Louisville Weekend

If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time- you've probably caught onto the fact that I'm a little birthday obsessed. Mine, Jared's, friends, siblings... you name it, I love to celebrate them and celebrate them for as long as possible! Jared's birthday is this coming Wednesday, but we decided to kick things off by spending a weekend together in Louisville. It's just a quick 2-hour drive and it had been over 3 years since our first visit there.
 
We've kicked around the idea of a weekend getaway for awhile and lots of ideas came to mind but we landed on Louisville for 2 reasons:  a Groupon deal I couldn't pass up for the hotel and the fact that Christmas was getting kicked off that weekend. Another thing you may have picked up is that Jared is a Christmas fanatic. I'm telling you, I've never met someone who loves the season more than him. So what better way to celebrate his birthday than by seeing light diplays, streets lit up with candy canes and some holiday entertainment?

Friday we headed out late afternoon and were checked in at the hotel shortly before dinner. We stayed at the Galt House hotel - let me emphasize that we wouldn't pay this much for a hotel normally, the Groupon saved us big time ;) The hotel has tons of restaurants and shopping within the two connecting towers and it's located near everything else you'd want to see downtown. They were decked out for the holidays and we spent tons of time just wandering around admiring all the festive decor, the interactive displays and even heard some live caroling.



Since our last trip to Louisville we visited the Slugger Museum, we skipped it this time and checked out the Frazier History Museum instead. The building doesn't look like much from outside, but it was a fabulous museum- I think we spent easily 3 hours here. Bonus exhibit? Movie memorabilia from White Christmas, one of my favorite old movies!

Even though it was a chilly weekend, we bundled up and had fun exploring the downtown area all weekend. Lots of decor, historical things to look at, and I even found some beautiful fall leaves sticking around for just a few days longer ;)

Even though we were only there for a couple of days, I feel like we did and saw so much! Louisville is such a fun little getaway because it's a quick drive and there always seems to be something going on. It was tough to get pictures of, but this little park does 40 nights of lights and every night there is an hourly show. 
lights-at-louisville

Christmas music, lights, lasers- it was so entertaining. I'm not normally the type to celebrate the festivities this early, but I guess I just couldn't help it this year. Somehow Jared convinced me to put up our tree before Thanksgiving, too! This is a first! Celebrating my man's birthday just gets me excited- it's like the kickoff to ALL of the holiday season :)

28 comments

  1. aw what a fun getaway! i live in Louisville so I definitely don't find it that exciting lol but I didn't know it did all this stuff for christmas! and the history museum, love it :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. What a fun weekend!! I love all things holiday, too! We just set up our tree on Friday - I couldn't help it, haha. It was the first time doing it before Thanksgiving but I LOVE it! It matches our decor perfectly (the tree has gold and pinecones all over it!). Glad you guys had a great weekend!!! With two little ones now, I definitely recommend doing little weekend getaways as often as you can now!!

    -Sarah www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. Little weekends trips are the absolute best! Especially with a husband. Especially with a husband who loves Christmas, ha!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh my gosh! Heaven! Glad you two had a nice getaway!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh this sounds like a PERFECT weekend!! How fun! Happy belated Birthday to Jared! You spoiled him good!! What a fun kick off to the holidays!

    ReplyDelete
  6. To sweet!! Happy early birthday to your husband!

    ReplyDelete
  7. How fun!! This hotel looks gorgeous and of course the Christmas decorations look incredible! I'm so glad y'all had a good time and got to celebrate all weekend! What a fun way to start the holiday season!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love Louisville! It's a great city! And the Galt House is a perfect spot to stay!! Glad you had such a wonderful time kicking off your husband's birthday in style :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Awww, I love it! Such a nice lil getaway to celebrate. :)

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  10. we have like... 4 feet of snow now which has me in complete CHRISTMAS EVERYTHING MODE! not a bad place to be but i need to remember that Thanksgiving hasn't even come and gone yet! :) it looks like the perfect little weekend getaway- i have been browsing groupon deals and thinking i might bite the bullet one of these days to plan just a little something. winter is LONG and hard and so breaking it up with a deal sounds like a perfect plan.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Louisville is such a nice, quick getaway. It feels so strangely southern and charming to me. The Galt House is so nice! One of my good friends rented us a room there for her birthday party. I'm definitely not someone to jump the gun on Christmas celebrations, but this is making me want to find the White Christmas Pandora station... Glad you had an awesome weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Looks like such a wonderful and fun weekend. Happy Birthday to Jarod!

    ReplyDelete
  13. So glad you landed that Groupon!!!! So much fun. Now I'm itching to go back!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I'm glad you guys had a great birthday weekend extravaganza!

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a fun birthday trip!!! I'm glad you guys could sneak in some birthday fun between football :) I've never thought about visiting Louisville before but all their Christmas activities make me want to! I don't mind jumping into the Christmas spirit already - so many Hallmark movies have been watched haha.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Looks like a ton of fun! My boy lives over in WV just east of the KY border and we are always looking for fun weekend trips when I visit. We just might have to add Louisville to the list!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Sounds like a great weekend! We have driven through, but never stopped in Louisville. It is on our list to visit for a long weekend in the future :)
    I love celebrating the Christmas season for as long as possible, so the earlier the tree and decor go up the better in my opinion :) Birthdays usually are a day or weekend at most around these parts :( I wish they lasted longer! I really like to celebrate the birthday or holiday on that day...unfortunately that doesn't work as well once you are married and have kiddos :( Oh well....I need to learn the extend method. lol!

    ReplyDelete
  18. ahhh it looks like you guys had a blast!!!! closest you have been to me in a bit!!
    xx

    ReplyDelete
  19. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Aww, so fun! Love those Christmas decorations, so cool! And I would be totally geeking out about seeing memorabilia from White Christmas!!

    ReplyDelete
  21. How cute are you guys?! I love it! So fun.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I have never been to Louisville but James thinks I would love it and I've decided that when we move back, I will visit it within 2 years of being back in Ohio. I may just wait and go this weekend - I love Christmas and I would love to see their Christmas decorations.

    ReplyDelete
  23. I can't wait to go to Louisville. We are so close to it. I love groupon as well.. so many great deals.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Weekend getaways are the best. I'm proud of you for snatching up a groupon deal. They always try and tempt me when I'm not planning a trip and then I forget to look when planning is actually happening :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Looks like you guys had a great weekend!!! I am a huge fan of Christmas...so when you said they were kicking off Christmas I got all excited! I have never been to Louisville but you make me want to check it out!

    ReplyDelete
  26. sounds like a great way to celebrate jared's (totally typed out jared as 'jerad' at first and thought, heck that can't be right? lol) birthday! i love louisville but have never been around the holidays. austin is a total christmas fanatic too!

    ReplyDelete
  27. What a fun little getaway! I am glad you & Jared enjoyed it... Happy birthday Jared by the way..

    ReplyDelete
  28. What a fun weekend! I love Louisville. I stayed at the Galt House for my bachelorette party. Such an amazing hotel! I'm so happy you got to experience it!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks SO much for taking the time to read and comment on my blog! I read each one and love to respond and chat with you! :)