2023 Louisville Relocation Guide

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Welcome to Louisville.

Welcome to “The Ville”… the home of the Kentucky Derby and several of the world’s greatest bourbons. The hometown of Muhammad Ali, Jennifer Lawrence, Diane Sawyer, and recently highlighted on the map by native Jack Harlow. The birthplace of the Louisville Slugger and the producer of 90% of disco balls made in America.

Yes, Louisville is both sophisticated and a little bit funky; classy but quirky; laid back, but at the same time a little bit loud and a whole lot of fun.

To give you a quick history, Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark, making it one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachians, and is named after King Louis XVI of France. The Ohio River was the city’s original lifeline, eventually being fed by rail lines, interstates, and an international airport with an adjacent worldwide hub for UPS.

Today, our 782,969 residents (according to the U.S. Census in 2020) makes Louisville the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A city-county consolidation in 2003 between the City of Louisville and Jefferson County created what’s now known as Louisville Metro. Adding in the surrounding counties of Greater Louisville brings the total population to nearly 1.4 million.

Yet, as you settle into your new Kentucky home, you’ll discover that Greater Louisville still manages to hold a small-town charm, mainly because the smaller communities and neighborhoods that make up Greater Louisville each have their own identity, culture and sense of place. The Building Industry Association

(BIA) is proud to represent many of the builders, remodelers, and suppliers who make these communities feel like home.

Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Greater Louisville every year, and like you, many of them decide to make Derby City their permanent home. From the home you buy, the community you settle in, and even the commercial locations you’ll frequent – the BIA has a hand in making Louisville the city you’ve come to love. Inside this relocation guide, you’ll discover hidden gems, neighborhood favorites, and useful information to help you feel at home.

The Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville is honored to welcome you to Louisville with this relocation guide. We welcome you to take full advantage of all that Greater Louisville has to offer, and we hope you’ll come back to this guide again and again to find new adventures to explore and sample your next soonto-be favorite local restaurant, diner, or brewery.

Within these pages you’ll find a neighborhood guide, an overview of city life in Greater Louisville, and much, much more. Please be sure to read the special section highlighting some of the most trusted home builders in Louisville. Should you ever need a home builder for new construction, an interior designer, or a remodeler, our members are right here waiting to make your dreams come true.

Sincerely,

Andrea Roberson, Layout Design

Monica Tapp, Ad Design

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GREATER LOUISVILLE // 2023 RELOCATION GUIDE 7 L ouisvill e GRE AT ER 2023 RELOCATION GUIDE MOVING TO LOUISVILLE 08 Right Off The Bat 9 Things You’ll Immediately Love about Louisville 10 Top Employers 11 Louisville By the Numbers NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE 13 Downtown, Butchertown & NuLu 19 Old Louisville 22 The West End 24 Crescent Hill & Clifton 27 The East End 33 South Louisville 36 Highlands & Germantown 39 Southern Indiana 43 Bullitt County and Shepherdsville 47 Shelby County 50 Spencer County 52 Oldham County 2023 SHOWCASE OF RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES Special Section LIVING IN LOUISVILLE 75 Kentucky Derby Festival Louisville’s Annual, Month-Long Party! 79 Bourbon 82 Learning & Education 84 The Great Outdoors 87 The Arts The Soul of Our Region 90 I’m Here, Now What?

Right Off The Bat

9 Things You’ll Immediately Love about Louisville

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LOUISVILLE SLUGGER BAT

The oversized, iconic bat outside the factory is an eye-catcher downtown. Historically, the emblazoned bat literally took the city’s name into almost every dugout, bat bag, sports closet, ballfield, and baseball stadium in the country and throughout the world.

MUHAMMED ALI

THE KENTUCKY DERBY

One of Louisville’s longest traditions. Each year, the world converges on Churchill Downs for two heart-pounding minutes on the first Saturday in May each year.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS FANATICS

Louisvillians take our high school sports very seriously.

Louisville’s most famous son. The Champ. The Greatest. From a young Cassius Clay to world-wide notoriety, Muhammed Ali never forgot where he came from and always kept Louisville near to his heart. 4 5 BOURBON

Bourbon is big business in Kentucky, and Louisville is at the forefront. Once known as “bourbon city”, Louisville is at the heart of a bourbon revival.

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THE RIVERFRONT

The bridges. The skyline. The bright lights reflecting off the water. The Yum Center and Slugger field. The interstates criss-crossing overpasses. They will capture your imagination and steal your heart at the same time.

FOURTH STREET LIVE

Memphis has Beale Street. Louisville has Fourth Street Live.

THE PARK SYSTEM

Louisville’s parks are some of the nicest in the country. That’s partly because they were originally designed by Olmsted who designed New York’s Central Park. Since then, Louisville has meticulously carried that original vision forward, constantly expanding and improving the city’s greenspaces.

THE ZOO

Originally opened in 1969, the Louisville Zoo currently exhibits more than 1,100 animals on 130 acres of natural settings and hosts events and activities year round.

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Top 12 Employers

Top 10 Publicly Traded Companies (BY REVENUE)

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OF EMPLOYEES) COMPANY EMPLOYMENT PRODUCT/SERVICE United Parcel Service 25,090 Package delivery, transportation and logistics Jefferson County Public Schools 14,484 Education Norton Healthcare 13,828 Health care services Ford Motor Co. (2 plants) 13,020 Automotive production Humana Inc. 12,360 Health and well-being UofL Health 12,000 Health care services The Kroger Co. 9,300 Retailer Baptist Healthcare System Inc. 7,346 Health care services Walmart Inc. 6,650 Retailer University of Louisville 6,000 Research university, education GE Appliances 6,000 Home appliances Amazon.com 5,700 Logistics and customer service
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COMPANY TOTAL REVENUE PRODUCT/SERVICE Humana Inc. $64.89 billion Health and supplemental benefits Yum Brands Inc. $5.60 billion Quick-service restaurants, including the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Brands Brown-Forman Corp. $3.36 billion Bourbon and spirits producer Texas Roadhouse Inc. $2.76 billion Full-service, casual dining restaurant chain Papa John’s International $1.62 billion Operates and franchises pizza delivery and carry-out restaurants Churchill Downs Inc. $1.33 billion Racing, gaming, and entertainment company Charah Solutions Inc. $545.87 million Ash-management provider for the coalfired electric utility industry Turning Point Brands Inc. $361.99 million Manufactures and markets smokeless and smoke tobacco products Republic Bancorp $311.13 million Bank holding company Stock Yards Bancorp Inc. $175.00 million Bank holding company

Top 10 Private Sector Companies (BY REVENUE)

Top 5 Manufacturing Companies (BY EMPLOYEES)

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COMPANY TOTAL REVENUE EMPLOYMENT PRODUCT/ SERVICE BrightSpring Health Services $4.86 billion 1,114 Health and human services provider Kindred Healthcare LLC $3.20 billion 1,197 Health care services Steel Technologies LLC $2.37 billion 191 Steel and aluminum flat-rolled processor Signature HealthCARE LLC $1.13 billion 1,263 Skilled nursing, rehabilitation and therapy services American Commercial $974.30 million 180 Barge transportation, towing, barge Barge Line LLC cleaning and repairs Material Handling Systems Inc. $963.18 million 744 Engineer, builder and installer of conveyor and automated sortation systems Samtec Inc. $750 million 1,300 Electronic connectors and micorelectronics Mercer $602.50 million 290 transportation company ISCO Industries $500 million 140 High density polyethylene pipe distributor Manna Inc. $500 million 2,300 Quick service & casual dining restaurants
COMPANY EMPLOYMENT PRODUCT/SERVICE Ford Motor Company (2 plants) 13,020 F-series Super Duty Pickup trucks, Expeditions, Navigators and Escapes GE Appliances 6,000 Home appliances Samtec Inc. 1,601 Electronic connectors and microelectronics Brown-Forman 1,300 Producer and marketer of beverage alcohol brands Faurecia 1,200 Exhaust, interior and seat systems LOUISVILLE BY THE NUMBERS Age Distribution (and %) for 2021 19 and under: 27% 20-24: 7% 25-34: 14% 35-44: 16% 45-54: 15% 55-64: 9% 65+: 12% Cost of living: (compared to a few other major cities) – based on index of 100 (100=national average; below 100 is lower than average) Louisville: 94.1 Austin: 101.8 Cincinnati: 93.3 Nashville: 96.6 Pittsburgh: 104.0 Portland: 133.7 Raleigh: 96.9 Median house selling price Median house value: $174,120 Median monthly rent: $794 Office rent / sq ft $19.07 as of Q3 2022 Information
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Downtown, Butchertown & NuLu

Louisville’s beautiful downtown skyline frames the gateway to Greater Louisville. With a network of iconic neighborhoods segueing into each other, greater Louisville has housing options for everyone, from downtown condos to sprawling countryside estates and everything in between.

In the heart of the bustling business district, downtown Louisville has also experienced a recent resurgence in housing options. Apartments, condos, and nearby townhouses make morning commutes for those who work downtown very convenient. While many attractions bring thousands of visitors to Louisville every year, residents can enjoy street festivals like Fourth Street Live, relaxing afternoons at Waterfront Park, or take in a RiverBats (minor league baseball) or Louisville City Football Club soccer game.

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NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

Overlooking the mighty Ohio River, downtown Louisville is home to businesses, parks, restaurants, and museums. The city’s urban core, downtown, is the oldest part of Louisville and today has seen a resurgence of epic proportions.

Just beyond the business district, NuLu and Butchertown are two examples of the distinct neighborhoods that collectively weave together to make up Greater Louisville. Each neighborhood maintains a small-town feel while still being connected to the greater community.

Downtown Highlights:

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM

The Louisville Slugger baseball bat is one of the most iconic brands in all of sports, and it’s still made in downtown Louisville. The eyecatching super-sized bat outside the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory is one of the most popular selfie spots in the downtown area. Located in “museum row” in downtown’s West Main District, the museum showcases the story of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat and its impact on sports and American history’s past, present, and future.

BIG FOUR BRIDGE

The Big Four® Bridge connects Waterfront Park to Jeffersonville, Indiana, over the Ohio River. It was initially built as a railroad bridge in 1895 but decommissioned in the 1960s when the ramps to the bridge on both sides of the river were removed. It was later included in the original Waterfront Master Plan as a pedestrian bridge and opened to the public for foot traffic in 2013.

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MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER

Celebrating the life and legacy of Louisville’s most famous son, the Muhammad Ali Center is an award-winning interactive museum and multicultural center founded in 2005 by Ali’s wife, Lonnie. It’s not just an experience; it’s a journey into the heart of a champion. Three levels of exhibits and galleries invite visitors to reflect on their values, inner strength, character, and how to be “the greatest” in their lives by focusing on Ali’s six core principles.

WATERFRONT PARK

Downtown’s Waterfront Park isn’t just a place. It’s an experience. It’s a peaceful oasis in the city’s heart and a natural haven for quiet reflection. But it’s also an ongoing festival of sounds and sights where fireworks explode overhead at “Thunder Over Louisville,” and today’s hottest bands perform at music festivals throughout the year.

BELLE OF LOUISVILLE

Billed as the “most widely traveled river steamboat in American history,” the Belle of Louisville and its sister ship, the Mary M. Miller, are owned and operated by the City of Louisville. The riverboats are docked on the waterfront during the season, offering spectacular views from the water for history, sightseeing, or sunset cruises, as well as other themed tours throughout the year.

WHISKEY ROW

Whiskey Row is a re-imagined and re-inhabited use for a row of historic buildings that once served as home to the Bourbon industry from the mid-tolate 1800s. After a recent resurgence, this downtown street is once again a thriving Bourbon and culinary district that houses distilleries, restaurants, luxury apartments, shops, and other iconic attractions.

INTERESTING FACTS:

» 1.8 million Louisville

Slugger Bats are still made every year downtown

» The Big Four Bridge averages more than 1.5 million visits per year.

LOCAL FAVORITES

Discover these out of the ordinary treats & dining experiences

8UP ELEVATED DRINKERY & KITCHEN (DOWNTOWN)

Upscale cuisine with unparalleled views. Whether lounging al fresco or enjoying the dining room, 8up offers a myriad of drinking and dining experiences designed to please sophisticated palates and celebrates the spirit of fun that defines Louisville.

AGAINST THE GRAIN SMOKEHOUSE (DOWNTOWN)

Louisville’s first brewer-owned and operated brewery. Since opening in 2011, this 15-barrel, Victorian-style brewhouse and Southern-inspired smokehouse has become a vessel for innovation.

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NuLu Highlights:

NuLu, short for New Louisville, is the east market district of downtown. Situated between Butchertown and downtown, NuLu is best known for its art galleries, original restaurants, local shops and antique stores. NuLu is also focused on developing a culture of sustainability with eco-friendly renovations and a green-up program for cityscapes.

Butchertown Highlights:

With close proximity to downtown and the Ohio River, Butchertown was once home to the Bourbon Stock Yards, which established tanneries, cooperages, distilleries, blacksmiths and other businesses. In 1966, the area was rezoned to partly residential, homes were rebuilt under the eye of the Butchertown Preservation District, and the community stabilized. Today, Butchertown is home to several local artisan stores and restaurants, local breweries and Copper & Kings distillery.

GALAXIE (NULU)

Groovy vibe with “internationalinspired street food,” out-of-thisworld margaritas, and moderately priced drinks. Indoor dining, patio carryout and delivery, plus a dance hall.

PIZZA LUPO (BUTCHERTOWN)

Wood-fired, Naples-style pizza and Italian cuisine. LUPO’s pizza oven was imported from Modena, Italy. The oven is encased in a bright red metal made by Ferarri.

BISCUIT BELLY ( NULU)

Biscuit Belly mixes southern comfort food with unexpected flavors to make amazingly delicious biscuit sandwiches.

HI FIVE DONUTS (BUTCHERTOWN)

Originated as a female-owned food truck, now a storefront with an everchanging array of donuts and fried confections. Try a Kentucky Smores Bourbon or Kentucky Fried Buttermilk Chicken donut when you go.

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Old Louisville

Located just south of downtown, the historic neighborhood known as Old Louisville offers the most extensive contiguous collection of Victorian mansions in the United States. Old Louisville is home to Louisville’s Central Park, which hosts the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and the St. James Court Art Show, a juried art show with more than 700 artists.

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Neighborhood Highlights: WALKING TOURS

If you enjoy seeing the nuances of historic architecture, a walking tour of Old Louisville is a great way to get an up-close view of a wide array of classic styles, including Beaux Arts, Chateauesque, Italianate, Neoclassical, Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, RichardsonianRomanesque, Second Empire, Tudor Revival, and Venetian Gothic.

The Historic Old Louisville Visitors Center hosts a 60-minute guided walking tour year-round on Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. If you prefer to explore independently, a self-guided walking tour booklet is also available at the Visitor Center to help you navigate the area’s lovely tree-lined streets, picturesque houses, and

beautiful gardens.

MANSION TOURS

Each spring, Old Louisville Mansions Tours showcases the interiors of 10 of the historic district’s most beautiful Victorian Mansions during the first full weekend in April. The full weekend in December, the Holiday Home Tour gives visitors a rare glimpse inside a collection of historic Victorian mansions and townhouses stylishly dressed for the holidays.

CENTRAL PARK

In the heart of historic Old Louisville, Central Park is a oneblock square greenspace designed by Fred Olmsted (who also designed New York City’s Central Park). Louisville’s 16-acre Central Park was originally the country estate of the DuPont Family until it was

purchased in 1904. Today, Central Park offers the country’s oldest free Shakespeare theater, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, which runs from early June to mid-August six nights a week.

