Looking to get the most out of a short getaway in Louisville Kentucky? No need to worry. This article will give you everything you need to know for 24 hours in Louisville Kentucky.
Where To Stay:
Hilton Seelbach Hotel
The Hilton Seelbach Hotel is a step back into the past with all its beauty and sophistication. Build in the early 1900’s this remarkable hotel beckons you to experience the old and still affords for all those modern amenities you so crave on any getaway. Stepping into the lobby your eyes will immediately be drawn to the detailed architecture. The centerpiece of the main lobby is a captivating grand staircase descending from the second floor above. I guarantee no visitor will leave this hotel without taking at least one picture and don’t worry the staff will almost anticipate this offering to take the picture for you. Images of roaring twenties parties of the past I imagined and all those that took that walk down this staircase.
The rooms at the Hilton Seelbach are exactly what you would expect from a Hilton Property, but still capture the charm of days gone by. There’s no modern look here. It’s all about taking you to another place in time. Classic accent pieces, wood trim and windows that look out upon the downtown of Louisville. Watch as horse drawn carriages share the streets with buses and automobiles. My first instinct was to try to block all the traffic out of my mind and instead focus on what it must have been like back in the 1920’s when the Seelbach was a known place for gangsters, including Al Capone. It’s alleged that Capone stopped at the Seelbach to gamble on his way back to Chicago. I’m sure if these walls could talk there would be plenty of stories to tell.
The Rathskeller Room located in the basement of the Seelbach is a must see. The Rathskeller Room is available to rent for weddings and parties in today’s era. What you just can’t escape when standing in this place is the past. A room where gamblers came for cards and alcohol during the years of prohibition. Secret passage ways where patrons could slip out undetected. Rumors of haunting and an eerie sense that even though you may be alone someone from another world is watching you. The room is awe-inspiring with details that would be hard for a novice like myself to explain, other then absolutely beautiful. You’ll want to take picture here, but be warned the light is dim and photos can not truly capture the elegance of the space. Just take it all in and capture it all in your memories. You’ll make plenty at The Hilton Seelbach.
Places To See:
Churchill Downs Racetrack:
Churchill Downs was the main reason for our visit to Louisville Kentucky. It was exactly what I expected and even more. I had watched the Kentucky Derby on television, but it’s nothing compared to what you see on television. The complex is massive, yet not overwhelming. Parking was easy and free in the main lot. Valet parking is also available at a fee of $10. Please keep in mind that our visit was not during a large event and therefore this information may not apply in cases such as the Derby.
Our getaway to Churchill Downs took me back in time to when I was a little girl. My Dad would always take me and my sister out for a day at the races. I guess that’s were my passion for gambling first took root. I have vivid memories of me and my sister holding all those losing track tickets, collecting them as if they were precious. My Dad letting me pick a horse for him and cheering him on down the straightaway. I still to this day have no strategy to picking a winning thoroughbred. I mainly stick to random numbers or it could just be the name that catches my attention. The good news is that even with my unskilled abilities I managed to actually win. The most important part to this trip was the memories it brought back for me about times with my father. I’m hoping that maybe this year he will be well enough to make the trip with me.
Millionaires Row And Brunch At Churchill Downs:
What’s it like to dine and have exclusive viewing of the races? That’s easy to discover by simply purchasing a ticket to the Millionaires Row Brunch. The best part about living like the rich and famous is that prices start at only $38.00 per person. Included in the price is 3 full hours of dining, exclusive sky box seating with an amazing view of the track and finish line. You will have the ease of exclusive tellers to place your bets. If you are a novice in racetrack betting, the tellers are very helpful and knowledgeable. Soft drinks are included in the price, a cash bar is also available if your in the mood for a mint julep or anything else that fits your fancy. Seating can be reserved, especially if you have a large group. Other seating is open. One regret was not wearing the traditional derby hat. I had just assumed that hats were only worn at The Kentucky Derby. What I witnessed were women dressed to impress. Lovely ornate hats, southern charm dresses and white pearls. I definitely regret not using this opportunity to put on my southern belle charm. Even though I am originally from New Jersey, I can put on the high class charm when the occasion calls for it. The Millionaires Brunch is a most do if going to Churchill Downs!
Eat Drink & Be Merry:
Fourth Street Live:
Fourth Street Live is a pedestrian only district located within walking distance of most downtown hotels. If you take my recommendation and stay at The Seelbach Hilton Hotel, all you have to do is cross the street. This tourist district features tons of shops, restaurants and bars. This is the place to be if you want to enjoy some drinks and exciting nightlife. Go ahead and try some famous Kentucky bourbon and southern comfort food.
Howl At The Moon Piano Bar:
Located in the Fourth Street Live pavilion is an establish all about good times and letting loose. Packed with patrons and a staff more then accommodating to keep your glass full, sits two dueling pianos. Entertainers that play the hits in ways you could have never dreamed of. With a little encouragement you will be singing all the hits in not so perfect pitch, but loving every minute of it. These professional entertainers will have you laughing, singing and yes dancing. We almost passed this establishment by and I am so glad we didn’t. Save some time in your evening plans for Howl At The Moon. If you want a seat arrive early, since this place gets packed and will get to standing room only.
Congratulations if you have just packed all this fun into 24 hours. One thing I learned about my visit to Louisville Kentucky is that there is so much to experience here that 24 hours may just not be enough time. I plan on extending my trip the next time for an entire weekend.