If you are looking to travel more this summer and in search of a quick weekend getaway from Tennessee look no further than Louisville, Kentucky. Surprise your hubby because there are plenty of things to do in Louisville, KY this weekend and I will help you map out how you should spend the weekend in Louisville including the best bed and breakfast in Louisville.
Louisville sits on the edge of the Mason-Dixon line — the Ohio River — It’s only a few hours from anywhere in Tennessee and the city has that Southern hospitality that everyone craves. From the food, the people and of course the bourbon.
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It’s important to visit Louisville with purpose and intent because there is so much to do and see that if you are not intentional about your weekend in Louisville you will end up eating at chains and only hanging out in touristy areas.
Whether you are traveling to Louisville to grub on some of it’s famous fried chicken, the Kentucky Derby, see the Louisville Slugger baseball bat, watch the horses at Churchill Downs or to wander the Victorian streets of picturesque Louisville. I have taken the guesswork out of what to do in Louisville and where to stay in Louisville from the best hotels the city has to offer, ranging from art-inspired boutique hotels, luxury bed and breakfast or best bourbon bars on Fourth Street.
Here’s How To Spend a Weekend in Louisville.
DAY 1 – BEST PLACES TO STAY IN LOUISVILLE
If you are looking to really experience Louisville I suggest staying at Chateau Bourbon. This luxury B & B offers true southern hospitality in one of the most beautiful and quaint Inns in the state. You can call Chateau Bourbon a hotel, Bed N Breakfast, boutique hotel, or your home away from home a few times a year but it is the definition of luxury and it is inextricably woven into the fabric of the North Commons neighborhood.
Chateau Bourbon has been voted the best Louisville Bed n Breakfast by the Louisville Tourism Board and is located just northeast of Louisville in Prospect, Kentucky and this luxury Bed and Breakfast is set to become one of the best hotels in Louisville.
Chateau Bourbon is like a fine Kentucky bourbon that never overwhelms you but makes you feel all warm and fuzzy; from the Southern Hospitality to the homemade breakfast each morning. Chateau Bourbon pays attention to every detail.
Does luxury come to mind when you think about Louisville? I am going to show you that luxury is right at your fingers tips and you don’t have to travel across the world to experience luxury; and not just regular ole luxury, but luxury sprinkled with a side of southern charm and a dash of bourbon.
My arrival at Chateau Bourbon
When I arrived at Chateau Bourbon I was greeted by Missy the owner of Chateau Bourbon and immediately I felt like I was apart of the family and not just another guest they “had” to deal with for a few days. Chateau Bourbon reflects the rich heritage and Southern gentility that have made Louisville a hot spot for bourbon drinkers, equestrians and Derby Day revelers.
“Leave your stuffiness at home”
If you are one of those people that believe in order for a hotel to be luxurious it has to be snooty and uptight Chateau Bourbon is about to change your mindset when it comes to luxury in the south. Missy wants you to Leave your stuffiness at the door and let her show you what southern hospitality is all about.
I was told to drop my bags by the front door because my bags could wait but the welcome cocktail could not!
The Rooms at Chateau Bourbon
After grabbing my cocktail Missy took me on a tour of the premises. There are only 4 suites at Chateau Bourbon and of course, all four suites have bourbon-themed decor which offers that comfort with a splash of bourbon I was talking about.
1. “The Reserve” at Chateau Bourbon
This suite is on the 1st floor and is absolutely stunning from the 10 ft ceilings to the french doors and of course the King bed and the soaking tub.
“The Angel Share Suite” at Chateau Bourbon
This is the room I called home for 4 nights and it is the largest suite of Chateau Bourbon. I don’t know where they purchased the pillows and mattresses from but “Sweet Baby Black Jesus” that bed and those pillows felt like they were made especially for me.
As if when my reservations where made someone knew exactly what kind of pillow I needed and my body just sank into the king size bed and was like you ain’t going nowhere lady for four days.
The suite also has a spacious sitting area, soaking tub, oversized tiled rain shower along with custom spa robes that fit my body perfectly. What else could I possibly need? Oh, wait I need my own private balcony overlooking Norton Commons where I could either enjoy an evening cocktail, people watch, or sit outside and get a little work done.
