Active Heroes & Hardin County Honda

Hardin County Honda is proud to announce that we’re working with Active Heroes, an organization that supports U.S. military service members, veterans, and their families. Throughout the month of April, we are donating a portion of our monthly sales and an additional $5 for every test drive to support Active Heroes and all that they do to help our community.

 

Active Heroes is headquartered in Louisville, KY, but it provides programs and support for military members, families, and veterans across the nation. The organization was founded in 2011 with a focus on ending the prevalence of veteran suicide. It has since grown to include a retreat center, a community center, and a peer mentor program. Active Heroes has a number of national signature activities to allow individuals and communities to participate in their goals. Golf tournaments, push-up challenges, motorcycle runs, 5ks, and video game tournaments are just a few of the events they host regularly.

 

There are a lot of ways to help support Active Heroes. First, you could donate money or your time to be a part of the programs and activities they offer. You could also take a look at their online store and buy a shirt or accessory to provide financial support and spread awareness of the issues they’re fighting. And of course, throughout the month of April consider stopping by Hardin County Honda for a test drive or your new ride to help us support this great cause.

Louisville’s Stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Kentucky Bourbon Trail
It’s time to rediscover the Kentucky Bourbon Trail!

Kentucky has long been celebrated for its bourbon production. Bourbon is America’s only native brew, having been born here, and Kentucky is estimated to produce about 95% of the country’s bourbon supply. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a fun way for people who are passionate about the spirit to sample flavors from a number of different craft brewers in the state, with Louisville serving as a gateway to the rest of the trail thanks to its status as the home of a third of all bourbon produced in the state.

Louisville offers an experience called the Urban Bourbon Trail, which features 34 different pubs and restaurants in the area that offer variations on Kentucky’s traditional bourbon brews. Partaking in the experience allows you to reap rewards beyond just enjoying the heritage and culture of Kentucky’s craft brew scene; visiting just six of these locations allows you to earn an honorary t-shirt. Just make sure you pick up your Urban Bourbon Trail passport first.

Of course, Louisville and the Urban Bourbon Trail only offer one of many experiences in “Bourbon County.” With over thirty bourbon-related attractions and nine world-renowned distilleries, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a great way to sample all the delights Kentucky has to offer.

October Louisville Events

October Louisville Events
Grab a loved one and check out these fall events!

Louisville, Kentucky is a bustling city with so much activity that it’s easy to get lost and miss several must-attend events. Fall is finally here and with it comes cooler weather a host of new events as far as the eye can see. There are so many to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some awesome October Louisville events!

22nd Annual Belknap Fall Festival

Taking place at the Historic Douglass Loop on October 7th, the 22nd annual Belknap Fall Festival kicks off with live music from starts like Anemic Royalty and Mary Mary. From there, visitors can grab a bite to eat from food trucks, including the Black Rock Grille, and check out the Oktoberfest-inspired beer garden. Enjoy the evening in the Highlands at this annual fall festival!

Walk With a Doc

KentuckyOne Health is putting on Walk With a Doc on Saturday, October 8th at 10 a.m. Attendees can walk side-by-side with a certified doctor to learn about health topics. Visitors will also receive free health screenings and entries into giveaways as well.

FoxHollow Farm Fall Festival

Get into the spirit with the 9th annual FoxHollow Farm Fall Festival! The festival includes a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn maze, and much more! Admission is free and local businesses and food vendors will be ready to serve visitors as well.

Explore the Area: Louisville Museums and Galleries

Louisville museums and galleries
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Hop in your new Honda and explore the Louisville area. There are tons of art museums and galleries to visit in the area, a family friendly activity that’s enjoyable for everyone. You can learn about the culture and history of the Louisville area, as well as see some of the finest works of art in the country. Explore Louisville museums and galleries today.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

According to the Louisville website, one of the most popular attractions is the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. This place was first opened in 1981 as a nonprofit museum, with a mission to support excellence in the arts. The permanent collection includes works by Wendell Castle, Ebony Patterson, and Simone Leigh among others.

Frazier History Museum

The Frazier History Museum (pictured above) is also popular, located in downtown Louisville on Museum Row. As an affiliate of the Smithsonian, the museum has unique travelling displays you won’t find elsewhere. You can see a rifle once owned by George Washington, Teddy’s Roosevelt’s hunting equipment, and objects from Buffalo Bill and Jesse James.

Kentucky Science Center

Finally, explore the Kentucky Science Center. As the state’s largest hands-on science center, this place has features like an IMAX theater, interactive exhibits, educational programs, and more. You can see the famous pendulum in the lobby area, or visit the science-workshop in the Science Education Wing.

