Fall fun in Louisville, Kentucky | Midwest Living

Fall fun in Louisville, Kentucky

Pounding hooves. Baseball bats. Bourbon on the rocks. Louisville oozes mystique, and lucky for visitors, the icons deliver. Even better, flourishing art and food scenes mean that a fall weekend in Kentucky’s biggest city is a safe bet. Read about our trip, then check out our trip guide for what to do, where to eat and where to stay.


Hillbilly Tea serves homey fare such as sausage-wrapped Scotch eggs.
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Brown Hotel lobby.
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Where to eat

Harvest White walls and plain tables let the details shine: attentive service, exquisite seasonal fare and oversize portraits of the farmers whose, ahem, harvest fills your plate. (502) 384-9090; harvestlouisville.com

Hillbilly Tea A sunny cafe offers loose-leaf brews and a creative menu with backwoods flair. (502) 587-7350; hillbillytea.com

Lilly’s This “Kentucky bistro” serves inventive dishes like fried oysters with grits, chipotle butter and spinach. (502) 451-0447; lillyslapeche.com

Mayan Cafe The cuisine of the Yucatán Peninsula inspires innovative dishes. The lima beans are legendary. Don’t hold your nose. Just try ’em. (502) 566-0651; themayancafe.com

Toast on Market Our pick at this popular breakfast-lunch cafe: lemon souffle pancakes. (502) 569-4099; toastonmarket.com

Wagner’s Pharmacy Featured in Secretariat, this utterly unfroufrou drugstore diner serves the Churchill Downs crowd. (502) 375-3800; wagnerspharmacy.com

Where to stay

Brown Hotel Historic hotel fans will love the updated rooms. In the ornate lobby bar, try a Hot Brown, a turkey sandwich created here nearly a century ago. From $159. (888) 387-0498; brownhotel.com

21c Museum Hotel Everything just works: stylish rooms, free exhibits, hip hospitality and delicious food at Proof. From $260. (502) 217-6300; 21cmuseumhotels.com

For more information: Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 626-5646; gotolouisville.com


(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® September/October 2012.)


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