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Cruising Into Spring

If you weren’t aware of it already, one of the nicest and most interesting things about Louisville is that it is situated on the Ohio River. If you travel to our fair city, you should certainly include activities centered around the beautiful Ohio….and there are many. A weekend or a night’s stay might also include accommodations in one of our amazing bed and breakfasts.

Cross your fingers that with March and April comes warmer weather because cruising season will be in full swing before you know it! We have many great cruises available these next couple months on both the Belle of Louisville and Spirit of Jefferson. Easter Brunch will be the Belle’s first cruise of her 99th season and will be a great event for the kids. Having a seat on the Belle for Thunder over Louisville is one of the most exciting places to watch the fireworks display. And if you haven’t already heard about the Belle’s 100th Birthday Bash you may be excited to see what we have planned.

Looking for something special to do for Easter this year? Why not try a cruise down the Ohio? The Belle of Louisville is hosting a Sunday Brunch with all the fixins.Click on the following link for information and to purchase tickets.

Easter Brunch Cruise on the Belle of Louisville

Date: Sunday, March 31st, 2013
Times: 12:30pm-3:00pm
Description: Boarding for this Belle of Louisville cruise begins at 12:30pm departs at 1:00pm and disembarks at 3:00pm.
The Easter Brunch Cruise on the historic steamboat Belle of Louisville is a basket of fun for the whole family! Hop on down to the Ohio River, and join us for a great two-hour cruise to celebrate the holiday and to start off the Belle’s 2013 season. A yummy buffet is available (advance reservations required), or choose sightseeing only (outside seating on the upper decks), and make it a day of Easter fun. Call for information or to make reservations, or purchase tickets on line.
Tickets with buffet (tax is added on a time of purchase):
Adults & Seniors – $38
Children (ages 3 – 12) – $25

Brunch will be the Belle’s first cruise of her 99th season and will be a great event for the kids. Having a seat on the Belle for Thunder over Louisville is one of the most exciting places to watch the fireworks display. And if you haven’t already heard about the Belle’s 100th Birthday Bash you may be excited to see what we have planned.

Special Occasions
A cruise on the Belle of Louisville or Spirit of Jefferson is a wonderful way to celebrate the special moments of your life and host a memorable event. The historic riverboat atmosphere provides a unique and beautiful setting with the flexibility to host a formal dinner, live band, and dancing for weddings and anniversaries, or a buffet and DJ for a school reunion, club gathering, or casual party. The Belle’s ballroom deck is wonderful for large corporate functions, employee appreciation events, and cocktail parties, or charter the Spirit of Jefferson for a more intimate setting.

For smaller group events, take advantage reserved group seating on a lunch or dinner cruise, or join us for one of our special themed cruises.

If you are planning a small wedding, our Captain can perform the ceremony and then the wedding party can celebrate with a lunch or dinner cruise and champagne from the full service bar.

The Belle and Spirit provide a perfect venue for:

– Weddings
– Anniversaries
– Holiday Celebrations
– Birthday Parties
– Family Reunions
– Graduation Parties
– School Reunions
– High School Prom
– Social Groups
– Corporate Events
– Bar Mitzvahs/Bat Mitzvahs
– Quinceanera Parties
– Cocktail Parties
– School Field Trips

Or, take advantage of one of our themed cruises for a smaller group gathering:

Valentine’s Day    Thursday 2/14/13; Friday 2/15/13; Saturday 2/16/13
Easter Brunch    Sunday 3/31/13
Mother’s Day    Sunday 5/12/13
Father’s Day BBQ & Bourbon    Sunday 6/16/13
Thanksgiving Dockside    Thursday 11/22/12; Thursday 11/28/13
Cruise with Santa    Saturday 12/15/12; Saturday 12/14/13
Fireworks Cruises    Wednesday 7/3/13; Thursday 7/4/13
Moonlight Comedy Cruises    Friday’s 9/7/12; 10/5/12; 12/7/12; 6/7/13; 7/5/13; 8/2/13; 9/6/13; 10/4/13; 11/1/13; 12/6/13
Harbor History Cruises    Saturday’s onboard the Spirit thru 10/20/12; 6/1/13 – 10/26/13
Balloon Glimmer Cruise    Thursday 4/25/13
Thunder Over Louisville Dockside    Saturday 4/20/13
And many more!

 Gift Certificates are available for purchase, and they are valid on either vessel for one year from the date of purchase. Download this PDF form and mail it in with your payment. We can mail the certificate directly to you or to the recipient.
Gift Certificate Application
For more information on planning your special event, email us or call the Sales Office at (502) 574-2992 or toll free (866) 832-0011.

The Ohio River (Seneca: ohi:yó[2]) is the largest tributary, by volume, of the Mississippi River. At the confluence, the Ohio is even bigger than the Mississippi (Ohio at Cairo: 281,500 cu ft/s (7,960 m3/s);[3] Mississippi at Thebes: 208,200 cu ft/s (5,897 m3/s)[4]) and, thus, is hydrologically the main stream of the whole river system, including the Allegheny River further upstream. It is approximately 981 miles (1,579 km) long and is located in the Eastern United States.(wikipedia)” The river’s name comes from the Seneca (Iroquoian) ohi?yo’, a proper name derived from ohi?yo?h, meaning “good river”.

by Nancy Hinchliff, freelance writer and innkeeper

Are You ready for Romance?

It’s that time again. The time when many of us start thinking about what to do on Valentine’s day for that very special person in our lives. We’ve done the flowers and chocolates, bought his or her favorite thing and taken them out to dinner. If you’ve run out of options, we have a great suggestion for you.

Why not spend the night or the week-end in a beautiful bed and breakfast in historic  Louisville, Kentucky? Our inns are welcoming, with distinct atmosphere and amenities, and delicious gourmet breakfasts. Our innkeepers know what makes their guests happy and comfortable. Great attention to detail is given when furnishing and decorating their guest rooms.

Belgian Waffle

Each and every one is focused on making your morning breakfast a delight. You won’t be disappointed when you sample the delicious Belgium waffles, pancakes, or French toast prepared in ways that might include fresh fruit, tantalizing sauces, and authentic maple or other flavored syrups. If you prefer, our innkeepers, many of whom are chefs, can prepare astonishing omelets, and other vegetable and egg dishes, accompanied with Kentucky ham, sausage, or bacon.  Muffins, scones, home-made granolas, and other individual specialties of a particular inn may also part of your morning meal.  And don’t forget the fresh ground, gourmet coffees…Europeans blends,

Scrambled Eggs

French Roasts, Columbian, Hawaiian, Jamaican, etc.

In addition, our innkeepers will help you find interesting things to see and do in the city and

nearby. Louisville has amazing local restaurants with every kind of cuisine you can think of. And our museums, theaters, and cultural attractions are first class. Not to mention world famous Churchill Downs which hosts the Kentucky Derby drawing thousands of international guests.

You won’t regret choosing our bed and breakfasts and our wonderful city to delight that special someone. I can guarantee it will be a visit you will not easily forget.

by Nancy Hinchliff, freelance writer and innkeeper