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Natural Home Goes to Louisville, Kentucky

Get a taste of Southern hospitality by visiting this green, southern town.
By Laurel Kallenbach
July/August 2009
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The Visitor Center at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is built green.
Photo Courtesy Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

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Whether you’re in Louisville for the world-famous Kentucky Derby, a bluegrass experience, sightseeing or business, you’ll encounter Southern hospitality and a growing awareness of
sustainability. Kentucky ranks fourth in the nation for its number of farms, and that local bounty is sold at Louisville’s 20-plus farmer’s markets and is served in many of the city’s restaurants. Look for the “Kentucky Proud” logo on menus. 


Inn at Woodhaven 
Renovated with salvaged vintage materials, this elegant 1853 house serves organic breakfasts and emphasizes recycling. Its popular “Going Green” special offers a 20 percent discount to guests who travel less than 45 miles. 401 S. Hubbards Lane (888) 895-1011

Galt House Hotel & Suites 
On Louisville’s downtown waterfront, this 1,300-room hotel is partly heated and cooled by an energy-saving geothermal exchange system. 140 N. 4th St. (800) 843-4258


Browning’s Restaurant & Brewery 
Baseball fans nosh on local, sustainable pub fare without leaving Slugger Field ballpark—and they celebrate with organic-grain brews. Chef Anoosh Shariat relies on the freshest locally grown produce to create memorable dishes and considers a partnership with local growers an integral part of the restaurant. 401 E. Main St. (502) 515-0174

Lilly’s Bistro 
Serving fine, sustainable cuisine, Lilly’s pays homage to seasonal produce. Its “God Bless Our Local Farmers” menu is filled with options featuring local ingredients. 1147 Bardstown Road(502) 451-0447

Nouveau Southern-style food showcases Kentucky lamb, pork, stone-ground grits and veggies. 10001 Forest Green Blvd. (502) 426-7477

The Patron 
Enjoy seasonal, organic and local fare at chef/owner Amber McCool’s hip, eclectic eatery. 3400 Frankfort Ave. (502) 896-1661


Kentucky Derby Festival 
Before the Derby, Louisville starts celebrating with fireworks, a paddle-wheel steamboat race and the Pegasus Parade. Festival organizers are offsetting the carbon used in their operations, making collectible Pegasus Pins from recycled plastic, and deploying recycling crews at public events. (502) 584-6383

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest 
Hike or stroll the canopy tree-walk at this nature sanctuary south of Louisville. Its Visitor Center, designed by William McDonough’s green architecture firm and built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest standards, features passive solar and geothermal power, rainwater collection and a green roof.(502) 955-8512

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