Al Fresco Dining in Louisville, KY.

Summer is still alive and well in Louisville, Kentucky. With sunny days and warm, comfortable temperatures, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the nightlife and culinary scene the city has to offer.

One of our favorite highlights of the city? The abundance of patios and outdoor dining options, of course! Here are some of our top picks.

The Garage Bar – East Market.

Found in Louisville’s East Market District, the Garage Bar is a hip bar and eatery located in – you guessed it – an old auto service garage. Here, diners enjoy wood-fired pizzas with a distinct Southern twist. With lots of outdoor dining space, beautiful patio lights, and a relaxed atmosphere, this is an all-time favorite!

Mellow Mushroom – Highlands.

Have a hankering for pizza? Satisfy it at the Mellow Mushroom, with a convenient location on Bardstown Road. Peruse the lengthy craft beer list and chow down on some of the city’s best pizza while you relax on the second floor patio. You won’t be disappointed!

Against the Grain – Downtown.

Known for its own beer made on site and its ever-popular smokehouse, Against the Grain is a favorite barbecue joint for many. Located in the heart of downtown Louisville, there’s no better place to people watch and take in the sights and sounds of the city. Sit back on the patio and enjoy a cold one!

Ramsi’s Cafe on the World – Highlands.

Looking for international cuisine? Ramsi’s Cafe is the place for you in Louisville. Enjoy everything from banh mi to fish tacos in this beautiful cafe that offers a stunning outdoor setting for diners to unwind and indulge. Diversity is the name of the game at Ramsi’s – evident in everything from atmosphere and decor to the items on the menu.

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub – Highlands.

Baxter Avenue is an Irish pub hot spot. Looking for a bird’s eye view of it all? Be sure to check out Molly Malone’s patio – an expansive outdoor dining area with an elevated position over the avenue. Enjoy classic Irish pub fare with a view!

Corbett’s – Healthcare Blvd.

Fine dining in an al fresco setting? Corbett’s has it all – from a stylishly appointed mansion and a gorgeous veranda, to elevated menu options, this really is the perfect restaurant for a summer evening date!

Al fresco dining is part of what makes the culinary scene in Louisville so exciting during the summer months. With unlimited options for patios and great city eateries, you won’t be disappointed. Looking for affordable Louisville accommodations? Check out our extended stay properties.

Best North Carolina Beaches to Visit this Summer

A stunning backdrop, water activities galore, and home to some of the top beaches in the world, it’s no surprise North Carolina is an incredibly popular vacation destination during the summer months. Looking for some of the best beaches to enjoy in NC? Look no further. Discover our top recommendations below!

Wrightsville Beach.

Dubbed one of North Carolina’s most accessible beaches, Wrightsville Beach is well known for its crystal blue waters, lush greenery, and expansive shores. It also offers up many water sports to choose from, and many kid-friendly adventures. Find this beautiful beach in the lovely New Hanover County.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

A national seashore preserving the portion of the Outer Banks of NC from Bodie Island to Ocracoke Island, the Seashore stretches over 70 miles, offering plenty of opportunity for exploration. Here you’ll discover high, sandy dunes, beautiful surf, the nation’s tallest lighthouse, and much more. Enjoy a day of swimming, beachcombing, body surfing, and more!

Holden Beach.

A seaside town found in Brunswick County, Holden Beach offers miles of sandy beaches, and opportunity aplenty for favorite activities such as fishing, water skiing, boating, and of course, swimming. The Holden Beach area is widely regarded as having some of the most well kept beaches in North Carolina, and the soft sand and warm water only add to their appeal!

Hammocks Beach State Park.

Dubbed one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic Coast, Hammocks Beach is accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat – so get ready for an adventure! Here you’ll peruse the beach for wildlife, dig in the tidal pools and mudflats, walk alongside the gulls and sandpipers. Hammocks Beach is the best place to escape the hustle and bustle, and to relax in secluded tranquility. Enjoy amenities like concession stands, washrooms, indoor showers, picnic tables, and more.

Corolla Beach.

A main attraction in Corolla, NC, the beaches are a favorite among many. Corolla is the perfect place for many miles of untouched beaches, and is ideal for families looking for an area to spread out, build sandcastles, enjoy a picnic, and so on. Other popular activities include surfing, shopping, fishing, jet skiing, and more!

Take advantage of the summer weather while it’s still here. Get out and enjoy one of these top beaches in North Carolina!

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