Girl’s Weekend in Louisville, Kentucky

Posted October 16, 2017 by shooting in Travel / 52 Comments

My sister, Kari, turned 30 back in June and she wanted to take a trip somewhere to celebrate. We ended up taking that trip the last weekend of September and staying in Louisville, Kentucky. For us, that’s only about two hours away, but it ended up being a really great girl’s weekend since it was my sister, our mom and me. Today, I thought I’d share some of what we did to entice you to make your own trip there someday – and preferably sometime that is not Derby season where it’s bound to be crazy busy.

My sister and I outside the hotel

Galt House Hotel

Since this was my sister’s birthday getaway, she decided on everything we would do, which included staying at the Galt House Hotel. This is seriously one of the best hotels I’ve been in. It takes up two towers and includes a spa, various restaurants, and an even a common area of sort with a lot of places to relax, watch TV, get a drink, and it even includes a convenience store of sorts called Thelma’s Deli that is open 24 hours and sells breakfast, smoothies, pizza, drinks, candy, and more. When we had various down time, we’d just hang out here and talk (or in my case, read) and it was a nice place to grab some water or a snack.

This hotel allowed us to do a couple different activities that weekend without going very far, including the spa (in the hotel) and the boat ride (right next to the hotel) so it was definitely a handy place to stay. We arrived Friday night, spent all day Saturday in Louisville, and left late Sunday morning. We had breakfast at Cafe Magnolia in the hotel Saturday morning. We all opted for the buffet, but it actually wasn’t as big as we realized, so if I ever went back, I’d probably just purchase a single breakfast item from the menu. The food was really good though!

My mom and I after lunch on Saturday

Xhale Salon and Spa

No matter where we went for my sister’s birthday, she had a spa day of some sorts in mind. Therefore, the Galt House Hotel was a perfect fit because they have their own salon and spa called Xhale. I’d never had an official massage before, so I knew I wanted to try one, and my sister loves them, so she got one too. Mine was a Swedish massage and it was only 30 minutes, because I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it. I ended up loving it though – it’s so relaxing. The room had nice music and a diffuser for oils. Very nice! My sister got the hour long massage with hot stones, and she loved hers too. My mom, on the other hand, opted for a hand massage and manicure. We all had a really good experience. Everyone was friendly and made us feel welcome. While waiting for my sister, my mom were even given cucumber infused water and some cookies. If you stay in the hotel, I would recommend checking out the salon/spa, and I’ll definitely get another massage in the future now that I know I like them!

The Old Spaghetti Factory

For lunch on Saturday, we walked to The Old Spaghetti Factory which wasn’t too far from our hotel. All of our meals was the three-course meal, so we got bread, a salad, and their spumoni ice cream for dessert. Prices are a bit higher, but nothing too outrageous for a nicer meal. I got the Famous Baked Lasagna for $13.75 and that included everything I mentioned above. My food was really good and I know my mom and sister both really enjoyed their meal too. I do recommend going sometime if there is a restaurant near you. I know we have one not too far from where we live, so I’ll go back for sure! There is even a section in the restaurant looks like an old-fashioned train and there are tables where you can eat on the train. I think that would be fun to do sometime in the future! We didn’t think to ask when we were in Louisville until after we’d been seated.

Just hanging out on Whiskey Row!

Mary M. Miller Boat Ride and Dinner

The Mary M. Miller Steamboat

One of the famous boats in Kentucky is the Belle of Louisville, which you can board for sightseeing and/or meals. The Saturday night we were in Louisville, however, the boat wasn’t taking reservations. However, they did have the Mary M. Miller steamboat available for dinner! I live near Cincinnati, and we have boats that do the same type of tours/meals, so my sister knew this would be something we’d all enjoy, and enjoy it we did! The boats actually right outside our hotel, so all we had to do was walk down and wait for them to let us on board. If you wanted, you could get your picture taken before getting on board, so we did, and since we liked the photo, my mom bought a copy for herself and my sister. Once on board, we were directed to our table – which ended up being near the front of the boat, so that was nice. We grabbed some drinks and hung out while everyone else arrived and the boat finally took off.

My mom and I on the top of the boat!

Once we were on our way, it was time for dinner. Not everyone on board had paid for dinner, so they directed the tables to go one by one. You never know what type of food you’ll get on a dinner cruise – what you’ll like, etc. – but all three of us loved it. There was even some left for people to go up and get seconds, which we definitely did! Of course, one of my favorites was the dessert, which was a seven layer bar of sorts. So good! Once were finished eating, we made our way to the very top of the boat (there are three levels) so that we were now outside and able to see the views. We had turned around by this point and were able to see downtown Louisville, which was beautiful. One of the bridges actually lit up and did various colors/patterns so that was fun to see – and try and capture in a photo. I got a good one of the rainbow colors, which were lit up as we were passing under. Overall, the boat ride was about two hours. It was a lot of fun, and quite relaxing! They played music the whole time- and the DJ of sorts also told little anecdotes and whatnot throughout which was fun.

