The history of Louisville, Kentucky, spans hundreds of years, with thousands of years of human habitation. This  home to about 600,000 residents and is the largest city in Kentucky. It is separated from Indiana by a bridge and the Ohio River giving it a Mid-Western identity by geography. However, its influences are both Southern and Appalachian in a city and state that hosts the Kentucky Derby, produces world famous bourbon, and creates bluegrass music. But it’s not all roots and boots here. Whether its down home or down right sophistication your’re looking for, Louisville’s got a lot to offer! The area’s geography and location on the Ohio River attracted people from the earliest times. The city is located at the Falls of the Ohio River.The rapids created a barrier to river travel, and settlements grew up at this pausing point.

Hotels and Resorts

LOUISVILLE MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN (280 West Jefferson)

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An ideal choice for business travelers, the Marriott Louisville Downtown is a sprawling hotel that is connected via skywalk to the Kentucky International Convention Center.  It is also conveniently located near top tourist destinations like Churchill Downs and the Muhammad Ali Center.  Guests have nothing but praise for the rooms at the hotel, particularly noting the hotel’s comfortable Revive beds and Bath and Body Works bath products.  Because of the large influx of business travelers, the hotel provides a wealth of services such as a dedicated business center, an on-call messenger and an on-site notary public.  When guests are ready to wind down after a long day, they are quick to point out the comfort food at the BLU Italian Grille and the cold beer at Champion’s Sports Bar and Grill.

GALT HOUSE HOTEL & SUITES (140 North Fourth St.)

The Galt House Hotel & Suites is situated near the Kentucky Centre. Guests will find an array of attractions nearby, including the Louisville Slugger Museum and the entertainment of Fourth Street. The Muhammad Ali Center is also situated quite nearby.

Spas

CARLO SPA (2341, Lime Kiln)

The massage therapists, nail technicians and clinical aestheticians at CaloSpa are highly trained professionals who are licensed and certified providers. Not only are they guaranteed to build a skincare regimen for you, they offer the latest in skincare advice.

TRANQUILITY SALON AND SPA (10294 Shelbyville Road)

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Tranquility Salon and Spa is an elegant full service salon and spa in an intimate serene atmosphere. We are located in Dorsey Plaza at the intersection of Shelbyville Road and Dorsey Lane. There is convenient parking directly in front and we are fully accessible to the handicapped. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express as well as checks, cash and Spa Finder or Salon Wish gift certificates.

Restaurants

THE OAKROOM (500 S 4th St, Seelbach Hilton)

When the occasion calls for fine dining, The Oakroom guarantees an outstanding menu, exceptional service, and romantic atmosphere. The restaurant is known for its use of Kentucky-grown products and bourbons, adding in punches of European and Asian influence. Notable are dishes like Kentucky beef Wellington and Bluegrass free-range chicken with country ham pesto stuffing. Naturally, there’s an exceptional wine list to complement the creative fare.

JACK FRY’S (1007 Bardstown Rd)

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Established in the early 1930s, this well-regarded restaurant near Cherokee Park is known for first-class cuisine. A classic shrimp and grits appetizer is updated with shiitakes and tomatoes, and Medjool dates are wrapped in bacon, stuffed with chorizo and goat cheese, and dressed with tomato sauce. Main-course fare includes an herb-crusted pork chop, beef tournedos, and honey-roasted crimson snapper. Don’t leave without trying one of the heavenly desserts made by the outstanding pastry chef.

MARK’S FEED STORE BAR-B-Q (1514 Bardstown Rd)

Mark’s is a consistent winner of Louisville Magazine’s “Best of Louisville” BBQ award — and for good reason. An unbeatable mustard-based sauce is served over hickory-smoked meats; specialties include baby back pork ribs, honey wings, and onion straws. As a side, baked beans are exceptionally well done, and be sure to save room for the phenomenal buttermilk pie.

Museums

KENTUCKY MUSEUM OF ARTS (715 West Main Street)

Contemporary and traditional exhibits of our brethren’s handiwork beautifully displayed in an airy downtown space. Stop by the gift shop for the jewelry, pottery and other Kentucky-made goods.

SPEED MUSEUM OF ARTS (2035 South Third Street Louisville)

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The Speed Art Museum, originally known as the J. B. Speed Memorial Museum, is Kentucky’s oldest and largest art museum. It was founded in 1925 by Hattie Bishop Speed as a memorial to her husband, James Breckinridge Speed, a prominent Louisville businessman and philanthropist. Designed by Louisville architect Arthur Loomis, the museum opened its doors on January 15, 1927, with an exhibition sponsored by the Louisville Art Association. Over a hundred American and European painters were represented and nearly two thousand visitors attended the opening.

