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I saved my bourbon sipping for the classy and beautiful Brown Hotel’s lobby at cocktail hour. There, I nursed an Old Fashioned (the bourbon-based drink was invented in Louisville, as was the Mint Julep), listening to a pianist playing pop love songs and recalling my visit to the new Jim Beam visitor center about 20 minutes out of Louisville.
From the traditional Brown, I headed to the hip Proof on Main restaurant for dinner. Adjacent to the 21C Museum Hotel, it’s easy to find; you can’t miss the mammoth replica of Michelangelo’s David that stands outside — just a few blocks from another giant Louisville icon — the Louisville Slugger bat. The bat leans against the front of the Louisville Slugger Museum and factory, a must-visit for kids of all ages.
The last night I was there, I drove to the historic St. James neighborhood. Lovely in the sunlight with its showpiece 1892 fountain and streets lined with charming Victorian era homes, it’s transformed at night by authentic gas lamplights on the boulevard. In the darkness, I loved how they cast shadows everywhere — flickering with romance, mystery and stories just waiting to be written.
Donna Tabbert Long writes about food and travel.