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“Farm to Table” is loose talk in some places, but Harvest, in Louisville’s hip NuLu district, is a restaurant that puts its money where its mouth is, pledging that at least 80 percent of what it serves comes from farms within 100 miles. The food is glorious and steeped in Southern culture, including buttermilk fried chicken and hoecakes. Even your waiter may be a farmer. harvestlouisville.com
Don’t fight it—check in to the grand old dame: the historic, 92-year-old Brown Hotel.
Ornate but not fussy, the 16-story Georgian Revival structure offers a grand view of downtown. And how many hotels feature a sandwich good enough to be famous around the world (the Hot Brown, duh)? brownhotel.com
Fall is a great time for exploring the fruits of the landscape: the Kentucky Bluegrass and Bourbon Experience lets you taste the sound and hear the flavors of the region. September 4–6, 2016, kentuckybluegrassfestival.com
Also this fall, an exhibition and conference at University of Louisville, Milton Rogovin and the Photography of Conscience, celebrates the art and life of a great American documentary photographer, including his portraits of Appalachian coal miners. October 1–31, louisville.edu