KENTUCKY SHAKESPEARE

One of the longest-running free Shakespeare festivals in the country is held in Old Louisville’s Central Park. Beyond the festival, Kentucky Shakespeare also serves communities through education programs for schools, public performances, and community outreach programs. Serving their vision to use Shakespeare’s truths and the power of the arts to transform lives, Kentucky Shakespeare’s community programs explore conflict resolution, empathy building, and communication in various settings, from preschools to senior centers.

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Built as a suburb in the 1870s, this neighborhood consists of more than 40 city blocks of Victorian Era homes – considered the city’s oldest, largest, and most beautifully preserved houses. Amid the rich architecture of this community, you’ll also find quaint bed and breakfast inns and unique dining options surrounded by the beauty of mature magnolia and oak trees.

LOCAL FAVORITES

GARVIN GATE BLUES FESTIVAL

The Garvin Gate Blues Festival is an annual twoday blues festival held the second weekend of October at the corner of Garvin and Oak Streets. Many of the top names in blues music, legendary and newer acts, have performed here since the festival began in 1988, attracting thousands of attendees each fall.

ST. JAMES ART SHOW

Set in the heart of historic Old Louisville, the St. James Court Art Show is juried fine arts, and contemporary crafts show covering four square blocks. The outdoor art show takes place annually on the first weekend of October. It offers visitors the opportunity to purchase unique, original artwork directly from the artists’ hands in such mediums as painting, sculpture, pottery, leather, photography, glass and more. Admission is free, and the event is held rain or shine.

SPEED MUSEUM

The Speed Art Museum was the vision of philanthropist Hattie Bishop Speed, a great supporter of all arts, in memory of her husband, James Breckinridge Speed. Located adjacent to the University of Louisville Belknap campus, it has become a non-profit art institution and community staple for concerts, exhibitions, gallery talks, film festivals, and more.

INTERESTING FACTS:

» Most of the historic architecture in the 45 square blocks of Old Louisville was built between 1880-1910.

» The St. James Art show features over 600 artists from across the U.S. each autumn and was named “#1 Best Fine Art & Design Show in America” by Sunshine Artist Magazine.

610 MAGNOLIA

Considered one of the area’s finest dining destinations, 610 Magnolia features southern-inspired dishes with urban sophistication in an ever-changing menu. Chef-owner Edward Lee (a James Beard finalist who starred on “Iron Chef America” and “Top Chef”) blends European techniques with seasonal, local and organic products during a six-course, prefixed dinner.

WILTSHIRE

AT THE SPEED

Located at the Speed Museum, the Wiltshire is a sit-in cafe featuring delectable creations by chef Reed Johnson. It’s a popular spot for brunch or lunch but also has a Patisserie counter featuring a daily variety of pastries, sweets, lunches, and coffee for those on the go.

DIZZY WHIZ DRIVE

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This neighborhood diner is an institution. Proudly upholding a nearly unchanged, fifty-year tradition, the Dizzy Whiz is a step back in time, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, opening early and closing late. Try the famous WhizzBurger, a double-decker hamburger with a special secret sauce.

NORTH LIME COFFEE & DONUTS

Housed in a renovated 19th-century building, North Lime Coffee & Donuts creates made-from-scratch donuts that are iced and topped by hand. They also serve expertly crafted espresso beverages and manually ground coffee from local roasters to complement the sweet treats.

Restaurants: Breweries

OLD LOUISVILLE BREWERY

Old Louisville Brewery is a community hangout and a popular destination to bring friends and family when they visit. OLB believes that “good beer makes good neighbors” and is a favorite spot for friendly faces and great-tasting beer.

NOBLE FUNK BREWING COMPANY

Noble Funk Brewing Company isn’t just a brewery with great people, engaging conversation, and unique pizza selections. It’s a way of life that invigorates, motivates and educates about all things beer. The Noble Funk Brewing Company team shares a passion for learning and talking about all aspects of the craft and will push your palette for craft beer in a space where you can feel at home.

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The West End

As one of the most distinct parts of town, West Louisville is home to some of the oldest neighborhoods and two historic Olmsted Parks. Comprised of nearly a dozen neighborhoods bordering the Ohio River, the west end is developing a new identity as a home for artists, art galleries, and social service agencies. West Louisville also celebrates its strong African American heritage with two renowned attractions: The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage and Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home.

The neighborhoods of West Louisville include Hallmark, Park DuValle, Parkland, Russell, California, Chickasaw and Shawnee, among others. With continual growth and further investments, this historic area of town is being revitalized by its passionate community.

Neighborhood Highlights:

MUHAMMED ALI’S BOYHOOD HOME

Muhammad Ali fans will want to take advantage of the chance to cruise by the Champ’s childhood home in Parkland. Ali lived in the house during his childhood from 1947 through the early 1960s. The future worldwide icon got his start in this modest bungalow that has been renovated and returned to its original pink tone. A bronze marker is located in front of the house, noting its historical relevance (outside photo opportunities available – no inside admittance).

KENTUCKY CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE

Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is located in the Russell neighborhood. The Center is the result of a collection of African American educators, artists and historians who have collaborated to give the longdormant history of African-Americans in the region the voice and platform it deserves. Today, the Center lifts up the contributions of African Americans throughout Kentucky history with rotating exhibits featuring local figures, including artists and black jockeys, as well as long-term installments that interpret the Civil Rights movement in Louisville.

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SHAWNEE PARK & CHICKASAW PARK

The Shawnee neighborhood is best known for Shawnee Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead (who also designed Central Park in New York City). The park is a gathering place for picnics, sports, parades and the Shawnee community, and it also includes a state-ofthe-art outdoor athletic complex and Riverwalk access. Chickasaw Park was also designed by the Olmsted firm. Its 61 acres include walking trails, picnic pavilions and clay tennis courts.

LOUISVILLE URBAN LEAGUE SPORTS AND LEARNING CAMPUS

Opened in 2021, the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center is a 24-acre, multi-sport complex at 3029 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood that hosts a variety of local, regional, and national track meets, volleyball games, concerts, and other events. The facility features 90,000 square feet of floor space, a 4,000-seat, 200-meter banked indoor track, and a 400-meter outdoor track. The indoor track’s hydraulic floor can be lowered to provide space to add a stage and floor seating to host concerts and other exciting events. The campus also includes the Humana Outdoor Track and Field, a 4-lane mini-bowling alley, an interactive rock-climbing wall, and a wonderful multi-purpose space perfect for educational programming for the Louisville community.

PARK DUVALLE

Park DuValle is undergoing a transformation, morphing into a mixed-income neighborhood in Louisville’s west end. This charming community is nestled just a short drive from downtown and the south end, where shopping and restaurants are plentiful. Park DuValle is also home to the Algonquin and Russell Lee parks.

PORTLAND

One of Louisville’s original neighborhoods, Portland, is located just west of downtown and is adjacent to Museum Row on the far east side. Today Portland is seeing a resurgence, with Peerless Distillery and several art galleries, farm-to-table restaurants and coffee shops popping up. In Portland, you will also find a burgeoning artists’ community.

INTERESTING FACTS:

» The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is housed in the former Louisville Street Railway Complex or “Trolley Barn,” which was built in 1876 and retains its soaring ceilings, floods of natural light, and beautiful brickwork.

LOCAL FAVORITES

SWEET PEACHES

Sweet Peaches is a neighborhood favorite soul food deli and bakery emerging from the Russell Technology Business Incubator. It was newly remodeled and reopened in July of 2021 with a new look and expanded menu. Sweet Peaches offers dine-in, carry-out, and delivery.

THA DRIPPIN CRAB

Celebrity chef Darnell Ferguson’s newest venture in the culinary world is Tha Drippin Crab serving fresh, delicious seafood in West Louisville. Offering gourmet seafood appetizers, entrees, and more, rooted in Southern-style cooking. Tha Drippin Crab operates on a reservation-first basis.

INDI’S RESTAURANT

Grown from a tiny West End takeout spot to a mini-chain, Indi’s serves a variety of affordable soul food and barbecue specialties to take out or eat in. Specializing in fried chicken with an array of classic sides.

BROUGH BROTHERS DISTILLERY

Brough Brothers Bourbon is the brilliant brainchild of Victor, Chris and Bryson Yarbrough in Louisville, Kentucky. A great small batch Bourbon full of spicy sweetness, cooked fruit and toasty oak notes. Great for sipping, but it also shines in some classic cocktail recipes.

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Crescent Hill & Clifton

If you want to be in the center of everything, Crescent Hill and Clifton is your area. Experience urban living at its best with short commute times, high-rise housing and some of Louisville’s most unique restaurants and shops.

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Residents can stroll along Frankfort Avenue, the main thoroughfare through the leafy and charming Crescent Hill and Clifton neighborhoods, stopping in and out of the many restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques along “the avenue.” Picturesque historic homes and buildings, alfresco dining and locally-owned shops adorn these walkable treelined streets.

Crescent Hill and Clifton are also home to the American Printing House for the Blind and the Louisville Water Company’s Crescent Hill Reservoir. On the last Friday of the month, travel up and down Frankfort Avenue on the free Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop stopping in the stores and art galleries to find hidden treasures.

Neighborhood Highlights:

AMERICAN PRINTING HOUSE FOR THE BLIND

American Printing House for the Blind is the world’s largest nonprofit company that creates products and services for blind or visually impaired people. Guided and self-guided museum tours allow visitors to learn the history of the education of blind students, see part of Helen Keller’s Bible, try out computer games designed for visually impaired students, and write in Braille.

CRESCENT HILL RESERVOIR AND GATEHOUSE

The Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse became an instant tourist attraction when it first opened in 1879. In the early years, visitors came by train or horse and buggy and entered through two main gates to visit the park-like grounds, which had a lake and visitor’s shelter. A full-scale restoration of the Gothic-style gatehouse was completed in 2015. The reservoir is still in use today, though the water flow is controlled at the treatment plant, not the gatehouse. Today the reservoir is still a popular area for walkers and runners.

HEADLINERS MUSIC HALL

Locally owned and operated, Headliners Music Hall is the premier live entertainment venue of Louisville, hosting the best local and national acts year after year with fantastic sound and a fun atmosphere. Some of the biggest names in rock, metal, acoustic, hip-hop, and alternative have graced the stage at Headliners.

LOCAL FAVORITES

Restaurants:

HILLTOP TAVERN

Formerly the original location of Cafe Lou Lou, the Skelton brothers (John is an alum of Seviche) have taken over this prime Clifton location. Their tavern fare is focused on barbecue, with pulled pork and beer-butt chicken specialties, along with hefty sandwiches (their meatloaf is a standout).

MELLWOOD TAVERN

The building at the Corner of Brownsboro Road and Mellwood Avenue was opened in 1885 and is the longest continually operating tavern in the City of Louisville. Originally known as The Rendezvous Inn, later the Mellwood Inn and most recently The Rush Inn, The Mellwood Tavern is embedded in Louisville history. For over 130 years, the establishment has supplied libations to all walks of life.

THE SILVER DOLLAR

Interestingly located in a renovated firehouse, the menu at Silver Dollar is a modern take on traditional working-class dishes that might have been found in Bakersfield, California, showcasing Southern California influence on Southern roots dishes such as Chicken Fried Steak, HickorySmoked Beef Brisket, Breaded Catfish, and more. It also features innovative cocktails and over 100 Kentucky Bourbons and ryes.

BEER DEPOT

The beer depot is a neighborhood bar with some of the most notable barbecue in town. The burgoo and the baked beans rank as some of the best in the city, and the pulled pork by the pound is perfect for taking home. And where else can you play miniature golf while waiting for the smoker to finish?

THE HUB LOUISVILLE

The Hub Louisville is an upscale bar and restaurant on Frankfort Avenue featuring craft cocktails, craft beers, and southern-inspired small plates and bar food. To keep guests entertained, the Hub has a game room with pool tables, shuffleboard and other activities, an outdoor patio with stadium-style seating, a performance space, and a private dining room & cocktail space.

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FRANKFORT AVENUE

“The Avenue,” as locals call it, is a stretch of road that connects some of Louisville’s most charming and historic neighborhoods, including St. Matthews, Clifton and Crescent Hill. The corridor is full of character, with a freight train running parallel alongside the Avenue and dozens of unique and locally owned boutiques, art studios, galleries, restaurants and attractions lining the street. With more than 30 locally owned restaurants located along a 2.5-mile stretch, Frankfort Avenue is a culinary hub that boasts al fresco dining, many options for international cuisine, and unique flavors of the city.

The shopping on the Avenue features a wide variety of independently owned boutiques and shops offering a variety of items – from vintage and consignment clothing to outdoor gear, imported crafts, antiques, home furnishings, wine, books, coffee and much more.

MELLWOOD ARTS CENTER

Originally the Fischer Meat Packing Company, the Mellwood Art Center has been renovated into a 360,000-square-foot arts center housing over 170 artist studios, specialty stores, gyms, galleries, teaching studios, office spaces, rehearsal spaces, and five event rooms for corporate gatherings or other events. The Mellwood Art Center has been host to many exciting art fairs, film festivals, music concerts and numerous other creative events.

CARMICHAEL’S BOOKSTORE

Carmichael’s has been in business in Louisville for 40 years. It was started in the spring of 1978 by Carol Besse and Michael Boggs (the store name is a combination of their first names) and expanded to its Crescent Hill Location on Frankfort Avenue in 1999. Carmichaels is a family business in the best tradition, offering a hand-picked selection of titles reflecting both the taste of the owners and that of the neighborhoods they are a part of.

INTERESTING FACTS:

» The Crescent Hill Reservoir has a 110-milliongallon capacity, less than one day’s supply for the city.

LOCAL FAVORITES

Sweets & Treats:

BLUE DOG BAKERY

Blue Dog is an artisan bakery specializing in Europeanstyle breads and pastries. Their pastry selection ranges from familiar favorites such as muffins, scones, and cookies to traditional European pâtisseries, including French macarons and a rotating array of seasonal and specialty desserts. Croissants, pains au chocolat, and other laminated pastries are made using highquality European-style butter and attest to the magical combination of select ingredients and skilled craftsmanship.

THE COMFY COW

This “new-fashioned” ice cream parlor made an immediate splash in its original Westport Village location with its intriguing range of flavors (salted caramel, freshly roasted coffee, peanut peanut butter butter). Now fans in the Highlands can also find their favorite flavors in the renovated bright pink Victorian shop serving up scoops of Bourbon ball ice cream and other Kentucky-inspired and classic flavors.

PLEASE & THANK YOU

Please & Thank You is a small-batch, southern bakery and coffee shop perhaps best known for what’s touted as Kentucky’s best chocolate chip cookie.

GELATO GILBERTO

Justin and Kristin Gilbert so loved the gelato they ate as students in Italy that they returned there after graduating to study gelato making. Originally a pop-up shop that grew into a storefront in Norton Commons, the Frankfort Avenue location opened in 2021, bringing authentic Italian gelato to Crescent Hill.

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NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

The East End

If you’re looking for tree-filled yards and a taste of suburbia, this is your neighborhood. The east end is filled with parks, restaurants, shopping, country clubs, and single-family homes.

Neighborhoods include Anchorage, Fern Creek, Hurstbourne, Indian Hills, Jeffersontown, Lyndon, Middletown, Norton Commons, Prospect, Springhurst, St. Matthews, and more.