These are just some of the many museums and galleries in Louisville, KY. Others in include the Louisville Slugger Museum, Muhammad Ali Center, the Kentucky Opera, the Speed Art Museum, and more.

 

Summer Things to do in Louisville

Things to do in Louisville - Hardin County Honda
Load up the Honda and hit up any one of these fun events!

If you live in Louisville, you might say, “What’s left to do in this city?” The answer? Plenty! Don’t underestimate Louisville’s fun-potential. Here are some things to do in Louisville this summer.

Waterfront Wednesday – Once a month, Wednesdays

On the last Wednesday of every month, you’ll get to listen to Louisville tunes on the waterfront. Admission is always free and the gates open at 5 p.m. Food and drink are available!  

GreekFest – June 3rd – 4th, 2016

This GreekFest will offer you access to tons of Greek food, Greek pastries, ouzeria, Greek performances, raffle, face painting, and more! There’s free entrance and free parking.

2016 Lyndon Summer Festival – June 17th – 18th,  2016

This summer festival spans two days and will feature awesome food, musical acts, carnival rides, petting zoos, and more! There’s plenty for both adults and kids to enjoy.

Louisville Orchestra Waterfront 4thJuly 3rd, 2016

Celebrate 4th of July the right way – with fireworks! It’s free admission and there will be the Louisville Orchestra playing.

8th Annual Jane Austen Festival – July 15th – 17th

This festival is perfect for literary nerds. It’ll celebrate famous author Jane Austen and there will be speakers, everyone will be dressed in period clothing, and a four-course tea serving!

The Best Elizabethtown Greenbelt Trails to Explore

Elizabethtown Greenbelt Trails
Time to embrace the great outdoors!

Elizabethtown is one of the most beautiful towns in the entire state of Kentucky. Some of the most exciting places to explore that beauty are the various nature trails in Elizabethtown. The Elizabethtown Greenbelt Trails are at the top of that list! The following are some of the best Elizabethtown Greenbelt Trails to explore.

Freeman Lake Trail – Measuring 4.9 miles, the Freeman Lake Trail is easily the longest trail on our list! It is also one of the most beautiful, as it follows the banks of Freeman Lake in a circle.

Buffalo Lake Trail – If you also want to get a good view of Buffalo Lake, then this 2-mile trail is the perfects means to do so, offering some of the most spectacular views of the lake.

Jacob Vanmeter Trail and Arboretum – Originally built by a troop of local Boy Scouts in 1990, this short trail passes by some of the most beautiful trees in the Elizabethtown area.

Wintersmith Trail – Running through the heart of downtown Elizabethtown, this trail is the perfect mix of urban and natural surroundings.

Banam Shaw Trail– for those of you looking for a quick trail, we suggest the Banam Shaw Trail. It’s only one mile! This trail is also very popular for Geocachers. You might just find a surprise!

Start exploring the beauty of Elizabethtown along one of these trails!

Tips for New Drivers

2016 Honda Fit - Tips for new drivers
The 2016 Honda Fit is a great FIT for new drivers!

As you first learn to drive, it can be difficult to take it all in. While it’s good to focus on the basics, here are some tips for new drivers that you may have never heard…

Know the Stakes

It’s important to always remember how serious a game driving is. You’ll see people out on the road, and by the way they drive aggressively and without care, you can tell they’ve forgotten the stakes. While obsessing over the risk involved can be paralyzing, you should never forget. Do this and it will be much easier to avoid distractions and aggressive driving.

 

Assume You Are Mostly Invisible

This is advice usually given to motorcyclists but it works just as well if you are driving a car. The point is this: a lot of accidents are caused by people simply not seeing another vehicle. So in those situations, that vehicle was invisible to the offending driver. If you already assume that, you may be able to prevent these kinds of accidents.

 

Know How to Manage Stress

Driving can be stressful. The best way to manage stress on the road is to prevent it. One way to do that is to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Another way to prevent stress is to never engage another when they display road rage. You can also try to plan your day to avoid high traffic situations.

Lucky for you, Honda has some great new or used vehicles that are safe enough for new drivers. Stop by Hardin County Honda to test drive a few!

Welcome Louisville and Elizabethtown!

Welcome to the first blog post from Hardin County Honda. It will be the first of many! We will be posting here a couple times a month with the latest in Honda news. This means updates on the newest Honda models and redesigns, new technology, and car tips. We will also be posting about local events in the Elizabethtown and Louisville areas.

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!