Louisville is the biggest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It's also the 29th biggest city in the United States and has a storied history dating all the way back to 1778 when it was founded by American Revolution War officer George Rogers Clark. Named after King Louis XVI of France, the city boasts an impressive skyline and some fascinating sites and landmarks like the Cathedral of the Assumption, the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Louisville Zoo, and the world-famous Churchill Downs horse racing track. It's a great city to visit, and if you're flying into Louisville, Kentucky, you'll be landing at airport code SDF. Airport code SDF is used to designate Louisville International Airport. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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SDF Airport Code (Louisville International Airport)
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More Ideas: Whitehall - Louisville's Estate Gardens
Whitehall is a historic estate in the heart of Louisville that is home to a magnificent Greek Revival mansion and 10 acres of beautifully manicured gardens. Whitehall's historic mansion is built in the classic Greek Revival style with an elegant colonnaded façade and original gasolier fixtures, and interiors designed and decorated in a Victorian style. The surrounding estate spans over 10 acres and is home to exquisitely manicured gardens that are open for the public to explore and enjoy.
Built by John Marshall in circa 1855, the Whitehall Mansion began life as a modest two-story brick house constructed in the classic Italianate style, which was a popular style during the mid-19th century. The original house, which sat on 20 acres of land with a tributary of Beargrass Creek running through it, featured eight rooms, four of which were on the lower level of the house and four upstairs with a narrow and steep staircase connecting the two in the center hall.
The house saw several different owners over the years, including Judge Stites, Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, before finally ending in the hands of successful entrepreneur John Middleton and his wife, Betty in 1909. Mrs. Middleton restored the Greek Revival mansion to its former Southern-style glory, including wings to each side of the house, the iconic front portico and columns and an elegant circular driveway in the front of the house, which is the mansion we know today as Whitehall.
The next and final significant era of the mansion was in the early 1920s when the estate was purchased by Hume Logan, Sr. whose family lived in the house until 1992. The mansion and its beautiful antique Victorian furnishings, and the beautifully maintained gardens were bequeathed to the Historic Homes Foundation by Hume Logan, Sr.’s son, Hume Logan, Jr., after which it was extensively refurbished in 1994 before being opened to the public as a museum and historic site.
Spanning 10 acres, the Whitehall Mansion grounds feature an arboretum, a specimen garden, a formal Florentine Garden and the Woodland Fern Garden, all of which are open for the public to explore and enjoy.
The Arboretum feature a diverse collection of trees, shrubs, and flowers, including rare or uncommon species. The Specimen Garden, affectionately known as ‘Annie’s Garden,’ was established in 2001 and is tucked away at the back of the grounds. The Garden features a variety of evergreens and specimen tree set along a winding path, herbaceous plants, perennials and bulbs, and over 60 varieties of peonies that blossom in the springtime. The Specimen Garden celebrates this Victorian flower at an annual Peony Festival every year in early May.
The Formal Florentine Garden at Whitehall was designed by Hume Logan, Jr. in the early 1970s and is characterized by its ornate Florentine influence with wrought iron trellises and authentic reproductions of Italian statuary from Logan’s personal collection. Neatly divided into open air ‘rooms’ bordered by hedgerows and arborvitae, the Garden is anchored by a carefully tended herbaceous border and features stunning flowering blooms from early spring through mid-October.
Whitehall’s Woodland Fern Garden is a hidden treasure that features an unprecedented collection of ferns and other woodland plants from both the region and around the world, with more than 150 species and sub-species, including 30 named Victorian cultivars. The Garden also serves as what is known as a ‘stumpery,’ a Victorian garden style where tree logs and stumps are used to plant ferns and other woodland plants.
Whitehall is located at 3110 Lexington Road in Louisville, and the gardens are open to the public from sunrise to sunset every day throughout the year at no charge. The Whitehall Mansion is open to the public for guided historical tours on Monday through Friday. The Whitehall Gardens and Mansion are one of Louisville's most popular wedding venues with exquisite gardens and an elegant 19th century antebellum home to choose from.
Whitehall hosts a variety of functions and events throughout the year, including the annual Peony Festival, Wedding Shows, Valentine’s Dinner, Yoga at Whitehall, Autumn at Whitehall, Summer Celebrations, and John Michael Carter Workshops.
