Visit Louisville’s Muhammad Ali Center

October 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Muhammad Ali CenterMuhammad Ali is remembered as one of the greatest, heavyweight champions of boxing history. Now you can revisit his career – and his extensive life outside of it – at The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY.

Most of us know about Muhammad Ali – or Cassius Clay, as he was originally known – through his singular achievement of being the only boxer to ever achieve the World Heavyweight Championship three times; the controversies surrounding his joining the Nation of Islam and refusing to fight in the Vietnam War; proclamations that became indelibly associated with him such as “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee;” the sad irony of his Parkinson’s diagnosis.

Yet Muhammad Ali is and has been so much more than just a record breaking athlete – as his professed, six, core life principals demonstrate:

Confidence – Belief in oneself, one’s abilities, and one’s future.
Conviction – A firm belief that gives one the courage to stand behind that belief, despite pressure to do otherwise.
Dedication – The act of devoting all of one’s energy, effort, and abilities to a certain task.
Giving – To present voluntarily without expecting something in return.
Respect – Esteem for, or a sense of the worth or excellence of, oneself and others.
Spirituality – A sense of awe, reverence, and inner peace inspired by a connection to all of creation and/or that which is greater than oneself.

It is these six principals that drove Muhammad Ali well beyond the boxing ring and into social activism and community awareness. These principals are also behind the mission of the Muhammad Ali Center: a multicultural center with an award-winning, interactive museum dedicated to the life of a great athlete but also promoting the principals behind this iconic figure in an attempt to inspire people from all walks of life to reach for and expand the very ends of their own potential.

A visit to the Muhammad Ali Center is a visit into the heart of one of America’s greatest champions.

The Muhammad Ali Center

144 North Sixth Street Louisville, KY

Muhammad Ali Center Lodging
Nothing makes or breaks a Kentucky vacation like the quality of your accommodations. Why travel away from your home only to be uncomfortable when there are numerous options nearby that are dying to show you what true southern hospitality is all about? Kentucky bed and breakfast inns are locally owned and operated, offer uncommon amenities, delicious, hearty breakfasts, and are able to provide knowledgeable insight into the local area – why on earth would you settle for less?

The Kentucky Simpsons Connection

September 29th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

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The Simpsons. Twentieth Century Fox

The popular, animated, FOX television show, The Simpsons, has long had a running joke regarding what state its main characters live in. There are a number of contenders, from Oregon to Florida – but our favorite contender is a lot closer to home. Is there a Kentucky Simpsons connection?

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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

September 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical ParkIllinois may call itself the “Land of Lincoln” but only Kentucky is home to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th and perhaps, most revered US President after George Washington, was born in a small cabin in Sinking Spring just south of Hodgenville, Kentucky on February 12, 1809. When he was just two, his family moved to Knob Creek Farm, northeast of Hodgenville, where they remained until 1816. This time they moved north, across the Ohio River, to what is now Spencer County, Indiana. Lincoln was just 7 years old.

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Lexington’s Jewel – The Headley-Whitney Museum

August 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Headley-Whitney MuseumThe Headley-Whitney Museum’s fascinating and diverse collection of jewels, artifacts, shells, books, and much more has long been an icon of art and culture in Lexington, KY.

Founded by jewelry designer, George Headley and his wife, Barbara Whitney in 1968, the Headley-Whitney Museum features rotating exhibits, a gift shop, events, and educational workshops on 13 acres of beautiful grounds that also happen to be the perfect picnic spot!

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Step Into Another World at the Pleasant Hill Shaker Village

August 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Pleasant Hill Shaker VillagePleasant Hill Shaker Village is the largest restored Shaker community in the United States – and it’s right here in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region!

The Shaker religion – officially the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing – was founded in 18th century England as a branch of the Quaker community. They came to be called “Shaking Quakers” due to the physical expression of their religious ecstasy during worship and the name “Shakers” eventually stuck. Having mostly faded away as a society, due in part to their belief in celibacy, Shakers are known primarily in the US for their simple living aesthetic, particularly as it is expressed in their architecture and furniture.

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Finger-Lickin’ Good – The Harland Sanders Museum and Café

July 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Harland Sanders Museum and CafeColonel Sanders and his secret recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken are an iconic part of America – and so is a visit to the place where it all began: The Harland Sanders Museum and Café in Corbin, Kentucky.

It’s such an integral part of America that most of us have the delicious aroma of a bucket of Colonel Sanders’ original recipe, Kentucky Fried Chicken imprinted on our memories – if not sitting on the kitchen table right now, waiting for us to get off the internet and dig in. But wait … the popular restaurant and American tradition had to start somewhere. Was Colonel Sanders a real person?

You bet he was, and he got his start in Corbin, Kentucky.

Harland “Colonel” Sanders started his career as an accidental restaurateur in the early 1930’s via operating a gas and service station in Corbin.

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Covington Kentucky’s MainStrasse Village

July 21st, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

MainStrasse Village in Covington, KentuckyHankering for a little old-world charm? Visit Covington, Kentucky’s MainStrasse Village and you’ll find yourself whisked back in time to a charming, 19th century, German/American village.

Between 1840 and 1845, Covington’s west side was the scene of a dramatic population boom when an estimated influx of over 200 German and Irish immigrants a day began to arrive, doubling Covington’s population in just five, short years. This influence, primarily the German one, led to the heritage of what is known as MainStrasse Village today.

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Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum

January 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Kentucky Derby MuseumThe Kentucky Derby Museum is not your fusty old dad’s museum, let me tell you.

Located just outside the legendary Churchill Downs in Louisville, the two-story museum’s first-floor underwent some serious renovations after the damage caused by the flood in 2009 – and we are the winners.

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Dinosaur World Kentucky!

January 9th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Dinosaur World KentuckyIf you’re cruising along in Cave City, Kentucky and suddenly see the head of a Tyrannosaurus Rex peeping down at you through the vegetation, don’t scream but do pull over – you’re at Dinosaur World Kentucky!

Dinosaur World is the name of three outdoor museums, one in Plant City, Florida, one in Glen Rose, Texas, and the third right here in Cave City, Kentucky, where you can get up close and personal with life size replicas of the amazing, gigantic creatures that once walked the Earth.

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The Creation Museum’s Christmas Town

December 16th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

The Creation Museum's Christmas TownThe Creation Museum’s Christmas Town offers a unique, in-depth look at the biggest holiday of the year – Christmas!

A free attraction, the popularity of the Creation Museum’s Christmas Town has grown tremendously since opening in 2008. 25,000 visitors toured the exhibit in 2011 alone!

Witness reenactments of Joseph and Mary caring for the newborn baby Jesus in a first century house Nativity scene; listen as Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, describe her experience of hearing about two famous birth announcements; hear as a temple guard relate his transformation from darkness to belief during a murderous mission to Bethlehem; encounter one of the magi and hear of his life-changing journey to visit the Child King.

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