Monday, March 28, 2011

A Trip to Louisville

Matt and I spent this past weekend in Louisville, KY.  We haven't taken a trip for just the two of us since our honeymoon last year.  We chose Louisville because it was close by and we thought the weather in Louisville would be nicer than the weather in Chicago.

I worked a half day on Friday and after packing our bags, we were out the door and in the car.  We had scoped out the Hyatt in downtown Louisville before we left and headed there first.  The problem with last minute trip decisions is that you do not have time to research.  Imagine our surprise that there was a national archery tournament and several conventions going on when we arrived at the Hyatt.  We got lucky and were able to get the last room in the Hyatt.

After we settled into our room, we made our way back downstairs to find a place to eat.  We had made a friend, Daniel, who worked at the front desk and he suggested we go to the Bluegrass Brewing Company, also known as the BBC.

The BBC was fantastic!  I had a cheeseburger and the Altbier and Matt had a Jerk Chicken sandwich and a Purple Nurple beer.  Matt fell in love with his sandwich and declared it the best sandwich he has ever had.  I think all future sandwiches will be compared to this sandwich.  We had a nice stroll back to the hotel where we relaxed for the rest of the evening.

Saturday morning rolled around and we had a lazy morning and enjoyed the views of downtown Louisville from our hotel room.  We then packed our bags and checked out as the hotel was completely booked for Saturday night and they had no room for us. 

After I was somewhat caffeinated and had some breakfast, we hit the road to go back to Indiana to visit the Horseshoe Casino in Southern Indiana.

Matt won $25 at the craps table.   When I say won, I mean he walked out with $25 more than what he came in with.  I don't gamble, so I stood by and watched him play craps.  I know that there are rules to craps, but I don't understand them and it looks like they are making up the rules as they go. 

check out the fish in the table
After leaving the casino, we stopped at a McDonalds for a snack and to use the free wifi.  We then booked our next hotel room at the Galt House.  So, we checked into our room at the Galt House and relaxed for a few hours.  Do you notice a theme of relaxing?  It was wonderful.

We went to the hotel's martini bar, Al J's, for a few drinks and they had the most interesting bar I've ever seen.  The bar was actually a huge fish tank and the fish would just swim around as we enjoyed our martinis (Flirtini for me, Bloody Mary martini for Matt and then a beer).

After drinks we hopped in a cab (it was raining outside) and went to 4th Street Live to see a comedy show we had tickets for.   If you have never been to 4th Street Live, its an outdoor area in the middle of downtown Louisville with bars and restaurants.  David Koechner was the headliner we saw at the Improv Comedy Club.  He has most recently appeared as Todd Packer on The Office and was Champ in Anchorman.  Overall, his show was disappointing.  It had funny moments and was not as good as we expected.

After the show, we walked out of the club to see snowflakes the size of quarters falling from the sky.  We were starving and decided to head back to the BBC since we had loved it so much the night before.  So we walked several blocks through the snow to get there and we were not disappointed.

wine + beer = Raspberry Meade
Matt decided to get the Purple Nurple again and I tried the Raspberry Meade.  Let me tell you about the Raspberry Meade.  If wine and beer got married and had a baby, that child would be Raspberry Meade.  It was delicious but has a very high alcohol content (7.82%), so they serve it in smaller glasses.  Lucky for me, we just had another short walk to our hotel so it was two Raspberry Meades for me.

Overall, it was a great weekend.  I am so happy we made the decision to go and spend the weekend together.  I know we are together all the time at home, but this was different.  We had time to talk and explore the city together.  And since next month is our 1 year wedding anniversary (I know, its crazy to me too that it has been a year already), this was a nice way to celebrate our first year of marriage.

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