This post is in partnership with Holiday Inn. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s been a traveling year for me, but more importantly, I’ve been able to do so much of it with Mr. Houseful. I can’t tell you how much I love being able to actually travel with my husband. Most of the blog conferences that I attend, I attend without him, and while it’s fun to hang out with my blogging tribe, there is nothing like going to my hotel room, and cuddling up with my favorite guy.
At the end of October (Halloween to be exact) our travels took us to Louisville, KY for the wedding of one of my good high school friends. It’s hard to believe that I’ve known Stephanie for 21 (OMG) years and that we’ve literally corresponded during some of the most gruesome, and amazing times in our college careers. She wrote to me quite a bit while I was in college, and the act was reciprocated. In all, just really good friends.
Stephanie attended my wedding back in 2007 during a time, which I didn’t think that many of my high school friends would be there, let alone the SEVERAL that showed up. Whatever, I’m starting to get all nostalgic and stuff, and we’re supposed to be talking about Louisville.
We arrived in Louisville right before the wedding started, and this is where my wonderful MAC Lipstick Girl About Town decided to jump out of my purse and down the elevator shaft. The wedding and reception were wonderful, even though we had a bit of a start at the end. It was nice to be able to talk with old classmates, even if for a couple of hours. I’m sure we’ll be back down to visit the newlyweds soon,
The next day, we decided to play tourist in downtown Louisville, and visited the Louisville Slugger Museum. It was way more awesome than I anticipated. I’m a former softball player, in high school of course, and I was in heaven! I used to pitch, and Mr. Houseful and I got a chance to swing away in the batting cages. The cages also let me know how long it had been since I’ve swung a bat. Being able to stand in front of this 6 story replica of Babe Ruth’s bat was pretty epic. I’m short, and felt SUPER small standing next to it.
The Louisville Slugger Museum was a draw for us for several reasons. It was open on a Sunday, and it was right down (up?) the street from the host hotel of the wedding. The factory was relatively inexpensive for us to get into – at $12 per adult, $7 per child, and free for kids 5 and under, it’s a great price to pay for a nice afternoon out with your family. This time, it was just me and Mr. Houseful, and we got to go on the Louisville Slugger Museum Factory tour, where we saw how the bats were made. No photos were allowed, although I wanted to take them so badly! We did receive mini Louisville Sluggers as a token of our factory tour, and that made me happy.
We then headed to the batting cages, where I put my softball skills to the test and failed. Miserably. Almost 20 years out of the game, and my swing is HORRID. However, I do have a photo of Mr. Houseful in the cages. I have to admit, he looked really cute with that helmet and bat.
During our stay, we were able to cozy up again with Holiday Inn South Louisville, this time in the airport area. While our room wasn’t nearly as spacious as the room in Pewaukee, it was comfortable, and still an upgrade from the Holiday Inn’s of yesteryear. There was free breakfast available, which we didn’t participate in, because the newlyweds had a breakfast ready for out of town guests. Parking was great, and even though we were right off of the airport, we didn’t hear any planes. Or maybe we were just that tired. The hotel was just a short 10 minute drive from downtown Louisville, and we had no problem getting back and forth from there.
All in all, it was a great weekend, and I can’t wait to get back to see Steph, and her new husband again.