Posts Tagged ‘Outdoor Recreation’

Implanting A Lasting Impression Of Louisville’s Downtown Ornate Beauty And Expansiveness

November 19th, 2022

West Main Street at the center of Old Louisville downtown is at the heart of the cultural district of Louisville featuring the second largest collection of cast-iron facades in the United States.

Over a century ago, cast iron made it possible to build beautiful decorative features that were too expensive to carve out of stone. The sidewalk bricks in front of the columns are placed sideways and flecked with iron to make the cast iron buildings easily identifiable. To doubly ascertain you carry along as you walk by a magnet which is most likely to stick to buildings whose facades are cast iron. Ironwood trees grow in front of cast iron buildings surrounded by replicas of authentic coal hole covers. A stand of three trees are planted together thus indicating that the building is masonry. Cast iron walking sticks and tree rings give hints as to the original uses of nearby buildings.

West Main Street has more examples of 19th century cast-iron architecture than any other place in America except New York’s SoHo. The façade of the Hart Block, a five story building designed in 1884 at a foundry is a jigsaw puzzle of bolting cast iron pieces together. This early Victorian pre-fab construction allowed for large windows and greater height. The tiny St Charles Hotel, constructed before 1832 is the oldest here.. A third generation Main Street building, it was preceded by Fort Nelson which was followed by log huts. Three story brick buildings came in next and lined the streets at the time of Civil War.

Fort Nelson, a haven for settlers in the late 1700s once stood between 6th and 8th streets on Main before being ravaged by fire and tornado more than a century ago. This site was the terminus of the Wilderness Road, the first overland route west from Virginia across the Appalachian Mountains through the Cumberland Gap, and the site of the first permanent settlement in what would become Louisville.

Going to the 2013 Kentucky Derby in Louisville KY

April 22nd, 2022

Louisville’s Kentucky Derby is a two-day horse racing extravaganza, famous for attracting an international crowd and inspiring elegant and unique attire, in tandem with memorable parties, social gatherings and wide variety of entertainment options. Traditionally held the first Saturday in May, and sometimes called the “fast two minutes in sports,” the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs will be held on Saturday, May 4.

If you have never been to the Kentucky Derby and you are coming to Louisville from outside of Kentucky, chances are you’ve got some planning to do to make sure your experience during this special event goes smoothly. While the Derby experience can range from infield tickets costing around $50 a piece to box seating priced at thousands of dollars, planning ahead, regardless of your plans, makes for a smoother and easier time.

10 Things you Need to Know About and Plan for Before you go to the Kentucky Derby

Transportation to Louisville, KY – Whether you are planning on arriving in Louisville, Kentucky, by car, bus or plane, you have a range of options. Louisville is home to an international airport (IATA airport code SDF) called Standiford Field. You can catch many of the major airlines there including Southwest, Delta, United, American, and more. In addition, the airports in Cincinnati and Lexington are comparatively short drives to Louisville, offering you more flight options if you can’t find the air travel you are looking for coming directly into Louisville.

Tickets to the Kentucky Derby – If you haven’t been lucky enough to land a free box with a finish line view from a rich uncle or a generous boss, you can buy tickets to the Kentucky Derby that range in price from around $50 for general admission to upwards of thousands of dollars for box seating. If you are looking for premium seating, it is advisable that you do this as early as possible since availability narrows and prices often tend to climb as the event draws closer. It is important to note that general admission tickets to the Kentucky Derby do not include a seat or visual access to the Churchill Downs racetrack. You can plan on seeing the races through TV screens situated throughout the track facility.

Transportation to the Churchill Downs Race Track – Unless you are planning on staying in a neighborhood very close to the tracks so that you can walk, chances are you’ll need some type of transportation to Louisville’s Churchill Downs racetrack. Provided that you have a vehicle, you can drive a car to the Churchill Downs. Many of the houses around the tracks offer parking for prices ranging from $10 and up for the day. If you are planning on taking a cab or a bus to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, it is helpful to plan ahead. This is a very busy time of year in Louisville and it can sometimes be difficult to get the cab or van service you want without advanced reservations. For the adventurous, there are sometimes rickshaw bicycles pedaling around town offering transportation to and from the tracks to downtown Louisville and nearby neighborhoods like Old Louisville.

A Place to Stay During your visit to Louisville, KY – If you are coming to Louisville from out of town to attend the Kentucky Derby, you’ll want to find a place to stay well before you arrive for the event. Hotels often fill up far in advance for many miles around the tracks and many charge higher than usual prices for this premium event. If you are traveling with your family or in a larger group, you may want to rent a house in Louisville during your visit to the Kentucky Derby. There are many comfortable and appealing house rentals located near Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby.

Something to Wear to the Kentucky Derby – If you dress comfortable, coordinated and elegant (with a hat) you will fit right in at the Kentucky Derby – If you like dressing up with your own stylish flair, than the Derby is just the event for you. People wear all sorts of gorgeous and memorable attire to the Derby – you’ll see hundreds of very fancy and well-coordinated suits, dresses and shoes, many with matching hats, of course.