Plus, the NCAA Sweet 16 at the KFC Yum! Center.
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79º | Sunny | 2% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:23 a.m. | Sunset 8:56 p.m.
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Covington history lines the walls inside the Pickle Factory Boutique Hotel. | Photo by LOUtoday
Itching to get out of town, Louisvillians? Skip those pesky airport security lines and jump in your car for a road trip to Covington, KY instead.

From shopping in Mainstrasse Village and exploring Devou Park to the hot pot at Riverside Korean Restaurant — we’re spilling all the details on how to have an unforgettable time in The Cov.

Essential info

Drive time: ~1.30 hours
Year city was established: 1815
Est. population: 41,057


Mainstrasse Village
This walkable National Historic District is home to vibrant street art, the Goose Girl Fountain, a clock tower with a working glockenspiel, restaurants and bars, and local stores.

German beer hall

Hofbräuhaus has been open for 20 years and servers wear traditional German garb.


Photo by LOUtoday

Hofbräuhaus Newport
Technically this German brewery and restaurant is in the neighboring city of Newport, but we think it’s worth the 10-minute drive considering it’s only one of six US locations for the Munich-based brand. You can try different kinds of Bavarian beer and dishes like würstl, spätzle, and schnitzel.


Riverside Korean Restaurant
Kick off your shoes for a traditional dining experience on the floor at this award-winning, authentic Korean restaurant. Every meal comes with a mix of sides like kimchi, pickled daikon, and marinated black beans. We recommend the Bul Go Gi Jun hot pot to split.

Seafood pancake

We recommend ordering the seafood pancake to start at Riverside Korean Restaurant.


Photo by LOUtoday

Dixie Chili
You can’t get this close to Cincinnati, OH and not visit a chili parlor. Luckily, Covington has one of its own — Dixie Chili. The counter-service, 1950s-style diner was founded in 1929 and serves its chili six ways.


The Pickle Boutique Factory
This whimsical hotel offers seven different themed rooms to choose from — like the soda pop studio and two-bedroom pickle-themed loft. It’s also walking distance to many attractions.

Pale blue and pink hotel room

The soda pop-themed room at the Pickle Factory pays homage to the 19th century Covington Bottling Works that the building use to house.


Photo by LOUtoday

Life is Good on the Globe
Located above The Globe cocktail bar, this one-bedroom condo is centrally located downtown and offers parking vouchers.

Wait a minute, Louisvillian. Before you head out the door, find the cheapest places to fill up your gas tank and stock up on road trip snacks from The Bodega at Logan Street Market.
When deciding on a road trip destination, what is the maximum amount of time you want to spend driving?