3110 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206, Phone: 502-897-2944
More Ideas: Louisville, Kentucky: Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs is a world-renowned Thoroughbred racetrack in south Louisville that is most famous for hosting the annual Kentucky Derby. Officially opened in 1875, Churchill Down began its tradition and reputation as being the “Home of the Kentucky Derby,” one of the longest continually running sporting events in America. Churchill Downs is also famous for hosting the prestigious Breeder’s Cup.
Churchill Downs is named after John and Henry Churchill from whom Colonel Lewis Clark Jr., their nephew and president of the Louisville Jockey Club and Driving Park Association leased 80 acres of land. Churchill Downs replaced Oakland and Woodlawn, the two race courses that were previously built on the land and were closed down. Churchill Downs soon became the go-to place for thoroughbred horseracing and betting and still claims one of the highest ranks in the horseracing world today.
The track was sold to a syndicate in 1893 and saw many changes, such as the shortening of the main race to its current 1??1/4 mile and the addition of the famous twin spire grandstand. Another change that was instituted was the adorning the winner of the Derby with a garland of roses, a tradition that began in 1895 and is still popular today. Churchill Downs was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1986 and is one of the sport’s most prestigious racetracks.
Churchill Downs spans 147 acres and can accommodate a capacity of up to 150,000 people on Derby day. The Derby is run on the main dirt oval track, which his one mile (1.6 km) in circumference and 80 feet wide, with a 7/8 mile turf track on the inside. The most recognizable feature of Churchill Downs, however, is the twin spire grandstand. Designed by architect Joseph Baldez and built in 1895, the beautiful architectural feature of the twin spire grandstand is used as a symbol of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby and is recognized the world over.
Additional facilities at Churchill Downs include a newly renovated clubhouse with 79 luxury suites and beautiful murals depicting Kentucky Derby winners from 1875 to 2004. In addition to the world-class racetrack, the modern stables, and the contemporary clubhouse, Churchill Downs is also home to the Kentucky Derby Museum, which showcases the history of Churchill Downs and the famous Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs. The museum features a range of informative exhibits that explore the training and racing of thoroughbred horses, as well as a state-of-the-art 360-degree movie theater that presents a short documentary about the Kentucky Derby called “The Greatest Race.” The Kentucky Derby Museum is open daily, year-round.
The Kentucky Derby Museum is located within the racing track grounds and is dedicated to celebrating the heritage of the historic Churchill Downs Racetrack and the tradition, hospitality, and pride of the world-renowned Kentucky Derby. The Museum aims to engage, educate and inspire the community and visitors about the exciting sport of thoroughbred horseracing.
In addition to a range of informative exhibits and displays, the Museum also offers free educational programs and workshops to public and parochial schools in the states of Kentucky and Indiana that focus on the economics, history and significance of the Kentucky Derby.
Visitors to the Kentucky Derby Museum can experience the Museum via guided tours, including Around the Track Golf Cart Tours, Barn and Backside Van Tours, Behind-the-Scenes Walking Tours, Historic Walking Tours, Twilight Tours, Horses & Haunts Tours, Derby Week Tours, and a Champions Tour with Mint Julep Tours.
Churchill Downs is located at 700 Central Avenue in Louisville and is open every day of the week. There is a gift store located inside the Gate 17 entrance off the paddock that offers a broad range of officially licensed Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs apparel, books, keepsakes, memorabilia, and gifts.
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700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY, 40208, Phone: 502-636-4400
Hotel Spotlight: Galt House Louisville
Resting on the banks of the Ohio River on Louisville’s waterfront, The Galt House Hotel is a luxurious hotel that offers a unique and authentic southern experience. Boasting spectacular views of the Ohio River, the Galt House Hotel offers luxurious accommodations, first-class amenities and facilities, gourmet cuisine, and gracious Southern hospitality. Conveniently located for exploring the area, the Hotel is within walking distance of the famous Whiskey Row, where guests can discover the history of Kentucky’s native spirit, and Museum Row, which features world-renowned cultural encounters with icons such as the Louisville Slugger and Muhammad Ali.
