoying a Flight at the Flat 12 Bierworks
After walking back to Kentucky, we made one more Brewery Stop at the Gravely Brewing Company. I was a little disappointed that this place does not offer flights. But they did have a neat looking bar that reminded me of my Dad's basement!
The bar at the Gravely Brewing Company
(reminds me of my Dad's Basement)
For dinner we went to the HopCat Restaurant. This place has 132 different beers on tap, and we got there just in time to take advantage of some great Happy Hour Specials!
Friday, September 15th, 2017
The next morning we returned to downtown Louisville to hit a few of the touristy spots and do a little strolling around downtown! We started out with the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum!
Amy outside the Louisville Slugger Factory
Amy at the Louisville Slugger Museum
Showing off my 95 mph Fastball
(actually according to this machine it was closer to 65 mph)
Taking a swing at the Louisville Slugger Batting Cage
Amy at the Louisville Slugger Lego Exhibit
Amy outside the Kentucky Science Center
Amy gets photobombed by a giant naked gold guy
Amy meets a friend on a Louisville Bench
Along the Ohio River in Downtown Louisville
They had live racing going on at Churchill Downs, and since Amy has never been to an actual horse race, we decided to check it out. We only stayed for 3 races and I was 3 for 3 on my wagering with a net winnings of about $25.00 Amy was 1 for 3 with a net loss of about $3.00. Not a bad afternoon at the track!
Horse Racing at Churchill Downs
Later that afternoon we checked out one of the local parks. The Parklands of Floyds Fork was a great spot for an afternoon stroll.
The Parklands of Floyds Fork
For Dinner we went to the Gander Grill, which turned out to be a really good choice!
Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Saturday, we would be moving to our next accommodations in Springfield, Kentucky to get a little closer to the Makers Mark Distillery in Loretto. We would make several stops along the way.
First up was the Bernheim Arboretum which offers up over 40 miles of hiking trails. Amy and I did a short and easy hike together and then I did a few additional trails on my own while Amy relaxed with her book.
Amy hanging around the Bernheim Arboretum
At the Bernheim Arboretum
The Forest Canopy Trail at the Bernheim Arboretum
Amy at the Forest Canopy Overlook
Just across the road from the Arboretum is the Jim Beam Distillery where we did the distillery tour and tasting.
At the Jim Beam Distillery
Bourbon tasting at the Jim Beam Distillery
This girl mixed up a really good cocktail!
Amy at the Jim Beam Distillery
We continued our drive making a stop in the town of Bardstown where we had an awesome lunch at Talbot Tavern! After lunch Amy enjoyed browsing through the downtown shops.
Our accommodations in Springfield, KY were really nice. Amy also does a great job of finding unique places to stay. This one was a modern second floor apartment in the heart of downtown Springfield.
After settling in, we drove on down to the Makers Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY for the Chihuly Nights exhibit. An unique and enjoyable way to cap off our trip to Kentucky.
Amy at the Makers Mark Distillery
One of the Chihuly Exhibits
This was pretty neat! The Chihuly Glass Art was in the ceiling of this Barrel House
One of the Chihuly Exhibits
One of the Chihuly Exhibits
Me at Chihuly Nights
Amy at Chihuly Nights
Our complete set of photos is posted here: