Planning a trip to the Kentucky Derby this year? Why not stay a few extra days and see what else the city has to offer? Louisville is more than just horse racing, and you can check it out for yourself for under $100.
For breakfast, try out the Blue Dog Bakery, where the owners churn out authentic artisan breads and serve a small menu of breakfast and lunch foods. Breakfast sandwiches start at $8 and include tasty options like poached free-range eggs with Serrano ham, spinach and Parmesan.
Next, you can go over to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, where you can catch a few pictures beside the giant bat outside before heading inside where you’ll not only learn the history of the Louisville Slugger, but also see them being made right in front of you. You can even pick up your own personalized bat on the way out. Tickets are $12 for adults.
When it’s time for lunch, book a table at Proof on Main, a restaurant and bar that’s not only committed to using locally-sourced ingredients, but also stocks more than 75 Kentucky bourbons. The lunch menu begins at $11 and features more than a few affordable and tempting options including their Proof bison burger, a cauliflower “steak” sandwich and southern fried chicken.
You can spend your afternoon wandering around an award-winning museum — The Muhammad Ali Center. There are six main pavilions in the museum with six different themes pertaining to Muhammad Ali’s life — confidence, conviction, dedication, respect, giving and spirituality. With quite a few exhibits, an art gallery and several temporary exhibits, there’s always something interesting for everyone. Admission is $9.
For dinner, try Garage Bar, which is literally an old garage converted into a restaurant, where you can get everything from a Brussels sprouts pizza to a Kentucky ham tasting platter. The restaurant prides itself on being “farm to garage” and even has a list on its website of the nearby farms where it procures its ingredients. Dinner offerings start at $11.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Spring in Philadelphia is a beautiful time. The flowers are blooming, there are people out enjoying nature and Philadelphia’s festival season begins. There are festivals year-round; however, the spring festivals draw much bigger crowds and get Philadelphians ready for a fun and enjoyable summer. Each festival is unique and it’s worth attending as many as possible to fully enjoy the city.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
Book the Night on a Glacier experience, available May–September, from Off the Map Travel, to not only spend a one-of-a-kind night in a one-of-a-kind destination, but also enjoy your chance at seeing Norway’s magnificent polar bears.