After New Orleans, there is, perhaps, no other American city as passionate in its love of food and drink as Louisville, Kentucky. This is a city that likes to celebrate—from mint julep-fueled Derby parties, to, well, any given Tuesday at a local bar. Yes, there’s bourbon—lots of bourbon. Embarking on a tour of the Bluegrass State’s distilleries should be on every red-blooded American’s bucket-list. And while Louisville is the perfect launching pad for such an expedition, it’s also worth a weekend—better yet, a week-long stay—since it’s home to some of the best restaurants you’ll find both south (and north) of the Mason-Dixon line. It also boasts two of the country’s most historic hotels, one of which inspired what many believe to be the greatest American novel ever written, and a growing craft beer movement, lots of fried fish, and some of the friendliest, funnest people you’ll ever meet.