The bridge lit up in rainbow colors

Once we docked, we made our way back up to the hotel and hung out in the common area I mentioned earlier. Despite having eaten already, we knew we were going to get a pizza, having realized they served it at Thelma’s Deli. None of us really eat much that late at night, but since it was a girl’s weekend, we decided to have fun. After hanging out for awhile, we finally placed our order and then chowed down. It was very good pizza, by the way – so I would recommend for a late-night bite! The Galt House Hotel is right next to the KFC Yum! center so if you visit Louisville for a concert, this might be a fun way to unwind after the show. I know it’s something I’d do!


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All in all, this was such a fun weekend. I’d been to Louisville before but never actually stayed overnight in the city. It was a fun experience and we realized it made a nice girl’s trip away since it wasn’t too far but still unique enough that we could do things we wouldn’t normally at home! I’d definitely recommend checking out Louisville, Kentucky if you ever get the chance.

Have you ever been to Louisville, or anywhere else in Kentucky? Would you like to visit now?

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52 responses to “Girl’s Weekend in Louisville, Kentucky

    • shooting

      It can definitely take time to plan, but it’s SO worth it. I hope you find time for a girl’s weekend soon.

  1. RO

    Wow! My son and his family lives there, so I wish I could have hid in a suitcase to join you guys for such a fun mini-vacation! (lol) That hotels sounds so fabulous, and the activities you guys did sounds great! Glad you had such an amazing time! Happy Monday! Hugs…RO

    • shooting

      Oh, that’s cool your son and his family live in Louisville! You should definitely look into the hotel someday if you can. 🙂

  2. What a fun weekend! I’ve flown into Louisville, Kentucky, but never gone to visit! I love hotels that have spas in them! We have a couple of Spaghetti Factories here in STL and I love going there. WE haven’t gone in awhile and need to soon!


  3. This sounds so fun! It’s always great to get a girls night or weekend away. The hotel and Spaghetti Factory sound amazing. And spa days are definitely a must 🙂 glad you had a great time!

  4. Girls weekends are the best! It sounds like you had a really great time! We have a Spaghetti Factory here too, I bet it’s the same chain. They have amazing food!

  5. What a fun getaway! My mom, my two sister and me meet up once a month for a girls-only breakfast but it’s been a long time since we’ve done a getaway. Love your sundress! So pretty. The spa sounds heavenly – I love massages! Glad you had such a great trip!

  6. Awww this sounds like such a fun getaway!! I keep meaning to take my mom for a little vaca; thanks for sharing…I may have to ask her when she gets back from Europe! Also love a good spa and so glad you enjoyed your first massage 🙂 soooo relaxing, right!?

    • shooting

      Yes, I could have fallen asleep during that massage. And you should totally go on a vacay with your mom! I hope it works out.

  7. I’ve only been through Louisville, haven’t spent any time there, but the Galt hotel sounds nice! Sounds like you had a great time! The river boat sounds really fun. And the Old Spaghetti Factory doesn’t sound too bad either.

    Glad you had an awesome getaway!

  8. It looks absolutely lovely Lauren and you look gorgeous! I love that dress on you! What an awesome birthday weekend and I loved that you shared it with your lovely mum as well. I’m in desperate need of a weekend away, I haven’t had a holiday in almost ten years. Thanks so much for sharing Lauren, loved seeing the photos! <3 <3

  9. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. The hotel sounds lovely – always nice to be pampered at a spa 🙂
    I’m sure you felt super relaxed afterwards.

  10. Thank you for sharing about our home town. We moved away many years ago but still have relatives there. When we go back we act like tourists. So fun!

  11. Wow! What a wonderful time together! Thank you for sharing about your weekend as well as offering some great tips for a weekend in Louisville. My family is originally from Kentucky so the bluegrass state has a special place in my heart. I need to get back to Louisville for a weekend!

  12. It sounds like you had a great girls weekend! I’m yet to try a “spa day” and I’m such a whimp when it comes to massages. Everything hurts! But that doesn’t mean I’m not keen to try some other spa things. The hotel sounded lovely as well, especially the fact that they have a 24 hour deli with pizza! #CityTripping

  13. This sounds SO nice! I am so glad you had such a great weekend with your mom and sister. I have been to Louisville, once, but only for a night while driving through. Though I did leave my pillow in the hotel, and the fine folks of Kentucky sent it back to me, so that’s a win. I also was moderately obsessed with it as a kid because that is where Logan from The Baby-Sitters Club was from haha. The boat ride looks SO fun, too. I am glad you enjoyed the massage- I think I’d have been too freaked out 😀

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    • shooting

      Thanks, Shannon. I’m glad Kentucky sent you your pillow back! That IS kind of them. 🙂 I was a bit nervous about the massage, but it was nice.


  14. Oh this sounds like the perfect girls weekend!! 🙂 I love that just the three of you went and you did so many fun things. A spa, pasta/pizza, a boat ride. Sounds perfect! I somehow, have only been through KY, but would love to stop someday so I can “check it off” my map. 🙂 I’m keeping these places in mind! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

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