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An Exciting Getaway in Louisville, Kentucky

Beautiful view over the city while enjoying all of the best things to do in Louisville KY this winter

Put on some layers and get bundled up - there are plenty of things to do in Louisville KY, and this winter is the perfect time to do them! Not only is it a really fun place to visit (at any time of year!), it's also an affordable getaway destination—which can be particularly important during the holiday season. 

Louisville is also pretty easy to get to, from a variety of metro and rural destinations. It's a great place to get away for a bit of holiday shopping and seasonal merriment, but there's plenty more to do in Louisville KY, this winter. 

Spend your time browsing top Louisville museums, escape any wintry weather you may encounter by heading underground (literally), and give yourself a bit of internal warmth with a delicious glass of Kentucky Bourbon. 

There really are a fantastic number of things to do in Louisville KY this winter, and the experience will be made all the better when you stay at a Select Registry Bed and Breakfast. Discover three unique Louisville bed and breakfasts to choose from for an unforgettable stay in the heart of Kentucky Bourbon Country.

Wherever you land, you'll enjoy unparalleled hospitality and warm, welcoming accommodations—the perfect home away from home for any winter getaway.  Book your room with Louisville's Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts today!

One of the best things to do in Lousiville KY is to the Visit the Louisville Sllugger Museum!

Bourbon, Bats & More: Top Activities in Louisville

Louisville is Kentucky's largest city, made famous for Churchill Downs and the famed Kentucky Derby that runs there each May. The Derby itself is great, but there are so many more things to do in Louisville KY—a statement that is just as true in the winter as it is in summer!

Bourbon is also a considerable part of the culture in Louisville, a spirit that has worked its way into just about every aspect of life in the city.  Visiting Bourbon distilleries should be at the top of any list of things to do in Louisville KY, but there really is a lot more to the city. Here are the best things to do this winter: 

  • When it's cold outside and you need to find things to do in Louisville, you can head underground to explore the vast network of caves under the state of Kentucky. It's actually the most extensive network of underground caves in the country.  The most popular underground cave to visit is Mammoth Caves National Park, about 90 minutes outside of Louisville. Right here in town is the Louisville Mega Cavern, a place filled with tons of fun things to do in Louisville. 
  • Each winter, there's plenty of holiday fun to enjoy in Louisville, including the outdoor ice skating rink at the seasonal Fëte de Noel festival and the annual Lights under Louisville celebration. 
  • When the cold is just too much to handle outside, head inside to the top museums in Louisville.  One of the most popular things to do in Louisville is to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, but other great museums include the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Muhammad Ali Center, and the Frazier History Museum.
  • Sample your way through a variety of incredible bourbons on Louisville's Urban Bourbon Experience™.  It features the world's only, city-wide trail filled with award-winning micro-distilleries, exhibits, and craft cocktail destinations. Sipping on bourbon is one of the top-rated things to do in Louisville throughout the year. 
  • Louisville is a really great food city, so one of our favorite things to do in Louisville KY is sample a variety of restaurants. With fewer crowds visiting in winter, that gets even easier to do!
Visiting Bourbon distilleries in the area is one of the best things to do in Louisville KY This Winter

Best Louisville Bourbon Distilleries

Given that Louisville is located in the heart of Kentucky's Bourbon Country, it should come as no surprise that visiting the city's bourbon distilleries is one of the most popular things to do in Louisville.  There's no one set way to experience bourbon in the city, either. 

Whether you have a specific Louisville bourbon distillery you want to visit, or whether you'd rather sample many along the Urban Bourbon Trail, you should plan to spend at least one day experiencing the best bourbon in Louisville.  Here are the top Louisville Bourbon Distilleries and bars worth visiting: 

  1. Angel's Envy Distillery
  2. Old Forester Distilling Co., home to the world's first bottled bourbon. 
  3. Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.
  4. Michter's Fort Nelson Distillery
  5. Stitzel-Weller Distillery
  6. Evan Williams Bourbon Experience
  7. Kentucky Artisan Distillery
  8. Rabbit Hole Distillery

Visit the Bourbon Country Website here for a list of bars that offer exceptional bourbon tastings and experiences. For even more great bourbon distilleries and tours, consider making your way down the expansive Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which heads through the heart of Bourbon Country in Bardstown. 

Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy bourbon, whether in the glass or mixed into the food, the culture, and the spirit of the city.  Bourbon-related activities are, after all, one of the most popular things to do in Louisville KY. 

At the end of the day, put your feet up and relax at one of the Select Registry Bed and Breakfasts in Kentucky.  Nowhere will you find such a fine example of welcoming hospitality. Book your getaway and join us in Louisville this winter!

Louisville Bed and Breakfasts

Chateau Bourbon

Chateau Bourbon is the perfect choice for travelers seeking upscale accommodations in a down-home atmosphere. At our award-winning inn, you can expect genuine hospitality, impeccable attention to detail and contagious Southern charm. Taking standards from traditional 5-star hotels and adding our personal touches, Chateau Bourbon delivers an unforgettable guest experience you won’t find at your typical hotel/motel. Rated #1 B&B in Kentucky on TripAdvisor 2019/2020/2021!