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Louisville’s eastern suburbs, mainly located between the Watterson Expressway (I-264) and the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265), are home to thriving communities home to some of the city’s top restaurants, shopping destinations, indoor recreation and countless outdoor activities.

Neighborhood Highlights:

JEFFERSONTOWN

Located in the southeastern part of the county, Jeffersontown (not to be confused with Jeffersonville, IN) was named after Thomas Jefferson and has been designated as a historic city. Jeffersontown is home to Kentucky’s first state nature preserve, Blackacre Conservancy, and the annual Gaslight Festival is held each September, the fifthlargest festival in the region.

ST. MATTHEWS

St. Matthews is notable for its large trees and cape cod houses in several city parks. Home to several Catholic schools and churches, St. Matthews, is a neighborhood where families and friends gather to take advantage of festivals, farmers’ markets, and community events.

MIDDLETOWN

Situated between Louisville and Shelbyville, Kentucky, Middletown is a quaint, family-friendly community that combines smalltown charm with modern amenities like local boutiques, salons, antique stores, restaurants, and garden shops. Middletown is also home

to The Parklands of Floyds Fork, a crown jewel in Louisville’s park system. Restored cottages along the historic Main Street are home to friendly, locally-owned shops and restaurants.

NORTON COMMONS & PROSPECT

Norton Commons is a unique neighborhood development that is a small city within itself. The mixed-use community boasts over 600 acres filled with residential homes, three schools, a charming town center, parks, walkways, pools, and dozens of restaurants and shops. Aesthetically, Norton Commons borrows from timeless design characteristics of great neighborhoods like the Highlands and Old Louisville while also incorporating influences from Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans.

Prospect was highly agricultural until the mid-1960s, except for a few large homes. Today, Prospect is a thriving neighborhood with large subdivisions, golf courses and stables located in the northeast part of Jefferson County and extending into Oldham County.

LYNDON & SPRINGHURST

Situated north of St. Matthews and Hurstbourne, Lyndon was named by Alvin Wood, who was credited with creating one of the first subdivisions in Kentucky. Lyndon and Springhurst are neighboring suburbs populated with family homes, restaurants, breweries, parks, and plenty of shopping.

ANCHORAGE

Situated in the northeast part of Jefferson County, Anchorage was home to riverboat captain James Goslee in 1878, as well as an essential landmark for the Louisville & Frankfort Railroad. Today,

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picturesque streets and winding roads provide the perfect backdrop for historic homes and country estates, creating a vibrant community of neighbors focused on preserving the city’s original character.

HURSTBOURNE & INDIAN HILLS

Hurstbourne is alive with activity, embracing rich history, natural beauty, and convenience. You’ll find busy intersections with national chain stores and restaurants close to sprawling golf clubs and country clubs. The University of Louisville has its ShelbyHurst Campus in Hurstbourne.

Formed in 1999 to connect Cherokee, Indian Hills Country Club, Robinswood, and Winding Falls, Indian Hills is a small but breathtaking part of the city. Home to some of the most expensive houses in the town, Indian Hills provides a short commute to River Road, Downtown, and Prospect.

GASLIGHT FESTIVAL

What started as a small street party in 1969 has grown to become the 5th largest festival in the region and has been named one of the top 20 festivals in the Southeast. The Gaslight Festival, hosted by The Chamber Jeffersontown, brings an estimated 100,000 visitors annually to Jeffersontown. Centered in the small-town ambiance of Gaslight Square, the festival has evolved into an eightday extravaganza that hosts a motorcycle rally, car show, golf scramble, 5K, parade, balloon glow, children’s playground, live entertainment and over 200 arts, crafts and commercial booths.

VALHALLA GOLF CLUB

Designed by Jack Nicklaus to be a modern paradise for championship golf, Valhalla Golf Club has hosted multiple PGA events and a Ryder Cup. On June 1, 2022, Valhalla Golf Club was purchased from the PGA of America by a small group of prominent Louisville businessmen with the mission to become “the premier club that presents a fast, firm, and fun on-course experience with the unique brand of Southern Hospitality which can only be found in Kentucky.”

THE PARKLANDS OF FLOYDS FORK

With four major parks covering nearly 4,000 acres, The Parklands is one of the country’s largest donor- and visitor-supported public park systems. The Parklands features a community garden, walking trails, picnic areas, a fishing lake, as well as agricultural fields at the site of a former distillery. The four parks are linked by a park drive, a first-rate urban trail system and a remarkable water trail.

LOCAL FAVORITES CHENOWETH SQUARE (ST. MATTHEWS)

Shops:

You’ll find several local boutiques at St. Matthews Chenoweth Square. Pick up fashions and accessories at Merci and Lemon Tree. For home décor, there’s Fleur de Lis. Find unique gifts at Cartwheels Paper & Gifts. If you’re traveling with your four-legged friends, pop by the pet-friendly Three Dog Bakery.

WESTPORT VILLAGE (ST. MATTHEWS)

Westport Village is Louisville’s premier shopping destination. Discover over 40 locallyowned fashion boutiques, restaurants, fitness studios, home stores, services, and more conveniently located in one of Louisville’s historic neighborhoods.

MIDDLETOWN’S HISTORIC MAIN STREET (MIDDLETOWN)

Main Street is Middletown’s place for window shopping, bargain hunting, and finds you can’t live without. Boutique shops along main street include Chick A D’s, Gather and Prickly Pear Boutique, featuring women’s accessories, home décor, and more.

A TASTE OF KENTUCKY (MIDDLETOWN)

Village Square in Middletown houses one of A Taste of Kentucky’s three Louisville locations. A Taste of Kentucky celebrates the Bluegrass State with unique Kentucky-made or inspired gifts, foods, crafts and delightful gift baskets.

PADDOCK SHOPS (SPRINGHURST)

Paddock Shops is a dining and shopping destination that describes itself as a lifestyle center. Visitors can park and spend the day perusing specialty shops and storefronts featuring the latest in fashion, furnishings, health & beauty, shoes, and more.

NORTON COMMONS TOWN CENTER

Norton Commons has a full array of locally-owned boutiques, all within walking distance of one another. Pick up a Derby fascinator at The Hat Girls. There’s LuluBelles, Something Blue, Blue Loverox Boutique and Underpinnings Lingerie for fashions and accessories. The latest home décor can be found at Set The Stage.

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Restaurants:

PLEHN’S BAKERY (ST. MATTHEWS)

For 100 years, Plehn’s Bakery has been making donuts, cakes, bread and more for generations of Louisville families. You can even grab a pimento cheese or Benedictine sandwich at their nostalgic, old-fashioned lunch counter.

MOJITO IN HAVANA (ST. MATTHEWS)

Providing an authentic taste of Old Havana, this bright and busy hotspot brings bountiful servings of Cuban fare as good as any in Key West or Miami. It’s also a hopping mojito bar that’s popular with the locals.

DISTRICT 6 VIETNAMESE GASTROPUB (ST. MATTHEWS)

When you walk through the doors at District, you are treated as family and served as if you were in a Vietnamese home. District 6 serves up honest, healthy, & exciting food that honors Vietnamese heritage and culture.

LOU LOU FOOD & DRINK (ST. MATTHEWS)

Lou Lou is a twist on Louisville meets Louisiana. Owner-Chef

Clay Wallace is comfortable with his international bill of fare and laissez les bon temps rouler mood that wins critical raves and packs in crowds.

EQUUS & JACK’S LOUNGE (ST. MATTHEWS)

Enjoy fried chicken with buttermilk gravy in the comfort of leather couches and wash it all down with legendary Bourbon cocktails. The late Bad Girl of Bourbon, Joy Perrine, originated many recipes in her famous cocktail book behind the bar at Jack’s.

RUMORS RESTAURANT (MIDDLETOWN)

Rumors’ fresh seafood and wings have been attracting locals for over 30 years, bringing a coastal dining experience to the heart of Louisville. Rumors is famous for old-fashioned service and classic recipes in a fun but familyfriendly atmosphere.

MARK’S FEED STORE (MIDDLETOWN)

Since 1988 Mark’s Feed Store has been offering a cooking style handed down from a 3rd generation master from Eastern Kentucky. Pork, brisket and chicken are slowly smoked using real hickory wood, then lightly topped with Mark’s signature bar-b-q sauces. Mark’s Feed Store has been voted “BEST OF LOUISVILLE” for Bar-B-Q and Ribs no less than nine times.

LOUVINO RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR (MIDDLETOWN)

LouVino opened its first Restaurant & Wine Bar in

Louisville in 2014, simply aspiring to be a place where people could enjoy a nice glass of wine with fantastic food in a hip yet relaxed atmosphere without a pretentious feel. Foodies will enjoy the adventurous small plates and wine pairings at LouVino.

RECBAR (JEFFERSONTOWN)

Recbar is the ultimate homegrown bar experience. Two lifelong Louisvillians set out to create a concept that delivers top-notch service in a relaxed atmosphere. Recbar is the perfect spot for catching the game, a game night with friends, or a relaxing dinner for two.

MUSSEL & BURGER BAR (JEFFERSONTOWN)

Mussel & Burger Bar is a go-to destination for burgers, mussels and beer, offering excellent service in a fun, family-oriented atmosphere. Put another way, it’s like a neighborhood bar and grill with a chef’s attitude serving unique, inventive burgers and putting gourmet twists on the classic bar and grill fare.

FEAST BBQ (JEFFERSONTOWN)

Feast BBW is known for barbecue, Southern-inspired sides and Bourbon slushies. Consistently smoked meats and scratch-made sides take time, dedication, and a patient pursuit of perfection you can taste in every bite.

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South Louisville

Neighborhoods in the southern section of Louisville are characterized by tree-lined parkways, affordable housing, international restaurants, and expansive parks. Neighborhoods in the area, such as Beechmont, Fairdale & Valley Station, Iroquois, Newburg, Pleasure Ridge Park and Shively, are enjoying a resurgence in recent years.

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Louisville’s historic South End neighborhoods have experienced a bit of a renaissance. Young families, many coming from across the globe, have moved into this area among second-and-third-generation residents. With this mix of old and new, the area has become a multicultural community that’s rich and diverse. In that sense, the South End is embracing a rich history that continues to be written today.

Neighborhood Highlights:

BEECHMONT

Beechmont’s distance from downtown once made it an ideal southwest location for residents to call their summer homes. Today, Beechmont is a melting pot of native Louisvillians and immigrant populations, contributing some of the best international cuisines and cultures from Vietnam, Cuba, Kenya, Ethiopia and beyond. Beechmont is also home to affordable housing, a thriving arts scene, local festivals and historical gems like the Little Loomhouse.

PLEASURE RIDGE PARK

Near to Downtown Louisville and Fort Knox, Pleasure Ridge Park (or PRP as it’s known to locals) is home to the nationally known Waverly Hills Sanatorium, a former tuberculosis hospital, and a current haunted house. Dixie Highway is the

main artery through PRP and boasts many food and shopping venues.

FAIRDALE & VALLEY STATION

Just south of Pleasure Ridge Park (PRP), Valley Station was named for its location between Muldraugh Hill and the Knobs. Valley Station is home to Jefferson Memorial Forest, Riverside (the Farnsley-Moremen Landing), and the Louisville Loop, among other wonders.

Like Valley Station, Fairdale is flanked by Jefferson Memorial Forest, as well as the historic South Park Country Club, which is the oldest country club in the state of Kentucky.

IROQUOIS PARK

As the name suggests, this neighborhood is primarily dominated by Iroquois Park, another Frederick Olmsted park. This south end community of residential neighborhoods is peppered with international restaurants and

grocery stores and only a short commute to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport.

NEWBURG

Situated between General Electric’s Appliance Park and Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, Newburg is an affordable part of the city. Just 15 minutes from all sorts of neighborhoods, Newburg is close to the Louisville Zoo and Kentucky Kingdom and recently added an education and technologydriven branch of the Louisville Free Public Library.

SHIVELY

Shively traces its roots to shortly after the first settlement on the Falls of the Ohio when a stagecoach shop first opened in 1831. Today, Shively is home to the Bulleit Distilling Company, the StitzelWeller Distillery, and the Michter’s Distillery, as well as Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Kentucky Derby Museum.

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CHURCHILL DOWNS

Churchill Downs conducts live Thoroughbred horse racing during three race meets in the Spring, September, and the Fall, including Saturday night races under the lights. The track is the home of the Kentucky Oaks and the famous Kentucky Derby, “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” The iconic Twin Spires that sit atop the grandstands remain the most recognizable architectural feature of Churchill Downs and serve as a symbol of the racetrack.

IROQUOIS PARK & AMPHITHEATER

Iroquois Park was planned by Frederick Law Olmsted as a “scenic reservation” of forested hillsides and breathtaking vistas. The beautiful green space provides a backdrop of play spaces, scenic running paths, and quaint picnic areas tucked away from the city. Within the park, the Iroquois Amphitheater is a large, open-air theater that accommodates 2,366 people for outdoor performances, live bands, and movies.

JEFFERSON MEMORIAL FOREST

The Jefferson Memorial Forest is the largest municipal forest in the country. It is the site of more than 35 miles of scenic woodland trails for hiking and trail running and another 11 miles for equestrian use. Just 15 minutes from downtown Louisville, the forest provides an adventure for everyone - horse trails, nature education programs, camping, canoeing, fishing, orienteering and climbing the 52-foot Alpine Tower. The Forest also offers retreat facilities for profit or non-profit groups that can be used on their own or paired with individualized corporate teambuilding programs.

THE FARNSLEY-MOREMAN HOUSE

Standing atop a gentle rise overlooking the Ohio River, the Farnsley-Moremen House is the centerpiece of a 300-acre historic site in Louisville, Kentucky, called Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing. Built circa 1837, the house is a testament to the vital role agriculture along the river played in the development of our country.

STITZEL-WELLER EXPERIENCE

Originally opened on Derby Day in 1935 and reopened to the public in 2014, the Stitzel-Weller Distillery is one of the true cathedrals of the American whiskey industry. Located only five miles from downtown Louisville, this distillery is one of the most convenient and impressive along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Guests gain a unique perspective on the dichotomy of the historic contrasted with the innovations of tomorrow that include Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, I.W. Harper and Orphan Barrel.

INTERESTING FACTS:

» One hundred sixty-five thousand fans and dignitaries cheer on the “run for the roses” at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

Restaurants:

WAGNERS

Wagners old-time pharmacy and soda fountain has been a Louisville institution since 1922. Its history is written all over the walls, which hold a collage of past Derby winners along with famous figures who have graced the pharmacy’s fountain through the years.

What started as a low-key meeting spot for coffee and conversation among horsemen and racing writers was eventually “discovered” by the mainstream media and now has been written about and videotaped by everyone from the Los Angeles Times to Southern Living to local TV news crews.

ANNIE’S CAFE

Annie’s Café and Vietnam Kitchen is a delicious and inexpensive international dining option that is also a top pick of many Louisville chefs. Annies features a mix of Vietnamese & Chinese cuisine, including an assortment of soups, noodle and rice dishes, and a vegetarian menu in a simple, cozy setting.

MIKE LINNIG’S

Mike Linnig’s has been serving fried fish, frog legs, shrimp, pan-fried oysters, turtle soup and more since 1925. Nestled in a shady grove along the Ohio River that was once the family’s working farm, guests can have seafood served indoors or outside on picnic tables, all while enjoying the view.

