Unique eats. Let your fingers do the searching for good food through Louisville Originals, an organization of 40 restaurants dedicated to preserving Louisville's independent dining scene. A current favorite is Limestone, featuring "new Southern cooking with old Southern charm." Pictured above: bison sirloin, and crab cake and jumbo shrimp. (502) 426-7477; limestonerestaurant.com
Acting up onstage. The "My Loueyville" blogger touts the city's Actors Theatre as a favorite place for a night out. This month, the theater is in the throes of the 34th annual Humana Festival. Tickets range from $30 to $56. (502) 584-1205; actorstheatre.org
Drink to the Derby. Louisville is almost synonymous with the Kentucky Derby, the 135th running of which takes place May 1. Any time of year, sample the event's signature cocktail, the mint julep, a mixture of bourbon, simple syrup and mint poured over crushed ice, as prepared at the Old Seelbach Bar at the Seelbach Hilton and elsewhere.
Bourbon Barrel Foodsproduces the microbrewed Bluegrass Soy Sauce in small batches using only whole Kentucky-grown soybeans, wheat and limestone-filtered spring water. Pick up a bottle at local markets such as the Bodega at Felice.
Stroll here. Not far from the 1,290-room Galt House, ACCED-I's headquarters hotel, is one of the city's defining features: the Ohio River and its 78-acre Waterfront Park. Concerts, fairs and festivals take place here, and bikes are available for rental. The park also runs the Belle of Louisville, a paddle steamer.
On the Web ITunes and gotolouisville.com offer the monthly video podcast called Lookin' @ Louisville, produced by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau and featuring peeks at the city's fun neighborhoods, savory dining spots and shopping meccas.