Wine and Pumpkins

Over the weekend, a few of my friends and I celebrated our October girl’s night with an evening of wine and pumpkins. Part of our night also involved waiting in line longer than any of us have for anything, with the exception of Wimbledon tickets.  Today I wanted to share our wonderful experience at LouVino in Louisville, Kentucky and a peak at over 5,000 Jack-o-lanterns. Each October, our girl’s event is celebrated around the Halloween theme. In the past we have gone on ghost tours of downtown Lexington and a local bourbon distillery as well as zombie paintball. This year we decided to attend the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular held at Iroquois Park in Louisville. As all great events do, we started with dinner. We chose Louvino in The Highlands section of Louisville and we certainly plan to return. wine-flight-from-louvino Specializing in small plates, Louvino has an extensive wine, bourbon and beer menu. Wines flights are named after famous Kentuckians and I chose the Jennifer Lawrence, described as well rounded, bubbly and beautiful. It included wine from France, Spain and Italy and was as described.  Other wine flights included the Diane Sawyer, George Clooney and Johnny Depp. As wonderful as the wine flights are, the food is the star. Plates are meant to be shared and we began with the warm brussel sprouts salad that each of us continue to dream about. brussels-sprouts-from-louvino This dish is absolutely one of the best dishes any of us have ever tasted. Our hope is to attempt to replicate but I question if that is possible. Additional plates included the local roasted pepper and asparagus risotto with goat cheddar and grilled skirt steak with truffle parmesan fries. A friend also had bacon wrapped dates and the marinated steak with the jalapeno hoe cakes. img_7863 skirt-steak-from-louvino Of course we couldn’t pass up dessert. We we chose the bourbon chocolate beignets (one for each of us) and a dessert wine flight. This is another must have from LouVino!! chocolate-beignets-from-louvino After diner, we made our way to Iroquois Park and the Louisville Jackolantern Spectacular. This event began on October 13 and runs through November 6 and includes 5,000 carved pumpkins lining a 1/4 mile trail. As this was our first time, we had no idea how popular this attraction would be. We arrived at 8;30 to discover that the ticket line had been closed for the night (fortunately we had ordered our ticket online) and that the wait was estimated to be about 2 and a half hours. We debated on if we should stay but the line kept moving and we thought the wait wouldn’t be as predicted. We were wrong. By the time we followed the line down the sidewalk, through the amphitheater and weaved through more lines, we had been waiting for THREE hours. Yes, that is correct, we waited in line for three hours to see glowing pumpkins. Thankfully, the weather was not too cold and we were able to enjoy some hot adult beverages. I kept thinking that this event wasn’t going to be worth it. However, as we entered the trail, the glow was mesmerizing.   louisvilles-jack-o-lantern The jack o lanterns were everywhere, in every shape and every size. In many ways it was hard to take everything in. cubs-jack-o-lantern hocus-focus-jackolantern jack-o-lanterns This next photo shows the pumpkins hanging from the trees. It was difficult to get a great photo with my phone.   trees-of-jack-o-lanterns cat-jack-o-lantern The Jackolantern Spectacular benefits the Louisville Park Foundation and is truly a work of art. Tickets are $15 for weekend admission and I highly suggest purchasing online. I am still shocked at the amount of people going through. Although I typically do not have issues with crowds, there were a few moments that I felt overwhelmed once we entered the trail. As the trail continued, the crowds began to even out. This was certainly an adventure and one that I am glad we did. If we return to the Jack o Lantern Spectacular, I would go through the week to hopefully avoid the long lines. 

Would you have waited in line three hours? What have you waited in line to see? 

Sheryl (5)



  1. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. on October 28, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Wow, what a fun event! It is kinda hard to tell from the photo, but it looks like it’d be a lot of fun!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on October 30, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      Sadly, due to the number of people on the trail – it was impossible to get a complete photo without individuals in it. Nonetheless, it was a lot of fun.

  2. Living on Cloud Nine on October 28, 2016 at 6:57 am

    LOVE that you had an evening of wine and pumpkins!!!! What a ball!! Think of you every Monday when we watch DWTS, I’m happy with how the season is going! How bout you!! Happy weekend gorgeous!!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on October 30, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      I think of you every Monday too! I’m not sure who I am even wanting to win right now… I’m just glad a few people are gone (if you know what I mean).

  3. Shelly on October 28, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Everything looks divine, but those steak fries…I WANT NOW. I’m also jealous of all the wine. I’m still waiting for Apollo to wean so I can have more than one glass. Like, I want the whole bottle. 🙂

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on October 30, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Oh girl, you let me know when you need that whole bottle and I will send you one – and then you can start a collection!! I’m a sucker for good fries! They were great.

  4. Alex on October 28, 2016 at 8:26 am

    All of the dishes look amazing! I LOVE small dishes (and wine) 🙂

  5. Katie Arnold on October 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Those pumpkins are so cool!

  6. Bourbon & Lipstick on October 28, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    I got the Daisy Buchanan last time we were at LouVino! And girl yes to that salad. Jason didn’t even care much for Brussels sprouts before but now he asks me to try to make that dish at least once a week! We almost went to the spectacular this week but you scared me with your 3 hours in line. We are both too impatient!

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on October 30, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      I’m so going to try to replicate the salad…. if I lived in Louisville, I would be there often. Love Love Love the wine flights. It looked like last week (during the week) that the wait was only 30 minutes. I’m sure it was insane this weekend.

  7. Amanda on October 28, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    How fun does that evening sound?!? But three hours? Girl, no! At least you had good company and drinks 🙂

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on October 30, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      The company of friends was truly the most important thing here. The pumpkins was just a great side diversion.

  8. Sarah Bell on October 29, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Sounds like a fun night out – however, waiting in line for 3 hours is a bummer! The pumpkins look amazing though!!!

    Sarah Bell

    • Sheryl @ How to Make a Life on October 30, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      I have to say the site of the pumpkins was AMAZING – I’m still questioning if it was sane to wait for three hours!! Thanks for stopping by.

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