SHACK IN THE BACK

If you are a traditional southern barbecue lover, you’ll enjoy the rustic Shack in the Back BBQ, where the savory meat is “smoked to perfection, slow cooked with care.” The shack is family-owned, offering pit-smoked BBQ and classic sides ordered at the counter or drive-thru. The restaurant was featured on the Food Network Channel show “Man, Fire, Food” in 2018 and reopened in a new location in May of 2022.

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Highlands & Germantown

Louisville is a place that values both history and the future, creating an energy and spirit that perfectly balances the big-city feel and small-town charm. Two of Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods, The Highlands and Germantown (along with its sister German heritage neighborhood, Schnitzelburg), underwent a major urban revitalization in recent decades. Since then, both areas have proudly retained their history while welcoming a new infusion of hip restaurants, trendy shops, corner bakeries and eclectic bars.

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Germantown gets its name from the influx of German immigrants who first settled into the neighborhood in the mid-1800s. Today, Germantown’s quaint streets are lined with shotgun houses and locally-renowned restaurants in a perfectly walkable setting just minutes from downtown. Young couples, local artists, retired veterans and everyone in between call this uniquely eclectic neighborhood home.

Recently, Germantown has seen an influx of urban homesteading, and it’s not uncommon to see sustainable backyard gardens or chickens nearby. Here you’ll find a mix of dive bars, vegan eateries and some of the city’s best local bakeries.

Literally a neighborhood built on high land, The Highlands is a fun and funky part of Louisville known for its casual pubs and sushi bars alongside breakfast joints and chef-driven bistros on Bardstown Road. As well as being a foodie hub, the area is also celebrated for its unique collection of artisan shops, bars, restaurants, and breweries, all within walking distance from residential properties, making it an ideal setting for parades and festivals.

If a quieter atmosphere is more your style, you can browse bookstores and enjoy a variety of independent coffee shops throughout the neighborhood. Aesthetically, The Highlands is as quirky as it is charming, boasting Victorian homes and turnof-the-century architecture. For outdoor lovers, The Highlands is home to Cherokee and Seneca parks, two of Frederick Law Olmstead’s natural creations.

Neighborhood Highlights:

LOUISVILLE MEGA CAVERN

One of Louisville’s most unique attractions, Mega Cavern, is unlike anything you have ever seen! Mega Zip lines is an allunderground adventure featuring six underground zip lines, including a fun-filled dual racing zip, two incredible challenge bridges that will test your skill, and an A.C.C.T. certified zip guide that will lead you on a 2.5-hour adventure through a portion of 17 miles of underground passageways beneath the city of Louisville. For a more relaxing experience, you can take our 1 hour historic Mega Tram tour, where you will learn about the geology, history, mining techniques, recycling, and green building technology of this man-made cavern. During November and December, the cavern is transformed into Lights Under Louisville, an annual underground holiday light show allowing personal vehicles to drive through a portion of the cavern and experience over 850 displays and over 2 million points of light!

LOCAL FAVORITES CHECK’S CAFE (GERMANTOWN)

Restaurants:

With a tradition running more than 60 years for tasty, inexpensive food and cold beer, patrons can whiff a scent of Louisville history coming off the old walls of this quintessential Germantown saloon. Try the rolled oysters, fried bologna, or open-faced roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts.

DAIRY KASTLE (GERMANTOWN)

For seasonal treats with a retro atmosphere, Dairy Kastle has been a Louisville summer tradition for more than 40 years. If you’re here during the warm weather months, pop by the walk-up counter for soft-serve ice cream and a chili dog.

SEVICHE: LATIN RESTAURANT (HIGHLANDS)

Chef/owner Anthony Lamas was a 2010 and 2011 semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast award, and the restaurant was named one of the ten great places for Latino flavor and flair” in the country by U.S.A. Today. Seviche’s seafood comes from sustainable sources and is harvested in a manner that does not harm the environment.

SUPERCHEFS (HIGHLANDS)

Star chef Darnell Ferguson serves supersized meals at Superchefs, a superhero-themed restaurant featuring imaginative breakfasts and Southernstyle dishes.

FAT LAMB MODERN KITCHEN & BAR (HIGHLANDS)

The Fat Lamb Modern Kitchen & Bar’s openkitchen concept has received a great response from the Highlands neighborhood. It continues to serve both local patrons and visitors upscale comfort food, emphasizing locally sourced ingredients with creative and exciting cocktails.

80/20 @ KAELINS (HIGHLANDS)

Sink your teeth into a fantastic burger, savor traditional fried chicken, enjoy homemade ice cream, or try a cocktail and be met with the sweet smell of smoked deliciousness. 80/20 is also known for its impressive patio, wrap-around porch, and outdoor bar featuring televisions and open-air street views.

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LOUISVILLE ZOO

Opened in 1969, the Louisville Zoo currently houses more than 1,100 animals on 130 acres of natural settings, including Glacier Run, Africa, Islands, New World Exhibits (North, Central and South America), Australian Outback, the HerpAquarium and the Metazoo Education Center.

One of the region’s most popular family attractions, the Zoo also features concessions and catering, multiple playgrounds, several gift shops, rides and attractions, including the Splash Park, Conservation Carousel, Zoo trams, Zoo adventure ropes courses, camel rides and the BOMA African Petting Zoo. Plus, the Zoo produces education programs recognized nationwide for excellence, and hosts over 50 special event days each year, including Earth Month activities in April, weekend movie nights, character appearances, holiday events, the 5K Throo the Zoo Run/Walk, the annual Boo at the Zoo.

CHEROKEE PARK

One of the original parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Cherokee Park provides a pastoral setting amid rolling hills, open meadows and woodlands of the Beargrass Creek valley. Considered the crown jewel of Louisville’s park system, Cherokee Park’s main feature is the 2.4-mile Scenic Loop, with separate lanes for vehicle traffic (one-way) and recreational users. For vehicles on the Scenic Loop (or recreational users moving in the direction of vehicle traffic), the secret to navigating the park is to keep turning left to stay in the park or keep turning right to leave the park.

BARDSTOWN ROAD

Sometimes referred to as “Restaurant Road,” Bardstown Road is one of the most vibrant spots in Greater Louisville. Originally a turnpike to Bardstown, the 3-mile section running through Louisville is jam-packed with local restaurants, bars, shops and businesses, including pizzerias, boutique shops, thrift stores, record shops, ice cream shops, bakeries, book stores, coffee shops, fitness clubs, groceries, dance clubs, salons, community theatres, a comedy club, and more.

LOCAL FAVORITES

Bars & Breweries:

HOLY GRALE (THE HIGHLANDS)

Holy Grale gastropub is a unique dining and drinking experience housed in a renovated church. Chef Joshua Lehman offers a seasonally adapted menu, while the bar features a frequently changing draft beer selection.

ZANZABAR (GERMANTOWN)

Zanzabar (Zbar) is a perfect destination for a top-notch menu, boasting over 60 different beers, huge selection of vintage arcade games, a large heated patio, and WI-FI inside and out!

MONNIK (SCHNITZELBURG)

Monnik, the dutch word for monk, reflects the intense focus this brewery, taproom, and restaurant puts on providing excellent food and drink. Monnik uses locally sourced ingredients and features a curated selection of 20 beers on tap, including a mix of flagships, rotating seasonals and one-off brews.

MILE WIDE BEER CO. (THE HIGHLANDS)

Every drop of Mile Wide beer is brewed right here in our Louisville brewery. The production space is separated from our taproom by a floor-to-ceiling glass wall allowing you to enjoy your favorite Mile Wide beer while watching us craft your new favorite.

INTERESTING FACTS:

» The Louisville Zoo features the city’s only re-circulating splash park water system. The 5,000-gallon tank collects water used and filters it through sand, and U.V. filters chlorinate the water and send it back into Splash Park.

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Southern Indiana

Riverside communities of New Albany, Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and Charlestown are just one mile from downtown Louisville on the Ohio River’s north shore. This area – what locals call “SoIN” is a two-county area with an energetic yet easy living vibe. In the sweet spot between city and country living, their revitalized downtowns and rural landscapes are perfect for relocation.

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The Ohio River divides Kentucky and Indiana but doesn’t split the community. It’s all part of the same metro area. Residents in both states cross the river and take advantage of amenities that make the region unique. The Big Four Pedestrian & Cycling Bridge connects SoIN to Louisville. Residents use it for daily exercise or to take a leisurely trip stroll into the heart of downtown Jeffersonville for shopping and dining.

Another riverside amenity is the 7.5-mile Ohio River Greenway, a multi-use path. With easy access to Clarksville and New Albany, tour it via bicycle or foot to visit quaint downtown shops and take advantage of the burgeoning culinary scene. Along the way, it travels next to the Falls of the Ohio State Park, where 390-million-year-old fossils are visible when river levels are low.

SoIn Highlights:

FALLS OF THE OHIO

It all began at the Falls of the Ohio State Park. Here, visitors can view embedded ancient fossils. In addition, the riverside experience is at its best with gorgeous sunsets, hikes and a chance to see nesting bald eagles.

HUBER’S WINERY

Indiana’s largest estate-bottled winery, Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards, has been a family farm since the 19th century. It is nationally recognized, receiving dozens of awards for its wine and spirits. According to Yelp, it is the #1 pumpkin patch in Indiana. Things to do include wine and spirits tastings, distillery and winery tours, Family Farm Park, shopping at the farm market, and listening to music during seasonal concerts.

CHARLESTOWN STATE PARK

In addition to 6 trails ranging from easy to rugged, hikers can visit the site of an abandoned amusement park from the early 20th century at Charlestown State Park. Situated along the Ohio River, it offers a chance to escape and return to nature.

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NOCO ARTS & CULTURAL DISTRICT

Jeffersonville’s NoCo Arts & Cultural District is one of 12 districts recognized by the Indiana Arts Commission. Locals can connect with their inner artist in this colorful, creative spot. They can explore their creativity and help with community projects for all to see. Art markets, concerts, a story trail, and other events feature local artists and artisans.

ABBEY ROAD ON THE RIVER

Since 2017, Jeffersonville has been home to Abbey Road on the River, the world’s largest Beatles-inspired music festival held at Big Four Station Park. The 5-day festival is a gathering for music enthusiasts promoting peace, love and flower power.

HARVEST HOMECOMING

One of Indiana’s oldest and largest festivals, Harvest Homecoming is a comprehensive community event held every October to celebrate fall! Food booths, parades, bourbon experiences, and more give local craft vendors and nonprofit associations a chance to fundraise and give back to the community.

HOWARD STEAMBOAT MUSEUM

The Howard Steamboat Museum is essential to the Ohio River’s history. A shipbuilding town since the 1800s, Jeffersonville’s steamboat-era heydays began with the Howard Shipyard. More than 3,000 vessels were built here, and the museum preserves the steamboat story.

Discover these out of the ordinary treats & dining experiences

SCHIMPFF’S CONFECTIONERY

Since 1891, Schimpff’s Confectionery has given area locals a sweet taste of history. This family-owned and operated candy store and museum hosts periodic candy-making demonstrations. It has a tin ceiling and an old-fashioned soda fountain.

MESA: A LIVE DINING SHOW

This Live Dining Show gives a frontrow seat into a restaurant experience. It showcases the area’s best local chefs and offers classes for aspiring home chefs. While dinner is prepared, chefs talk with guests about the food they make and answer questions, too.

DERBY DINNER PLAYHOUSE

For more than 40 years, Derby Dinner Playhouse has been the go-to spot for excellent dinner and a show. The theater’s holiday show regularly sells out, and its season tickets and children’s theater performances are must-see attractions. Comfort food meals plus hilarious comedies, catchy songs, moving dramas and great characters entertain all ages.

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Bullitt County and Shepherdsville

Where Old Traditions Thrive & Everyone’s Part of the Family

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Located only 20 minutes outside Louisville, scenic Shepherdsville welcomes visitors to the “knobs,” a countryside of bumpy hills synonymous with this piece of Bourbon Country. Considering the area’s variant elevation and natural water sources, it’s no wonder one of the bourbon industry’s storied families decided to grow roots in Bullitt County. When you’re not sipping bourbon, pour a glass of the local wine, or revive your spirit with an adventure into the wondrous natural landscape.

County Highlights:

JIM BEAM AMERICAN OUTPOST

Distillers revere them as legends and heroes, while the casual bourbon collector might identify their names with a favored label. No matter how you refer to the Jim Beam dynasty, it’s hard to deny their imprint on the history and present-day quality of Kentucky Bourbon.

The Beam Bourbon dynasty started with Jacob Beam about 200 years ago. In late fall 2021, Jim Beam Distillery re-opened after an expansive renovation that added a craft distillery and farm-to-table restaurant to their spacious campus. Visitors can also experience the newly revamped Jim Beam American Outpost, which houses the visitor center and gift shop. Feel like part of the family as you participate in the bourbon production process, which includes watching the mixing of grains and bottling your own bottle.

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WINERIES

While tasting world-class bourbon on your Bourbon Country excursion, you can also experience the unexpected excellence of Kentucky-crafted wine. Bullitt County is home to four awardwinning wineries, including Brooks Hill Winery, Forest Edge Winery, MillaNova Winery, and Wight-Meyer Winery.

With panoramic views and spots to throw down a picnic blanket, these wineries offer casual tastings and relaxed atmospheres for wine snobs and newbies alike. A trip to all four wineries, as well as the Jim Beam American Outpost and Four Roses Warehouse and Bottling Facility, completes the official Wine & Whiskey Trail and earns visitors a commemorative glass from Bullitt County Visitor Center.

BERNHEIM

ARBORETUM AND RESEARCH FOREST

Take a deep breath and connect with nature. Over 40 miles of hiking and biking trails, nurseries, gardens and preserved land make up the 16,000+ acres that are Bernheim Forest. This land showcases the diverse terrain of Kentucky, from dipping knobs to creek beds to dense woodlands.

Should hunger strike during your visit, stop by Isaac’s Café at the visitor center for delicious locally sourced lunch options. Bernheim’s hours are seasonal. Check their website for special events and program offerings.

FOUR ROSES WAREHOUSE & BOTTLING FACILITY

Known for its meticulously crafted Single Barrel and Small Batch Bourbon, Four Roses Distillery sends its bourbon here for maturation and bottling. While distilling happens on the Salt River in Lawrenceburg, the barrels are stored here in the single-story warehouses to increase consistency. This location welcomes guests to browse the gift shop and join in a tasting while learning the story behind the Four Roses name.

DINING

Visitors can find many fast food favorites in Bullitt County for those occasions where time is of the essence; however, relationships are strengthened around the dinner table. Do not miss an opportunity to sit and enjoy the 20-oz sirloin known as the “Sheriff” at Cattleman’s Restaurant or feast on seafood, chicken, cheesesteak and gyros at The Fish House. Perhaps you will catch live music and cornhole tournaments there, too.

Diners & Coffee

CEDAR GROVE COFFEE HOUSE

More than fresh-roasted coffee and specialty drinks, Cedar Grove also has a full menu that includes sandwiches & paninis, pastries, and other handcrafted delights to brighten your day.

HILLVIEW FAMILY DINER

Hillview Family Diner is the quintessential family owned and operated family style diner serving up all your favorite comfort foods.

CRYSTAL’S COUNTRY DINER

Crystal’s serves up fresh, home-cooked meals.

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Restaurants

CLUCKER’S

Upbeat, family oriented restaurant and sports bar with a chicken-focused menu including fresh, made-toorder wings, tenders and sandwiches.

