Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-12-06
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

TRAVEL Feeling lucky in Kentucky
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2016-12-21

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky. The area is known for Kentucky Fried Chicken (now known as KFC), the Kentucky Derby and the Louisville Cardinals.

From Chicago, it is a scenic five-hour drive to Louisville down U.S. Route 65. Don't forget there is a one-hour time change to add to the trip.

The Pride parade happens in June and Pride festival is in September, so those are good times to visit. Orbitz named Louisville one of the 10 Hottest gay destinations this year.

When booking places to stay one to not miss is the 21c Museum Hotel, which has branches in other cities, such as Cincinnati. This creative spot is located in the middle of downtown Louisville, combining art collections with a modern hotel. The attached restaurant Proof on Main has award winning cuisine and excellent service. A 30-foot-tall gold statue of David, made by artist Serkan Ozkaya, stands right in front, naked as the day he was poured.

The Vu Guesthouse just opened recently and is painting things pink. Handpicked decor by gay owner George Stinson and salvaged fire doors are in every room of this refurbished tobacco warehouse. Stinson and partner Ed Lewis are aiming for a whole complex full of gay attractions in the Smoketown area. Already bustling is the Vapor Spa that is open 24 hours a day and has an outdoor pool. After successes in the past with The Connection Complexes, both in Kentucky and Tennessee, this team should have a sure fire hit.

Similar to Chicago, Louisville is split into various neighborhoods. The NuLu hood is full of shops including the world's first non-gender-specific clothing store called BloFish.

The culinary scene was an impressive surprise in the Bluegrass State. Get ready to loosen that belt while dining on housemade food that tastes just like home.

If you can handle the wait time for a table, Wild Eggs makes a good place to start. Harvest—with all ingredients located with 100 miles of the place—is another breakfast option. The large biscuit-and- gravy bowl made me want to slap my momma for holding out on me!

For lunch, slide by Finn's Southern Kitchen, which has a spacious patio full of picnic-table seating. Munch on the fried bologna sandwich or the detox salad after drinking so many Old Fashioneds the night before. The nearby Germantown Mills Lofts looked like an amazing place to live—very bright and sunny. Take me home, country roads.

Marketplace Restaurant has relaxing outdoor spaces to add to a strong Southern cuisine menu with items like farm lamb ratatouille and butter poached short ribs.

What was once a parking garage, Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant is now winning awards as a top bourbon bar. The sorghum glazed pork belly is something not be missed. Wash it down with Kentucky's official cocktail, a single barrel old fashion with a flamed orange.

Butchertown is a bustling area with Butchertown Grocery on East Washington Street as the latest hot dinner spot. Appetizers such as the bone-marrow brulee and the New Orleans BBQ shrimp are warm-ups before hitting the large chicken-and-waffles dish as an entree.

Located nearby is the very popular bar Play Louisville ( which has the sister venue, Play Nashville ), packing in a large dance floor with drag queens performing onstage almost every day of the week. The city sports a new generation in the LGBT community with a young demographic and a range of types who celebrate being out and about.

For outside excursions, try the Louisville Mega Cavern; it's 58 degrees for zip-lining in comfort year round, and has a massive light display during the holidays.

Leave the cave for more bats at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. A large replica of Babe Ruth's bat is planted right in front. Not only does this museum sport the making of bats with an expert craftsman but Ripley's Believe It or Not! has unbelievable displays tucked into the corners of the lobby.

Nearby, the Muhammad Ali Center leads tourists through time with memorabilia and a movie depicting the man's legacy.

I got a warm Kentucky hug from the spirits on the speakeasy tour at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. While in character the host described the journey of bourbon to the city over the years.

A more modern property to check out is the Copper & Kings Brandy Distillery with the color orange used as a trademark. Huge barrels are used to make their batches of brandy. The surrounding space and grounds are just majestic sometimes being used to hold weddings or events.

If you are still thirsty, the Urban Bourbon Trail pub crawl features more than 30 stops to try and has listings on a passport where one can earn a prize after trying six venues.

Look to local theaters that provide tons of entertainment such as the Actors Theater of Louisville and Pandora Productions, which feature LGBT content.

Backside tours are offered at Churchill Downs where spectators can see horse practice and watch training for upcoming races right on the track. The first Kentucky Derby was held back in 1875 and is still popular to this day.

Whether it is bourbon, barns or beef, Louisville has something for everyone and it takes more than a weekend to explore it. Visit GoToLouisville.com for information about mapping out a visit today.


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

TRAVEL Charleston's Southern flair 2017-12-04 - "People come to Charleston, first, for its history and, second, for its food." These words were uttered by Charleston Area CVB's C. ...


Gay News

VALUE TRAVEL Baltimore: 'Charm City' is worth a visit 2017-11-29 - Baltimore has a lot to offer the LGBT visitor and is often ignored due to the proximity to its neighbor, Washington, D.C. ...


Gay News

Chicago setting tourism record 2017-11-21 - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city is on track to reach the goal of 55 million visitors annually at the end ...


Gay News

Mountain high: Yellowstone Country Montana 2017-11-08 - Hi, my name is Kirk and I have problems with anxiety. From the moment the cat wakes me up at 5 a.m. with ...


Gay News

Travel Ban Suspended, Muslim LGBT Voices Call Out to be heard 2017-10-24 - Statement from the National Queer Asian Pacific Alliance: "I tried to be inconspicuous. As the TSA officer mistreated me, I thought maybe ...


Gay News

STAYCATION REVIEW The Ritz-Carlton: Class, comfort by Water Tower 2017-10-24 - I have stayed in many and varied hotels: As a pretty utilitarian sort, I never expected to stay in the Ritz-Carlton ( 160 ...


Gay News

VALUE TRAVEL D.C. weekend getaway ideas 2017-10-09 - Fall is the perfect time to visit Washington, D.C.. The temperatures are cooler and fall lingers. The fall colors in the mountains west ...


Gay News

DIVERSIONS: REVIEW Escape Reality: Expect fun, challenges 2017-09-27 - Want to do something different with a group of friends, business colleagues or even your significant other? Well, Escape Reality ( ...


Gay News

TRAVEL Checking out Saugatuck this fall 2017-09-06 - The Saugatuck area of southwest Michigan is offers plenty to do this fall in this charming city and surrounding area. The area consists ...


Gay News

Pritzker, Stratton travel around state 2017-09-06 - Starting Aug. 30, Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker and running mate state Rep. Juliana Stratton launched a six-day, 22-stop bus tour across Illinois, ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.