Vacation Rental: Gralehaus
Sleeps: 2 people per room (3 rooms)
Price: From $150 per night
Why We Wanna Cook Here: Scratch that — we just want to snooze, eat, and drink here!
We're going to go on record saying that this is pretty much the coolest thing we've ever heard of: It's the Gralehaus, in Louisville's Highlands neighborhood, and it's a bed and bar instead of a bed and breakfast. Each of three different bedrooms has its own personality (there's the masculine and charming Den, the plush St. Brigid's Deluxe, and the cozy Sky Parlor), and access to enough local beers to set your little heart aflame.
Who Should Go (and When)
Beer-lovers, of course! And anyone who prefers exposed brick to frilly lace. This isn't your average B&B, which means no doilies here.
The Kentucky Derby is obviously a highlight for this mid-sized city, but we'll tell you a secret: Once those two-minutes of glory are over and the horses are back in the stalls, you'll have better luck scoring a dinner reservation and rates are a lot cheaper, too.
What We'd Cook Here
None of the rooms at Gralehaus have a kitchen, but don't worry — food and drink access is integral to the mission at Gralehaus. There's craft coffee and espresso, a locally sourced breakfast and lunch menu, haus-made sodas, and more. Come dinner, you can head to their celebrated sister beer bar and restaurant next door, Holy Grale. There, you can drink more beers and order off a seasonal Southern-style menu.
Another Thing We Love
Nothing says "weekend away" like a bath in a luxe soaking tub while the in-room record player spins. And why not have some suds (the beer kind) to go with your suds (the soapy kind)?
What to Instagram
This is the perfect place to fill your #foodporn quota. You'll be sure to pull in the likes with a saucy, rich biscuit-and-gravy breakfast bowl. Another option? The GraleGarten patio is all sorts of photogenic, especially when lit up at night.
Book it! Gralehaus, from $150 per night
When we travel we believe in staying in real homes as much as we can; to really taste a place means cooking local food in a local's kitchen. We Wanna Cook Here is our series devoted to our favorite vacation rentals, each with a kitchen worth savoring.