THE KITCHEN TABLE

Located at the newly renovated James B. Beam Distillery campus in Clermont, KY, The Kitchen Table serves guests a unique, whiskey-forward dining experience.

BEARNO’S PIZZA

Bearno’s Shepherdsville location brings their Louisville-style pizza tradition to Bullitt County.

FISH HOUSE BAR & GRILL

Family owned and operated since 2017, Fish House serves quality seafood at a reasonable price.

HOMETOWN PIZZA

Hometown Pizza’s Mount Washington location serves up made-to-order pizza featuring their signature sauce.

MOBY DICK SEAFOOD

Since 1967, this family owned Louisville original has hooked millions of people with the savory goodness of a “whale of a sandwich” and other taste tempters.

HALFTIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL

Where great food meets great sports in Mount Washington.

MILANO ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Proud to be the “home of the calzone,” Milano Italian Restaurant is family owned and operated since 2000.

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Shelby County

ShelbyKY (Shelbyville, Simpsonville and Shelby County) is Your Bourbon Destination. Located directly east of Jefferson County, ShelbyKY is home to two distilleries - Bulleit Distillery and Jeptha Creed Distillery. It’s within easy driving distance of all distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and is close to the distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour. Additionally, ShelbyKY offers an array of bourbon-themed lodging, shopping and dining.

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Founded in 1792 and named for Isaac Shelby, the first Governor of Kentucky, ShelbyKY is home to 90-plus Saddlebred horse farms. ShelbyKY offers a rare peek into the world of the Saddlebred show horse and is known as the Saddlebred Horse Capital of the World.

Pair Saddlebred horses and bourbon with dining at classic favorites like Claudia Sanders Restaurant and new staples such as The Red Lion, shopping at Kentucky’s only designer outlet mall, and outdoor adventures including fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and golf. There’s much to see, do and taste in ShelbyKY. We invite you to follow #VisitShelbyKY and www. facebook.com/VisitShelbyKY.

Highlights:

SHELBYVILLE HORSE SHOW

Known the world over, the Shelbyville Horse Show is one of ShelbyKY’s most popular events. Held annually on the first Wednesday-Saturday in August, the Shelbyville Horse Show is a longstanding tradition. ShelbyKY has the distinction of being the Saddlebred Horse Capital of the World, and there’s no better place to see the exquisite breed on display than the Shelbyville Horse Show.

BULLEIT DISTILLERY

Bulleit Bourbon is distilled and aged in the Bulleit family tradition. High rye content gives it a bold, spicy character with a distinctively smooth, clean finish. Kentucky limestone-filtered water provides a foundation for the bourbon’s character, while charred American oak barrels lend a smoky backbone.

JEPTHA CREED DISTILLERY

At Jeptha Creed, the family of brands and products is backed by a real family — passionate about tradition and beliefs in making the finest spirits and foods for its valued customers. “Our products are our family heirlooms, and it is our pleasure to share them with you.”

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SMITH-BERRY VINEYARD AND WINERY

Smith-Berry was traditionally a cattle and tobacco farm that diversified into grape farming and winemaking. Smith-Berry patterns themselves on the family farms of Europe. The estate-produced and bottled wines combine the latest in winery science with the tradition of small-batch fermentation.

TALON WINERY

Open daily for wine tastings and sales. Before its opening in 2009, the Shelbyville tasting house was just a typical house. Owners converted the garage into a unique, one-of-a-kind BarrelVaulted ceiling tasting room where guests can enjoy Talon wines. They rehabilitated the rest of the house to create a gift shop, private event room and a large porch.

LÉTTLEIKI ICELANDICS, LLC

This internationally recognized center for the Icelandic Horse is located at the beautiful, historic Swallowland Farm. The modern barn, spacious meeting areas, large indoor arena, competitive oval track, and 1,000-foot straight track together create a stateof-the-art facility for hosting some of the largest Icelandic Horse events in the country.

SHELBY TRAILS PARK

Unplug from the hustle and bustle and reconnect with nature on foot or horseback. Shelby Trails Park is a great way to experience a great hike, a new adventure for you and your own horse or take a lesson and learn to ride.

GALLREIN FARMS

Open April 1 through October 31, families enjoy the petting zoo, touring the greenhouses, u-pick strawberries, u-pick pumpkins, hayrides, etc.

MULBERRY ORCHARD

Mulberry Orchard has 17 varieties of peaches and 16 varieties of apples. The farm also has a variety of berries and fresh vegetables available throughout the season. There are hayrides, animals, a kids’ area, etc.

Shops:

WAKEFIELD-SCEARCE GALLERIES

Wakefield-Scearce Galleries, founded in 1947, has continually served clients from all over the world with an extensive collection of fine English Antiques, including silver, furniture and accessories. Wakefield-Scearce is known for creating handmade sterling and pewter mint julep cups. For decades, each new President of the United States has been sent a cup hand-engraved with the Presidential Seal.

OUTLET SHOPPES OF THE BLUEGRASS

The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass is Kentucky’s only designer outlet mall. Ninety well-known designer outlets include Coach, Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Banana Republic, Nike, North Face and many more.

Restaurants:

CLAUDIA SANDERS DINNER HOUSE

The local landmark carries on the traditions of founders Colonel Sanders and his wife, Claudia. Their knowledge of southern recipes and their skill in the restaurant business brought about the creation of the Claudia Sanders Dinner House, where an air of Southern Hospitality and cooking combined with old-fashioned, family-style service remain.

RED LION

The Red Lion is a multi-experience restaurant and specialty cocktail bar housed in a 200-year-old building. This downtown Shelbyville restaurant offers almost 100 bourbons.

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Spencer County

Located in the heart of Bourbon Country, Spencer County, Kentucky, is rich in history and big on small-town charm. With room to breathe a slower pace of life, Spencer County offers the best of country living and the convenience of being only minutes from Louisville, Shelbyville, Bardstown and Lexington, Kentucky.

Spencer County’s friendly, Southern hospitality makes it the perfect place to call “home.” From full-service resorts to rustic campgrounds, Taylorsville offers a place to relax and renew yourself for another adventurous day in Spencer County. Taylorsville was established in the early 1800s when people enjoyed the simple things in life: a quiet day of fishing, a picnic under a tree overlooking the rolling countryside, or a leisurely day on the beautiful Taylorsville Lake.

Today, Taylorsville still offers homeowners those same idyllic options right along with recent advancements such as U.S.G.Arated Tanglewood Golf Course, exciting water sports, and much more.

Area Highlights:

TAYLORSVILLE LAKE & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

Outdoor enthusiasts can boat, kayak, tube, or fish in the 3,050-acre Taylorsville Lake, which is proudly the most heavily stocked fishing lake in Kentucky! Beyond some of the best fishing in the area, Taylorsville Lake also has a small water skiing course on the lake and is a popular spot for wakeboarding, tubing, and jet skiing. The wildlife management area attracts abundant deer, turkey, and other woodland creatures and includes a 24-mile trail system for nature lovers to hike, bike or go horseback riding.

HISTORIC MAINSTREET

It’s easy to make a day out of a trip down Taylorsville’s Historic Main Street. Spend some time shopping for antiques, handmade jewelry and locally made gifts. Grab a soda and a sandwich and window shop some more until it’s time for a pastry in a local coffee shop. You’ll see why Taylorsville is proud to be a part of the Kentucky Main Street program and Main Street America.

TAYLORSVILLE STATE PARK

Situated on beautiful Taylorsville Lake, Taylorsville State Park offers access to fishing, boating, camping and a 16-mile trail system just minutes from Louisville. The campground includes dedicated horse campsites, RV sites with hookups, and primitive tent sites. The park is known for some of the most scenic and beautiful horseback riding trails around. Visitors often see bald eagles and other wildlife.

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TANGLEWOOD GOLF COURSE

Enjoy a game of golf with spectacular views at the USGA Accredited Tanglewood Golf Course.

Opened in 1984 and extensively renovated in 2014, Tanglewood is an18 Hole, Par 72 Course with a beautiful clubhouse, a fully stocked Pro Shop, and a bar that is now open seven days a week.

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Shops:

AMELIA’S GIFTS

A gift store that provides gifts for any occasion. Located inside WT Froman’s Drugstore on Historic Main Street.

THE RED SCOOTER

The Red Scooter (named after an antique red scooter) showcases local artists’ creations, treasures and more on two sprawling floors. It’s a fantastic collection of treasures and a must-see along Main Street.

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Oldham County

Conveniently located 20 minutes from downtown Louisville on I-71, Oldham County is a gem in the crown of the Bluegrass State. Experience ALL things Kentucky in one place – big city bourbons, Underground Railroad Network to Freedom history, it’s the Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky, and you can’t beat our world-renowned “Trains on Main” shopping and dining district. It’s all found in one place in Kentucky – ONLY in Oldham!

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It’s a great place to live – all things Kentucky come together in Oldham County. If you’re a Louisvillian looking for more space, green rolling hills, and a slower lifestyle, Oldham County has all of life’s modern conveniences wrapped up in small town charm. One of its best assets, and the main reason many people move to the county, is its school system.

Once you’ve settled in, there’s no need to leave the county – with so many food and shopping options, annual and ongoing events such as Oldham County Farm Tours, plus fascinating local history around every corner, you’ll fall in love with Oldham County and all it has to offer. Even if you’re just day tripping, you can stay, play, shop and eat to your heart’s content!

Highlights: SCHOOLS

The Oldham County School District is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Louisville and serves 12,416 students. Oldham County Schools continually rank among the highest-performing school districts on various academic achievement and college readiness assessments. The district consists of a preschool, nine elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, an alternative school, Arvin Education Center and the Oldham County Schools Arts Center.

With a student:teacher ratio of 16:1 and a graduation rate of 97 % (top 10% in the state), it’s easy to see why so many parents choose Oldham County’s nationally recognized public school system. As proved by the county’s ranking in the Top 5% of the overall district by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), education is at the forefront of the many highly skilled teachers and visionary leaders entrusted to educate our future leaders through a variety of programs.

In addition to public school options, Oldham County has many excellent private and parochial schools for pre-K – 12 grade students. Choices include: Covenant Classical Academy, Jubilee Academy, St. Aloysius Catholic School, St. Francis School, St. Mary Academy, and Virginia Chance School. Of all K-12 students in Oldham County, 5% are educated in private schools compared to the Kentucky state average of 9%.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

There are so many options for outdoor and recreational fun in a county rated one of the healthiest in Kentucky. Some of the best fun spots for the kiddos are La Grange Springs Park, the county’s newest park, which features a splash pad and million-dollar Farmer’s Market Pavilion, where local Kentucky Proud growers seller their produce and handcrafted items on Saturday’s from 9 a.m. – 1p.m. The park also hosts many outdoor events and concerts.

The nearby Oldham County Aquatic Center, located inside Wendell Moore Park, features swim lessons, water exercise classes, waterslide and outdoor fun for the entire family. The 107- acre park contains picnic shelters, archery range, tennis, and basketball courts.

The Maples Park in Crestwood is home to the Oldham County Tourism & Conventions office and Visitor Center. It’s a city-owned park consisting of 22 acres. It contains the Deibel Barn, which can be rented for weddings

Restaurants:

KNOCK ON WOOD MERCANTILE

& CAFÉ, known for its eclectic mix of country chic décor, serves up some scrumptious soups, sandwiches, and homemade desserts. Just a short drive away is Schamback Park where you can get a gorgeous view of the Ohio River while enjoying carry-out from Knock on Wood.

BARN8 RESTAURANT

& BOURBON BAR, located on the grounds of historic Hermitage Farm. The restaurant features seasonal selections in a farm-to-table setting inside a renovated horse barn. The Bourbon Bar & Lounge features selections from every distillery on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail.

BACKSIDE GRILL (located in Oldham Gardens) features creative dishes ranging from beer cheese and pretzels, a hemp dog, their popular smoked pork sandwich or brisket with sides, or their famous pimento cheese burger.

Grab a latte at LA GRANGE COFFEE ROASTERS, a favorite of locals and visitors, or a gelato and sorbet made from local Kentucky Proud® ingredients at Spotz Gelato. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at Red Pepper Deli, dinner at Ernesto’s Mexican Cuisine or One Nineteen West Main, or sit outside by the tracks with a drink at La Vigne Wine Bar or Main Street Bourbon & Ale House.

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and special events, a very popular splash pad and playground area for kids, and paved walking paths. Many annual events are held here such as Shakespeare in the Park and Up, Up & Away - a back-to-school event featuring tethered hot air balloon rides!

Several of the county parks are featured on the NEW Oldham County Lewis & Clark Trail. Six stops on the driving trail wind along US Hwy 42 where you can get out and explore your surroundings the way Lewis & Clark did. This trail is a collaborative program between Oldham County Tourism and Oldham County Parks & Rec. Oldham Tourism developed a trail that would highlight Highway 42 and the Ohio River; this portion of the trail links to an official trail marking the Eastern Legacy of the Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1803 –1806. Each stop has a Lewis & Clark activity for ages 6-15 years old found in the official Oldham County Lewis & Clark Junior Explorer Program booklet, which can be picked up at: Creasey Mahan, Wendell Moore Park, Knock on Wood Mercantile or Oldham Tourism at The Maples Park. Once all 6 stops are visited and the activities completed, kids can return their completed Program for an official Oldham County Lewis & Clark Trail Pin and Junior Explorer Certificate.

All total, the county boasts six parks, in addition to the nonprofit Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, in Goshen. Creasey hosts over 9 miles of wooded trails that weave through open grasslands, four year-round springs, waterfalls, frog pond, and a 2-acre woodland garden and Forest Friends Playground featuring kid safe, creative, handicapped accessible playground equipment. Creasey Mahan offers many guided hikes by their staff naturalist.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood is a 33-acre public botanical garden and horticulture research center offering magnificent garden displays and family friendly activities and programs for all ages. An internationally-recognized center for gardening, plants and education, Yew Dell is also a stunning example of significant historical importance. The property originally contained the home, gardens and commercial nursery of Theodore and Martha Klein and their family.

Golf courses and driving ranges in Oldham County provide some of the best greens in the region for all skill levels. Wide rolling fairways and spacious greens can be found at the Oldham County Country Club, Nevel Meade Golf Course, Eagle Creek Golf Course, Sleepy Hollow Golf Course and Golden Tee Driving Range.

The latter facility is a premier golf practicing facility with PGA pros and instructors, 65 grass tees, practice putting greens and chipping greens. Falling Rock Park (FRP) is an alcoholfree Bluegrass oasis for grown-ups only and is the perfect place to spend a sweltering summer day. Known locally as “The Quarry”, the 5,600acre limestone quarry is filled with clean, clear rainwater making it an exceptional spot for swimming and scuba diving May through September. A trip to FRP is like a trip to paradise.

FARM TOURS

Oldham County is the “Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky.” April through October, Oldham Tourism offers 15 fun and educational farm tours where you can hug an alpaca, milk a cow, learn to make artisan cheese and have an experience like no other. Touch one of 10 retired race horses at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) at Chestnut Hall, where these beautiful creatures are living out their last days in peace and tranquility. TRF cares for these majestic equine athletes when their racing careers are finished. Or visit Windy Meadows Horse Farm where several Hallmark Films were shot and learn about all breeds of horses. A trip to Woodland Farm lets you get up close and personal with American bison.

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Historic Hermitage Farm is one of the most well-known horse farms in the county (with an exhibit in the Kentucky Derby Museum), Hermitage has a history as old as the county itself. Triple Crown winners have been raised on the farm once owned by Warner Jones and visited by Queen Elizabeth II!

