Monday, July 20, 2009

Old Louisville Trip

This past weekend, Alexis and I escaped for a 36 hour mini-vacation. We drove to Louisville, KY with no exact plans, no time lines, and no expectations....you know, the things that tend to ruin vacations.

We found accommodations in the Rocking Horse Manor, a Richardsonian Romanesque style home (i.e. mansion) built in 1888 that is now a bed and breakfast. It was a fascinating building with amazing restoration details. The courtyard is an escape itself. The owners, John and Ricardo were gallant hosts. For the cost of a downtown boring hotel, we enjoyed a pampered experience. We definitely recommend it.We also took a guided tour of the Conrad Caldwell house in Old Louisville. It took 2 fact filled and story sharing hours to complete the tour. We liked it so much that we took a 2+ hour walking tour of the Old Louisville district. I threw some of the pictures together in a quick slide show. Again, we'd recommend both of these. If you ever find yourself in Louisville, go to the Visitors Center and take them up on these opportunities.

10 comments:

  1. Lexington was my must-see city when in Kentucky, but now I'll have to add Louisville. Thanks, Chris! I love a good roadtrip tip!

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  2. I have got to get back to my roots...yeah my grew is starting to show :O) I love history, and just saw a cool piece on how buildings break down if they are not taken care of...wild, just wild!

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  3. Awesome old homes! I absolutely love the Victorian period homes, there is so much elegance and scroll woodwork. (Hugs)Indigo

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  4. Looks like you had a very nice time :)

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  5. Looks like a perfect getaway spot to me! Love the look of the Rocking Horse Manor.

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  6. Amazing woodwork in some of those slide show images. You know how i feel about historic homes... I LOVE them. I'm so glad these homes are well preserved and you were very blessed to be there. Great find.

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  7. Wow, that is beautiful. Very elegant. Our home is old, but nothing like that..just an old Sea Captain home 1832.

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  8. Louisville is a fun place to visit, and I'm jotting down your bed and breakfast recommendation.

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  9. tilda and i have whizzed past louieville on our way to other parts of kentucky and tennesee...but i believe, now, we will need to hop off the interstate to check out the sites we have been missing...thanks for the eye opener-love the pictures.

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