By Amy Haeberlin
Louisville
Kentucky
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Kentucky: a state known for its fast horses, lush bluegrass, and premium spirits. The state is also known for its contradictions. Bourbon County is dry, Christian County is wet, and Kentucky, for all its country connotations, boasts the 17th most populous city in the US.

Escapewizard.com invites you to visit Louisville – Kentucky’s largest city. Escapewizard.com recommends flying into the Louisville International Airport (SDF), but the city is also accessible from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport (CVG) and the Bluegrass Lexington Airport (LEX). You can make your flight arrangements by clicking on this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). EscapeWizard.com can also assist with hotel accommodations. Vacationers can view our top selections below then book their room by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Louisville is rich in history. It was founded at the Falls of the Ohio in 1778 by George Rogers Clark, initially as a Revolutionary War fort. The Falls, which create a 26 foot drop in river elevation, is composed of one of the largest exposed fossilized coral reefs in the world. The Lewis and Clark Expedition, the 1803 journey to explore the newly purchased Louisiana Territory, also began at the Falls. 

Louisville is also a city that loves its performing arts, boasting not only a full-time orchestra, opera and ballet, but also a regional theater and children's theater. Escapewizard.com recommends checking out the area’s numerous museums and attractions, including the world famous Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Frazier International History Museum, the Muhammad Ali Center, the Louisville Science Center, and the J.B. Speed Art Museum, as well as the Louisville Zoo.

Sports fans can attend University of Louisville athletic events or watch the Louisville Bats, an AAA baseball team, play at Slugger Field. The Louisville Extreme Park, a renowned skate park, offers another change of pace. And for the golfers, Louisville has many courses available for play, most notably the Valhalla Golf Club, which has hosted several PGA events, including the 2008 Ryder Cup.

After enjoying the many attractions available around Louisville, Escapewizard.com suggests enjoying dinner at one of the area’s many original restaurants, featuring cuisine from around the world. To wind down your evening – or to get it started – you can stop by the downtown bars, including 21C with its famous bathrooms; Louisville’s 4th Street Live! a huge entertainment complex with dance clubs, bars and restaurants or, for a more relaxed night scene, the Highlands area with local eateries, bars and pubs.

If you want a more relaxed trip, the newly remodeled Waterfront Park provides a scenic view of the Ohio River, with walking/biking paths, fountains, and statues. Louisville offers over 120 parks. In 2005, the City of Parks initiative began, which includes plans for a 100+ mile Louisville Loop Trail connecting the area parks, several dog parks, and numerous upgrades.

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail kicks off just outside of the city, with tours of several local distilleries, providing a glimpse into Kentucky’s past.  The Bourbon Festival, held in September, also showcases the region’s famous spirits.  Other events, like the St. James Art Festival in early October, which offers visitors an opportunity to view and purchase local area crafts, and “Light Up Louisville,” held the day after Thanksgiving, let visitors see the city at its finest. 

Of course, if you can arrange it, Escapewizard.com recommends scheduling your trip during the end of April. The city comes alive during the Kentucky Derby Festival – a two week period kicking off with “Thunder Over Louisville”, the world’s largest fireworks display and accompanying military air show. The Festival continues with events like the Great Balloon Race, the Steamboat Race, and the Kentucky Derby Parade. Local bands play at the Chow Wagons nightly, where the food is plentiful and the atmosphere is fun, and the horses are running at Churchill Downs, where visitors can bet the ponies and visit the on-site museum.

The Festival culminates with the running of the Kentucky Derby, the most famous two minutes in sports history, and the first race of the illustrious Triple Crown of horse racing.

Escapewizard.com recommends visiting Louisville for its rich heritage and activities suitable for every interest and budget. Click on the link above to get started on your journey.
Hotels in Louisville
By Tekisha Slack
Candlewood Suites
1367 Gardiner Lane, Louisville, KY
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The award winning Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport, delivers exceptional service and comfort. This hotel's professional staff is poised to meet your every need. Outfitted with preferred amenities, including free Wi-Fi access and a kitchen equipped with all appliances and cookware, one-bedroom and studio suites deliver the utmost in comfort. Unique perks like Japanese and German TV channels are provided at no charge. The cozy bedding ensures restful sleep.

These accommodations are perfect for business or leisure travelers. An onsite fitness center and recreational activities like: Basketball, Horseshoe's, Volleyball and Barbecue grills ensures that you never get bored during your stay. This Candlewood Suites location also includes a fully equipped business center so Corporate travelers can remain productive during their visit.

This Louisville Airport hotel's cozy suites are within minutes of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Baseball fans and visitors to this celebrated attraction can take a factory tour, explore the museum's exhibits and take home a personalized bat. Experience the thunderous rumble of gallant, charging Thoroughbreds at Churchill Downs, the city's claim to fame, located just 15 minutes from the hotel. Louisville, Kentucky has been hosting the world-famous Kentucky Derby at this location since 1875. Boasting a fantastic collection of art running the genre gamut from African and Ancient to American and Contemporary, the Speed Art Museum is certainly a "must see" for hotel guests. This Louisville, Kentucky gem is just 10 minutes from the hotel.

