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A hot Musical Summer: Louisville, 2013

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   

Hottest Tickets

Jun 2 – Ice Cube

9:00 PM Headliner’s Music Hall

Jun 16 One Direction with 5 Seconds of Summer
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May 25 Hollywood Undead
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Aug 18 Bruno Mars – The Moonshine Jungle World Tour
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Dec 15 2020-experience-world-tour-justin-timberlake-
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May 28 Daryl Hall & John Oates
Louisville Palace Find tickets
Sep 13 The National
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Jun 14 Mary J. Blige
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Dec 8 Keith Urban
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A Ghostly Halloween in Old Louisville, Kentucky

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.

Ghostly HalloweenIf 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.

If you decide to spend the night, there are ten beautiful bed and breakfasts to choose from, all situated in the heart of Old Louisville. You can book on the internet or call ahead to make a reservation. It’s an ideal location for taking advantage of all Louisville has to offer on Halloween. If it suits you or your family, you can spend the whole day and check out some of the activities available. Louisville loves Halloween and you will love Louisville.

Nancy Hinchliff, freelance writer/innkeeper

Call and reserve a Ghost tour (Tour the spookiest neighborhood in the USA)

The Spirit Ball/ (a gathering of spirits at the Conrad Caldwell Mansion)

Festivals in Kentucky during the months of September and October

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

Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Bardstown, Sept 13-18th

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

1. 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
2. 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-mail Hometown
3. 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-mail Hometown
4. 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-mail Hometown
5. 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-mail Hometown
6. 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: Link E-mail Hometown
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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-mail Hometown

What to Do in and around Louisville this Fall

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

Wine tasting

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.

Winery Hours

  • 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.

If you’ld like to try it yourself, I highly recommend it. Call Huber’s Apple Orchards reservations and directions. They also have restaurant with delicious country stye dishes, a winery, a market, an animal farm.
Best dates for picking specific kinds of apples:
Early september: Golden and Red Delicious, Jonathon Gold, and Mutzu.
Late September: Winesap
Early and mid October: Granny Smith, Fuji, and Goldrush

For information on the Huber wineries, go to: Huber Orchard and WineryStarlight, IN

There are many other wineries near Louisville. You can check them out by clicking on any of the following links:

Wineries / Vineyards Near Louisville, KY

Best Vineyards WineryElizabeth, IN
Broad Run VineyardsLouisville, KY
Brooks Hill WineryBrooks, KY
Chateau de Pique – ClarksvilleClarksville, IN
Felice VineyardsLouisville, KY
Huber Orchard and WineryStarlight, IN
Indian Creek WineryGeorgetown, IN
MillaNova WineryMt. Washington, KY
River Bend WineryLouisville, KY
River City WineryNew Albany, IN

*Next post: Outdoor festivals

One way to take a family vacation in a sagging economy

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.