OLDHAM COUNTY HISTORY CENTER

The Oldham County History Center transports you back in time. The campus contains several buildings that tell of the county’s rich heritage which dates back to, and even before 1824 which it was officially created. The history center relates the early days of Westport, a once booming stop on the Ohio River and county seat before it was moved permanently to La Grange. The history center has earned two designations from the National Park Service Network to Freedom program, one for the Bibb Escapes/Gatewood Plantation and the holdings in its J. C. Barnett Library & Archives. The campus also contains the state-of-the-art Peyton Samuel

Head Family Museum.

CRESTWOOD

Formerly known as Beard’s Station, many of the county’s hot tourism attractions and businesses are located in Crestwood and neighboring Pewee Valley. With the advent of I-71 in 1969, Crestwood became a favored residential living destination. Now home to the Oldham County Schools Arts Center, you’ll find their new city Park, The Maples Park, at city center, where they host the county’s premier fine juried art show, Arts on the Green, the second weekend of June. Crestwood is also where you will find OpenRange Gun Range, a world class indoor gun range and paintball arena, Kentucky Artisan Distillery, Oldham Gardens, and Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. Crestwood recently announced a new Baptist Hospital and Clore Farm Development plans at its exit off I-71.

GOSHEN

This small town contains many horse farms and stables along Highway 42, such as Longfield Farm and

Hermitage Farm. Goshen is where you will find the best of small town living only minutes from Louisville. Also located in Goshen is Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, home of the Thrive Forest School, a first of its kind of nature based “school without walls”. You will also find Woodland Farm, a historic bison farm and farm store.

LA GRANGE

Home of the county seat for decades, last year HGTV selected the town as one of six towns across the US to be featured on HGTV’s “Home Town Kickstart.” The result was the start of the popular Alley Loop project which connects alleys around the town into a walking loop and entertainment area. The project also pays homage to the Be Kind Sisters, Raegan and Rylyn Richins, the inspiration for a vibrant Be Kind Mural located near Main Street depicting La Grange as the Kindness Capital of Kentucky. La Grange is home to Oldham County’s largest business park in development, Oldham Reserve and CityPlace Expo Center.

PEWEE VALLEY

One of the most charming turn-of-the-century areas preserved in the state, Pewee Valley was once home to Annie Fellows Johnston, author of The Little Colonel series of children’s books. She drew inspiration from her surroundings, including the people and homes in this bedroom community of Louisville where many Louisvillans vacationed in their specially built summer homes. So popular were Johnston’s books that a film was made in 1935 starring Lloyd Barrymore and Shirley Temple as “The Little Colonel.” Now you will find event spaces, parks, and antique shops along the railroad tracks.

PROSPECT

Consistently ranked as one of the wealthiest cities in the state, Prospect is where you’ll find Hunting Creek Country Club, The Inn at Spring Run Farm B&B and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Oldham Farm Tour, Sactuary Farm at Chestnut Hall. It is unique in that it lies in southwestern Oldham and northeastern Jefferson County and shares close proximity with the Ohio River and Norton Commons.

WESTPORT

This small community, known as “the crossroads,” was once home to the Oldham County courthouse. Before that time, Native Americans inhabited the area. River travel brought a lot of commerce to Westport at one time until the invention of the railroad. Today you’ll find Knock on Wood Mercantile & Cafe and breathtaking views of the Ohio River along the riverfront at Schamback Park. Knock on Wood also hosts a series of summer concerts.

BUCKNER

With a population of about 5,700, the Buckner community is home to the Oldham County YMCA and new residential developments.

INTERESTING FACTS:

» The Sauerbeck Family Drive In is the newest drive-in in Kentucky and offers outdoor movies appropriate for all ages. It was built from the ground up and opened in August 2018 in La Grange. Special movies and events are hosted throughout the year and the Summer Retro Wednesdays are a big hit when the weather’s hot and you’re looking for a way to spend a cool night under the stars. Concessions available.

» Before there was an I-71, US Highway 42 existed and earned the title of “Derby Highway” because of its proximity to several Derby related restaurants and its proximity to Louisville (not to mention the birthplace of Kentucky Derby Pie).

OLDHAM GARDENS is a gorgeous 8.6-acre attraction, located in Crestwood at Exit 14 off I-71, consisting of 3rd Turn Brewing, Hive & Barrel Meadery & Cider, and Backside Grill. Hive & Barrel is Kentucky’s ONLY meadery and Oldham Gardens is the state’s largest cultivated beer garden.

3RD TURN BREWING offers 32 taps (16 inside, 16 outside in the greenhouse beer garden) featuring a mix of its beers as well as local and regional selections.

HIVE & BARREL MEADERY serves up locally made honey wine (made with honey instead of grapes) and craft ciders produced at their on-site facility.

Down the street you’ll find KENTUCKY ARTISAN DISTILLERY. This ice cream factoryturned-distillery began as a contract bottler and distiller for many different customers. They now focus on three distinct primary brands: Jefferson’s bourbons, Whiskey Row bourbon, and Billy Goat Strut. The distillery offers unique tours which give a behind-the-scenes view of the distilling process.

Bars & Breweries: Shops:

La Grange’s quaint MAIN STREET HISTORIC SHOPPING & DINING DISTRICT has long been known for the railroad tracks and freight that run ON Main Street. There since the mid-1850s, they add to its charm and are surrounded by restaurants and plenty of unique shopping opportunities.

MERCANTILE ON MAIN features an array of new and repurposed items, while JUDITH M MILLINERY & SUPPLY HOUSE is a business owned by Jenny Pfanenstiel, Master Milliner and Featured Milliner of the 147th and 148th Kentucky Derby. Jenny gives many hat workshops throughout the year and hosts special events. Across the tracks you’ll find GALLERY 104, a juried fine art gallery which opened in 2007 and displays the work of over 20 local and regional artists.

Make it a day of antiquing by visiting the specialty shops spread throughout the entire county. Find just what you’re looking for at COPPER AWNING AND TRADER BAKERS FLEA MARKET in La Grange, THE COTTAGE AT TINGLE’S in Pewee Valley, or SUGAR BABE ANTIQUES, located in the former Brownsboro General Store in Crestwood.

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The Trails at Belmond

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Creekstone

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Eagle Ridge

PULTE HOMES

Minutes from I-265, new homes at Eagle Ridge offer spacious layouts and enhanced included features packages to make homebuying easy. Here you’ll discover Life Tested Home Designs® with large homesites perfect for outdoor entertaining. Plus, homeowners are only steps away from everyday conveniences, retail and dining options at Springhurst Towne Center. Designer-curated finish and features packages await, boasting favorite color schemes to personalize your new home. At Eagle Ridge you’ll also find cul-de-sac and wooded homesites with affordable monthly payments.

COMMUNITY

Community Address: 4711 Golden Eagle Drive, Louisville, Kentucky 40245

Contact: Martha Pannocchia

1-502-268-4994

Martha.Martin@Pulte.com

Pulte.com/EagleRidge

Facebook: facebook.com/PulteHomes

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Twitter: @PulteHomes

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Catalpa Farms

PULTE

HOMES

Boasting winding streetscapes, wooded views and access to community playground, Catalpa Farms has it all. Located near I-265, Catalpa Farms offers enhanced included features packages to make the homebuying process a breeze, as well as proximity to all that Louisville has to offer. Choose from designer-curated collections to personalize one of our five Life Tested® Home Designs: The Claypool, Boardwalk, Mercer, Fifth Avenue or Newberry.

COMMUNITY

Community Address: 19103 Catalpa Fields Place, Louisville, Kentucky 40023

Contact: Kristen Graham

502-457-5316

Kristen.Graham@Pulte.com

Pulte.com/CatalpaFarms

Facebook: facebook.com/PulteHomes

Instagram:@PulteHomes

Twitter: @PulteHomes

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Bellingham Park

BALL HOMES

Bellingham Park, on Louisville’s East End, is conveniently located near Oldham County, La Grange, Anchorage, Westport Road and Lyndon. Enjoy close proximity to local businesses and retailers at Paddock Shops, and walking trails at The Parklands of Floyds Fork and Anchorage Trail. This conservation subdivision is designed with large open spaces, protected tree canopy, and a signature entrance. Currently offering both Build to Suit and Quick Move opportunities with prices from the upper $300’s. Choose from thirty floor plans, from 2082sf to 3991sf.

BUILDER/MAIN CONTACT:

Rocco Pigneri, Ball Homes

MARKETING

Contact: Fran Stadelman, 1-859-514-3465

fhstadelman@ballhomes.com

COMMUNITY

Contact: 1-502-238-1890

BallSupport@bhhspw.com

ballhomes.com/Locations/Bellingham_Park#/ Facebook: facebook.com/ballhomes

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Trend Collection at Parkside

BALL HOMES

Parkside is a conservation subdivision offering lots of open space and a great location next door to McNeeley Lake Park and Quail Chase Golf Course. Designed for affordable living, the Trend Collection captures the best of modern design, with open concept living and flexible spaces. Homes are finished with beautiful, contemporary products and finishes chosen for value and attainability. Currently offering both Build to Suit and Quick Move opportunities with prices from the upper $200’s. Choose from twelve floor plans, from 1699sf to 2719sf.

BUILDER/MAIN CONTACT: Rocco Pigneri, Ball Homes

MARKETING

Contact: Fran Stadelman

1-859-514-3465

fhstadelman@ballhomes.com

COMMUNITY

Contact: 1-502-238-1890

BallSupport@bhhspw.com

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Silver Creek Meadows

FISCHER HOMES

Fischer Homes is offering our Maple Street Collection in Charlestown, Indiana! Choose from a variety of new singlefamily ranch and two-story designs featuring functional lofts, open-concept kitchens, and customizable living spaces. This exciting new community is located off Salem-Noble Road just 20 minutes north of downtown Louisville and just 10 minutes from Charlestown Square.

MARKETING

Contact: Samantha Morgan

859-344-5971

smorgan@fischerhomes.com

COMMUNITY

Contact: New Home Advisor

502-806-8466

newhomes@fischerhomes.com

bit.ly/402h23e

Facebook: facebook.com/FischerHomesBuilder

Instagram: @fischerhomes

Twitter: @FischerHomes

YouTube: youtube.com/user/FischerHomesBuilder

Pinterest: pinterest.com/fischerhomes

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/the-fischer-group https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=tL22hx3JQs9

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Discovery Point

FISCHER HOMES

Fischer Homes is offering the Designer, Maple Street, and lowmaintenance Ranch and Townhomes Collections of new homes in Shelbyville, Kentucky at Discovery Point. This master-planned community will feature stylized amenities including a cabana, pool, and playground. Conveniently located off Shelbyville Road offering quick access to I-64, downtown Shelbyville is also just minutes away offering a wide variety of shopping and dining options. Discovery Point is located in Shelby County Public Schools - Marnel C. Moorman School and Martha Layne Collins High School. Both schools are within walking distance of the community.

MARKETING

Contact: Samantha Morgan

859-344-5971

smorgan@fischerhomes.com

COMMUNITY

Contact: New Home Advisor newhomes@fischerhomes.com

502-806-8466

https://bit.ly/

Facebook: facebook.com/FischerHomesBuilder

Instagram: @fischerhomes

Twitter: @FischerHomes

YouTube: youtube.com/user/FischerHomesBuilder

Pinterest: pinterest.com/fischerhomes

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/the-fischer-group https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=AyxjKvaxF9m

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Summit Parks

FISCHER HOMES

Fischer Homes is offering our Designer Collection of new home designs featuring ranch-style living, five-level floorplans, flexible living spaces, and more. This community is conveniently located close to I-71, minutes from an abundance of shopping, and dining in historic downtown La Grange. Nearby recreation options are offered at Eagle Creek Golf Course, FRP LaGrange Quarry, numerous parks, Lake Jericho Recreational Area, and Genesis Equestrian Center. Summit Parks is located in the Oldham County School District.

MARKETING

Contact: Samantha Morgan

859-344-5971

smorgan@fischerhomes.com

COMMUNITY

Contact: New Home Advisor

502-806-8466

newhomes@fischerhomes.com

https://bit.ly/

Facebook: facebook.com/FischerHomesBuilder

Instagram: @fischerhomes

Twitter: @FischerHomes

YouTube: youtube.com/user/FischerHomesBuilder

Pinterest: pinterest.com/fischerhomes

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/the-fischer-group

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Bluegrass Meadows

FISCHER HOMES

Bluegrass Meadows features the Designer, Maple Street, and the low-maintenance Ranch and Townhome Collection of new homes in Mt. Washington, KY. Future planned amenities include a swimming pool, cabana, and playground. Close to an abundance of shopping, dining, and just a short drive away from downtown Louisville. Bluegrass Meadows is located in Bullitt County Public School District.

MARKETING

Contact: Samantha Morgan

859-344-5971 smorgan@fischerhomes.com

COMMUNITY

Contact: New Home Advisor

502-806-8466 newhomes@fischerhomes.com

https://bit.ly/3yUpgyF

Facebook: facebook.com/FischerHomesBuilder

Instagram: @fischerhomes

Twitter: twitter.com/FischerHomes

YouTube: youtube.com/user/FischerHomesBuilder

Pinterest: pinterest.com/fischerhomes

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/the-fischer-group

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Signature Point

ELITE HOMES

Elite Homes has the carefree lifestyle you’re looking for with low maintenance, single-story homes, a relaxing atmosphere, and a gorgeous, convenient location at Signature Point, part of Louisville’s newest premier planned community. These homes range in size from 1,724 square feet to 2,230 square feet . The HOA will maintain the lawn, landscaping maintenance, mulching and more.

MARKETING

Contact: Donna Tovar

502-996-8002

dtovar@elitebuilthomes.com

COMMUNITY

Contact: Charla Payne

502-977-2793

charla.payne@elitebuilthomes.com

https://elitebuilthomes.com/community/signature-point

Facebook: facebook.com/EliteBuiltHomes

Instagram: @elitebuilthomes

Twitter: @elitebuilthomes

YouTube: youtube.com/elitebuilthomes

Pinterest: pinterest.com/elitehomes

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Shakes Run

ELITE HOMES

Shakes Run feels like home the moment you arrive. First, the community includes gorgeous tree lined entrance, large ponds, and spacious home sites. Secondly, privacy and serenity inform every aspect of this new home community. Elite Homes in Shakes Run feature allbrick exteriors. The Energy Smart Classic Series homes include state of the art kitchens and full basements, and the Garden Series includes monthly community maintenance, so you don’t have to worry about taking care of your lawn! Amenities in Shakes Run include a clubhouse with two outdoor swimming pools for enjoying in the summer months. Inside the clubhouse there is spacious entertaining space for parties, including a food preparation area. If that isn’t enough, the clubhouse also offers a gym area. An outdoor playground for the children to enjoy is just an of many amenities in Shakes Run.

