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A Weekend in Kentucky, Of All Places

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A June 2005 trip to Louisville by fallschirmhosen

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Quote: I have a big map of the United States on my wall with pins marking each of the places I have visited. One of the areas that was blank was Kentucky. So, I packed my bags and spent a few days in this chicken-loving state.

A Weekend in Kentucky, Of All Places

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Overview

Louisville Photo, Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville and the surrounding area are small and quiet compared to my current home of New York City. By setting up your trip base in Louisville, you are 2 hours or less from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Cave City. Spend a few days in the area to do some real Americana sightseeing (Louisville Slugger Museum, Lincoln historic sites, Jim Beam factory), or get out and enjoy nature with a canoe trip or camping near the caves and Green River. If you want an adrenaline rush, head over to Six Flags in Louisville. Or, if you time it right, stop by Churchill Downs to catch one of the Triple Crown races. Lastly, if you're a professional burglar, drive over to nearby Fort Knox and try breaking into the governme...Read More

Quality Inn and Suites

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Quality Inn and Suites Photo, Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, KY, has two highway belts surrounding the city, I-265 and I-264. Located just off the inner belt, I-264, at exit 16, is a Quality Inn & Suites. Situated in a suburban setting, the hotel is actually less than 7 miles to almost anything in Louisville. Nearby is the Louisville Zoo, Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom, Freedom Hall, and downtown Louisville. The hotel is surrounded by gas stations and restaurants. Rates for the hotel range from $50 to $100+ per night. The hotel offers most services you expect with a cheap hotel, including cable TV, a cocktail lounge, computer hook-ups with high-speed Internet access (free) in some rooms, an exercise room, a heated pool, and continent...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Quality Inn and Suites
3255 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, Kentucky 40205
(502) 454-0451

Travelodge Florence

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Hotel | "Travelodge"

Travelodge Florence Photo, Florence, Kentucky
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If you need a cheap place to spend a night and you don’t want to be too far from Cincinnati, OH, then check out the Travelodge in Florence, KY. For about $50, you can get a decent-sized hotel that is right off I-71/75 and only 10 minutes from downtown Cincinnati. When it comes to the rooms, you get what you pay for. Being a $50+ per night hotel, don’t expect anything too fancy, but don’t expect a dump. The room was definitely clean, and the bathroom was clean, too. However, the walls did seem a bit thin, and you could hear anyone who walked past the room in the hallway. In addition, since our room was located next to the laundry room, there was a bit more noise than I would have wa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Travelodge Florence
8075 Steilen Dr.
Florence, Kentucky 41042
(859) 371-0277

Wigwam Village

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Hotel

Wigwam Village Photo, Cave City, Kentucky
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When taking a road trip, you can spend your nights in a hotel, or a motel, or a tent, or maybe a bed-and-breakfast. But did you ever consider staying in a teepee? I didn’t think it was possible until stumbling upon the website for the Wigwam Village in Cave City, KY. This bizarre place is something straight out of 1950s America. Located on Route 31W, just north of the main drag of town, Wigwam Village is a set of 15 teepees situated in a half-circle. Each teepee is like a room of a motel. Rates for each room run around $60 to $75. Our teepee had one bed, which seemed to be plenty. Apparently there are teepees with two beds, though I can’t imagine how they fit in the teepee. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Wigwam Village
601 North Dixie Highway
Cave City, Kentucky 42127
(270) 773-3381

Mario's Italian Restaurant

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Restaurant

Mario's Italian Restaurant Photo, Louisville, Kentucky
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Finding anything but chicken in Kentucky is a lot harder than you think, especially when you’re from New York City and used to having a million choices for food within a 10-block radius. So, when I found myself in Cave City, KY, and not wanting the local chicken dinner, I sought to find something exotic for the area. I was hoping to stumble upon Indian food, or perhaps Mediterranean. But the most exotic food I could find was Italian at Mario’s Italian Restaurant (aside from the fast-food Chinese place). The restaurant is on the main level of a large home. Don’t expect anything glamorous, and leave your nice clothes at home. The tables looked like folding card tables, and the ch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Mario's Italian Restaurant
403 Mammoth Cave Street
Louisville, Kentucky 42127
(270) 773-5407

Jerry's Restaurant

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Restaurant

Jerry's Restaurant Photo, Louisville, Kentucky
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After canoeing seven miles in the Green River near Cave City, KY, I had a craving for diner food. Luckily, Cave City has Jerry’s, an old diner with a decent menu. Look for the giant sign (possibly visible from I-65 nearby). Inside, you’ll find a mix of locals and tourists. There is a hotel directly next to the restaurant. And the locals all seemed to have just come from their Sunday religious services. The menu offers a variety of breakfast foods, sandwiches, and some pasta dishes. Also, because it is a diner, you can order breakfast at any time. We ordered sandwiches, a typical cold sandwich and a fish filet sandwich. Both were prepared well and came with fries (which were ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Jerry's Restaurant
805 Mammoth Cave St.
Louisville, Kentucky 42127
(270) 773-2169

