WhatIWore: A couple weekends ago, my husband surprised me with a weekend getaway just 2 hours south in Louisville, Kentucky, with promises of eating, drinking and antique shopping. We worked our way through the city’s best restaurants, tracked down vintage stores and even took a little trip to Frankfort and the Buffalo Creek Distillery for a Valentine’s dinner. Read on for all of the details!
Downtown Loft via Air BnB - We’re big fans of using Air BnB over hotels (like for our recent trips to Colorado (here and here) and for last NYFW). Adam found a two floor pent house corner apartment that was clean, comfortable, affordable and had amazing views. Our hosts also recommended the best places in town to check out. It was safe and convienent and we’ll definitely be back!
Note: We did our best to balance our Paleo diet but allowed ourselves special treats and drinks here and there, and enjoyed every single bite, without an ounce of guilt!
Proof On Main
702 W Main St Louisville, KY
We loved this hotel restaurant (it’s a post of the Museum Hotel) for both the food and atmosphere. We ordered a charcuterie plate to start and then split a bison burger (sans bun), roasted beets with a pistachio lime sauce and the best greens I’ve ever had. Prices are upscale, but the experience matches.
624 E Market St Louisville, KY
Farm to table joints are our favorite kind of restaurant to seek out and we loved our dinner at Harvest. Posters on the walls feature the farms and farmers that supply this comfort food spot. Adam had a chicken confit dish and I went with the fried chicken (I mean, how could you NOT do fried chicken in Kentucky?!) It was insanely delicious.
Toast on Market
620 E Market St Louisville, KY
With a mission to get shopping, we wanted a quick and easy breakfast on Saturday morning. We cozied up to the bar at Toast on Market and ordered Brown Eggs (scrambled eggs with a little gravy on top) and Steak and Eggs for Adam plus fruit and two big cups of black coffee. Yum!
700 Market Street Louisville, KY
For lunch, we stopped into the Garage in the NULU neighborhood - an old mechanics’ garage that has been converted into a restaurant. We treated ourselves to dark beers and a wood oven margarita pizza with country ham sliced oh-so-thin on top. The beer and bourbon lists were extensive and the atmosphere was awesome (it’s owned by the same folks as Proof). It looked like it would be awesome on a warm summer Saturday night. We can’t wait to go back.
If you checked out those restaurant addresses, you’ll realize we spent a lot of time on Market street, which is the semi-recently revitalized area of NULU.
Take a morning to stroll in and check out all of the shops on the street - great for small gifts, furniture, jewelry and decor.
If you like antiques, block off an hour or two to browse through the three floors of Joe Ley’s. They have everything from furniture to old hardware to the kind of random memorablia that antique stores are known for. We didn’t buy anything, but it was worth checking out.
Elizabeth’s Vintage - One of the best vintage stores I’ve ever come across with a clean, well organized stock. I’m kicking myself for not buying one of the 1890s-1910s pieces - which were in MINT condition (like a velvet riding jacket with the tiniest waist and biggest shoulders! Ahh!). I scored a hat block for a great deal and can’t wait to return in the spring.
20/30 - I loved chatting with 20/30’s owner Judy while picking out a new-to-me rhinestone necklace. The store features mid-century furniture and a rack of vintage dresses. She also had a real deal leopard coat from the sixties that was in mint condition, but I don’t think I could ever bring myself to buy something like that (plus, it was $3000 and I have a mortgage to pay!)
Buffalo Trace Distillery - Frankfort, KY
The highlight of our trip was the special dinner Adam booked us on Saturday night at the Buffalo Trace Distillery - just about an hour away in Frankfort, KY. A six course dinner catered by Durprees was paired with spirits to match. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life! Fun fact - Buffalo Trace is the oldest continually running distillery in the country. We did a quick tour of the beautiful grounds and warehouses before our meal and it was so cool to be in a 100+ year old building full to the rafters with aging bourbon.
At dinner, we were seated with a group of five other people who were long time friends and hilarious. Here’s what I remember of what we had to eat plus the pairing:
Lobster Bisque paired with Rain Vodka
Beet and Carrot Salad
Fried Chicken and Waffles with Candied Bacon
Braised Short Ribs with Kale and Potato Puree
Chocolate cake paired with Buffalo Trace Cream
Adam and I had a great, quick trip to Louisville and we’ll definitely be back! We couldn’t get to everyplace on our list, so if you’re a local or have a favorite spot we missed, please feel free to share on facebook!