Whether you’re a bourbon newbie or a self-proclaimed bourbon nerd, we’ve got the experience you’re looking for. Let us share our passion for "America's native spirit" with you. Chateau Bourbon provides an elegant setting for its fun, welcoming atmosphere. Leave your stuffiness at the door and let us show you what Southern hospitality is all about. With a cocktail in hand, come sit on our porch and let your worries fall by the wayside. Located within the vibrant and walkable ‘new urbanist’ community of Norton Commons, you can ‘park & walk’ during your stay.

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Charred Oaks Inn

Nestled in the heart of Kentucky's picturesque horse country and situated on the Bourbon Trail, Charred Oaks Inn welcomes travelers with relaxed luxury and Southern hospitality. This meticulously restored, 5-acre estate offers a sanctuary of refined comfort, where every detail exudes charm and sophistication.

Each well-appointed guest room and suite invites relaxation, boasting upscale amenities and modern finishes. From gourmet breakfasts to evening hors d'oeuvres, something delicious is always on the menu. With its serene surroundings and proximity to both Louisville and Lexington's attractions, Charred Oaks Inn stands as a quintessential destination for those hungry for an authentic taste of Kentucky's gracious living.

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Pillow and Paddock Bed & Breakfast

Explore the Bourbon State with a relaxing stay at a 5-star award-winning inn with uniquely themed suites, luxurious bedding and a delicious scratch country breakfast served with unparalleled hospitality. Wander the tranquil grounds to visit the horses and share treats with Mr. Pig and his buddy, Meatball. Cuddle up by a cozy fire, enjoy the 1920s theater, a speakeasy cocktail, games in the poker lounge, or just sit in a front porch rocker watching the Thoroughbred foals frolic in the paddock!

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Best Places to Stay in La Grange

Front of three story grey house with black shutters and white wrap-around porch.
Luxury king suite, blue striped wallpaper and beige chaise lounge by the window
Back porch fire-pit lounge overlooking green grass yard and horse paddock
Secret Speakeasy bar with bourbon barrel bar, mirrored back bar with lighted shelves filled with glassware and bourbon bottles.
1920s style movie theater with reclining stadium seating showing black and white film, Casablanca, on the screen
secret bookcase door leading into the Speakeasy from the movie theater
Parisienne Suite king-size bed with black and white toile fabric bedspread and curtains
Gatsby inspired suite with queen size bed
Nantucket Suite with queen size bed in coastal blue and white
Country Faire Suite with king size wrought iron bed
Paddock Apartment Suite with king size bed and hardwood floors
White claw-foot soaking tub
Movie theater showing secret bookcase door at the back leading to the speakeasy
Lodge family room with fire on large screen tv
Four foals looking over the paddock fence
white rocking chairs on the front porch
Bourbon on the back porch fire-pit lounge table
Speakeasy lounge poker game with sodas and snacks
Creekside fire pit with white adirondack chairs and overhead lights
Holiday High Tea buffet
Bride and groom hold hands to exchange vows
Bride and groom kissing with wedding party gathered around
speakeasy with charcuterie and other snacks on bourbon barrel bar
Jacuzzi/hot tub outside under a dark grey pergola and black table, six chairs with umbrella.
scratch country breakfast eggs en cocotte
Charcuterie board with nuts, strawberries, chocolate covered espresso beans
Sunset over horse paddock with grey barn
KY Derby photo gallery with rustic wood frames
Holiday tea in front of fireplace

Pillow and Paddock Bed & Breakfast

La Grange, KY

Best Places to Stay in Louisville

Chateau Bourbon Exterior
Chateau Bourbon glass
Bedding with pillows at Chateau Bourbon
Chateau Bourbon interior
Innkeepers at Chateau Bourbon
Innkeepers Missy & John Hillock
Cocktail & Dessert
Waffle with bourbon buttered maple syrup
Bourbon selection
Angel's Share suite
Reserve suite
Single Barrel suite
Stillhouse suite
Sleeping porch

Chateau Bourbon

Louisville, KY

Best Places to Stay in Versailles

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conservatory dining room
guest room
dining room
astorybook door
astorybook vintage
astorybook side
astorybook dining
astorybook interior
astorybook exterior
a storybook cupcakes
breakfast crepes
Our gorgeous 48 foot conservatory where breakfast is served. Colors change with the season.
The massive air-whirlpool tub in Somewhere In Time luxury bathroom.
A section of our stunning 34 ft. living room where guests enjoy relaxing
Our original Quiche with fresh organic or local ingredients in puff pastry
The arched door in the wall. Does it go to the "secret garden?"
The gardens and courtyard behind the old brick wall. Gardens and a pond with waterfalls feature.

A Storybook Inn Bed and Breakfast

Versailles, KY

charred oaks exterior
Living Room on first floor at Charred Oaks Inn
Dining Room offers separate tables on first floor
The inn on a snowy day from the circle drive
Ground level outdoor terrace
Front lawn with view of the building
charred oaks exterior
fruit salad
Commemorative Poster on display in common room
Kentucky Derby Dessert served in mint julep cups
Charred Oaks Inn signature breakfast sweet potato hash topped with fried egg
Charred Oaks Inn afternoon tea open face cucumber sandwiches
Charred Oaks Inn signature chocolate orange bread pudding
Glimpse into the front entrance hall at Charred Oaks Inn

Charred Oaks Inn

Versailles, KY

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