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Louisville's annual Hike, Bike & Paddle

Louisville Mayors Labor Day RideIf you don’t know what to do with yourself on your day off of work on Monday, why not participate in the Mayor’s next Healthy Hometown event, the Hike, Bike & Paddle? You can ride your bike 15k then walk 5k and canoe or kayak 3k. I have to say, out of all the triathlon type events around town, this one does sound the most appealing to me. The Hike Bike & Paddle is open to athletes of any level, families, and even dog walkers. 

 If you are interested in participating there are some things you need to know. Participants need to meet at the Great Lawn at the Waterfront by the dancing fountains. The walk starts at 10:00am but there are plenty of warm-up opportunities...

Labor Day Culture Festivals!

Well it’s Labor Day weekend in Louisville again and that means some exciting celebratory festivals! Two festivals will be going on simultaneously this weekend and both will be offering Louisville’s music and culinary communities something unique to get them going. The Kentucky Bluegrass Music and Burgoo Festival will be held at the Water Tower while WorldFest 2012  is taking over the Belvedere. Both festivals will be offering music, food, and plenty of cultural entertainment that is sure to be high energy and lots of fun.

Burgoo, is a traditional Western Kentucky stew that is relatively unknown outside of Kentucky.  Most burgoo recipes have been handed down through generations of family members and are often kept secret within the family. The most traditional burgoo recipes consist of varmint meat, such as squirrel, possum, or weasel, whatever is available to the cook at the time. Today, most burgoo recipes you will find will be made with chicken or other...

Louisville Church Architecture

Louisville’s incredible historic architecture is often overlooked by the city’s visitors and residents.  Downtown Louisville holds some of the most unique historic buildings and has over 200 listings on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Louisville neighborhood is home to the largest assembly of Victorian mansions in the country and  Louisville is only second to New York City’s SoHo in cast iron architecture. The churches, however, are the most overlooked architecture in Louisville, and are ironically some of the most impressive and elaborate architecture the city has to offer.

Louisville Church ArchitectureUntil recently, I was one of those Louisville residents that didn’t pay too much attention to the...

Maker’s Mark “Red Headed Pub Crawl” part of this FAT Friday

If you love bourbon or are just looking for something fun to do this Friday night, look no further, the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop is going to be a blast.  Not only is the trolley hop always filled with good deals, amazing art, and endless entertainment, but this month’s hop has a special twist.  This FAT Friday is adding a “Red Headed Pub Crawl” to the night, a Makers Mark themed crawl complete with free red wigs. In addition to the normal stops on the FAT Friday roster, this Friday will feature special Makers Mark drink specials at bars and restaurants along Frankfort Avenue, but there is a catch. The only participants eligible for the specials must be wearing the red wigs that will be available at the 12 participating businesses along the hop.  

In addition to the excellent businesses that are normally part of the trolley hop and the restaurants and bars participating in the Makers Mark drink specials, there will be some...

Louisville Lush Will Change The Way You Drink And Dine

Listen up Louisvillians, there’s an app for your smart phone that you need to know about. If you haven’t added “Louisville Lush” to your list of go to apps, hurry up and download it now. Louisville Lush is free and offers a one stop location identifying all the best deals on food and drinks around town.

With so many excellent restaurants and bars in Louisville, it is often hard to decide where to go to dinner or grab drinks. This relatively new app makes decision making a little easier, because now you can limit your options by seeing who is offering the best deals that night. 

The app uses your location to centralize the restaurants around you. On the front page of the app you see the three main categories that the app is broken down into; “Happening Now,” “Later this week,” and “Neighborhood."   At any point in the day you can...

Be Prepared For the Zombies!

This year I am going to be prepared for the zombies! If you live in the Highlands you know what I’m talking about, and if you are going to be anywhere near the Highlands this Wednesday night, you are going to be thankful that you read this blog before you traveled to the area. It seems like every year I either forgot about the Zombie Walk, or I didn’t know it existed. I always end up driving in my car, staring at someone in a zombie costume, shocked, scared, or legitimately freaked out staring at someone walking in my neighborhood with blood running out of their mouth. This Wednesday night at 8:29 will mark this years Zombie Attack Walk and I suggest you be prepared. Bardstown Road and the Highlands will be filled with people dressed up in “Night of the Living Dead” wears. Their goal? To stop traffic, create chaos and freak out as many passerbys as possible.

This year’s walk is hoping to be bigger and better than ever. Walk creators John King, Mike Welch,...

Just a Few More Tuesdays Left for Front Porch Tuesdays

The Highlands is a neighborhood that appeals to the lover of the outdoors. Whether you prefer to read your book on the porch or would rather let your kids play in the back yard than inside, the Highlands neighborhood is the right community for you. With several public parks close by including the renowned Cherokee Park in the Highlands center, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the Kentucky air. Cherokee Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and encompasses 409 acres of beautiful land which includes a 2.4 mile loop for dog walking, running, or biking. Cherokee Park also offers a golf course, playgrounds, recreation areas, mountain bike trails, and some of the best sledding in town!   I recently moved to the Highlands and have absolutely loved every second of life in this urban neighborhood.
One of my favorite things about the Highlands that I...

Brew at the Zoo

This weekend you will have the chance to drink all the beer you want while roaming among elephants, lions, and giraffes. The Louisville Zoo’s annual Brew at the Zoo takes place this Saturday August 25th and is sure to be a roaring good time. 

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and plant yourself in the large field where the band 100% Poly will be playing 70’s and 80’s inspired music for your entertainment.  More than thirty local and regional breweries will be at the Zoo offering many varieties of beer and wine and with your ticket price covering all the beer you can drink, you could potentially try them all! Nearly Forty local restaurants will be offering delicious specialties to indulge your taste buds and help soak up some of that alcohol. For those of you not drinking or for the lucky one that gets to drive home, they will have non-alcoholic options for you.  

Brew at the Zoo is only open to visitors...

Yew Dell and the Hummingbird Festival

The Summer may be winding down but that doesn’t mean you need to be spending less time outdoors. In fact, I think that these days heading in to the Fall months are some of the best days to plan your outdoor adventures. One of Oldham County’s gems, and a Nationally-recognized center for gardening and horticulture is Yew Dell. If you live in Oldham County or anywhere in the Louisville area, the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is an excellent place for a day trip where you can bring the whole family or bring a couple of friends and explore some options for your home garden.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Preservation Project of the Garden Conservatory which is a national non-profit that helps preserve the Nation’s most impressive gardens. Yew Dell is full of beautiful gardens and sustainable horticulture. They offer educational programs, display gardens, community events that cater towards families, private event facilities, and ongoing...

Louisville IRONMAN 2012

For one day a year, Louisville opens it’s roads and the Ohio River to the fittest and most impressive athletes around. Louisville drivers beware, the roads all around town will be a mess, and travel times will be doubled because this Sunday Louisville will host the 2012 IRONMAN. It will however be all worth the travel troubles, because the IRONMAN is an exciting athletic event that brings with it lots of perks for our city.  

 If you are participating in the IRONMAN, you have known about the impending race for months, and have probably been training for longer than that. The IRONMAN consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. It sounds insane right?  I have the utmost respect for the IRONMAN triathletes. Any athlete that can finish the race, let alone come in one of the top finishing places is incredible in my book.  

 There are plenty of places to watch the race and cheer on the athletes....