5 staycations near Louisville, KY

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Photo by The Grady Hotel

With summer vibes still months away, it might be tough to imagine taking a vacation in the winter, so we’re here to tide you over with some amazing weekend trips — from a luxurious spa getaway to glamping in a vintage airstream — all within a day-trip distance from Louisville.

So go ahead, take a holiday and some time celebrate at these five staycations.

🛍️ Ladies weekend out | New Albany, IN

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This Airbnb is only 10-minutes from downtown New Albany. | Photo by Justin Jordan + Airbnb

Stay: Spacious Historic Home | Grab the gals and cross the river for a weekend stay at this stylized home with five bedrooms in downtown New Albany.

Eat: Agave & Rye | Sip margaritas + eat epic tacos in this eclectic restaurant with river views.

Do: Downtown Shopping | Shop ‘til you drop between Spring and Main streets at boutique + vintage stores like The Odd Shop, Alex and Kate, and Kozy Kandles.

🕰️ Time warp | Bardstown, KY

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The Jail Cell room gives guests a glimpse of incarceration with the original bunk beds + a solid steel door. | Photo by Jailer’s Inn Bed and Breakfast

Stay: Jailer’s Inn Bed and Breakfast, 111 W. Stephen Foster Ave. | Travel back in time + stay in the Old Nelson County Jail where prisoners were housed from 1797 to 1987.

Eat: Talbott Tavern | Dine in this historic and haunted building — only a two-minute walk from the bed and breakfast — for classic Southern dishes like BBQ ribs.

Do: My Old Kentucky Home | Take a tour of the 200 year old mansion and plantation of the Rowan family filled with original antiques and architectural spaces.

🏕️ Outdoor vibes | Louisville, KY


Progress Park has six vintage airstreams to choose from with full amenities. | Photo by @progressparkky

Stay: Progress Park Airstream Resort, 4501 Progress Blvd. | Stay in a variety of vintage airstreams with full vacation amenities — smart TVs, bed linens + towels, and coffee — in a campground environment.

Eat: Wacky Willy’s Diner | Just a three-minute drive from the park, this car diner matches the vintage vibe of this staycation with classic breakfast + lunch diner options served from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.

Do: Explore the 12-acre private park by taking a hike, fishing, playing shuffleboard or just kick it around a fire at your campsite. See a map of the property here.

👑 Fit for royalty | Louisville, KY

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Book the city view corner king room for stellar views of Downtown. | Photo by The Grady Hotel

Stay: The Grady Hotel, 601 W. Main St. | Wrap yourself in a silk robe + sleep in frette linens in one of 51 rooms at this Downtown boutique hotel.

Eat: Vincenzo’s | Treat yourself to a fine dining experience — with a business casual dress code — at this authentic Italian restaurant walking distance from the hotel.

Do: Mokara Spa | Spend the day relaxing at this luxury spa located inside the Omni Hotel.

🍲 Foodie’s paradise | Lexington, KY


The Lockbox is located in the lobby of the hotel. | Photo by @vince_dominguez + @tsglexington

Stay: 21c Museum Hotel, 167 W. Main St. | Spend the weekend in this museum hotel with a farm-to-fork restaurant, Lockbox, and cocktail bar onsite.

Eat: Honeywood Restaurant | Take your taste buds on a tour of Southern flavors made with local ingredients in menu items like sweet potato beignets, the catfish plate, and cornmeal fried oysters.

Do: Brewgrass Trail | Pick-up a passport to visit the 20 craft breweries — visit at least six for a souvenir t-shirt — that make up this trail at the Lexington Visitor’s Center or any of the listed breweries.

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