What a great Derby and what a great group of folks came last year!

Kentucky Derby 2009 - Photo 1

Kentucky Derby 2009

And in the tradition of Derby, all the guests dressed up in their finery to go to the races.

Kentucky Derby 2009 - Photo 2

Kentucky Derby 2009

Kentucky Derby 2009 - Photo 3

Kentucky Derby 2009

Kentucky Derby 2009 - Photo 4

Kentucky Derby 2009

We look forward to our 2010 Derby guests who will be arriving in a few days!

Linda Williams, Innkeeper
Old Bridge Inn
131 West Chestnut Street
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
(812) 284-3580

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LOUISVILLE, KY – Louisville’s historic steamboat is receiving an award from a national engineering group. The New York-based American Society of Mechanical Engineers is designating the Belle of Louisville as their 2010 Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark at a special ceremony on the Belle of Louisville, Friday, April 23, beginning at 6:30 PM. Congressman John Yarmuth and Waterfront Development, President, David Karem, will be present to acknowledge the Belle’s contributions to history.

The ceremony will be from 6:30-7:00 PM in the Belle of Louisville’s ballroom. After visitor’s and media depart, the invited engineer’s and guests will enjoy dinner and a two-hour cruise.

And what great timing, as the Great Steamboat Race is next Wednesday.

The Great Steamboat Race is an annual event, taking place the Wednesday before the first Saturday of May, three days before the Kentucky Derby as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival. It takes place on the Ohio River as it runs between Louisville, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana. The race is normally between the Belle of Louisville and the Delta Queen, although other steamboats have participated. The first race was in 1963.

The race begins underneath the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge. Both steamboats race to Six Mile Island, where they turn around to return to the bridge, which is also the finish line. The distance is 14 miles, with an average speed of seven miles per hour (11.27 km/h) for each boat.

The Delta Queen won the first four races, after which its owners refused to race again until the Belle became more competitive. The Queen is a larger boat, with more powerful engines.

As of 2007, where the Belle of Louisville won in a controversial decision by the judges, the Belle has had 22 wins over 19 wins for the Delta Queen.

The winner each year gets to have the “Golden Antlers” until the next race.

  • Julia Belle Swain in 1975 and 1976 (the latter of which it won)
  • Natchez IX of the New Orleans Steamboat Company in 1982 (which it won).
  • Spirit of Jefferson raced in 1999 in the Belle’s stead while the Belle was recovering from sabotage.
  • Belle of Cincinnati was a contestant in 2002, and followed as an observation boat in latter years.

The previous two are not actually steamboats, as they run by diesel power instead of steam, and now go along with the actual steamboats as a venue for spectators.

Popular viewing areas for the race are the old Water Tower in Louisville, and along Utica Pike in Jeffersonville, especially at Duffy’s Landing.

Now that the Delta Queen is permanently docked at Chattanooga, TN, it is still a great steamboat race.

This year’s race puts the Belle of Louisville up against the Belle of Cincinnati. The Belle of Cincinnati is looking to win this year’s re-match after a loss last year. The boats begin boarding for the race from 4:45 to 5:40 p.m. on April 28, with the vessels shoving off at 5:45, followed by the race at 6 p.m. The event is always popular during the Kentucky Derby Festival.

For more info on the Belle of Louisville or her little sister, the spirit of Jefferson, please visit The Belle of Louisville and Spirit of Jeffersonhttp://www.belleoflouisville.org

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Another Thunder Over Louisville Has Come and Gone

April 21, 2010

Another Thunder Over Louisville has come and gone, and so have the wonderful guests who stay here for the event, year after year. In case you are unfamiliar with the event, “Thunder” is one of the nation’s largest fireworks displays, air shows, and is the event that kicks off the Kentucky Derby Festival. We are [...]

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How do you Cook and Serve a Healthy Breakfast?

April 20, 2010

Serving a healthy breakfast while trying to “treat” your guests is not an easy task.  The innkeeper is left with the question, what size portion when preparing dishes.  Then there’s the “What about carbs and fat?” question.  A lot of food choices are carbohydrates and with the addition of sugar and fat for taste or [...]

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Pet Friendly at the Old Bridge Inn in Jeffersonville, Indiana

March 19, 2010

Here at the Old Bridge Inn, we are pet friendly … but please ask before you show up at the front door with your pet. Like many of you, we travel with our dogs when we go away and know how important it is to be able to find accommodations that allow pets. Pets are [...]

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The Two Most Common Misconceptions About Bed and Breakfasts

March 7, 2010

Last night, I had a phone call from a very polite gentleman looking for a room later this month … just for himself, one night. I could tell from our conversation that he did not realize he had just called a bed and breakfast. He immediately apologized for having done so. I asked him if [...]

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