We got going around 10 this morning and walked over to the NULU neighborhood. It was
about a twenty-minute walk from our AirBnB. We went to an awesome little book storecalled Nanny Goat Books. I got a vintage book and a book by a local author. Rachel also got a couple of books. The bookstore was super cute. On our walk back up Market Street we saw a ton or really wonderful street art.
We took a short break at coffee shop called Please and Thank You just a couple blocks up Market Street for coffee and a treat. The sign out front said “best chocolate chip cookies in Louisville,” so I knew what I was getting. When we walked in there was loud blues-y grunge rock playing and I immediately fell in love with the place. The iced coffee I got was much needed with how hot it was outside, and the chocolate chip cooking was amazing! Rachel got an iced coffee and a cinnamon roll. She said the cinnamon roll was the best cinnamon roll of her life. And, it turns out they aren’t just a coffee shop they also sell records in the back of the cafe.
We walked around NULU for a little while and did a little bit of shopping at the boutiques along Market Street. Most of the boutiques were full of stuff from local artists. I got a couple of little things. We then walked back to our AirBnB to drop off our books before getting a Lyft to our next stop.
Our next stop for the day was the Conrad-Caldwell house in Old Louisville. It was built in 1895 and was a family home until the late 1940s when it was turned into a retirement home by a local Presbyterian church. The house was a retirement home until the mid-1980s when it was restored and turned into a museum. The outside of the house is all grey stone with a turret and everything! Inside the house is a beautiful Victorian home. Each room has a different type of wood being features and there are flur de lis carved everywhere. going up the grand staircase there’s some stunning stained glass. We walked through Old Louisville to a little bar and grill for a quick bite to eat before we were on our way again.
We got another Lyft to downtown to get our tickets for the Evan Williams Experience. We had about an hour until our tour so we did a little shopping along main. We got some bourbon balls at Art Eatables, which has been featured on Food Network. I also got a t-shirt that says “Bourbon Badass” on it.
Once it was time for our tour we headed back to The Evan Williams Experience. Evan Williams was a Welsh immigrant in the late 1700s. he built his distillery along the Ohio River in what’s now Louisville in 1783 becoming Kentucky’s first commercial distillery. We chose to do the 30 minute speak easy experience. To start the tour, we had to open a huge safe door and knock on a second door behind it and tell the man on the other side the password. Once inside we all took our seats at the massive oval bar. We got to taste four different bourbons; Pikesville Straight Rye, traditional Evan Williams, Evan Williams 12 year, and Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. The Evan Williams 12 year was my personal favorite. No surprise to me it was also the most expensive at $130 a bottle.
It was a little after 5:00 by the time we were done so we decided to head back to the AirBnB and make dinner, and plan for the next couple of days.
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