 

KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM (704 Central Avenue)

The Kentucky Derby Museum, which sits on the front steps of historic Churchill Downs, is a very visible part of our community as one of Louisville’s premiere attractions. Graciously welcoming over 210,000 guests through the doors each year and giving them a first hand look at the event for which Louisville, Kentucky is known worldwide. The Museum aims to provide a lasting impression of tradition, hospitality and pride to our many visitors.

 

Galleries

GALERIE HERTS (711 S Third St)

Located in the East Market, this former post-Civil War warehouse provides a unique setting for a wealth of realist and surreal paintings, drawings and sculpture. Approximately half of the works are by local and regional artists.

PYRO GALLERY (909 East Market, Suite 300)

PYRO Gallery, located in Louisville’s dynamic Museum Row on Main district, is an artist-run cooperative featuring work by gallery members in a variety of media including: fiber, ceramics, painting, mixed media, printmaking, photography and sculpture.

Design Shops

ANDREW GENTILE ANTIQUES (1287 Bardstown Road)

Andrew Gentile Antiques
Sizeable selection of well-curated 18th, 19th and 20th century French and English Antiques as well as some contemporary, classic pieces. Walls of beautifully framed vintage botanicals…I shall stop coveting now. 1287 Bardstown Road.

ELIZABETH’S TIMELESS ATTIRE (2050 Frankfort Avenue)

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Elizabeth’s Timeless Attire owner, Elizabeth Schaaf, began her love of vintage clothing store. The collection started growing and in 1987 she opened her shop on historic Frankfort Avenue.

Design Center

ETHEN ALLEN

A destination for the one-stop shopper with a full-service design center staffed by design professionals who make house calls.

Showrooms

CONTEMPORARY GALLERIES (220 N Hurstbourne Parkwat in the Forum Center)

Contemporary Galleries of KY, Inc. is a family and locally owned furniture store operating in Louisville Kentucky since 1971. Here you can find unique contemporary furnishings for the home and office.

ASHLEY FURTITURE HOME STORE (7375 Jefferson Blvd)

To shop any beauty furtirune.

 

Wineries

BROAD RUN VINEYARDS (10601 Broad Run Road)

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Broad Run Vineyards has followed the classic journey of Old World family wineries. They have planted the noble vinifera vines of Europe, toiled in the vineyards and given precedence to the nurturing of high quality grapes that yield well balanced, fine wines in their estate winery.

RIVER BEND VINEYARD & WINERY (10439 33rd Avenue, Chipewa Falls)

Visitors to River Bend enjoy complementary wine samples and may purchase wine by the glass or bottle. Gourmet foods and gifts are also available.

 

Country Home Living

INDIAN SPRINGS GOLF CLUB (3408 Indian Lake Drive)

One of Kentuckiana’s premiere 18-hole, par-72 championship golf courses, Indian Springs Golf Club is a semi-private course offering a variety of membership options and open individual play.

Located in the Louisville’s East End, the golf course winds through a beautiful residential neighborhood with natural springs and scenic landscapes.

VALHALLA GOLF CLUB  (P.O Box 43759 15503 Shelbyville Road)

Valhalla Golf Club is a private club for the enjoyment of the members. Non-members may visit the club as the guest of a Valhalla Member.

 

Luxury Homes

LUXURY HOME (5224 Avish Ln Harrods Creek)

Own a piece of Louisville history with this signature estate of approximately 24 acres in Harrods Creek, KY originally developed by Owsley and Laura Lyons Brown in 1910.

Celebrity Homes

MUHAMMAD ALI

He is the fomer heavyweigh boxing champion and has a house ins Louisville.

RICK PITINO’S HOUSE

Rick Pitino ia a college basketball coach. You can see his house here.

Points of interest

LOUISVILLE MEGA CAVERN (1841 Taylor Avenue)

That once started out as Louisville Crushed Stone and one of the best kept secrets in the city of Louisville, Kentuckyhas now been revealed to the public. It was created by a massive limestone quarry—with miners blasting out a mind-boggling amount of rock for over 42 years during the middle of the 20th century. It was acquired in 1989 by private investors who saw the potential to develop a portion of the cavern into an environmentally-conscious high security commercial storage facility

CHURCHILl  DOWNS (700 Central Avenue)

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Churchill Downs, located on Central Avenue in south Luisville, Kentucky, is a Throughbred racetrack most famous for hosting the  Kentucky Derby annually. It officially opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby and the first Kentucky Oaks  in the same year. Churchill Downs has also hosted the renowned Breeders’s Cup on eight occasions, most recently in 2011.Churchill Downs Incorporated  owns and operates the racetrack.

 

Art Shows

HUMAN FESTIVAL OG NEW AMERICAN PLAYS (316 West Main St.)

The Humana Festival of New American Plays is the leading event of its kind, launching new plays into the national spotlight! Catch groundbreaking works that represent many generations, many voices and many views, including yours. The festival runs the gamut from comedies to dramas to plays that forge new theatrical territory. Combined with world-class design and performances, this celebration of American playwrights’ innovation and imagination has something in it for everyone.