Louisville, KY

Part 2- Becoming A Tourist In Your Own Hometown

Glad Doggett

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This is Day 2 of my adventurous weekend in the River City, my hometown, Louisville, Kentucky.

This two-part series reveals a few of the city's best tourist locations. If you want to start your journey with me from the beginning, I recommend you go read Part 1, A Weekend Getaway in Louisville In The Time Of Covid.

We started Day 2 at my favorite little cafe: Wiltshire Bakery. I personally can’t get enough of the pastries, desserts, artisan breads. But, I needed sustenance for our big day ahead so I opted for the chicken salad sandwich. We ordered brunch ahead online and used curbside pickup.

Our next stop was a tour of Louisville’s own Stoneware & Co., followed by a stroll through the factory’s shop so I could order the personalized door plaque I’ve been coveting ever since I moved into my house four years ago. Stoneware & Co., also offers personalization on birth plates, marriage pet bowls, and French country mugs.

We are big time bourbon fans. And one of the bottles that sits atop our bourbon cabinet is Angel’s Envy (Yes, we live in Kentucky. Of course we have a cabinet dedicated to bourbon!). Despite our devotion, we had yet carved out time for an Angel’s Envy Distillery Tour. Well, today was the day to get our Kentucky Bourbon Trail Passport stamped. The standard tour was an hour long and ventured into the heart of their operations. It ended in the distillery bar where we experienced an expert-led bourbon tasting. Before your tour, be sure to visit the website and become a 500 Main member.

After the bourbon tasting, we wanted to do a deeper dive into the history, craft, and culture of Bourbon in Kentucky. The perfect place to learn more is the Frazier Museum’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center, the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. I also enjoyed the exhibit “What Is A Vote Worth? Suffrage Then And Now”. We ended up spending more time at Frazier Museum than our plan allotted. No problem. It was awesome.

After hours spent at Frazier, we had worked up an appetite worthy of Troll Pub Under the Bridge, a restaurant located on Whiskey Row underneath the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge (better known as 2nd Street Bridge to locals). This “underground” dining experience offers pub grub at its finest. With its exposed brick walls and hickory bar, it’s a chill place to end a busy weekend adventure. Look for Louie the Troll, standing guard at the front door.

And that, my friends, ends our weekend jaunt as tourists in our own city. You don’t have to travel long distances to enjoy the benefits of travel. If you’ve never looked at your own city with the same fresh lens that tourists use to see a new place for the first time, I recommend you try. You will discover (or rediscover) the best aspects of a city that’s right under your nose.

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