THE DERBY ISN’T THE ONLY DRAW FOR THIS CITY’S VISITORS.
Wonder what appeal Louisville can hold for the off-season traveler? If you’re not keen on dealing with Derby crowds, consider these other attractions.
• Reservations. Marsha describes the Louisville restaurant scene as “hopping,” and that’s not just a reference to craft beer. Guests can save themselves a spot—or often even drop in—to experience a wide variety of cuisines and ambiences. One unmissable local dining experience in particular is to find oneself some “real” Kentucky fried chicken: Marsha recommends visiting Equus, where the chicken is served up with kale greens and mashed potatoes.
• Explorations. During nice weather, Louisville offers a variety of lovely parks for enjoying the scenery. When venturing indoors, visitors can tour the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Muhammad Ali Museum—reminders of the other diverse and fascinating ways Louisville has contributed to American culture at large.
• Libations. Louisville boasts four distilleries’ worth of bourbon culture, with nearby Bardstown and Frankfort adding more options for the classic American spirit enthusiast. Guests at Woodhaven can even take a tour that picks them up directly from the Inn and takes them around town and on the Bourbon Trail.