History, Bourbon and World-Class Lodging

About the Inn

About the Inn

Roots of the Louisville Bourbon Inn are nearly as deep as Kentucky Bourbon itself. Located at 1332 South Fourth Street in Old Louisville, the Inn was the 1887 home of Russell  Houston, then President of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. The 8,800 square foot, six-bedroom mansion once housed the large Houston family, their governess and multiple servants. It has been the Inn at the Park Bed and Breakfast for the past 35 years and has now been reborn as The Louisville Bourbon Inn.

The Inn retains its authentic Victorian look and feel, but all modern amenities are gently incorporated. The new décor is genuinely bourbon themed, but fully respects - even accentuates – the Victorian heritage of the era.  For example, the cherry, mahogany, oak and walnut wainscoting throughout the first floor is unpainted and all intact.

The Houston library, located on the second floor of the mansion has become the Inn’s Bourbon Room.  Guests may relax in one of the comfortable chairs while they sip one of our many Kentucky Bourbon offerings at the attractive period looking bar. The library shelves nicely display the bourbon books,  bourbon bottles and other bourbon memorabilia as well as various items from our Gift Shop.

Each of the six bedrooms contain touches of the bourbon theme without destroying the Victorian ambiance or authenticity.  All breakfasts at Louisville Bourbon Inn are “Bourbon infused” as are our afternoon desserts.  We also offer bourbon drinks for sale to our overnight guests.

 


Amenities

Amenities

Make yourself at home! Our accommodations offer you the amenities of a luxury hotel with the special, personal touches one expects from a bed and breakfast inn.

All breakfasts at Louisville Bourbon Inn are “Bourbon infused” including items such as Bourbon-Apple French Toast, Bourbon Glazed Ham, Pumpkin Pancakes with Bourbon Maple Syrup and Honey Glazed Bacon. Evenings there will frequently include “Bourbon Tastings” and delightfully decadent desserts including Bourbon and Chocolate Pecan Pie and Peach-Bourbon Upside Down Cake and of course, our very own Bourbon Balls!

Guestroom amenities include king or queen beds; flat screen cable TV, central air and heat, flip-of-a-switch electric fireplace inserts (in most rooms), full private bath with whirlpool tub, iron and ironing board, fluffy towels, luxury linens and hairdryers. Our guests also enjoy FREE wireless internet service.

Our friendly innkeepers offers personal concierge service to assist you with arrangements for dining, tours, and special events.


History

History

Often called the  “Queen” of Old Louisville, the Louisville Bourbon Inn was
built in 1884, as the home to Russell Houston, a well-known attorney and president of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.

The 8,800 square-foot Richardian Romanesque mansion is located on Fourth Street right in the heart of Historic Old Louisville, our nation's second largest National Historic Preservation District and adjacent to Central Park, designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted, and just a block from St. James Court.

Fourth Street was an especially exciting place to live during in the late 1800's. In addition to concerts, balloon raisings, and other activities in Central Park, the great Southern Exposition, a huge industrial fair, was held in the area annually from 1883 through 1887.

Old Louisville was developed shortly after the end of the Civil War in response to economic and population growth in the city and marked by the ever-increasing wealth of some citizens. A key factor was the installation of a streetcar system connecting the area with the financial and manufacturing centers near the Ohio River.

Herb and Gayle Warren purchased the mansion in 2001, and renovated the building into the beautiful Bed & Breakfast it is today.


Owners

Owners

Owners Gayle and Herb Warren have tastefully renovated the Bed & Breakfast and created an elegant setting for special events such as weddings, anniversaries, luncheons, and celebrations. Your out-of-town guests will find the rooms convenient and accommodating during their visit.

Gayle is an active community leader and former president of the Leadership Louisville Foundation. Herb is a retired GE attorney. Both are entrepreneurs and are active in restoration efforts.


