Hello divas! I hope that you are having a great week so far. Mine is slowly returning to normal after my mini-vacation last week. Which is where today’s post comes in. I thought it would be great fun to share some of my adventures from my weekend in Louisville, KY this past week (I will be sharing my race recap later this week). It was a great time filled with horses, baseball bats, polar bears and, of course, bourbon.
Thursday started bright and early with the hubby and I traveling to Louisville. We made it there shortly before lunch and went straight to the spot I wanted to see the most – Churchill Downs. I am a southern girl born and raised and I NEVER miss watching the Triple Crown races each year, my favorite being the Kentucky Derby. We got to see the museum and all the fun photos and memorabilia and take a walking tour of the facility, including walking to the track itself. We ended by having lunch at the cafe which included a real Kentucky Derby Mint Julep (check out my skinny version you can make at home).
Following our trip to Churchill Downs, we headed downtown for the spot my hubby was most excited about, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory Tour. We are SUCH big baseball fans (our wedding reception was at a minor league baseball game!) so we were super thrilled to check this out. He is a huge Red Sox fan and got to hold David Ortiz’s bat while I was a big fan of some of the old bats such as one used by my fave Atlanta Brave, Hank Aaron. After a trip to the race expo and dinner, we headed to the hotel to relax for the rest of the night.
The Polar Bear
Friday morning we decided to check out the Louisville Zoo. I am such an animal lover and never miss a chance to see some. I was excited to see the polar and grizzly bears and the rare white alligator. It was also cool because they had some really cool Lego displays. We had lunch and dinner downtown and generally relaxed in the hotel room for an early bedtime since Saturday was race day.
Saturday morning was spent running the Derby Half Marathon in the pouring rain followed by a nice, hot shower. Then it was off back downtown for lunch and an activity that is slightly more geared towards adults – touring the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and Distillery. This was so interesting to see how the bourbon was made and learn some of the history of bourbon in Kentucky. The tour also included a bourbon tasting which was super fun. We ended the weekend with dinner and crashing early (we were exhausted by this point!).
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Have you ever been to Louisville, KY? What were your favorite things to do?