“Single Barrel Suite” at Chateau Bourbon
The Single Barrel Suite is also situated on the 2nd-floor. This suite also has a large private balcony overlooking the courtyard and features a private space for dining or just relaxing. Chateau Bourbon is about slowing down and unwinding so if you don’t want to leave the privacy of your room, guess what? You don’t have to leave.
“The Stillhouse Suite” at Chateau Bourbon
The last of the four suites is also situated on the 2nd-floor suite is perfect for families. This is the only suite that has two queen-sized beds, one inside the suite and a second queen size bed is in the enclosed outdoor sleeping porch. I wouldn’t suggest this suite in the winter because although it is enclosed the winter hawk will be sleeping right beside you.
In the summer, this room is perfect for opening the beautiful shutters, you can create an outdoor space perfect for sleeping on a cool summer night or a warm spring or fall evening.
Hungry Yet? This is a bed and Breakfast
After Sleeping in heavenly peace I awoke to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, homemade french toast, eggs, and of course bourbon-inspired desserts just to get your day started with love!
Missy only uses fresh and local ingredients and most are produced right in Kentucky to ensure you are consuming the freshest fruits, veggies, and meats available. Chateau Bourbon is a member of Kentucky Proud partner, and they use and carry many of the items for retail sale.
Missy prepared homemade bourbon granola, bourbon-infused dessert and of course bourbon nightly bourbon cocktails.
Chateau Bourbon celebrates so many of the wonderful features of Kentucky including cuisine, bourbon and especially the southern hospitality. SO BOOK NOW!!
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Day 1- What To Do In Louisville
Now that you have checked into the best bed and breakfast in Louisville, KY head over to the Louisville Slugger Museum, which reaches high into the sky and almost leaning on the building next to it. There are many wonderful attractions to visit on Main Street, including the Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft) Museum, the Kentucky Science Center and more.
While I am sure there are plenty of things to do in Louisville that doesn’t include Bourbon but if I am suggesting you stay at a Bourbon themed bed n breakfast you must know a Bourbon tour is first on my list of things to do in Kentucky.
There are opportunities to visit the distilleries that are all less than an hour away from Louisville but why drive down there when you can walk to four of them right on Main Street: Evan Williams Experience, Angel’s Envy, Old Forester and Michter’s.
These are all experiences that will provide you everything you ever wanted to know about bourbon and you will never look at bourbon the same again. If you wonder why Kentuckians are so serious about their bourbon visit a few of these distilleries and you will find out why.
Day 2- What To Do In Louisville
Another full day is ahead of you as you spend three days in Louisville. Make your way over to the Speed Art Museum which is located in the heart of the University of Louisville. The Speed Art Museum dates back to 1920 and still has the original building adjacent to the brand new glass building so make sure the museum is on your bucket list.
After you leave the Speed Art Museum, take a drive through Old Louisville, which is full of Victorian mansions. Next, take the short drive to Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby. One of the great things about this track is that you can stay all day or just stay for a couple of races.
Day 3- What To Do In Louisville
Today is the day to sleep in at Chateau Bourbon because nothing opens until noon. After packing and saying your goodbye’s head over to the Big Four Pedestrian Walking Bridge and walk over the Ohio River to Jeffersonville, Indiana. Stroll hand in hand over the bridge while admiring the great views.
After you walk, head back to the North Commons neighborhood and have a great lunch at Mercato Italiano Trattoria and Market. You cannot miss this place — It is right next door to Chateau Bourbon. From the outside, Mercato looks like an old-fashioned, Italian market (which I assume was their plan given the name) which doesn’t leave much to the imagination because at first glance you will not be very impressed by the building or the industrial interior.
Mercato Italiano is one of the best restaurants in the state from the hearty portion, perfectly cooked sauce, to the Mussels which were so good I ate here two days in a row. Mercato is a must if you are spending three days in Louisville.
If you have a spare minute before you head out of town, you are not far from Butchertown Market, which has great local shops like Work the Metal, Moss Hill Bath and Body Collection and Cellar Door Chocolates. Here you can pick up a souvenir to take home to your friends and family, telling them about your great Kentucky weekend.
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