7.09.2014

A Louisville Fourth of July


Our Fourth of July weekend was spent in Louisville with some of our friends from home, Brie and Beau. We had an awesome few days exploring Louisville and falling in love with the city. We drove down after work on Thursday evening since it is only about a 6 hour drive. On Friday morning we shared a lovely breakfast complete with Mickey Mouse pancakes then made our way outside to see the neighborhood’s Fourth of July parade before wandering down to the park. M even wore is festive socks.

Fourth of July
American Flag socks
Afterwards we made our way out to Bardstown for lunch and then to the Maker’s Mark Distillery tour. This was one of the better distillery tours I have been on, even compared to those in Scotland! All of the Maker’s Mark is made in this single distillery. And who doesn’t love free samples of bourbon? I even got to dip my own bottle!

Maker's Mark Distillery


Maker's Mark Distillery
Maker's Mark Distillery
Maker's Mark Distillery
Maker's Mark Distillery
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Maker's Mark Distillery
 Maker's Mark Distillery

Maker's Mark Distillery  Maker's Mark Distillery
Maker's Mark Distillery
Maker's Mark Distillery


For dinner Friday night we tried out Hammerheads. It is this little hole in the wall place in the Highlands area that is in the bottom level of a house. It is really unique and the food was delicious. So delicious I didn't even care to take a photo first. Brie and I had soft shell crab tacos and the boys had burgers. We also shared some AWESOME garlic and herb fries. Louisville is a foodie’s paradise.

Hammerhead's Lousiville dinner

Hammerhead's Lousiville dinner

After dinner we made our way down to the Waterfront Walking Bridge and walked over to Indiana while the sun was setting. It offered some great views of the river and the skyline.

Louisville Waterfront Walking Bridge

Louisville Skyline
The night was of course finished off with fireworks and unsuccessful long exposure photos (forgot the tripod).

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fireworks


Saturday morning we slept in a bit and then headed out for a drive around town. We drove through Old Louisville on our way to Churchill Downs. We passed up a tour with the intention to come back when races (or even the Derby if we are lucky) are going on! It totally was not what I was expecting. We continued our drive through town and wound up on U of L’s gorgeous campus where we failed at tracking down the albino squirrels that live there.

We attempted to find Lil’ Cheezers for lunch, but after wandering around we realized the storefront had shut down. We settled for Tom + Chee’s grilled cheese instead. They had gluten free bread so I was happy, plus CHEESE.

Tom + Chee Grilled Cheese

Tom + Chee Grilled Cheese menu

Our Louisville adventures continued at the Flea off Market which is full of tons of treasures AND glass blowing!

Louisville Flea off Market
Louisville Flea off Market

 Louisville Flea off Market
Louisville Flea off Market Glass blowing

 Louisville Flea off Market Glass blowing

This stop was special because my long time instgram and blogging friend, Renee, and her husband, Mark, were driving through town and they stopped to have coffee with us. Even though we were just meeting in person for the first time I feel like I have known this girl forever! 


Next stop was the Slugger Museum where we got our picture taken in front of the massive bat. Then we strolled around downtown for a bit and on our way home drove through the beautiful Cherokee park.

Downtown Louisville Slugger Museum Downtown Louisville
Downtown Louisville


Naps were necessary after these festivities. Then more food of course. For dinner we went to the Silver Dollar, a fun little fire station turned restaurant. We enjoyed mint juleps, BBQ, salmon and chicken + waffles.

Louisville Silver Dollar
Louisville Silver Dollar
Louisville Silver Dollar

Louisville Silver Dollar
Louisville Silver Dollar


And because that clearly wasn’t enough calories we headed to the Comfy Cow to have “Lousiville’s best ice cream.”  Definitely a successful day if I do say so myself, and judging by how well we slept that night.

Sunday afternoon it was back to Missouri for us! We had such a great time spending quality time with our friends and checking out their “new” home. We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to travel and to have an awesome relationship with these two! We definitely fell in love with Louisville and look forward to visiting again soon!

How was your Fourth?

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9 comments :

  1. Oh man, what a fun trip!!!! All the food sounds amazing!

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  2. Mia- MakeMeUpMiaJuly 9, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    How neat, looks like so much fun! Your pictures look amazing :)

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  3. Holy cow, Cassie! What amazing photos! Y'all seriously are amazing photographers! Looked like a fantastic trip. We'd definitely have to go by the big Louisville Slugger bat. All of that food looks amazing as well. Someday when we go, I'm writing these things down!

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  4. Looks like such a fun fourth of July! Glad you enjoyed yourself and all the food looks and sounds delicious!

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  5. The photos sure do not do it justice! It was such a great time.

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  6. Thanks girl- a lot of the better ones were the hubby (he's the professional here haha)! You should definitely go- it was SO AMAZING.

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  7. Thank you- it was seriously a great trip and we accomplished so much!

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  8. What a fun trip! I grew up within hours of Louisville, but only went once when I was in a dance competition. It would probably be way more fun as an adult, though!

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