The Galt House Hotel features 1,310 contemporary guest rooms, including 660 luxury suites located in two towers, namely the Rivue Tower and the Suite Tower and range from Deluxe Guest Rooms to Two-Bedroom Waterfront Suites. All guest rooms and suites feature chic, contemporary décor and modern furnishings, double, queen or king-size beds with pillow-top mattresses, designer linens and down comforters, and hypoallergenic pillows. En-suite bathrooms have sleek shower and bath combinations, dual vanities, fresh towels and quality toiletries, and spacious sitting areas have comfortable seating, work desks and chairs, and modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions and complimentary wireless Internet.
In addition to hotel rooms and suites, the Galt House Hotel offers fully-furnished residences with a variety of layouts and upscale amenities in a scenic downtown setting. Waterfront Living at the Galt House Hotel offers four apartment layouts, including one and two bedroom units that provide 950 to 2,000 square feet of sophisticated living space with spectacular river views. Exceptional amenities, facilities, and guest services include private elevators, weekly housekeeping services, VIP access to the restaurants and lounges at the main hotel and room service, and membership to the nearby Club 360 Fitness Center. Services and amenities in these apartments include telephone with voicemail services, kitchenettes with appliances, washers and dryers, complimentary utilities, cable television and wireless Internet access, discounted parking, laundry services, and an on-site business and UPS shipping center. Bellman and concierge services are also available.
The Galt House Hotel has offered a fantastic selection dining options with no less than six excellent restaurants, lounges and bars serving award-winning cuisine, handcrafted cocktails and fine wines.
Voted as one of Louisville's best restaurants, the Rivue Restaurant and Lounge is stylish and sophisticated with a beautiful rooftop setting that boasts twin revolving floors and spectacular views of downtown and the waterfront. Guests can enjoy award-winning fine dining cuisine and acclaimed wines from around the world in a breathtaking setting.
Café Magnolia is a casual spot that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a relaxed environment, while Thelma’s Deli is a 24-hour New York-style deli that features a tempting assortment of deli sandwiches, freshly prepared salads, handmade pizzas, and specialty drinks. Al J’s at the Conservatory can be found in the Conservatory and serves casual fare and drinks with a 30-foot aquarium bar and panoramic views of the waterfront.
Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar serves over 150 Kentucky bourbons in a relaxed atmosphere, and the Waterside Café is a laid-back seasonal poolside getaway serving pub grub and handcrafted cocktails and tropical drinks. Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant boasts a speakeasy theme, a full restaurant with a seasonal and locally- sourced food menu and an extensive menu of 160 different types of bourbon. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse serves New York-style steak, seafood, and sushi and offering live entertainment in a dynamic atmosphere. The Galt House Hotel offers a room service for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a selection of delicious entrees, an extensive wine list, and other beverages.
The Galt House Hotel offers an array of exceptional amenities, facilities, and guest services, including complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and access to the Club 360° Fitness Center, which includes a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. There is also a fully equipped business center with copying, printing, and fax services, and a UPS Store, as well as valet parking services. The Xhale Salon Spa is a full-service spa on the 17th floor of the hotel and offers a range of pampering massages, rejuvenating facials, and salon services, including manicures, pedicures, and hairstyling. Additional facilities include a hair salon and shoe shine service and a shopping shuttle service.
The Galt House Hotel provides the perfect setting for special occasions, weddings, receptions, birthdays and more, as well as business meetings, corporate gatherings, and conferences. The hotel features several enchanting venues, from a grand ballroom and rooftop terrace to beautiful outdoor and waterfront locales, as well as personalized wedding packages and delicious gourmet menus.
The Galt House Hotel also provides an unrivaled meeting and event destination for business meetings and conferences for up to 3,000 attendees with over 130,000 square feet of meeting space, including two ballrooms and a Grand Exhibit Hall. Amenities and facilities include 53 meeting rooms with wireless Internet access, the 23,300-square foot Grand Ballroom, the 16,000-square foot Archibald Cochran Ballroom, the Grand Exhibit Hall, and the Rooftop Garden & Terrace. Additional services include full-service catering, a professional sales and event planning team, on-site audio visual services and support, an on-site UPS and Business Center.
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140 North Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40202, Phone: 502-589-5200