Whether you're hungry for a quick snack or an extravagant meal, the 24-hour Candlewood Cupboard is the solution to your hunger at any time. Visit this on-site convenience store for necessary staples, 50-cent sodas, and treats that are all priced under $5

Use EscapeWizard.com to book your next trip to Louisville and to book your accommodations at the Candlewood Suites Louisville Airport today! Simply click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started.
Hotels in Louisville
By Sarah Hay
Hilton Garden Inn Louisville East
1530 Alliant Avenue, Louisville, KY
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When you’re in Kentucky on business or pleasure, one of the best places to relax and unwind is the Hilton Garden Inn, Louisville East. In the heart of the Bluegrass Industrial Park, and just 20 minutes from downtown Louisville, the Hilton Garden Inn is near a host of dining and entertainment venues such as Churchill Downs and the Louisville Slugger Museum, and is surrounded by corporations like Citigroup, GE, Honeywell, Papa John’s, UPS and the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant. In addition, the Hoops Sports Complex is nearby, as is the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Muhammad Ali Center.

The 112 rooms at the Hilton offer a perfect blend of amenities and personal touches to help you enjoy your stay, including 32 widescreen televisions, free high speed Internet access, tea and coffeemakers, refrigerators, microwaves, MP3 clock radios, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards, dual-line speakerphones, work desks with ergonomic chairs, Neutrogena bath products and daily newspaper delivery. Check-in time is 3 p.m., and check-out is 12 p.m.

There is a fitness center on site, as well as a heated indoor pool and whirlpool, to help keep you in shape. For your peace of mind, the hotel has a convenience store, news stand, valet and laundry service, as well as a snack shop and a 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market is on site, for any last-minute, grab-and-go items. For more substantial fare, there is a Great American Grill which serves three meals a day, and room service is always available.

For business travelers, the Hilton offers a 24-hour business center, featuring printers, copiers, fax, express mail and meeting rooms. So, for your next trip to Louisville, be sure to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, Louisville East. To help secure the perfect rate for your stay, turn to the experts at EscapeWizard.com, and follow this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Louisville
By Tekisha Slack
Crowne Plaza
830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY
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The Crowne Plaza Louisville is located in the heart of the city and is just minutes from the Louisville International Airport (SDF). After a smooth check-in, relax in the comfort of your spacious room with free Wired and Wireless High Speed Internet, 32 inch Cable Flat Screen TV with HBO- Showtime and Pay-per-view. These guest rooms have 2 queen or one king size bed, all rooms are oversized with room to move.

Other standard room amenities include:
¢    Connecting Rooms
¢    Double Glazed Windows
¢    In Room Safe
¢    Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
¢    Iron / Ironing Board
¢    Rollaway Bed/Cot
¢    Separate Hanging Closet
¢    Sofa-bed
¢    Cable / Satellite TV
¢    In Room Movies - Premium Cable
¢    In Room Video Check-out
¢    Video Review / Checkout

Guest can cool off from the Kentucky heat in the hotel’s indoor/outdoor pool, or work out in the hotel’s fitness center. Corporate travelers can take care of business quickly with the Crowne Plaza’s on site business center.

The Crowne Plaza’s Blue Horse Cafe' Terrace and Bar features a bar with 5 flat screen televisions, a wall of bourbon and a friendly staff to serve you. This restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere serving American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The outdoor Terrace provides guests a casual dining option, featuring live entertainment on the weekends in the summer months.

Louisville is home to some exciting attractions. Take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service, which provides guests with free rides to the airport and any and major city attractions; like the Louisville Zoo, Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Museum and the Kentucky Exposition Center¦just to name a few.

Discover the meaning of old-fashioned Southern hospitality at Crowne Plaza Louisville Hotel. Use EscapeWizard.com to book your accommodations today. Just click on the link to get started (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Louisville
By Brandi N.R. Rhone
Homewood Suites by Hilton
9401 Hurstbourne Trace, Louisville, KY
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Located 5 miles from Bowman Field Airport and 12 miles from SDF Louisville International Airport, in the eastern end of Greater Louisville is the Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville-East Hotel.

Guests can arrive by taxi but parking is available for free for visitors that choose to drive. Homewood Suites Louisville-East has 5 handicap spots on premise for special needs guests. Check in time is 3 p.m. and check is noon.

Homewood Suites Louisville-East complex has 46 studios suites, 30 one bedroom and 24 two bedroom suites to accommodate guests on vacation, business or temporary residents. All suites come with a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, refrigerator, 2 burner stove, and microwave; Flat screen TV's with premium cable; free high speed internet and high chairs/cribs can be requested for families with small children.

Visitors can get the day started with a free Suite Start hot break from Homewood Suites Louisville-East in the dining lodge. Join Homewood Suites Monday through Thursday evenings for a complimentary light meal and beverages at the Welcome Home Reception. Room service is provided at Homewood Suites Louisville-East through Bristol Bar and Grill and nearby restaurants includes Bonefish Grill, PF Chang's and Chili's Bar and Grill.

Homewood Suites Louisville-East's proximity to great local attractions such as Churchill Downs, KFC, Yum Center, Muhammad Ali Center and Louisville Zoo make this an excellent choice for visitors to Louisville. Book your stay at Homewood Suites Louisville-East here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).