Bourbon Facts

Bourbon Facts

  • Must be produced in the U.S.
  • Must be made of a grain mix of at least 51 percent corn
  • Must be distilled at less than 160 proof (80 percent ABV)
  • Must have no additives (except water to reduce proof, if necessary)
  • Must be aged in new, charred white oak barrels
  • Must be aged for a minimum of two years (a bourbon must meet this specific requirement if it is to be considered a "Straight Bourbon")

The production of bourbon began in the 1700s with the first settlers in Kentucky. After a lot of time spent transporting crops to market over narrow trails and steep mountains, the settlers learned that converting the corn and grains to whiskey made them easier to transport. It also prevented the excess grain from rotting and gave them a diversion from life on the frontier. The first whiskey distillery in Kentucky was started by Evan Williams in 1783 in Louisville, securing him the title of the first commercial distiller in the state.

The name bourbon comes from Bourbon County, one of Kentucky’s three original counties, established in 1785. Farmers shipped their whiskey in oak barrels from Bourbon County down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans. The long trip aged the whiskey, giving the spirit the distinct amber color and flavor. Whiskey from Bourbon County soon gained popularity and became known as Bourbon whiskey.

In 1964, Congress declared Bourbon a distinctive product of the United States, it often being referred to as "America’s Official Native Spirit."

The six bourbon distilleries in Kentucky make up what is now known as the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. These distilleries include Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, and Jim Beam. The Bourbon Trail was formed in 1999 by the Kentucky Distillers Association, serving as an educational way for visitors to see the art, science, and rich history behind bourbon production.


Directions

Directions

The exits for the Louisville Bourbon Inn are directly off of I-65 North or South.

Directions, if traveling on I-65 South:

1. Take I-65 South (Toward Nashville) to Exit 134 at Arthur Street
2. Continue straight to merge onto Arthur Street
3. At the stop sign, turn right on to E. Brandeis Ave. Brandeis Ave will continue straight and turn into Cardinal Blvd.
4. Continue on Cardinal Blvd six blocks to Fourth Street
5. Turn right on Fourth Street and continue six blocks to the Inn at the Park (on your left)
6. Free Parking is available on Fourth Street in front of the Inn OR beside the the Inn on Park Avenue

Directions, if traveling on I-65 North:

1. Take I-65 North (toward Indianapolis) to Exit 133 at Warnock Street
2. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Warnock Street at the traffic light
3. Continue on Warnock Street to the second traffic light at S. Floyd Street
4. Turn right on to S. Floyd Street and go five blocks
5. Turn left at Hill Street, then go five blocks to Fourth Street, then turn right
6. Continue on Fourth Street for two blocks to the Inn at the Park (on your left)
7. Free Parking is available on Fourth Street in front of the Inn OR beside the the Inn on Park Avenue

Directions, if traveling on I-71 South:

1. Take I-71 to I-65 South (Nashville) South to Exit 134 at Arthur Street
2. Continue straight to merge onto Arthur Street
3. At the stop sign, turn right on to E. Brandeis Ave. Brandeis Ave will continue straight and turn into Cardinal Blvd.
4. Continue on Cardinal Blvd six blocks to Fourth Street
5. Turn right on Fourth Street and continue six blocks to the Inn at the Park (on your left)
6. Free Parking is available on Fourth Street in front of the Inn OR beside the the Inn on Park Avenue

Directions, if traveling on I-64 West:

1. Take I-65 North (toward Indianapolis) to Exit 133 at Warnock Street
2. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Warnock Street at the traffic light
3. Continue on Warnock Street to the second traffic light at S. Floyd Street
4. Turn right on to S. Floyd Street and go five blocks
5. Turn left at Hill Street, then go five blocks to Fourth Street, then turn right
6. Continue on Fourth Street for two blocks to the Inn at the Park (on your left)
7. Free Parking is available on Fourth Street in front of the Inn OR beside the the Inn on Park Avenue

Directions, if traveling on I-64 East:

1. Take I- 64 East to I-65 South (Toward Nashville) to Exit 134 at Arthur Street
2. Continue straight to merge onto Arthur Street
3. At the stop sign, turn right on to E. Brandeis Ave. Brandeis Ave will continue straight and turn into Cardinal Blvd.
4. Continue on Cardinal Blvd six blocks to Fourth Street
5. Turn right on Fourth Street and continue six blocks to the Inn at the Park (on your left)
6. Free Parking is available on Fourth Street in front of the Inn OR beside the the Inn on Park Avenue