I have such a city crush on Louisville these days, that I’m going back yet again this summer for a friend’s bachelorette party I’m organizing. How is it that I went 30 years being so close to this amazing city yet not knowing all the beauty and art it held?
Of course, this weekend is the biggest party in Louisville all year long, the Kentucky Derby, and one day I will don a huge hat and a sundress and join the masses for the occasion.
As someone who has a wee bit of a shopping obsession, I spent the majority of my inaugural trip to Louisville popping in and out of shops along East Main Street, the city’s up-and-coming art corridor dubbed “NuLu” for New Louisville. (Don’t worry, I didn’t buy…much.)
There are a lot of fun, little boutiques, and I purchased an awesome “Bless Her Heart” print from Gifthorse.
Though my favorite place to poke around was Joe Ley’s Antiques.
I didn’t buy anything there, but I did find some things I would have liked to own.
Like for example, this coffin. I mean, who doesn’t need a coffin…just in case?
After I’d exhausted my personal budget—OK, most of it went to bourbon from this adorable tasting room, I’ll be honest—I headed over to Bardstown Roads and its quirky stores.
Why Louisville, which now has a second location in NuLu, was just as adorable as I expected.
But what blew my mind most was the food. Oh. My. Yum.
If you’re heading to Louisville, be sure and grab a burger and sorghum cookie at Wiltshire on Market.
Have a drink on the outdoor patio of Garage (complete with Ping-Pong tables!).
My trip ended with the house favorite ganache latte at Please & Thank You, during which time I met the adorable owner Brooke. I didn’t want to leave, but a pending storm of apocalyptic proportions (and my 30th birthday, which was two days later) nudged me along back to Tennessee.
I have a neighborhood story on NuLu coming out this month in Southern Living, so if you’re a subscriber, keep your eyes peeled for it!