Hot Time in Kentucky

Our "big" vacation this year was a weekend in Louisville, Kentucky.  Not exactly Punta Cana but a fabulous time was had by all. And it was HOT.  Yeah, somewhere around Dayton the air conditioning went out.  That was . . . rather unfortunate considering it was 101 degrees but we made the best of it.

{ Here we are - windows open - trying to stay cool }

Okay, people, I'm now going to rave, rave, rave about the Price Line Negotiator.  I booked our room on Friday afternoon.  The Negotiator choose for us - a beautiful, historic, 4 Star hotel located in the heart of downtown Louisville. We were within walking distance of tons of museums, attractions and restuarants.  What was the price we paid?  (wait for it) Only $80.00 a night!  Best of all, when we checked into the fabulous hotel the wonderful staff upgraded us to the (wait for it) Club Level!  

The Club level allowed us delicious (free) breakfast with the company of the other friendly Club Level residents.  Even better we enjoyed full use of the Lounge and exclusive entry to a Happy Hour of cavier, pate, smoked trout and many other (free) treats.  Most noteably, an amazing banana bread/caramel/whipped cream concoction and (wait for it) FREE DRINKS!

{ The Brown Hotel }

http://www.brownhotel.com/

Saturday, oh happy day, Adam went to check on the truck and returned to report that the a/c was working again!  Still, we opted to walk to the Louisville Slugger Museum which was well worth the sweat.  I'm not a big time baseball fan so a bat factory didn't sound too exciting to me.  The tour however was very interesting and fun.  It would be a great place to take kids (partly because you get free mini bats when you leave.)

{ Adam using a bat owned by Johnny Bench }

{ Me huddling up to my pal Babe Ruth }

{ ohh la, la.  A little eye candy for the walk }

{ The Conrad Caldwell Museum }

I have to give Adam credit.  He took me to The Conrad Caldwell House, located in Old Louisville, one of the largest Victorian neighborhoods in the nation.  Three floors of historic home complete with tour guides giving detailed information on the house, contents and former residents.  It was a large stuffy house with no air conditioning.  I was in heaven.  He was in hell (and probably felt like it due to the heat).  Still, he was a good sport and we had a fun little group with us.  Our tour guide even showed us the attic space, which not everyone gets to see.  It really was an amazing place.  (If you like that sort of thing.)

{ Go Karts! }

{ The World Famous "Hot Brown" - a Louisville Original }

http://www.brownhotel.com/dining-hot-brown.htm

Saturday night finally ended (or began) with a late dinner in the hotel lobby (refer to Hot Brown above) and then some fun!  Walking distance = no one had to drive.  Strong drinks, mechanical bull rides and fun were only a block away.

{ 4th Street Entertainment Distric }

{ More Bourbon }

Sunday morning we enjoyed the (free) breakfast and then headed to Makers Mark for a tour and samples.  We stopped in Lexington for delicious prime rib and then hit the road to head back home to the dogs and our world of computers and design.

{ Fun Times! }