I recently decided to take a trip across the border to Louisville, KY. These past few months, I feel like the number of times I’ve heard about the city has skyrocketed. So naturally, I had to see what it was all about.
A friend of mine and I drove down from Columbus to Louisville for our trip together. We stopped in Cincinnati along the way to grab lunch and stretch our legs. Once we arrived in Louisville, we wandered around downtown, made our way to our AirBnB (It was the Red Door Saint if you ever go!), and eventually went to dinner at a local spot called Varanese. This place is a complete gem. The food was incredible- brie + bourbon + caramel- and their jazz band was adorable. Watching the sunset while enjoying the atmosphere was the perfect way to end our first day.
Our second day was a little different than we originally imagined. We had planned to go zip lining in the caverns under Louisville. However, this crazy sink hole opened up in the zoo, which is right above the caverns. So we actually made our way to Indiana to visit the Charlestown State Park to hike one of the trails and see the waterfall there. That night, we saw KISS in concert for their last tour ever. As a complete concert junkie, I will always recommend integrating some live music into your travel plans.
For our last day in Louisville, we decided to pay a visit to the historic Seelbach hotel. While breakfast there wasn’t anything groundbreaking, being able to explore the hotel was definitely worth it. It felt like the Kentucky version of the Grand Plaza Hotel in New York City.
On the way back home, we stopped in Cincinnati once again. I had seen an ad on Facebook for the American Sign Museum. Their claim to fame is having the largest collection of neon signs in the country. The photos looked incredible and I’m a complete sucker for some quirky history, so we had to go.
All in all, Louisville is a really neat city. In my opinion, it’s the perfect spot for a weekend getaway to indulge in a change of scenery.