A few years ago, I moved from my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina to Louisville, Kentucky. My partner, AJ, and I went through many websites to research what we needed to know about our temporary home. The most important thing I learned back then was this: It’s not Louie-ville, it’s Lou-uh-vuhl. A few months ago, Movoto.com published an article titled “29 Things to Know About Louisville Before You Move There.” The article has some good points, but is still a little tourist-focused. Since my partner and I have now lived in Louisville for several years and bought a home here, I’ve decided to gift you with a little holiday gift.
12 Things You Should Know About Louisville if You Want to Call it Home:
1. For serious, it’s “Lou-uh-vuhl,” not “Louie-ville.”
2. Comfy Cow has the best ice cream in town (try the Birthday Cake!)
3. You do not have to love bourbon to live in Louisville.
I’ve lived in Louisville for years now and just had my first taste of something bourbon flavored at a conference recently. Yes, if you have family or friends coming to visit, of course, grab some bourbon balls and a hot brown. But for residents? Not a necessity.
4. Living in Southern Indiana is not the same as living in Louisville.
A friend of mine who had lived here for a few years told me this when I was swayed by the admittedly less expensive houses and apartments. It is absolutely true–there is nothing like living in Louisville.
5. We are one of the most LGBT friendly cities in the South.
6. Living in Louisville is kind of like being an Interdisciplinary Studies major in college.
Louisville living really is “choose your own adventure.” Interested in all things New Age-y? We have tons of meditation and yoga classes and at least three Buddhist temples. Looking for a more traditionally Southern atmosphere? Get a burger at Mussel and Burger Bar topped with a fried green tomato or take in a Sunday morning service at Crescent Hill Baptist Church. Find all things hipster on Bardstown Road and all things hipster-meets-suburbanite on Frankfort Avenue. Do you care about social justice? Check out University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Institute, the Fairness Campaign, or the Muhammad Ali Center. Or you can be a conservative, New Age-y Southern Hipster cause we have it all and it’s all available to you.
7. Where you went to high school actually matters.
This is a decent sized city that feels more like a small town and the answer to “Where did you go to high school?” seems to make people think they can make a lot of assumptions about who you are.
8. It really is a big city/small town hybrid.
You might be able to get lost in the beauty of Cherokee Park for hours without anyone interrupting you, but if you head out to one of our many malls, local restaurants or Waterfront Park events, you will run into someone you know. Or someone who knows ten people that you know.
9. Oh, the weather outside? It’s frightful.
In my first year as a Louisville resident, I was stuck in a basement because, tornadoes, had to navigate my car through flooded streets, and experienced freezing cold winters, scorching summers and everything in between–sometimes within the span of a month.
10. Only tourists and bachelorettes go to 4th Street Live.
I learned this within my first few months here after proudly announcing that I’d attended a concert there. Want to know a secret, though? It’s still a pretty cool place to be.
11. UofL versus UK? It ain’t just about sports.
Kentucky fans are some of the most passionate people on the planet, but which team you root for says something about who you are. I won’t go into detail as to exactly what it says about you, but I will say this: GO CARDS!!!
12. Once you’re here, you’ll never want to leave.
Forget the Ohio River Valley allergies, the lack of coastline or the sadistic weather. Louisville has it’s own brand of incredible magic and if you’re lucky enough to experience it, you’ll never want to move away.