Luxury Accommodations for The Kentucky Derby
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Date: May 2, 2020
Location: Louisville, KY
Louisville’s adopted slogan, “We’ve Got It”, says it all. Because of Louisville’s rich history and exciting future, it is easily one of America’s best cities. The Kentucky Derby is famously known as the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports, complete with fashionably large hats, southern hospitality, derby pie, and the mint julep. The first leg of the Triple-Crown, this stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses commences every year on the first Saturday in May.
Luxury Accommodations for The Kentucky Derby
Omni Hotel: Reflecting the past, present and future of our vibrant Kentucky town, Omni Louisville Hotel is the new cornerstone of downtown. In addition to 612 elegantly appointed guest rooms, the hotel boasts several unique dining experiences. The Water Company pool and bar is perfect for sharing cocktails with the downtown skyline as the backdrop, and Pin + Proof offers classic food and drink selections complemented by four bowling alleys.
The Galt House Hotel is a name long associated with gracious hospitality and Southern style. Their hotel services and amenities range from a state-of-the-art rooftop fitness center, in-room safes, security, business center, six restaurants and lounges, massages, valet parking and many more services and amenities that will make your stay feel as if you were in the comfort of your home.
The Louisville Marriott Downtown is the only 4 Diamond AAA hotel in downtown Louisville. This convenient location in the heart of the city is nearby many of Louisville’s main attractions, including the 4th Street Live Entertainment District. This beautiful Louisville downtown hotel is equipped with luxurious amenities and renovated guest rooms that will truly make you feel like royalty.
Brown Hotel: When it’s time to Run for the Roses the Brown is Louisville’s most glamorous spot for Derby Day gatherings, welcoming a nearly endless parade of celebrities and socialites reveling in the pomp and pageantry of Louisville’s most iconic event.
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about The Kentucky Derby and louisville
Hailed as the longest running sporting event in the U.S., the Kentucky Derby is a true icon of America. The race may only last for two minutes, but there are only a few American sporting events that can measure up to its extensive history and popularity.
This two-day, tradition-rich event that dates back to 1875 is filled with parties, tours, mint juleps, beautiful hats and race fans belting out, “My Old Kentucky Home.” It is often referred to as “The Run for the Roses® (because of the rose garland awarded to its winner each year) and is truly is an exciting celebration of southern culture.
Organized horse racing in the State of Kentucky dates as far back as the late 1700s when several different race courses were built in and around the city of Louisville. In 1872, Col. M. Lewis Clark, traveled to England, visiting the Epsom Derby, a popular race that had been running annually since 1780. From there, Clark went on to Paris, France, where in 1863 a group of racing enthusiasts had created the French Jockey Club and had structured the Grand Prix de Paris, which eventually became the popular Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Clark was inspired by his travels and experiences, and, upon his comeback, was determined to make a spectacle horse racing event in the US. With the assistance of his uncles, John & Henry Churchill, who gifted Clark the required land to build up a racetrack, and by formally arranging several local race supporters to be called the Louisville Jockey Golf club, Clark and his brand-new club raised money to build a long lasting racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. On, May 17th, 1875, the racetrack opened its gates and the Louisville Jockey Golf club sponsored the 1st Kentucky Derby. Fifteen three-year-old thoroughbred horses raced a mile and a half while being cheered by an audience of around 10,000. Aristides was the first champion of the Kentucky Derby.
Over the course of three centuries, the Kentucky Derby has undergone various changes. From shortening the distance of the race, the introduction of traditions like draping the winning horse in a garland of roses, to the growing size of Derby crowds, the Kentucky Derby has embraced the change of time, while continuing to honor the integrity of the spectacle race set forth by Meriwether Lewis Clark.
Louisville is the largest town in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the 29th town in the US with the biggest population. There are only two cities in Kentucky that are specified as first-class — Louisville and the state’s second largest town, Lexington. Since 2003, Louisville has become the nominal seat of Jefferson County, located in the northern area of the region, on the border with Indiana.
Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark and was named for King Louis XVI of France. It is considered as a historical town being one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachian Mountains.
Today, the city is known as the home of the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), the University of Louisville, Louisville Cardinals athletic teams, Louisville Slugger baseball bats, three Fortune 500 companies, and the “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” — the Kentucky Derby.
Visitors of Louisville can visit landmarks along the Riverwalk, a flat, roughly 7-mile waterfront promenade. Among the most popular ones are the Muhammad Ali Center, a museum the exhibits the legendary boxer’s humanitarian values and showcases of Ali memorabilia, including films of his bouts. The East Market District (aka NuLu), part of the city’s revitalized downtown, is lined with art galleries and chic cafes. In Cave Hill Cemetery, Victorian-era graves rest amid botanical gardens. Louisville is also a well-known gateway to the Bluegrass Region, popular for thoroughbred horse farms and bourbon distilleries (many of which offer tours).
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