This summer is going to be fantastic musically for Louisville. We are hosting a variety of awesome entertainers from One Direction to Bruno Mars to Mary J. Blige. There will be something for everyone, no matter the genre.
Concerts will be held in several different locations, all within a short distance from our wonderful bed and breakfasts. Tickets will probably go fast, so make your plans early. I’ve listed links to some of the concerts below and you can book wonderful rooms for a night or two at your favorite BnB at: www.louisvillebedandbreakfast.org.
Hope to see you there…..Nancy Hinchliff, freelance writer and innkeeper
Above: Mary J Blige, Keith Urban, and One Direction
You don’t have to stay home to celebrate Halloween. Locals or visitors within a couple of hours of Louisville, Kentucky can pack the kids in the car and drive over to Old Louisville, the third largest historic preservation area in the country. Once there, they will find plenty of treats at most every door as they go trick or treating in the spookiest neighborhood in the US. And, be assured, there will be plenty of ghosts lurking in the shadows.
If you venture out on Halloween night, you’re liable to see ghosts peering from the silent gardens and leaning against many of the old iron gates. It is said that they sob from the windows of the Victorian mansions, crouch behind the bushes growing along the walkways, and sit on the steps of the Christian Science Church on the corner of Third and Ormsby. The tree-lined streets dotted with turn-of-the-century mansions are covered with gargoyles, chameleons, serpents, swans, turrets, and towers.
Bring your trick or treat carryalls. Knock on the huge antique doors lit by Victorian lanterns and punctuated with beautiful stain glass. Walk quickly past the hidden balconies, secluded courtyards, and secret passageways to avoid any unruly spirits. You wont regret it and the kids will love it. Thrills and chills await costume wearers of all ages.
The following post is part of a series of things to do in and around Louisville during the months of September and October. All of my suggestions center on fun day trips to sites within an hour or so from Louisville so that booking accommodations in one of our Louisville Bed and Breakfasts is the best option. Our Inns are comfortable, reasonable, and you will be sure to have a wonderful breakfast. Check out the Inn of your choice and call for reservations. (Nancy Hinchliff, Innkeeper/free lance writer)
There is always something for visitors to do when they come to Kentucky, all year around and especially in the Fall. The weather usually continues to be warm right into October and visitors are still privvy to the scenic Kentucky countryside, our small villages and towns, and the city with all it’s interesting attractions and events. Most people like outdoor festivals and even more so when they are on a get-away and have time to enjoy them.
I have described in depth a few of my September and October favorites and then listed more at the bottom of the page with links. The first few mentioned are either in Louisville or close by.
MainStrasse Village OctoberFest in Covington, KY, Sept 9, 10 & 11, 2011
Celebrate fall with great German and American food, arts and crafts, entertainment, a Kinderplatz for young children and an Amusement Midway for the young at heart. Located in an historic neighborhood in downtown Covington, Kentucky, Oktoberfest fills 6 blocks with fun and entertainment for the entire family. Named as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festivals for September 2011, one of the Top Ten 2011 Events in Kentucky and one of Kentucky Tourism’s Top Ten 2010 Fall Festivals, MainStrasse “invites families and travelers from throughout the Midwest to join with local crowds in enjoying this festival. A great mix of German and international foods, music and arts and crafts attracts approximately 125,000 people to this popular festival in historic MainStrasse Village”, Covington, Kentucky. FRI. 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m, SAT. noon –11:30 p.m, and SUN.noon – 9:00 p.m. For directions and info, call: 859-491-0458 View MainStrasse Upcoming Events
Bardstown, Ky is hosting a 6-day Kentucky Bourbon Festival, with the best Bourbon you can find, , delicious food, great entertainment and, of course, Kentucky hospitality. “From black tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. It’s a wonderful six-day event full of activities for the whole family.” If you go to Bardstown, again only an hour away from Louisville and east on I-64, you will find “…shops, fine restaurants, trains, museums and of course the distilleries that have made Bardstown famous the whole world over.” For a list of participating distilleries, click here. For info and directions, call 1-8oo-638-4877
Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival, Sept 22, 23, & 24
During the 4th weekend in September, in Vine Grove, the Blue Grass Music festival will be underway with three nights of continuous Kentucky-style music. Six fantastic Bluegrass bands will take to the open air stage and play to an excited audience of Blue Grass enthusiasts seated in bring-you-own lawn chairs under what they hope will be a clear sky. It begins on Thursday night at 6:00 PM and goes on through Friday night at 5:00 PM, and Saturday at 11:30 AM. Advanced 3 day ticket purchase is $40. Regular admission is Thursday $15, regular admission Friday & Saturday (Each day) $20. Tickets can be purchased at any Cecilian Bank location beginning August 1st. Admission is free for children 12 and under if they are accompanied by an adult. Tickets can also be ordered. Vine Grove is approximately one hour from Louisville. For more information and to learn about the featured bands and camping visit www.vinegrovebluegrass.com or call 270-877-5636.
Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, Madison, Indiana, Sept 24 and 25, 10-5 pm
The Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art welcomes artisans from across the nation and features artwork that is handmade and individually designed by the artist. Come and see fine selections of paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, weaving, folk art, jewelry, fiber, wood, baskets, clay, glass, paper, leather and wearable art. I’ve been to this festival and it is amazing. One thing I enjoyed a lot were the musicians who played every kind of instrument from Dulcimer to Banjo…charming! The small town of Madison, situated on the other side of the Ohio River from and close to Louisville , is magical place…so many antique shops, gift shops, and historic sites. You can also visit their winery, vineyards, and wild life refuge. For info and directions, call 800-559-2956.
Glendale Crossing Festival, Oct 15, 8-5 pm
I absolutely love Glendale. It’s a charming small country village with a couple of restaurants, a few antique and gift shops, a post office, and original railroad tracks running right through the middle of it. For the past 33 years, they have held their annual Crossing Festival on the third Saturday in October. And it’s barely an hour from Louisville right down I-65 south. With hundreds of booths featuring food, crafts, antiques and more, the Glendale Crossing Festival is a shoppers paradise. Be certain to mark this on your “don’t miss” list for 2011. There’s even a parade!For info and directions, call 270-369-6188
Auburn Autumn Days Description: During the second weekend in September you will find Auburn transformed in a magical fall festival complete with crafts, food vendors and entertainment for all ages. Location: Auburn, KY (Logan County) Dates: 09/10/2011 – 09/11/2011
Casey County Apple Festival Description: Worlds Largest Apple Pie, Carnival, Music, Parade, Special Events, Craft Boothes, Flea Market, and Food. Carnival on site. Cookie and pizza made in Apple Pie pan, all served free to public, Apple pie served on Saturday at Noon. Location: Liberty, KY (Casey County) Dates: 09/23/2011 – 09/25/2011 Info: E-mailHometown
Fall Heritage Festival Description: Fall Heritage Festival-Hall Road off HWY S. 55 live music, arts and crafts, pony rides, large quilt exhibit, hay rides, farm animals, face painting, hay maze, barrel train rides, food booths, antique farm equipment, water ram pump Location: Campbellsville, KY (Taylor County) Date: 09/10/2011 Info: E-mailHometown
Garrard County International Festival Description: Garrard County International Festival, food vendors, merchandise vendors, exhibitors, Entertainment,Tiny Tot and Mister and Miss Contest, Talent Show and Car Show. Location: Lancaster, KY (Garrard County) Date: 09/17/2011 Info: E-mailHometown
KY Mule & Donkey Association State Championship Show Description: A two day long event celebrating mules and donkey of all sorts .Featuring gaited walking mules to western quarter type mules to the adoreable mini-donkeys . A family oriented association invites everyone to the two day festival Location: Liberty, KY (Casey County) Dates: 09/16/2011 – 09/17/2011 Info: E-mailHometown
Lawrence County Septemberfest Description: Lawrence County September Fest – “Best Little Festival in Kentucky” This event is held annually, the first weekend after Labor Day. Events this year includes arts & crafts, food concessions, parade, car show, beauty pageant, 5K/10K run/walk, free music sh … Location: Louisa, KY (Lawrence County) Dates: 09/09/2011 – 09/11/2011 Info: LinkE-mailHometown
Lloyd Memorial Athletic Department Craft Show and Vendor Extravaganza Description: All indoor Show with crafters/vendors from the tri-state area. Family Friendly with live music, raffle and concessions. Event lasts from 9:00-4:00. Admission is $3 and Children are free. All proceeds from the Show go to benefit the Lloyd Memorial High Sch … Location: Erlanger, KY (Kenton County) Date: 09/17/2011 Info: E-mail
Neon Area Days Description: Kentucky’s only festival with two lanes of traffic running through the middle of it! Great music, Crafts, Games and the best food around, focusing on seeing family and friends as our main attraction Location: Neon, KY (Letcher County) Dates: 09/09/2011 – 09/10/2011 Info: E-mail
Salvisa Ruritan Country Days Description: Pageants – open to KY youth Contests: Cake; Photo; Tournament: Corn Hole; 3 on 3 Basketball: Friday night Cruise-in 6 p.m. with LIVE music by the “non-Filters”. Saturday: Jordan Leigh in concert 1 to 3 p.m.; SHOWDOWN band 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Salvisa, KY (Mercer County) Dates: 09/16/2011 – 09/17/2011 Info: E-mail
Saturday In Carlisle Description: Come and Enjoy a day in Carlisle. Crafts, music, games and plenty of good food. Location: Carlisle, KY (Nicholas County) Date: 09/24/2011 Info: E-mailHometown