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

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Attraction | "Louisville Slugger Museum"

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Photo, Louisville, Kentucky
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Being a minor league batboy as a teenager, which means I have an absurdly large collection of broken baseball bats from players, I was very excited to see the place where many of my bats were created. Situated in the western part of downtown Louisville, near the river, is the Louisville Slugger Museum. The museum itself is actually in the working factory. The building is an old, typical factory loft. Normally, such a building would blend in with the surrounding buildings. But this place has a humongous replica bat at the entrance. If you miss it, you might need to make an appointment with your optometrist. You can visit the museum for free, which includes several rooms with displa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
800 West Main Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
( 502) 588-7228

Great American Ball Park

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Great American Ball Park Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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On the shore of the Ohio River, across from Kentucky, you will find Cincinnati, Ohio. When driving into the city from Kentucky, one of the first things you will see are their sports stadiums, first their new football stadium, and then Great American Ball Park. This is the new home of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. Many teams are building stadiums that replicate older, original baseballs stadiums. But this ballpark is quite the opposite. It is a modern stadium built to look new and futuristic. It holds over 42,000 people and feels very spacious. Walking in the corridors below the seats does not feel cramped. And, in many sports, you can view the game from the corridors, meaning you can leav...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Great American Ball Park
100 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 381-7337

Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek

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Attraction

Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek Photo, Louisville, Kentucky
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Along Route 31E in the rural area between Bardstown and Hodgenville, you will come across an amazing piece of history: Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home. On the site is a cabin (the boyhood home), a larger building (formally a dance hall and now being converted into a museum), Knob Creek, and a large field that once belonged to the Lincoln’s. Though not a large site, it is the perfect place to learn a bit of history and have a picnic lunch. The main feature of this site is the old cabin. Currently, it is off-limits due to restoration work being done and can only be viewed from outside the fence surrounding it. It should also be noted that the cabin, though old, decrepit, and looking li...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek
U.S. Highway 31E
Louisville, Kentucky

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

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Attraction

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Photo, Louisville, Kentucky
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Seeing the birthplace of American presidents is not something I have ever been interested in. But, for Abraham Lincoln, seeing his birthplace just seemed fascinating. South of Hodgenville, KY, on Route 31E, is the site of Lincoln’s birth. Though not a large site, the grounds do have a visitor center that houses some old artifacts from the Lincoln land, nature trails that lead to the memorial site and surrounding land, and the actual marble and granite memorial building built around 1910. Inside the memorial building, you will find the birthplace cabin. It is actually quite an odd-looking thing to come across. From the outside, you see a grand, magnificent building that was built to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
2995 Lincoln Farm Rd.
Louisville, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave Canoe & Kayak

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Attraction | "Green River Canoeing"

Mammoth Cave Canoe & Kayak Photo, Louisville, Kentucky
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Located just outside the entrance to Mammoth Cave is a canoe and kayak rental company. For a minimum of $45, and maximum of $100, you can rent a canoe for half a day or up to two days, respectively. The cost includes everything you need for the trip: a canoe (obviously), oar(s), life preserver(s), and a shuttle to and from the river. After deciding which trip to take, the rental company will then fit you for a life preserver and oar. Next, he’ll explain to you where he will drop you off and where he will pick you up. Once that is taken care of, they drive you to the drop-off point and say, "See you in a few hours." Once you are in the water, you realize the Gr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Mammoth Cave Canoe & Kayak
1240 Old Mammoth Cave Rd.
Louisville, Kentucky 42127
(877) 592-2663

Abbey of Gethsemani

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Attraction

Abbey of Gethsemani Photo, Louisville, Kentucky
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Located about 4 miles from the historic Route 31E, in remote Kentucky, lies the Abbey of Gethsemani. Established in 1848, the abbey was the first on American soil. It was founded by a colony of 40 Trappists who left the Abbey of Melleray in Nantes, France. The monks undertook the work of clearing their lands, and little by little arose the giant buildings that form the present abbey. Outsiders are welcome to take retreats at the abbey for several days or more. There is a strict schedule and rules to follow, but for those who are into that sort of thing, it is a good experience. For all others, there is a limited amount of what you can or cannot do there. Having a picnic in the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2005

Abbey of Gethsemani
3642 Monks Rd.
Louisville, Kentucky 40051
(502) 549-3117