Join us November 9-11, 2023, for the highly anticipated 2023 Colonels Homecoming Weekend, our annual gathering where Colonels from around the world come together to celebrate your good works and Kentucky’s rich history. Coinciding with Veteran’s Day, the weekend will be filled with a range of exciting events, including a Colonels Meet and Greet, a Welcome Reception and Cocktail Party, Private Bourbon Tasting, and a memorable Day at the Races on Millionaire’s Row at Churchill Downs.
As a Colonel, you and your guests will have the exclusive opportunity to explore the treasures of Kentucky. Enjoy a guided tour and bourbon experience at Hermitage Farm, an interactive bourbon-themed cooking class, and socialize with new friends at the lively Colonels After Dark happy hour.
Colonels can also take advantage of exclusive discounts at various Louisville attractions by presenting their 2023 membership card.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2023
COLONELS MEET AND GREET
Parlour Pizza Downtown Louisville
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Experience the true spirit of being a Kentucky Colonel at our Homecoming Meet and Greet, where all Colonels, including new Colonels, are warmly invited. Connect, collaborate, and celebrate the vibrant bonds within the Colonels community.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2023
Colonels will visit the picturesque and historic Hermitage Farm in Goshen, Kentucky. This exclusive package tour includes round-trip motor coach transportation from the Omni Louisville Hotel. Explore the captivating beauty of Hermitage’s historic gardens and greenhouse, where you’ll discover their sustainable farming practices. Indulge in a farm fresh boxed lunch and savor a delightful Kentucky bourbon tasting, featuring three of Hermitage’s finest single barrels. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Hermitage’s retired sport horses. Space is limited.
Come and be a part of an engaging cooking experience. This interactive class, suitable for Colonels of all skill levels, will take place in a classroom setting and be led by a local chef. Prepare and savor a three-course meal while immersing yourself in the art of bourbon-infused cuisine. The experience includes wine and all necessary cooking supplies. Space is limited.
Renowned bourbon writer and expert Colonel Susan Reigler will host this year’s private bourbon tasting before the Welcome Reception. As an award-winning author of titles like: “Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide” and “The Bourbon Tasting Notebook,” Susan’s experience is highly regarded. She is a past president of the Bourbon Women Association and a member of the prestigious Order of the Writ. Don’t miss this limited space opportunity to learn from this certified executive bourbon steward.
& COCKTAIL PARTY
Omni Louisville Hotel
Enjoy an unforgettable evening as we connect with Colonels from around the world. Indulge in a delightful dinner, dance to your heart’s content with music from Top Tier Band from Nashville, TN, and savor the finest bourbon, beer, and wine with tastings.
In appreciation of your presence, we’ll provide a complimentary drink ticket to enhance your experience. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to connect, dine, and celebrate with fellow Colonels while commemorating Veterans Day in style.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2023
Join us for a captivating day of Thoroughbred racing at the illustrious Churchill Downs, a celebration that coincides with. Experience the thrill of the races from Millionaire’s Row 4, known for its prestigious status. Enjoy a gourmet lunch buffet, wager on the magnificent horses, and savor the heart-pounding action from the best view of the finish line.
In the spirit of Veterans Day, we’ll be capturing group photos to honor and recognize the Colonels among us who have proudly served in our nation’s armed forces. It’s a day of both exhilarating horse racing and a heartfelt salute to our veterans – a truly memorable experience.
COLONELS AFTER DARK
Omni Louisville Hotel - Library Bar
Welcome to Colonels After Dark, a casual gathering taking place in the charming Library Bar of the Omni Hotel. Join us in this laid-back setting, perfect for Colonels to unwind and socialize in a relaxed atmosphere.
Host Hotel Accommodations
The Omni Louisville Hotel will host the Kentucky Colonels. Special room rates start at $189 plus tax. Reservations must be made by 5:00pm on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. For reservations, visit Colonels Homecoming Weekend or call 1-800-THE-OMNI. Reference: Kentucky Colonels.
Come early or stay late and enjoy Louisville attractions. Louisville’s Official Visitor Guide will get you started.
A one block long entertainment district in the 100 block of West Main Street and Washington Street to the north. Various restaurants, bars, an urban distillery, and shops are among the attractions.
Located at 800 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky. Simply present your 2023 membership card at the ticket window when purchasing tickets onsite and enjoy $1 off the general admission price.