The view of the city from the highest point of Iroquios Park. We biked all the way from the river (past the downtown buildings you see here) to this point! About 15 miles total.

In the few weeks between my decision to visit Louisville and my visit to Louisville, I coincidentally met a handful of people who currently or previously lived there. They all enthused about their city, raising my expectations for a place I hadn’t previously heard much about.

48 hours there completely sold me on it. A three-hour drive from Nashville, Louisville is a perfect weekend getaway with just enough to offer that you want to go back.

Bonus: Mammoth Cave National Park is exactly halfway there!

Louisville boasts an outsized number of impressive breweries.

Gralehaus was our favorite breakfast location of the trip… which we returned to on Sunday, after sticking our heads into multiple locales that just didn’t live up to the ambiance here.
Back patio at Gralehaus 

classic Louisville view (Ohio River)

inspiration from the Muhammad Ali Museum

beer cheese + farmhouse bread at Akasha Brewing Co

excellent vegetarian shepherd’s pie at Akasha

Breakfast Round II at Gralehaus

distillery tour at the “Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience”


I am not a whiskey drinker. I could handle only tiny sips of these samples, and shuddered with each one.

wonderful display of Southern (commentary) art at the Speed Contemporary Art Museum (which is free admission on Sundays!)

One of my favorite pieces. I noticed the “no photos” symbol after taking the photo…

Awesome sunset (and giant jenga) at Apocalypse Brewing Co!

Other highlights of the trip included the science museum, the history museum, and biking around Cherokee Park. Truly an ideal weekend in a beautiful and engaging place!