Experience The Kentucky Derby in VIP Style
The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of Triple Crown of racing, and is widely considered the most prestigious horse race in the world. The race features three year-old thoroughbred horses, and is held annually at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY on the first Saturday in May. With a length of 1-1Ž4 miles, the race is sometimes called the “Most Exciting 2 Minutes in Sports”, because of the average time needed to finish. It’s also called the “Run for the Roses”, referencing the blanket of roses draped over the winner. Including the infield section, the Derby is the most attended race in North America. This year the Derby will take place on Saturday May 7, 2016.
How To Travel:
Flying commercial has never been more luxurious. Virgin Atlantic offers an Upper Class experience like no other commercial airline. From your own private check in, to generous leather seat that flips niftily, into one of the longest flat beds in any business class. Experience an elegant in-flight bar and superb dining. Remembering it all as you are driven from the plane to your destination.
We recommend that travelers to the Masters choose Air Partner for a chartered private jet to Augusta. Treat yourself or your future clients to the luxury of flying private, in a comfortable and speedy fashion. Air Partner has access to the largest network or Private Flight operators, enabling you to choose the most suitable, efficient and economical Private Jet Charter possible anywhere in the world.
Where To Stay:
21C Museum Hotel
21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky is the first of its kind-a 90-room hotel dedicated to world-class luxuries, Southern-style hospitality and contemporary art from living artists. Nestled in the heart of Museum Row and downtown Louisville, 21c is an epicenter for culture, activity, and artistic expression. 21c has all the upscale offerings you would expect from a boutique luxury hotel, yet offers so much more.
The Seelbach Hilton Louisville
A stay at The Seelbach Hilton Hotel will never be described as ordinary. This 4-diamond luxury hotel is considered the premiere hotel in the state of Kentucky. Built in 1905, it is considered a landmark to “the golden era” with its grand ambiance. Experience genteel, Southern hospitality in historic grandeur. Here guests are treated to a unique culinary experience with Kentucky’s only AAA Five-Diamond Awarded Restaurant, where dishes boast Kentucky-produce and international ingredients side-by-side. The Oakroom also maintains the largest wine cellar in the region.
The Brown Hotel
The Brown Hotel in Louisville is an historic, AAA Four Diamond hotel featuring classic English Renaissance architecture. The opulent two-story lobby has a hand-painted, coffered ceiling, Bottocino marble flooring, finely carved mahogany furnishings and Palladian-style windows. The Georgian-Revival style exterior is trimmed in stone and terra cotta. The breathtaking appearance of this historic structure is one of many reasons that the Brown Hotel is revered as the finest hotel in downtown Louisville.
Where To Eat:
The Oakroom at The Seelbach Hilton
Step into the golden era at The Oakroom, Kentucky’s first and only AAA Five Diamond restaurant award-winner since 1998. Hand-carved lion’s head columns, ornate wood accents and brass chandeliers are reminiscent of its original gentlemen’s-billiards-hall décor originating around 1907. Chef d’ cuisine Bobby Benjamin has blended the finest local ingredients to create original Kentucky fine dining.
RIVUE brings a sophisticated dining experience to new heights in Louisville with breath-taking views, a swanky room and contemporary cuisine featuring seafood and steak. Featuring an ultra-modern décor and the world’s only twin revolving floor, RIVUE offers guests the best view in the city, with panoramic vistas of downtown Louisville and the waterfront.
Where To Party:
The Lounge’s atmosphere blends history with cosmopolitan art in its front corridor, featuring wood, original brick, steel beams from the Humana Building implosion, all-white furniture and world-class art. Prime Lounge also plays host to the most exclusive national DJs. Prime has a world-class martini list with over 20 Signature Martinis, a selection of more than 20 fine wines, and VIP Bottle Service for an unbelievable VIP experience.
4th Street LIVE
This is a one-stop destination for all your entertainment needs. There are an array of bars and nightclubs that are sure to impress. It is also home to the worlds first Makers Mark Bourbon House and Lounge.
Can’t Miss Events:
Taste of Derby
Kick off your Kentucky Derby weekend in style at the fourth annual Taste of Derby, a celebration of cuisine, racing and style where you will mingle with horseracing celebrities and experience an evening of exquisite cuisine from popular horseracing destinations across the country as nationally renowned chefs from these cities serve samples of their signature dishes paired with delectable wines!
Barnstable Brown Party
For more than two decades, some of the brightest stars from the worlds of film, television, music, fashion and sports have celebrated the night before the “Run for the Roses” at Louisville’s quintessential Derby Eve party – the Barnstable Brown Party. Do not miss out on mingling with stars such as Aaron Rodgers, Ashton Kutcher, and Kate Upton.
Saturday night’s marquee event is this black-tie affair at one of Louisville’s most historic hotels, The Galt House. Slated to attend this year: Michael Jordan, Star Jones, and Idris Elba.