John & I have had pretty busy summers, respectively. I spent all summer coaching a Couch to 5K group & training for a triathlon, while John has been burning the candle at both ends on a huge multi-month project, while also carrying his usual workload. We needed a break. This weekend we treated ourselves (treat yo self!) to a 24-hour vacation in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville is about three hours north of Nashville. We took the Dixie Highway part of the way & passed Wigwam #2 in Cave City, Kentucky.
We stayed at the super cool 21c Museum Hotel, which we loved. The entire hotel is a museum, including your room. Anyone can come in & walk around, but only guests are allowed upstairs on the floors where the rooms are.
This is our super cool hotel room. It was pretty awesome. I had read bad reviews, mostly related to noise, but we didn't have any problems. Definitely recommend this hotel.
I made dinner reservations at Chef Edward Lee's, of Top Chef fame, restaurant, 610 Magnolia. We haven't been to Catbird Seat yet, but it appears to be a similar set-up. We did all 4 courses & I did the wine pairing. It was so good!!! It was so expensive!!! We loved it! I may have to do a separate post on what we ate. Stay tuned!
After our super fancy, super awesome dinner, we headed back to 21c to walk around & enjoy the hotel bar, which came highly recommended. We both had a drink & then walked around a little. I may or may not have interacted with some of the art...
We got up the next morning & headed to East Market Street for brunch. Toast came highly recommended & it didn't disappoint. I had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season!
I had a hard time deciding what to order because it all looked so good. John got a western scramble, so I decided to go the sweet route & ordered the lemon souffle pancakes with vanilla custard & blueberry compote. Y'all. These pancakes BLEW MY MIND. Thank God this place is three hours away...
After brunch, John took control of the vacation & drove us around to various abandoned artillery bunkers & nuclear reactor sites, like you do. He tried to trespass into the abandoned military whatever & I had to intervene. I could hear gunfire. And not far-off gunfire either. He took one last look at the electrified, barbed wire fence he was seconds away from scaling & reluctantly climbed back into the car.
On the way home, I remembered there's a Zappo's outlet store somewhere near Louisville. Thank you, Google. We not only found it, it was open! It was nuts. It was like the Off Broadway Opry Mills location on a Saturday, during Christmas, times 1,000. Cra.
I ran around grabbing shoes like it was a contest, albeit one I was winning, when I overheard some teenage girls reference all the boots being 50% off. Que? A few minutes later, an employee confirmed that yes, all boots (& shoes) are 50% off. In addition, he pointed up to a sign hanging from the ceiling, shoes with a blue sticker are 60% off & shoes with a purple sticker are 70% off. This is 50, 60 & 70% off the already discounted outlet price. So all the shoes I had that I thought were $50, were $25, at the most. I lost my mind, but luckily not my wallet as my sweet, sweet husband paid for my shoe-apoolaza.
I never thought I'd say this, but yay, Kentucky!