MARKETING

Contact: Donna Tovar

502-996-8002

dtovar@elitebuilthomes.com

COMMUNITY

Contact: Charla Payne

502-977-2793

charla.payne@elitebuilthomes.com

elitebuilthomes.com/community/shakes-run/

Facebook: facebook.com/EliteBuiltHomes

Instagram: @elitebuilthomes

Twitter: @elitebuilthomes

YouTube: youtube.com/elitebuilthomes

Pinterest: pinterest.com/elitehomes

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Sanctuary

Falls

ELITE HOMES

Welcome to Sanctuary Falls, the newest Elite Homes community. Our Patriotic Series section features 7 floor plans with timeless elevations. Our new home communities are designed with the homeowner in mind. These homes range in size from 1,959 square feet to 3,161 square feet with ready-to-finish lower levels. Our Garden Series section features floor plans with both traditional and craftsman elevations. These homes range in size from 1,724 square feet to 2,230 square feet with ready-to-finish lower levels. The HOA will maintain the lawn, landscaping maintenance, mulching and more With its uptown flair and an unmatched lifestyle, you will enjoy to the fullest at Sanctuary Falls. Whether your vibe is hanging out at one of the many local restaurants, golfing at one of the nearby courses, hanging out one of the local parks with your kids or dog, it’s the perfect place to call home. Sanctuary Falls Patriotic Series is in the prestigious Oldham County school district, providing a unique experience that has made it a community that is highly sought after.

MARKETING

Contact: Donna Tovar

502-996-8002

dtovar@elitebuilthomes.com

COMMUNITY

Contact: Charla Payne

502-977-2793

charla.payne@elitebuilthomes.com

https://elitebuilthomes.com/community/ sanctuary-falls-patriotic-series

Facebook: facebook.com/EliteBuiltHomes

Instagram: @elitebuilthomes

Twitter: @elitebuilthomes

YouTube: youtube.com/elitebuilthomes

Pinterest: pinterest.com/elitehomes

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The Overlook at Eastwood

ARBOR HOMES

The Overlook at Eastwood by Arbor Homes, is a colorful new home community tucked quietly into Louisville, Kentucky. As Arbor’s second Louisville new construction community, these homes are conveniently located near Valhalla Golf Club, and minutes from The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. The 265/64 intersection is short drive from your doorstep, making it easy to get anywhere in the greater Louisville area.

MARKETING

Contact: Donna Tovar

502-996-8002

dtovar@elitebuilthomes.com

COMMUNITY

Contact: Charla Payne

502-977-2793

charla.payne@elitebuilthomes.com

yourarborhome.com/neighborhoods/kentucky/ louisville/the-overlook-at-

Facebook: facebook.com/myarborhome

Instagram: @myarborhome

YouTube: youtube.com/@ArborHomes

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The Courtyards at Curry Farms

PERFECTION BUILDERS

With comfort, convenience and quality top-of-mind, The Courtyards at Curry Farms community offers residents low-maintenance, luxury garden homes with innovative designs and modern amenities, plus lawn maintenance and landscaping, so they can live the lifestyle they have always dreamed of. Each of our award-winning floor plans include zero step entry, a private outdoor courtyard and premium standard features. Add your personal touch to truly make your dream house a home by choosing from a wide range of expertly selected design options and finishes. You might find you won’t want to leave your new home oasis, but the perks of living in our community don’t stop at your doorstep! Take advantage of exclusive community amenities, including a private clubhouse to gather with friends and family, an on-site fitness facility, a heated pool and pickleball courts. Surrounded by a 16-acre nature conservatory and picturesque lakes with walking trails, you’re sure to be impressed with what you see in every direction you look.

MARKETING

Contact: Taylor Clark

316-990-4435

marketing@perfectionbuilders.com

COMMUNITY

Contact: Michelle Heareth 502-509-5067

michelle@perfectionbuilders.com

www.epconcommunities.com/ky/

louisville/the-courtyards-at-curry-farms

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IT’S LOO-AH-VULL

First things first, it is pronounced Loo-ah-vull. Not Lou-eville, not louis-ville. You have to say it quickly, kind of like you are half mumbling and half like you have a mouth full of marbles.

OTHER TOWNS

And while we are on the topic of pronunciation, most towns in Kentucky will only have one syllable. It might be spelled Danville or Pikeville, but you say it all on one quick breath i.e. Danvull or Pikevull (an yes the I is a long I).

WHERE ARE YOU FROM

This usually means one of two things in Louisville: what county are you from if you aren’t from Metro-Louisville or what high school did you go to if you are from Louisville? Any other answer and you might as well just give the nearest big town to where you are coming from.

THE GREAT DIVIDE

The Ohio River is the great divide between Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Both places have their charm, but if you live on “that side of the river,” you can definitely not claim to be from Louisville.

KENTUCKIANNA

Never heard of this region, then you probably haven’t watched Kevin Harned on Wave-3 as he walked you through when you need to move to your basement or inner most space in your house when a bad storm is rolling through the area. It stretches from about halfway through Kentucky to halfway through southern Indiana up to Seymour.

BARDSTOWN RD

It’s not just a street, but a lifestyle. Stretching through the Highlands neighborhood from downtown outward, this unique area has its own style and lifestyle. Don’t miss out on grabbing a cup of coffee at Heine Brothers or eating at Ramses and watching cars roll by at some of the area’s best restaurants.

THE SOUTH END

Ok so this one is kind of odd. Geographically it is more on the west side of Louisville but was south of downtown. Just like Bardstown Rd., the south end has its own flavor. Take a cruise down Dixie Highway to buy a car or to meet some of the most downhome folks you will meet in Louisville. Meet someone with a thicker country accent, they are most likely from the south end (and proud of it!)

WHO IS YOUR TEAM?

When you get asked this, the only appropriate answer is UofL or UK (the University of Louisville or the University of Kentucky.) No one is asking about your favorite MLB or NFL team, those sports don’t matter. What they want to know is on the holiest of holies when these two schools meet, who will you be cheering for?

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
2023
Race
Samtec Great Bed
Shepherd Insurance Great Steamboat Race
Kentucky Oaks
Abbey Road on the River
Ali Festival
Waterfront Independence Festival
Kentucky State Fair
African Heritage Festival
WorldFest 9-10 Big Four Arts Festival 10-17 Jeffersontown Gaslight Festival 14-17 Bourbon & Beyond Festival 21-24 Louder Than Life Festival 23 NuLu Festival
14 Urban Bourbon Half Marathon 3-31 Jack O’Lantern Spectacular 6-8 St. James Court Art Show
Louisville International Festival of Film
Garvin Gate Blues Festival
TBA
Light Up Louisville
Festival of Trees & Lights
North American Livestock Expo and Rodeo
November
Jan 1
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Under
Noel
Fete de
Spectacular
Woods
Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour
Bardstown Road Aglow
Christmas Gift & Decor Show
TBA
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Kentucky Derby Festival Louisville’s Annual, Month-Long Party!

Each year, Greater Louisville stretches “the most famous two minutes in sports” into a monthlong party! The Kentucky Derby Festival is a community-wide celebration that has grown to consist of over 70 special events in the weeks preceding the Kentucky Derby.

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If you’re new to Louisville, you’ll realize very quickly that the Kentucky Derby is a HUGE deal in Louisville. When it comes to the Run for the Roses, the city virtually shuts down and rolls out the fun - not only for the visitors who arrive each year for Derby Day but also for those who live here.

The Kentucky Derby Festival is a proud five-time winner of the International Festivals & Events Association award for Best Overall Festival. It brings whimsical fun, excitement and unmatched spirit, bringing a million and a half people together each spring. For the weeks leading up to the Derby, Greater Louisville comes alive with activity with something for everyone to enjoy. There is a half and full marathon, volleyball and golf for active fans. For music lovers, there are non-stop concerts. For families, there are countless kid-friendly activities, and nearly two-thirds of the Festival events are free with a collectible Pegasus Pin. From outdoor concerts at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville to the elegant Fillies Derby Ball, dance and dress range from frivolous to fancy, casual to formal. Culinary adventures abound, from elephant ears and corn dogs at the Chow Wagon to local Bourbon and winetasting at Boubonville and WineFest.

Highlights:

THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE

The Festival blasts off each year with the Opening Ceremonies and Thunder Over Louisville, one of the world’s largest annual fireworks extravaganzas! “Thunder,” as it’s known locally, consists of a familyfriendly airshow in the afternoon and a themed firework display set to music at night along the riverfront. Waterfront Park provides the best views of Thunder, especially the show’s signature fireworks display from the 2nd Street Bridge. Local companies partner with the Festival to help make Thunder roll each spring, including Caesars Southern Indiana, Humana, LG&E, Meijer and UPS.

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Any trip to Churchill Downs should include a visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum. General Admission includes a 30-minute historic walking tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack and full access to two floors of Museum exhibits highlighting Derby fashions over the years, a replica of Churchill Downs’ famous Winner’s Circle, the history of African Americans in horse racing, and recordings of every Derby race dating back to 1918. Also included in admission is a showing of the Museum’s epic 18-minute film about The Kentucky Derby, “The Greatest Race,” as well as access to the gift shop and Derby Café.

MINIMARATHON & MARATHON

Kentucky’s largest road race will celebrate a significant milestone in 2023, as the Derby Festival miniMarathon marks its 50th run. The GE Appliances Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon is set for Saturday, April 29, 2023. The annual event began in 1974 with the miniMarathon and just 301 runners. Since then, it has grown to add the Marathon and now attracts an average of 10-12,000 runners to Louisville every spring.

INTERESTING FACTS:

» The 149th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

PEGASUS PARADE

Since 1956, Louisville has celebrated the Kentucky Derby Festival with the signature Zoeller Pump Company Pegasus Parade marching down Broadway on the Thursday before the Kentucky Derby. During the pandemic, locals enjoyed the “porch parade” as the parade made its way to neighborhoods around town. Then in 2022, the Pegasus Parade moved from the Thursday before the Derby to the Sunday of Derby Week and now helps kick off the Derby Week festivities. Continuing the tradition, this family-friendly annual event showcases some of the nation’s finest marching bands and equestrian units, along with inflatable characters and colorful floats. The route starts on Broadway, covers 17 blocks and lasts about two hours.

» The Kentucky Derby Festival generates more than $127.9 million annually for the local economy. Events on the Festival schedule also help to raise nearly $300,000 for area charities each year.

SOCIAL MEDIA

» Derby Festival website: KDF.org

» Derby Festival social media handle: @kyderbyfestival

» Kentucky Derby website: www.kentuckyderby.com

» Kentucky Derby social media handle: @KentuckyDerby

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STEAMBOAT RACE

One of the longest-standing traditions of the Kentucky Derby Festival is The Great Steamboat Race, which has been taking place on the Ohio River since 1963 when it was part of the original Kentucky Derby Festival event and remains a crowd favorite. The race lasts about 2 hours, finishing back at the Wharf, where the Race’s Victor is awarded the pair of Silver Antlers. Last year, The Belle of Louisville, Belle of Cincinnati and American Countess competed for bragging rights, with the Belle of Louisville being declared the 2022 winner.

KROGER FEST-A-VILLE ON THE WATERFRONT

Sponsored by Kroger, the ultimate entertainment experience starts on the Great Lawn at Waterfront Park and runs through Derby Eve. Kroger Fest-a-Ville returns for its seventeenth year in 2023, featuring a concert series with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides, and signature events such as the Great Balloon Glow, Chow Wagon, Ohio Valley Wrestling Run for the Ropes, HappyTail Hour, Ken-Ducky Derby, Neigh-Maste on the Waterfront and more. Admission is free with a 2023 Pegasus Pin.

THE OAKS

The Longines Kentucky Oaks is America’s premier and most lucrative race for 3-year-old fillies (female horses), held each year on the Friday before the Kentucky Derby and is frequently the second-most attended event in Thoroughbred racing behind the Kentucky Derby.

The feature race is a $1.25 Million Grade 1 stakes race and awards the winning filly a garland of lilies, appropriately named “lilies for the fillies.” Like the Kentucky Derby, the Longines Kentucky Oaks race is

one of the longest continuously held sporting events in American history and one of the only horse races to take place at the original site of its inception. The race was established on May 19, 1875, by the same founder of the Kentucky Derby, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark, and is modeled after the British Epsom Oaks.

Since 1999, Churchill Downs has partnered with various organizations and causes, such as non-profit organizations focusing on the prevention and treatment of breast and ovarian cancer. Kentucky Oaks Day is a “Pink Out,” with patrons encouraged to wear pink attire, and unique pink cocktails are sold.

THE KENTUCKY DERBY

The Kentucky Derby is the most prestigious annual horse race in America and the first jewel of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. It is held at Churchill Downs, considered a cathedral of horse racing. Every year since 1875, the Kentucky Derby brings the world to Churchill Downs in Louisville for a week of excitement, suspense and spectacle. What you see, hear, taste and smell at the Derby may be easy to imagine, but the feeling of being at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby is unmatched.

The modern Kentucky Derby is traditionally held on the first Saturday in May (with two notable exceptions: for World War II, when it was held in June and during the global pandemic of 2020, when it was held in September). The 149th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

THE MINT JULEP COCKTAIL- THE OFFICIAL DRINK OF THE DERBY

Since becoming the official cocktail

of the Kentucky Derby in 1983, the Mint Julep has become synonymous with the Kentucky Derby experience. That’s partly because the ingredients are very Kentucky-centric: good Bourbon aged in charred oak barrels, shaved or crushed ice made from limestone water, and the namesake fresh mint served in silver beakers. The great Kentucky statesman Henry Clay is credited for introducing the Mint Julep made with Kentucky Bourbon to Washington D.C. in 1850. Historians say Presidents Andrew Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt enjoyed a julep, as did novelists Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and William Faulkner.

According to KentuckyDerby.com, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two days of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs. That feat requires more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Readyto-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.

BLOCK PARTY

The Kentucky Derby Festival Block Party returns for its second year in 2023. Sponsored by Humana and Churchill Downs, the day-long block party shines a spotlight on talent and resources throughout Louisville, specifically minorityowned businesses in West Louisville. Guests can enjoy cuisine from local food trucks, live entertainment, a shopping marketplace, wellness activations, a vendor fair, programming and more.

The FREE event was created with the support of Churchill Downs and Humana and the Derby Festival’s Derby Equity Community Initiative (DECI) and will be held Saturday, April 15th, 2023 from 10am - 8pm at Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center.

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Bourbon

Kentucky’s landscape and climate are the perfect conditions for making Bourbon, which is especially true for Greater Louisville. It’s the combination of warm, humid summers and mild winters, limestone that filters the spring-fed streams and rivers, and gently rolling fields producing corn, rye, wheat and other grains.

Living in Louisville, you are front and center to Bourbon Country.

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THE BIRTH OF “BOURBON CITY”

Louisville’s rich Bourbon heritage begins with its strategic location along the Ohio River in the late 18th century, when frontier farmers in Kentucky first started using the land’s distinctly limestone-filtered water to distill whiskey.

As Louisville became a vital commercial hub in the second half of the 19th century, the city’s Main Street was dubbed “Whiskey Row” due to the large concentration of Bourbonrelated offices and warehouses in the district. Many cast-iron storefronts built between 1852 and 1905 stand strong on what was also dubbed the “Wall Street of Whiskey,” — some now housing popular Bourbon attractions and watering holes.

Louisville residents have ample opportunities to explore the Urban Bourbon Experience in town or use the city as a home base when wandering the rest of Bourbon Country. There are ten distillery tours in Bourbon City, half within walking distance of each other in the downtown corridor.

BEYOND DISTILLERIES

Bourbon City reclaimed its bourbon heritage in the last decade by opening ten urban distilleries. America’s Native Spirit is part of the core fabric of the city, and Louisville’s bourbon culture extends far beyond its production tours. It’s woven into the culinary scene and receives prime billing at events such as the annual Bourbon & Beyond festival or Bourbon & Barbecue event. It’s even on display in many unique accommodations and a headline exhibit at the Frazier History Museum, which is the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and features its own tasting experience and the highly instagrammable Wall of Bourbon.

