Two big reasons to visit Kentucky are quickly approaching.
Bourbon and Beyond, the bourbon-soaked music festival, kicks off September 14 in Louisville. And the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival starts the next day in Bardstown. So, if you didn't already have plans centered around brown liquor, there's still time.
And conveniently, there's a new place to house you that takes food, drinks and comfort seriously.
Hotel Genevieve is a boutique hotel in Louisville from the Bunkhouse Group, an Austin-based outfit that also operates a handful of popular hotels in Texas, California and Mexico. The name nods to a regional type of limestone, Saint Genevieve, which is a key ingredient in bourbon production and prevalent throughout Texas. Saint Genevieve is also the patron saint of Paris. So it's a real full-circle situation.
The hotel has 122 rooms across six floors, plus a lobby art gallery, a retail shop and four spots to eat and drink. The overarching vibe is French modernism meets Old World charm, with a soft color palette of pinks, blues and yellows.
Chef Ashleigh Shanti runs the culinary concepts. Rosettes is an all-day restaurant reminiscent of a Parisian cafe. Think salads, tarts, steak frites and fish, but with a through-line that channels Shanti’s Southern and Appalachian background. Bar Genevieve is a rooftop hangout with sweeping city views alongside cocktails and smaller bites, like charcuterie, mini burgers, crab gougères and oysters.
The hotel is also home to Lucky Penny, an intimate speakeasy that's open for cocktails and bar snacks late into the night. You'll find it hidden inside Mini Marché, a neighborhood market with a bright yellow design that sells local Kentucky provisions along with coffee and grab-and-go selections for breakfast and lunch.
So, you shouldn't have too much trouble getting food and drinks around here.