The next three or four posts will all be part of a series of things to do in and around Louisville during the months of September and October. All of my suggestions center on fun day trips to sites within an hour or so from Louisville so that booking accommodations in one of our Louisville Bed and Breakfasts is the best option. Our Inns are comfortable, reasonable, and you will be sure to have a wonderful breakfast. Check out the Inn of your choice and call for reservations. (Nancy Hinchliff, Innkeeper/free lance writer)
Wine Tasting and Apple Picking
Broad Run is a local Winery and vineyards conveniently located in Louisville at 10601 Broad Run Rd. An estate winery, Broad Run is a classic Old World family winery and planter of European vinafera vines that yield high quality grapes resulting in the finest of balanced wines. A trip to their 25 acres of beautiful vineyards where you will can taste a variety of wines from Cabernet Savignon, Chardonnay, Riesling to Pinot Noir, Carmine, Chambourcin, and Muscat will satisfy even the most meticulous wine taster. Join their open table wine tastings where you meet interesting and fun-loving people and be introduced to the lovely wines of Kentucky!
Originally the winery remained on the original homesite and the tasting room was housed in the old farm house on the new property. In 2003, construction of the new 8000 square foot winery and tasting house was completed.
Wednesday thru Saturday from 12pm ~ 6pm
Sundays from 1pm-6pm
Open table wine tastings
Call for wine tasting reservations and directions: 502-231-0372 .
Apple picking and Winery
Just over the bridge from Louisville is Indiana. If you drive around 40 minutes to the west and a little north you’ll be in the Vicinity of the Family Huber Farms and winery; 600 acres of orchards & vineyards where you can pick your own vegetables from the fields of the largest farm in Southern Indiana.
Huber’s Farm and Wineries
Have you ever gone apple picking at a real topnotch apple orchard? If not, you’ll be amazed at how much fun it is, with or without the kids…..not to mention the delight of eating just ripened apples right off the tree. I did it several years ago with my grand kids and had as much fun as they did. It was a day I will always remember.
“Once we reached the orchards, Farmer Joe loaded the four of us into the back of an old wooden dump truck and drove us around a bit through the trees, kids squeeling the whole way. When we stopped and jumped out, we were handed baskets to plop our precious finds into. We proceeded to grab at the low lying branches pulling off the sweet smelling fruit and dropping it into our baskets, which got heavier with time and laughter……The laughter is still ringing in my ears.”
by Nancy Hinchliff, Innkeeper and free-lance writer
This year, all of us are going to have to come up with some creative ideas for summer travel. The economy is still in a slump, but the kids are out of school, they’ve worked hard all year and, hopefully have gotten passing grades! They really deserve a break. One of the most painless ways for folks to take the kids along on vacation is to take a car trip. You can stop along the way, they sleep in the back seat, play video games, and listen to music with ear-phones on. They can eat snacks and drink beverages in the car and even take fido along. Most dogs love to travel with the family. And, it’s a lot cheaper than air flight.
There are many cities in the US that make good central locations for a week-end or week-long getaway and Louisville, Kentucky is one of them. The choices in accommodations are better than ever. You can spend the day in a nearby state park offering a beautiful woodland setting, or on a farm, or spulunking at Mammoth Cave. All are great places for kids. Worn out from sight-seeing but happy, you can return to your central location in Louisville and relax in one of Louisville’s beautiful bed and breakfasts.
Bed and Breakfasts are ideal for combining what a city has to offer with the surrounding area. You can situate yourself in a beautiful Inn for a week and take day trips to small villages, farms, lake, beaches or whatever you like. A city like Louisville, in Kentucky, is perfect. It has all of the above, plus outstanding restaurants, museums, theater and many attractions. There are a whole host of events and festivals going on all summer, from the Shakespeare Festivals in Old Louisville’s Central Park to My Old Kentucky home pageants to the Kentucky State Fair.
Another advantage to staying in Louisville is that it is very accessible from many other states; such as Illinois Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Iowa and Arkansas, etc. The interstate highway system is amazing and easily leads right into downtown Louisville. Another advantage is that Louisville has approximately 18-20 amazing bed and breakfasts, most centrally located.