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URBAN BOURBON TRAIL

In addition to the distilleries, Louisville is home to the Urban Bourbon Trail® – a cocktail and culinary experience highlighting the city’s best Bourbon bars and restaurants. This elevated “pub crawl” has dozens of unique stops, each stocked with at least 60 bourbons. Recently, the decade-old trail has gone digital with a mobile-friendly version to promote a more userfriendly experience. From jazz-aged grand hotel bars to hidden speakeasies and neighborhood dives, there is an Urban Bourbon Trail spot to suit all tastes.

All stops offer bourbon flights, unique bourbon cocktails, and the city’s official cocktail — the Old Fashioned — with a trained staff that can explain the nuances and tasting notes in the varied offerings.

Use the list to help navigate the city’s finest Bourbon cocktail and culinary experiences, or check in to at least six participating locations to earn an official Urban Bourbon Trailblazer t-shirt, which can be redeemed at the Louisville Visitors Center at 301 S. 4th St. in downtown Louisville.

For an up-to-date list of distilleries on the Urban Bourbon Experience and bars and restaurants on the Urban Bourbon Trail, visit bourboncountry.com.

WHAT IS BOURBON?

For a distiller to put the word “bourbon” on the label, there are specific guidelines they must follow.

Much like the process of starting sourdough bread, most Bourbon starts with sour mash taken from a previous batch of mash (crushed grain going through the fermentation process), set out to sour overnight, and then added to a new batch.

The “mash bill” (mix of grains) must have a minimum of 51% corn. For most bourbons, the average is about 70%. Other grains such as rye, malted barley and wheat are considered the “flavor” grain. Bourbon is then aged for a minimum of two years. Many premium bourbons on the market are aged between 5 -12, with some as long as 27 years.

The barrel used also gives Bourbon its unique characteristic. Bourbon must be aged in brandnew barrels made of white oak and charred on the inside. Brands determine the varying char levels for their barrels from 1 to 4.

By law, nothing can be added at bottling except water. Nothing is added that might enhance flavor, add sweetness or alter the color. As a result, Bourbon is bottled at between 80 and 125 proof. Distillers may use only water to lower the proof of the alcohol.

While Bourbon can be made anywhere in the US, only whiskey produced in Kentucky can be labeled “Kentucky Straight Whiskey.”

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Learning & Education

Living and learning are easy in Greater Louisville. We’re a city full of resources that can expand your knowledge base, grow your career, and reveal the opportunities of the future. Whether you’re relocating to start your career here or if you’re moving here for college, you’ll find abundant opportunities to live, learn and play in Greater Louisville.

K-12

Building a solid foundation helps to prepare tomorrow’s talent for all that awaits them. In Greater Louisville, we have leading programming in public, private, Catholic, and project-based learning, so that we can empower students by offering meaningful, relevant learning experiences that directly relate to our world today and tomorrow.

According to PrivateSchoolReview.com, there are 93 private schools serving 29,810 students in Jefferson County, KY for the 2022-23 school year. In the public school system, there are 177 public schools, serving 97,705 public students. Of those 93 private schools in Jefferson County, 78% are religiously affiliated, most commonly Catholic and Christian.

For more information about any of the K-12 schools in Greater Louisville, visit liveinlou.com/schools.

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Colleges & Universities

Greater Louisville is home to a number of two-year, four-year, and postgraduate higher education institutions offering hundreds of degrees, courses, and programming. For a complete list of higher education opportunities, visit greaterlouisville.com/highereducation-resources.

Here is a partial list:

MAIN CAMPUSES:

University of Louisville

Bellarmine University

Spalding University

Sullivan University

Simmons College of Kentucky

ONLINE:

Western Governors University

COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL:

Jefferson Community & Technical College

Indiana Tech

Ivy Tech (Sellersburg, IN)

Knight School of Welding

NURSING/HEALTHCARE: ATA College

Caris College (Jeffersonville, IN)

Galen

Kentucky School of Phlebotomy

MidAmerica College of Funeral Services

COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES WITH CAMPUSES IN LOUISVILLE:

Campbellsville University

Indiana University Southeast (New Albany)

Indiana Wesleyan

McKendree University (Shepherdsville)

Northwood University

Ottawa University

Purdue University Polytechnic

Western KY University

Webster University

THEOLOGY/RELIGIOUS STUDIES:

Louisville Bible College

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Whether you are locating to the region, expanding or sustaining your current operations, looking for a job, looking to recruit talent for your company, training your current workforce, or building a talent pipeline, Louisville’s robust workforce ecosystem can help you find a solution. From job skills training to education assistance and workforce advocacy to overcoming barriers to work, Louisville is leading the way in preparing the workforce of the future.

To learn more about workforce development, internships, or apprenticeships, visit liveinlou.com/learn

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The Great Outdoors

With all there is to enjoy outside, it is easy to see why Louisville is often called a “City of Parks.”

Outdoor (and underground) adventures are plentiful in Greater Louisville. Whether skipping rocks along the shoreline, flying a kite in an open field, birdwatching, cycling along the Ohio River, ziplining under the city, paddling on a local waterway, or hanging out in a hammock in the woods, there is something for everyone.

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THE PARKLANDS

The nearly 4,000-acre park system celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2022 and has something for everyone. Children can explore the playgrounds, cool off in the summer at the spraygrounds, or learn about the vast natural world during kids’ programming. Whether you are looking to hike, bike, or paddle Floyds Fork, The Parklands boasts over 80 miles of trails and a world-class Woodland Garden to get lost in. Everyone can truly connect with nature here, regardless of age or where you’re from. This visitor and donor-supported public park system is open to all 365 days a year for free.

BONUS TIPS

» A rope swing perfect for selfies is situated along the Anchorage Trail.

» If you want to cross two states off in one visit, start in Louisville at Waterfront Park, then cross over the Ohio River by way of the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge to hop on the Ohio River Greenway for spectacular views of Louisville’s skyline.

» If you’re looking for some of the best views, you can see for miles from the top of the yellow silo at Turkey Run Park or be transported into an enchanted forest in the Woodland Garden at Broad Run Park, both in The Parklands.

PARKS ALLIANCE OF LOUISVILLE

You might consider joining the Louisville Parks Alliance if parks are your passion. The Parks Alliance of Louisville supports community-driven park projects in Louisville public parks and community centers. Visit ParksAllianceLou. org for more info.

LOUISVILLE LOOP TRAIL

WATERFRONT BOTANICAL GARDENS

The Waterfront Botanical Gardens was started by the local gardening community in 1993 to help enlighten, entertain, and educate the community about the botanical world. In 2001, Helen Harrigan, a local gardener who desired to see a botanical garden and conservatory built in Louisville, left a trust to establish the botanical gardens. Helen’s generous gift was the seed for what has become Louisville’s Waterfront Botanical Gardens.

CITY PARK SYSTEM

Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of New York’s Central Park and the Biltmore Estate, dreamed of creating a park system that included tree-lined parkways. That dream became a reality in 1891 when he was commissioned to design a park system with 17 parks and six parkways encircling the city of Louisville. In the 2000s, Louisville’s Mayor built upon Olmsted’s design with the addition of thousands of acres of park land and green space over several years.

South Louisville boasts some of the most beautiful views of the Ohio River Valley, with many accessible while biking the Louisville Loop, which stretches from the Farnsley-Moremen Landing through West Louisville and into downtown. The plan for the Louisville Loop is a paved path of more than 100 miles around the community to connect several of Louisville’s diverse parks and neighborhoods. It is now 25% finished. There are planned connections to Southern Indiana and surrounding Kentucky counties, offering significant new opportunities for recreation and alternative transportation in the near future.

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UNDERGROUND ADVENTURES

A former man-made limestone quarry that extends for 17 miles underneath parts of Louisville (including the Zoo) found a new life as the world’s only underground adventure park. The Louisville Mega Cavern is home to a zipline course, tram tour, ropes course, bike tour, and more, providing adventures for all ages.

WALKING AND RUNNING TRAILS

The 100+ parks around the city translate to a plethora of trails perfect for every level — from those just starting out to weekend warriors and trail runners. Each park has its own story to share, such as Cherokee Park’s rolling hills dotted with sculptures by Louisville-born artist Enid Yandell; the Louisville Nature Center and the Beargrass Creek State

Nature Preserve across from the Louisville Zoo; a waterfall to traverse and four-legged friends to meet at Blackacre State Nature Preserve; the largest municipal urban forest — Jefferson Memorial Forest; and Iroquois Park with an overlook with expansive skyline views that early park-goers referred to as Louisville’s own “Yellowstone.”

If you want to stick to a paved pathway for your walking or running excursions, not to worry; there are several around town. The Beargrass Creek Greenway runs parallel to the new Waterfront Botanical Gardens and can easily connect you to Waterfront Park.

BIKING

Local cycling hot spots include Waverly Hills Park, with over seven miles of trails to loop, Cherokee Park

(great for both road and mountain bikers), and the Silo Center Bike Park within Turkey Run Park, with almost 17 miles of trails and a pump track for all levels. E.P. Tom Sawyer Park, named in honor of journalist Diane Sawyer’s father, who was a County Judge, has welcomed BMX riders since the 1980s with the annual Derby City National races where more than 1,200 riders (including international racers and Olympic medalists) compete.

If a leisurely bike ride is more your speed, Wheel Fun Rentals at Waterfront Park has rental options such as bikes (including tandems and electric), two-seater coupes, and surrey bikes that can fit up to six people—plus self-guided bike tours.

KAYAKING, CANOEING, AND PADDLEBOARDING

It is easy to spend an entire or half a day leisurely floating along the waterways connecting the city to the Ohio River. Water adventurers can explore Louisville by canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board on the Ohio River or the streams and creeks that meander through the parks. Outfitters around town include Endless Summer Paddle Company, Louisville Kayak Company, Nachand Canoe & Kayak and Kayak on a River.

FOSSIL HUNTING

Take a trip back in time with a visit to the Falls of the Ohio State Park, where Lewis & Clark met before their westward expedition and venture out on the fossil beds that are more than 390 million years old.

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The Arts

The soul of our region.

Greater Louisville’s arts scene is simply amazing. With major professional companies in five resident performing arts categories and a vibrant visual arts scene, the breadth and diversity of our arts scene is a defining strength for this creative, dynamic, funky town.

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From theaters to museums, from concert halls to gallery shows, it’s all happening in Greater Louisville. With more than a dozen venues across the region, you can find staged readings, theatrical standards, large-scale outdoor performances, and the latest touring shows from Broadway.

Performance companiesincluding Actor’s Theatre, the Kentucky Performing Arts and Derby Dinner Playhouse - fill the city with the life and energy of drama and musical comedy, ballet and modern dance, and even dinner theater! The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, the oldest ongoing celebration of the Bard’s work in the country, is a huge draw every year.

With long-standing traditions like Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Louisville Orchestra, and about 100 other arts groups to choose from, Greater Louisville is a hotbed of the performing arts, which underlies the creative energy of our city and enhances the quality of life throughout the region.

THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts encompasses three theaters: The Kentucky Center, the premier venue on West Main Street, along with the elegant W. L. Lyons Brown Theatre and Old Forester’s Paristown Hall. The Kentucky Center is home to the Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Stage One Family Theatre, and PNC Bank Broadway in Louisville, as well as a host of community theaters and Kentucky Performing Arts Presents performances. From Broadway to ballet, from blues to bluegrass, from big bands to indie bands, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts stages overflow with entertainment almost every night of the year.

BROWN THEATER

The W. L. Lyons Brown Theatre, originally called the Brown Theatre, is a restored theater dating back to 1925 that seats approximately 1,400. Hearkening back to the glory days of Louisville’s theater district, the Brown Theatre is a lavish, lovingly restored showplace. State-of-the-art technology combines with Old World splendor to create a performance space that is beautiful and comfortable.

5 Resident Performing Arts categories, a claim on 13 cities in the US can make

70 Kentucky Opera celebrates its 70th Anniversary Season in 2023

100+

Greater Louisville has over 100 arts groups

130 Live Music Venues

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LOUISVILLE PALACE

Since its opening in 1928, millions of patrons have come to The Louisville Palace for the finest movies and live entertainment. Located in the city’s theater district, on the east side of Fourth Street, between Broadway and Chestnut Street, it is Louisville’s premier historical entertainment venue and has a seating capacity of 2,800. Now owned by Live Nation, the Louisville Palace’s legacy and tradition for entertainment continue.

KENTUCKY SHAKESPEARE

One of the longest-running free Shakespeare festivals in the country is held in Old Louisville’s Central Park. Beyond the festival, Kentucky Shakespeare also serves communities through education programs for schools, public performances, and community outreach programs. Serving their vision to use Shakespeare’s truths and the power of the arts to transform lives, Kentucky Shakespeare’s community programs explore conflict resolution, empathy building and communication in various settings, from preschools to senior centers.

OLD FORRESTER’S PARISTOWN HALL

Old Forrester’s Paristown Hall is best described as a performing arts venue with the energy of a nightclub. Designed for flexibility and versatility, it’s a music hall that retains an intimate feel in a vast open space that can easily accommodate the hottest indie rock bands, tomorrow’s rising pop star, a contemporary performance by the Louisville Orchestra, or an event celebrating Louisville’s diverse international music community.

ST. JAMES ART SHOW

Set in the heart of historic Old Louisville, the St. James Court

Art Show is a juried fine art and contemporary crafts show covering four square blocks. The outdoor art show takes place annually on the first weekend of October. It offers visitors the opportunity to purchase unique, original artwork directly from the artists’ hands in such mediums as painting, sculpture, pottery, leather, photography, glass and more. Admission is free, and the event goes on rain or shine.

LOUISVILLE ORCHESTRA

The Louisville Orchestra ensemble offers a wide variety of concert series to the community, including classical programs featuring world-renowned guest artists, lighter classical & pops performances & family offerings. The Orchestra is also the resident performing group for the Louisville Ballet & Kentucky Opera.

If you’re a live music fan, the music scene is alive and well in Greater Louisville! Live music venues and neighborhood clubs host concerts almost every night of the week. The summer months are filled with music festivals celebrating and showcasing everything from homegrown American folk music to reggae (Kentucky Reggae Fest), blues (Blues, Brews and BBQ) bluegrass, (Forest Fest), Beatles tribute (Abbey Road on the River) jazz (Derby City Jazz Fest) and more.

The Kentucky State Fair also draws huge crowds every August for the biggest touring acts. Not to mention larger music festivals like Bourbon & Beyond, Forecastle, and Louder Than Life. Whatever your jam, you can rock out in Louisville!

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I’m Here, Now What?

NEW TO LOUISVILLE?

Now that you’re here, check out the LiveInLou relocation page to find a checklist of things you’ll need to get settled (courtesy of Metro Louisville)

Visit: www.liveinlou.com/relocation-2

LIVE IN LOU “CITY CHAMPS”

Live in Lou City Champs are here to help get you connected. Do you want to know the best new restaurants or coolest events in town? Are you not sure which neighborhood might fit your lifestyle? Do you want to know how you can get involved in the community?

Are you trying to decide which neighborhoods, schools or churches fit you and your family’s lifestyle?

LiveInLou City Champs have a wide range of backgrounds and are passionate for our city. They are here to help you get connected and ready to show you how great it is to live in Lou.

Visit: liveinlou.com/city-champs for a list of City Champs and find out where and when the next City Champ “meet up” is.

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