Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Louisville, Kentucky
Jul 1, 2011, 3:05 a.m.
1:00 - After a leisurely lunch visit the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History in Bardstown, Kentucky. This modest museum, which claims to be the country's only museum dedicated to American whiskey, houses a sizeable collection of historical photos, bottles and other ephemera related to whiskey and the South.
Bardstown, the "bourbon capital of the world," has a small downtown area with several restaurants and shops.
3:00 - If you still have the energy take a final tour at Jim Beam, Clermont, Kentucky. Last guided tour of the grounds leaves at 3:30. The visitor center is open until 4:30. www.jimbeam.com/visit-the-bourbon-distillery
Other distilleries in the area include Four Roses, Wild Turkey, Maker's Mark, and Heaven Hill.
7:00 - Try dinner at 732 Social, at 732 E. Market St, where the menu of small and large plates changes daily. Check out the sizable bourbon list.
Louisville has plenty of restaurants, many of which are clustered around Market and Mains streets, so visitors can have their pick.
9:00 - Finish the night with a drink at one of the city's piano bars, or if you have the stamina follow the Urban Bourbon Trail.
10:00 - Breakfast at Toast on Market, 736 E. Market St. The breakfast menu, served all day, includes treats like Monte Cristo French Toast and bread pudding pancakes.
12:00 - For sports lovers and fans of boxing a visit to the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St, Louisville is a must. The museum and cultural center explores the life and values of the boxer, and has an interactive training segment that lets visitors shadow box and feel the power of an Ali punch. www.alicenter.org
2:00 - Sample some horseracing at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. The box office is open from 11 am to 2 pm. Get a good seat, bet as little as $2, and learn how exciting two minutes can be. www.churchilldowns.com/
(Reporting by Martinne Geller; editing by Patricia)