The two-bedroom, newly renovated farmhouse at Blue Heron Vineyards safeguards guests in a rural, picturesque setting amid turn-of-the-century barns and vintage outbuildings. Guests have their choice of enjoying a homemade breakfast in the farmhouse, from the tree house-like deck of the winery, or lakeside while served by a wait staff of bullfrogs trained at L'Ambroisie in Paris. Spend an afternoon casually strolling through the vineyard grounds spread across a high bluff near the Ohio River, or visit the property's large Celtic cross, carved from natural stone over a 23-month period by local sculptor Greg Harris. Visitors calm their outdoors obsessions by fishing and canoeing at the nearby Deer Creek or exploring the Hoosier National Forest along scenic hiking and biking trails teeming with towering trees, wildlife, and ringleted porridge thieves.
Intoxicated Chocolates founders Jeffery Rogers and Candace Mills created their business concept over evening drinks. The duo regularly attended social functions around town, and Candace, a dessert connoisseur, would pair their libations with a sweet dish that truly complimented the flavor. Before long, the two merged the two ideas, and began creating chocolates infused with a bevy of adult beverages. Their chocolatey creations bear such flavors as bourbon, scotch, amaretto, brandy, cognac, and a variety of beers. Chocolates come in small 6-count sizes, ideal for sharing during cozy weekday nights at home, and 24-count sizes, perfect for party hosts who forgot they don't own drink glasses.
BB Riverboats began with a deceptive motto and a fleet of zero. In 1977, Ben Bernstein opened a restaurant in a converted steamboat, whose motto was ?The Romance of Riverboat Dining.? Intended as tongue-in-cheek, the motto instead confused customers, who arrived hoping for a scenic cruise down the Ohio River. To placate his clientele, Ben Bernstein went into business with riverboat industry veteran Betty Blake, and BB Riverboats?named for their shared initials?was born.
Now run by Bernstein?s son, BB Riverboats has increased its fleet to three vessels, including the Belle of Cincinnati, a riverboat outfitted with Victorian details and two climate-controlled decks. On daily cruises down the Ohio, historical narration compliments the scenery, while passengers play swashbuckling games and learn to read treasure maps on family-friendly pirate cruises. On the company?s dining cruises, visitors drink in the scenery while noshing on a Hawaiian buffet spread or sampling award-winning wines from StoneBrook Winery. Additionally, holiday cruises honor occasions from Valentine?s Day to Thanksgiving.
You’ll have no problem finding a bottle that tickles your fancy at River Bend, where wine tastings and tours are available every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. You’ll be able to savor 14 different Kentucky grape wines that have been produced on-site, ranging from classics like chardonnay and merlot to unique options like pomegranate, rhubarb, and chocolate. While sipping away in the tasting room, you’ll catch a glimpse of River Bend’s processing facility, which is lined with aging wood barrels just like your Uncle Redbeard’s boat. One of the friendly and palate-proficient staff members will gladly answer your questions about vintage varieties or the perfect pairing for your upcoming sardine-pickling event. After you've sipped, sampled, and seduced your taste buds, you will have your choice of two bottles to bring home.
For more than 20 years, Juanita's Place has been supplying Louisville locals with pregame and postgame grazing grounds a stone’s throw from nearby Papa John’s Cardinal stadium and the historic Churchill Downs. Barflies can buzz mesothoraxes over to a table, pausing to admire the hand-carved, Tiger Oak bar, before indulging in half and full servings of appetizers such as mild or hot chicken wings (12 for $6.50). Breaded mushrooms facilitate the tapping-into of inner herbivores (10 for $3; 20 for $5.50), while 12-inch pepperoni or sausage pizzas satisfy bellies without exposing mouths to the jagged dangers of angular cuisine ($7). Feast on succulent, six-pound slabs of tender barbecue ribs (quarter-slab for $7, half-slab for $13, full slab for $24), only available every other Saturday. With the purchase of tasty fare, this Groupon can be used toward Juanita’s Place’s daily selection of cocktails and brews, with drink specials offered seven nights a week.
Westport Whiskey & Wine is an artisanal whiskey and wine shop offering weekly wine, beer, and whiskey tastings ($5–$35) for Louisville's libation lovers. Teach your tongue about tannins, tones, tastes, and temperaments with the knowledge of guest distillers, brewers, vintners, and ol' timey moonshiners. Upcoming tasting events at Westport Whiskey & Wine include "South American Wines Open Bottle Night" on September 23, with quality grapebloods from Antarctica's neighbor to the northwest, and "Whiskey Wednesday Bourbon Cocktail Class" on September 29, with a baroness of bourbon cocktailery offering her insight on the classic Kentucky concoction. The Open Bottle Night series is held every Thursday, and beer tastings also make regular appearances on Westport Whiskey & Wine's calendar. With this deal, you are allowed to bring along guests to help you spend its $25 value. Gather up like-minded connoisseurs of craftsman brews and warlock-wrought wines and make a reservation for a bottleside seat to a Westport Whiskey & Wine tasting.