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Is Louisville, Kentucky the next Portland?

This is where I live, own and operate my bed and breakfast in Old  Louisville,KY.

According to an article sent to me  by Robert Wessels owner and innkeeper at Central Park Bed and Breakfast in Old Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky was named the top U.S. destination for 2013, following travel publisher Lonely Planet’s discussions among its group of U.S. editors and authors. While they tend to debate entries into each year’s Top 10 list, everyone agreed on Louisville, said Reid.

The article goes on to say  “While many horse lovers descend upon this Southern town the first Saturday in May to witness the Kentucky Derby, also known as the “greatest two minutes in sports,” there’s more to Louisville than one horse race.

With its hip bourbon scene (including micro-distilleries), fine dining and emerging East Market District, also known as NuLu, Louisville may just be the new Portland, Oregon. Reid said. Consider exploring the city via the Urban Bourbon Trail for a powerful introduction to Kentucky’s famous spirit.”

The rest of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 destinations: Fairbanks, Alaska (2); San Juan Islands, Washington (3), Philadelphia (4); American Samoa (5); E astern Sierra, California (6); northern Maine (7); Twin Cities, Minnesota (8); Verde Valley, Arizona (9); and Glacier National Park, Montana (10)

Nancy Hinchliff, free-lance writer/innkeeper


Kentucky Derby Festival and Thunder Over Louisville

Thunder Over Louisville opens the Kentucky Derby Festival events, climaxing with the greatest two minutes in sports – the Kentucky Derby.

Rated as one of the top 100 events in North America, the Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies is truly a sight to behold. And each year, more than 500,000 eager thrill-seekers do just that.

The day-long event kicks off the two exciting weeks of events that are part of the annual Kentucky Derby Festival. The Thunder Air Show dazzles the crowd with more than 100 planes, aerobatics teams, daring sky diving teams and breathtaking stunts.

When it gets dark, the Thunder rolls. The fireworks will feature the latest in pyrotechnic power from Zambelli Internationale, America’s “first family of fireworks”. Eight 400-foot barges assemble on both sides of the 2nd Street Bridge to form the stage from which the fireworks spectacular ignites.

The breathtaking and mind-numbing 28-minute show includes Thunder’s signature one-mile “waterfall” effect off the bridge, making the fireworks seem to rain down forever. And in the crowd’s memory of the show, it does!

The Fireworks

The Fireworks begin…

Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks #1

View of the river…

Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks #2

The fountain of fire…

Thunder Over Louisville Fireworks #3

Now in its 21st year, Thunder Over Louisville continues to deliver a pyrotechnics spectacular like no other. Created as the Opening Ceremonies of the Kentucky Derby Festival, it offers an explosive kick-off to two entire weeks of celebration in Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. With an estimated average attendance of half a million people, it has become the largest annual event in its region.

The show continues to be the largest annual pyrotechnics display in North America, thanks to the artistry of Zambelli Internationale and the production of Visual Presentations. 2010’s Thunder has come and gone, but surpassed our expectations and we are all looking forward to 2011 Thunder Over Louisville, which is slated for April 18.

Other Events

But fireworks are not all there is to this exciting festival! There are many events scheduled, but the most famous, next to the fireworks, are the great steamboat race, the Pegasus Parade, the Kentucky Oaks or the run of the fillies for the Lillies and, of course, the grand finale, the Kentucky Derby!

For more information about the Kentucky Derby Festival, please visit their official website at

Louisville Bed and Breakfasts

Louisville, Kentucky is the proud home of the Kentucky Derby. You can still find a room before the first Saturday in May at one of our fine Louisville Bed and Breakfasts … so come on and stay with us! Check Availability Here

Welcome to the Louisville Bed and Breakfast Association’s New Blog

Welcome to the Louisville Bed & Breakfast Association’s new blog! We are very excited to have this opportunity to chat with you about all the wonderful things you can do here in Louisville. While we are most famous for that first Saturday in May, there are ample opportunities to enjoy a visit throughout the year.

Did you know that Louisville is one of only 11 US cities where all five major cultural institutions are represented? We have the Kentucky Opera, Actors Theatre, The Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra and the Speed Art Museum! There are over 14,000 acres of parks and over 100 miles of bike and hiking paths for the nature enthusiasts. If you are a fan of architecture, you will be amazed by the finest collection of historic homes in America. While exploring the Louisville city limits, don’t miss the opportunity to cross the Ohio River and visit our sister river cities of Jeffersonville and New Albany. Only Norman Rockwell could have painted a prettier picture than the streets of these American gems! Louisville has over 900 restaurants for the food gourmand eating his way across the USA! There are so many things to do in Louisville, “The Possibility City”. In fact, the possibilities are endless!

Just as the city has something to offer for everyone, the Louisville Bed and Breakfast association offers you a fine selection of accommodations to choose from. You will find everything from Victorian elegance to Gothic Revival architecture; from modest well kept homes to majestic mansions; and contemporary styling to early 19th century farmhouse. Don’t let our little skyline fool you! Louisville is fifth in the nation for historic preservation. There is a wealth of architectural treasures waiting for you. Why not spend the night in one instead of a hotel room?

And honestly, after your busy day of exploration or a long day at a convention, what could top off your experience here better than coming ‘home’ to one of the many bed and breakfast inns? Comfort, peace and quiet, and personalized attention become sought after amenities when searching for the ‘perfect’ place to stay. And … guess what? The secret is out! Bed and breakfasts are not just for a weekend or romantic getaway any more. Bed and breakfast are quickly becoming the preferred choice for the travel-weary businessperson and the mid-week traveler. Many offer high-tech, modern amenities such as Fax, Wi-Fi and Cable TV. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, you are greeted in the morning to a gourmet breakfast prepared just for you!

Each bed and breakfast is located within close proximity to all attractions. All are within a ten-minute drive to Louisville International Airport and are conveniently located to the downtown area. Most offer mid-week corporate rates and express check in and out. For personalized service, having one point of contact is the best kind of concierge. Instead of ever-changing staff, your host innkeeper will take great interest in assuring your visit is memorable and suited to your particular needs.

Well, thanks for stopping in! We have to get back to work! In case you didn’t know, the Kentucky Derby is May 1st this year. There is no doubt that it is the BEST party in America and takes weeks to get prepared. After all, it can’t ALL be about business, right? There are a few rooms still available, so visit our Members’ Availability Calendar now to reserve your room! You better hurry … they are lining the horses up at the gate!