A. 1-3 hours
B. 4-6 hours
C. 6+ hours
D. None, I prefer to fly
Friday, March 24
  • Big Spring Book Sale | Friday, Mar. 24-Saturday, Mar. 25 | 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Ln., Louisville | Free | Shop 20,000+ new and used books in all categories with proceeds benefiting educational and preservation programs at Locust Grove.
  • 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship - South Regional | Friday, Mar. 24 | 6:30 p.m. | KFC YUM! Center, 1 Arena Plaza, Louisville | $70-$359 | See both San Diego State vs. Alabama and Princeton vs. Creighton go head-to-head for a chance to become the NCAA champions.
Saturday, March 25
  • Repotting with Above the Dirt Garden Shop | Saturday, Mar. 25 | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Above the Dirt Garden Shop, 10104 Taylorsville Rd., Louisville | $29 | Learn how to repot your plant using specialty dirt and organic insecticide treatment.
  • The Flea Off Market | Saturday, Mar. 25-Sunday, Mar. 26 | Times vary | Fresh Start Growers’ Supply parking lot, 1000 E. Market St., Louisville | Free | Shop from this pop-up market, enjoy craft beers and cocktails, and listen to live music.
  • Spring Breakfast - Kids Class | Saturday, Mar. 25 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Cooking at the Cottage, 3739 Lexington Rd., Louisville | $55 | Get the kiddos in the kitchen to learn how to make avocado toast, sweet potato hash, and fruit salad.
  • Monster Jam® | Saturday, Mar. 25-Sunday, Mar. 26 | Times vary | Freedom Hall, 937 Phillips Ln., Louisville | $25-$75 | See champion athletes tear up the dirt in their 12,000-pound trucks.
Sunday, March 26
  • Preservation 101 and Status of Preservation | Sunday, Mar. 26 | 1-2 p.m. | Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Ave., Louisville | Free | Learn what makes a building historic and how to preserve it — plus, stick around for a discussion with three community preservation leaders.
Wednesday, March 29
  • Harvey’s Wine & Cheese Pairing Night | Wednesday, Mar. 29 | 5:30 p.m. | Harvey’s, 2011 Frankfort Ave., Louisville | $55 | Try eight artisan cheeses and accompaniments paired with five wines.
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News Notes
  • 75º | Cloudy | 23% chance of rain
  • The men’s NCAA Tournament continues this weekend at the KFC Yum! Center. The arena is hosting the South Region Sweet 16 beginning on Friday, March 24 with Alabama vs. San Diego State and Creighton vs. Princeton. Then, again on Sunday, March 26 for the Elite Eight. Tickets start at $41. (The Courier Journal)
  • Mixologist Em Sego of North of Bourbon won the Rose Julep Cocktail Competition in the Judges’ Choice category — which Katie helped judge. Em’s spin on the mint julep featured rose-petal steeped bourbon. The People’s Choice went to Colleen McCarthy-Clarke of Martini Italian Bistro who mixed up a Japanese-themed julep. (WHAS11)
  • Hop to it. Smør Nordic Bakeri is taking pre-orders for its Easter menu through Monday, April 3. The seasonal offerings include four kinds of bread, a veggie quiche, a brunch box with sweet and savory pastries, and several desserts — like a mini bunny cake decorated with chocolate and marzipan.
  • Louisville’s (Un)Known Project, dedicated to unearthing and honoring the stories of enslaved people through public art, launched a website with an interactive map that features historical narratives beyond Kentucky. The new site also hosts information for the project’s other components like the “On the Banks of Freedom” installation on the Riverwalk.
  • Mike’s Carwash is taking over the former Frisch’s Big Boy in St. Matthews, which closed in February. The carwashing chain has 38 locations across Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana and plans to open this one later this year. (Louisville Business First)
  • 8,700+. That’s how many families the Kentucky Science Center has given Community Access Memberships to in the Greater Louisville area — which equates to over $1 million. The memberships provide unlimited free access to the museum and are given to families in need. See the requirements.
  • It’s that time of year to freshen up your home’s aroma, and our online shop (Six & Main) has the perfect candles. Drift away to scents such as woods + berries by The Rustic House or ripe juniper in a reusable vessel by Plant Based Candles. That smells just about right.
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  • You can meet friends or family members at an airport gate — or can you? See the answer. 🛬 *
🧹 Spring clean responsibly
Out with the old, in with the new. | Photo by LOUtoday
The springtide is here and so is spring cleaning.

So we thought we’d revisit our dos and dont’s of hard-to-dispose items like batteries, spray paint, household chemicals, and furniture.


  • Drop off unwanted items from this list to the Haz Bin at 7501 Grade Ln. off of Outer Loop Tues.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Get a personalized waste calendar and learn what goes where from Metro’s Recycle Coach app — “We’ve been taught to recycle. Now it’s time to learn to recycle correctly.”
  • Brush up on garbage, recycling + yard waste. DYK: You can recycle foil take-out containers.
  • Visit one of Public Works’ Pop-Up Drop-Off events to dispose of electronics, passenger tires, and furniture — see the 2023 schedule.


  • Put items from that same list above in the trash
  • Drop off ammunition, expired medication, or latex paint
  • Dump items on roads or alleyways or you’ll end up here
🐐 And, we’re off
People and baby goats running dow the street
Watch LOUtoday’s baby goat race at 1:15 p.m. this Saturday. | Photo by NuLu Bock and Wurst Fest
If you’re headed to NuLu Bock and Wurst Fest this Saturday, March 25, make sure you watch a goat race. Specifically, the one at 1:15 p.m. You might just see a baby goat donning a familiar purple logo. Ahem, LOUtoday.
The Wrap
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