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  • Writer's pictureLeigh Roach

The Perfect Girls' Getaway: An Unforgettable Louisville Experience

Planning the ultimate girls' getaway can be both exciting and a little overwhelming. Fear not, because we’ve crafted the perfect itinerary that guarantees a blend of relaxation, adventure, and unforgettable moments. Louisville, Kentucky, is our destination of choice, offering a vibrant mix of history, cuisine, and entertainment. Here's how to make the most of a weekend with your besties:

Day 1: Culinary Delights, Pink Paradise and Bubbles

Afternoon Arrival:  Stroll into Louisville around noontime and kickstart your getaway with a food tour by Louisville Food Tours. The Nulu guided tour takes you through the trendy East Market District, known for its vibrant art scene and eclectic eateries. Sample a variety of dishes from some of the best restaurants in the area, each offering a unique twist on Kentucky cuisine. From barbecue, to hot chicken, to biscuits and gravy, to cocktails and sweets, there is something for everyone. They even offer vegan options. Remember to wear good walking shoes, elastic pants and bring tip money. It's an experience that provides plenty of exercise, fascinating facts and a full belly!

After the food tour, it's time for arrival and relaxation at The Kentucky Rose of Hollyhock Suites. The Kentucky Rose offers a one-of-a-kind escape for the perfect girls' getaway, combining vintage charm with modern luxury. Nestled in the heart of downtown Louisville, this Airbnb boasts a delightful aesthetic with old-fashioned, feminine touches including a pink record player, throwback board games, retro pink appliances and cocktail bar that invite you to unwind and entertain in style. It's a sophisticated Barbie dream house complete with a plush, spacious living space just right for morning couch-convos or late-night chats and laughter. The elegant white marble table is ideal for sharing meals or indulging in cocktails, ensuring every moment is picture-perfect.

All four bedrooms at The Kentucky Rose of Hollyhock are designed for ultimate comfort and relaxation. Each pink-filled suite features luxurious bedding and unique decor, creating a serene retreat after a day of exploring Louisville. Queen beds inhabit all but one room which instead houses four built-in bunk beds, providing optimal space for a slumber party. And yes, this is where all four of us slept. It was like old times, indeed! You could easily sleep 14 people in The Kentucky Rose making it ideal for all occasions. The two full-size bathrooms are equally impressive, with modern fixtures and high-end finishes that add a touch of glamour to your stay. Equipped with the best toiletries, blow dryers and linens, this Airbnb has every need covered. Whether you're preparing for a night out or unwinding after a day of adventures, the thoughtfully designed spaces provide everything you need for a memorable and indulgent getaway. Bask in the warmth and glow of this "Pretty in Pink" paradise. It's Louisville's best kept secret!

Evening: After a few hours of rest, head over to The Champagnery for sparkling bubbles and lite bites. This elegant spot offers an impressive selection of champagnes, sparkling wines and charcuterie. Enjoy a tasting flight or a glass of your favorite bubbly while soaking in the chic ambiance. Nothing says girl's night out more than The Champagnery.

After dinner, keep the energy high with a visit to Howl at the Moon. This lively dueling piano bar is known for its interactive entertainment and vibrant atmosphere. Sing along to your favorite tunes, dance the night away, and celebrate an unforgettable girls' getaway.

Day 2: Riding the River, Horse Racing and Fine Dining

Morning: Start your day with one of the many restaurants close by or eat in, like we did. With a fully stocked kitchen, it was easy and inexpensive to prepare a quick breakfast.

Afternoon: Embark on a day trip aboard the Belle of Louisville which offers a timeless adventure on the Ohio River, blending history and scenic beauty. As the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the world, the Belle of Louisville promises a nostalgic journey with its grand paddlewheel, vintage charm, and picturesque views of Louisville's skyline. Passengers can relax on the spacious decks, enjoying the gentle river breeze, while learning about the vessel's storied past and the rich maritime heritage of the region. With live music, delicious dining options, and relaxing cocktails, a day on the Belle of Louisville is an unforgettable experience that transports guests to a bygone era of river travel.

From land to water to sky, follow your boat excursion with lunch at 8UP Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen. 8UP is a premier dining destination in Louisville, offering a unique blend of culinary excellence and stunning views. Situated on the rooftop, this upscale restaurant provides an impressive vantage point to admire the city's skyline while enjoying an exquisite meal or expertly crafted cocktail. The menu features a diverse selection of dishes that highlight both local ingredients and global flavors, ensuring a memorable dining experience for every palate.

Evening: Experience nighttime racing at Churchill Downs! It is a thrilling and unique adventure, combining the excitement of horse racing with the vibrant energy of an evening event. Known for its iconic status as the home of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs transforms under the lights, offering a spectacular setting for Downs After Dark. The atmosphere buzzes with anticipation as guests, dressed to impress, gather to enjoy the races, live music, and themed entertainment. The next Downs After Dark meet is in September, so book your tickets now!

As the sun sets and the track lights illuminate, the majestic Thoroughbreds take to the field, their powerful strides creating an electrifying spectacle. The combination of the historic venue, the thrill of the races, and the lively social scene make for an unforgettable night. Whether you’re placing bets, savoring gourmet food and drinks, or simply soaking in the ambiance, nighttime racing at Churchill Downs promises an exhilarating experience that blends tradition with modern flair.

While you are there, dine at Matt Winn's Steakhouse. It's an exquisite experience that pays homage to the storied tradition of Churchill Downs while delivering modern culinary excellence. Situated within the historic racetrack, this upscale steakhouse offers a luxurious setting with elegant decor and panoramic views of the iconic grounds. The menu at Matt Winn's is a celebration of prime cuts of beef, meticulously prepared and accompanied by an array of gourmet sides and an extensive wine list. Each dish is crafted with precision and care, ensuring a dining experience that is both indulgent and memorable. Whether you're enjoying a meal before a race or celebrating a special occasion, Matt Winn's Steakhouse provides an ambiance of sophistication and a feast that delights the senses.

Day 3: Travel Home

Morning: On your way out of town, stop in at Cheddar Box Too for brunch! Cheddar Box Too is a culinary gem renowned for its gourmet sandwiches, artisanal cheeses, and delectable desserts. Located in the heart of St. Matthews, this cozy deli and bakery welcomes guests with a warm, inviting atmosphere perfect for brunch, casual lunches or grabbing a quick bite. From their signature chicken salad on freshly baked croissants to their extensive cheese selection sourced from around the world, Cheddar Box Too excels in blending quality ingredients with creative flair.

Tips for the Trip:
  • Pack Smart: Comfortable shoes are a must for the food tour and exploring the city.

  • Stay Hydrated: With all the delicious food and drinks, remember to drink plenty of water.

  • Capture the Moments: Don’t forget to take lots of photos to remember this special trip with your best friends.

Louisville offers the perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and indulgence, making it the ideal destination for a memorable girls' getaway. From the charming Kentucky Rose of Hollyhock to the vibrant nightlife, every moment of this itinerary promises to be unforgettable. So grab your besties, pack your bags, and get ready for a weekend filled with laughter, good food, and great company!


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