Pursue speedy interests at the home of the Kentucky Derby, or linger over liquid warmth along a bourbon trail in Louisville.

April 11, 2014
Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs

Day 1

Immerse yourself in the "most exciting two minutes in sports" at Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Museum and track tours.

Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs

Walk to Wagner's Pharmacy, a drugstore with a restaurant serving honey-glazed ham sandwiches and patty melts to the Kentucky Derby crowd.

Louisville is known for its glassworks  spots that teach and inspire with glassblowing classes and glittering galleries.


Celebrate the city's bourbon heritage by sampling flights at one or two of the spots on the Urban Bourbon Trail.

Attentive service enhances the upscale Southern comfort food at Harvest.

Fans of historical hotels will love the updated rooms at the 1923 Brown Hotel. For a late-night meal, visit the ornate lobby bar to try the Hot Brown-a bacon-topped turkey sandwich slathered in Mornay sauce-created here nearly a century ago.

Day 2

Our pick for breakfast at popular Toast on Market Street is the lemon soufflé pancakes.

Multimedia exhibits at the Muhammad Ali Center re-create the tempest of controversy and adulation surrounding the boxer.

Make your way to Lilly's for dishes like fried oysters with grits, chipotle butter and spinach.

Browse the showroom of the nearly 200-year-old Louisville Stoneware Company, then paint pottery of your own.

More information: (888) 568-4784; gotolouisville.com

One big party

Roughly 750 American artists sell their work at St. James Court ArtShow each fall amid the Victorian homes of Old Louisville. (502) 635-1842; stjamescourtartshow.com

Stay at 21c Museum Hotel for stylish rooms, art installations and warm hospitality. (502) 217-6300; 21cmuseumhotels.com

Bring the kids

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory A great stop for fair-weather fans and baseball buffs alike, this factory cranks out nearly 1 million bats a year for everyone from major leaguers to Little Leaguers.

Admission includes a 30-minute factory tour for a behind-the-scenes look at how bats are made.

Don't miss the exhibits detailing the company's history; life-size mannequins of Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Ken Griffey Jr.; and bats used by the likes of Mickey Mantle. (877) 775-8443; sluggermuseum.com

Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory