Quality Inn & Suites
716 Brooks Hill Rd
Brooks, KY 40109
Phone: (502) 955-6272
Fax: (502) 955-5911
This wooded refuge just south of downtown Louisville is located near the village of Fairdale. If you want to see the Kentucky back-country, the 20 minute trip required to get here is worth it. The area is designated as an Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, the park contains streams, creeks, trails and many other topographical features that allow for tons of activities. The welcome center provides hiking maps, books, souvenirs and other information about Jefferson; don't forget to pick one up.
Visit the beautiful campus of this most prestigious and historic small private college. Notables including Nathaniel Hawthorne, President Franklin Pierce, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow have graduated from here.
Examples of weaving from the past 200-years are displayed in these historic board-and-batten cabins. The Little Loomhouse is a Louisville Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Frederick Law Olmstead not only designed the great New York parks, Central and Prospect, but he also created this gem in the Bluegrass State. Though its location may be outside of downtown Louisville, it's a veritable playground replete with locals taking advantage of the amenities when the weather allows. Some park features include the popular amphitheater, an archery range, basketball courts, disc golf course, fishing lake, miles of trails, horseshoes, picnic areas, playground, tennis courts, etc. Car access on the road to the top of the park is only open between the months of April to October, but bike and foot access is available throughout the year.
Introduced in the 18th century, Jim Beam is one of the oldest and most popular brands of bourbon in the country. Trace the brand's journey, of more than 200 years and global acclaim, at this delightful facility in Clermont. Guided tours of the facility take you through a fascinating journey through Jim Beam's history, as well as the complex process of distilling their world-famous bourbon from start to end. Lasting an hour and fifteen minutes, the tour includes tastings as well as a display of exhibits from the company's history. The Beam Bar at the facility serves up a selection of spirits from the company. Check website for more.
Established in 1929 by Isaac W. Bernheim, this renowned arboretum and 14,000 acre forest is the perfect place to spend the day. Visit the Nature Center, or enjoy the 30 miles of hiking trails, the picnic area, and lakes. There is also a cafe with a lunch menu, and a gift shop that offers a variety of unique items, including one-of-a-kind handcrafted Kentucky arts and crafts.
Explore Louisville Mega Cavern in a historic tram where you ride through 17 miles (27 km) of dark passageways beneath the city of Louisville. Learn about geology, history, mining techniques, recycling and green business technology as well as witness where 50,000 people would have sheltered during the Cold War Era. You can also go on 'Mega Zips', an adventure tour that features five underground zip-lines, three challenge bridges and over two hours of adrenaline. Another great tour only offered from November through December is 'Lights Under Louisville'. This underground holiday light show is perfect for the season, where guests drive through an underground passageway festooned with holiday lights.
Learn about the heritage and production of fine Bourbon at this 200 year old distillery. View the Beam family home, which is listed as a National Historic Site, and sample Jim Beam bourbons.
Jim Beam is one of the most cherished American whiskeys, and thus its unique history is one worth celebrating, and the Jim Beam American Outpost is the place to do it. Your visit begins with a screening of a short film telling the Beam story. Then you tour past some historic buildings and machinery. Then you make it to the tasting room where somebody pours you a couple tastes of bourbon. Then it's over to the gift shop for a souvenir Jim Beam sweatshirt.
The Louisville Zoo is quite possibly one of the most underrated zoos in the world. Though somewhat modest in size, in is nonetheless home to a bevy of beautiful beasts. Some include camels, baby elephants, tigers, rhinos and even polar bears. The zoo also features different special exhibits. 'Glacier Run' presents arctic animals while 'Gorilla Forest' and 'Lorikeet Landing' are self-explanatory. The tiger feedings are also an attraction that highlight the nature of this apex predator. Here, guests are invited to walk a few yards away from a mesh-covered opening as the animal feeds on its lunch.
Broadrun Vineyards is a large estate winery offering spacious indoor and outdoor grounds. Wine tastings are hosted daily.
The Farnsley-Moremen House stands as a testament to the rich history of agriculture along the Ohio River. Built by Gabriel Farnsley, this red brick Kentucky "I-House" boasts a two-story Greek Revival portico and an incredible river view. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m.