Thomas is finally done with his CPA exams!!! This obviously called for a major celebration, so I planned a surprise (yes, he had no idea where we were going or what we were doing…I even packed his suitcase, but no blindfold this time, haha) getaway weekend for us at the end of last month. It was awesome and here are some of the deets…
The DuPont Mansion Bed & Breakfast blew my mind. The room was exactly as described and the adjoining bathroom was even nicer than the pictures online portrayed. With 32 rooms, three floors, and 14 foot ceilings, it was hard not to be impressed by this beautiful piece of architecture. The hospitality rode that perfect middle line of being completely welcoming and willing to serve, but not pushy, nosy, or chatty (as an introvert, that is one of my biggest fears of staying at B&Bs…go ahead and laugh). Breakfast was different both mornings and completely on par with an upscale restaurant. As in, caramel apple french toast with sausage and a fruit parfait. There were several nice common areas to relax in, including an extra kitchen just for guests that was completely stocked with snacks and a Keurig. What sealed the deal for me, though, was the plate of homemade brownies and glass decanter of wine in the living room. Because you never know when you might need sugar and alcohol.
A Tavola – After spending a few months in Italy in 2011, I am always on the hunt for authentic, wood-fired pizza. A Tavola definitely meets my “good pizza” requirements. The restaurant was cozy with upbeat music and we had great, friendly service. A terrific surprise was finding out that the pizzas fed two people, so our expected cost for dinner was cut in half! (Note: this restaurant is actually in Cincinnati, not Louisville…we stopped on our way!)
Ghyslain – The fanciest and most delicious counter-order restaurant I’ve ever been to! For example, these salts were sitting on every marble-topped table:
Thomas was very excited to order a plate of crispy baguettes smothered in cream cheese and topped with huge slabs of smoked salmon. I can also vouch for its deliciousness.
I ordered a naan filled with some kind of Indian curry that involved shredded chicken and apricot chutney. AH.
Please & Thank You – In our eternal search of good coffee, we happened upon this local place. They didn’t have a lot of options for different beans, but the iced coffee we got was good and definitely hit the spot to finish off our wonderful lunch.
Game – This was an eclectic, busy, local burger restaurant that sold exotic meats and interesting toppings. Thomas chose to go bold and tried kangaroo!
I went more mainstream for the meat (beef), but more unique on the toppings. Any place that will give me a burger with goat cheese wins. Their sweet potato truffle fries also blew my mind. So much so that I ended up eating our leftovers of them later that night. Just couldn’t wait.
McQuixote Books & Coffee – We discovered this coffee joint in the funniest way. While walking through a super crunchy health food store on Saturday, we were stopped in our tracks by their coffee section (wow, big surprise). In and amongst the bags of beans were these cute brown and tan mugs featuring an awesome windmill logo. So, of course, I had to know where it came from. The next day we hunted down this crazy joint! It was absolutely dead on Sunday morning, but the coffee was amazing. The art gallery and surprisingly well stocked used bookstore only added to the experience. And since we had actually drank their coffee, we were able to buy a beautiful mug as a souvenir.
Four Sisters – Our last culinary stop on the “research” tour was this small, homey, family-run cafe that served crepes and some kind of Vietnamese sandwich. Strange combination, but the crepes were amazing!!! Everyone there was really friendly and again, they got me with the goat cheese. Can you tell I’m an easy sell?
Most of the entertainment we enjoyed that weekend fell into two categories: exploring via foot and car all over the city (free!) and binge-watching Murdoch Mysteries back at the B&B with Aldi snacks. Both enjoyable, but I obviously have a lot more interesting photos of the former.
We spent a lot of time wandering around the many floors and rooms of Joe Ley Antiques on Saturday morning. If you’ve never spend time doing something like that, maybe these pictures can convince you. SO RANDOM. SO MUCH FUN. Be warned – this particular store had a very bizarre pricing system that involved matching up letters with numbers. You’ll either be frustrated or feel like a super code breaker.
Even though it was cloudy with threatening rain, we enjoyed some time down at the park on the river.
Have you ever visited Louisville? What are some of your favorite spots?? Where was the last weekend getaway you took?