Luxury Ideas For A Kentucky Derby 2024 Trip

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Finally, it is that time of the year when we start to prepare for the biggest spectacle in the horse racing industry – The Kentucky Derby in Louisville, USA. And this year, it’s not going to be an ordinary event. This year is the 150th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby, which is a special milestone that will be highlighted with many special events.

The Kentucky Derby has always been a prestigious horse racing event. We see most celebrities visiting Churchill Downs, the fashion is out of this world, and the whole event is wrapped in a luxurious coat that will make you feel like a million dollars.

So, how can you organize a luxury Kentucky Derby trip that touches on the best hot spots in town and what should you consider when going to the Kentucky Derby? Let’s find out.

Before The Event Parties

Most people don’t know that even though the Kentucky Derby lasts for about 2 minutes, the whole town is packed with spectators a few days before and after the event. This means that there are special warm-up parties that you must attend in order to get into the true spirit of the derby.

The Fillies & Lilies Party ($599), Barnstable Brown Gala ($1595), Derby Rockin’ Eve, Unbridled Eve, and the Winner’s Party are some of the social gatherings that you should consider attending. After all, you’ll be able to meet high-class people and do some networking.

But as you can see, the tickets for these events are quite expensive. So, if you are on a budget, choose one event that looks the best for you.

Since we are talking about parties, this means that you need to think about fashion. But getting one outfit for the derby day isn’t enough. You need multiple outfits in order to attend each party in style.


Choosing the best place to stay on your luxurious trip to Kentucky is really important. Fortunately, there are plenty of luxurious places scattered around Louisville! Our special recommendation goes to the Brown Hotel to the Courtyard by Marriott Louisville Airport.

Brown Hotel, Louisville, USA
Brown Hotel, Louisville, USA

It’s really important to make reservations early. The Kentucky Derby attracts more than 150.000 spectators every year, and the town is packed with tourists. This means that you cannot expect to find a place without a reservation.

Choose The Perfect Luxury Seats for the Action

Now it’s time for the most exciting 2 minutes in sports. But choosing a seat on the track is also a thing to consider.

Even though most seats provide a decent view of the action, some come with luxury elements like dining options, private betting areas, and of course, you’ll be surrounded by high-class individuals. Before going to the races, sign up for a racebook and place bets with your friends, which always spices the trip. Check out here how to do it:

If you are looking for the best seat at Churchill Downs, you should consider Millionaires Row or the Starting Gate Suite. Both of these offer unparalleled views of the track and all-inclusive luxuries.

However, make sure you have the money to spare since these seats are quite costly. In fact, getting a seat at the Millionaires Row will cost you around $10,000 for two seats!

Luxury has its price, right?

But wait—there’s more! Aside from the adrenaline-pumping excitement on the track, the Derby provides a choice of luxury pleasures.

Super rich experiencing Kentucky Derby
Super rich experiencing Kentucky Derby

The Derby is both a spectacle and a sensory feast, with special behind-the-scenes stable visits, gastronomic pleasures, and rare spirits. And let’s not forget about fashion… With style concierge services at your disposal, you’ll be turning heads quicker than racehorses completing the last bend.

After The Event

Make sure to leave a day or two after the event just to check out some local tourist attractions. From special bourbon tours to incredible scenery perfect for some Instagram pics, you’ll have a blast.

You can also go to the Kentucky Derby Museum to witness some history of the sport and find out why it is the most popular race in the world.

Dress Code

Since we are talking about a luxurious trip, packing the perfect outfit is really important. The Kentucky Derby pays close attention to fashion. Even though the event doesn’t have a strict dress code, you wouldn’t want to get strange looks from people for being underdressed.

Try to think about class and elegance. For women, a dress with some interesting pattern (possibly flowers) will get the job done. And for men getting a comfortable suit and a shirt is the right way to go.

However, don’t forget about comfort. The Kentucky Derby lasts 2 minutes, but the whole day is reserved for all kinds of activities and you’ll be on your feet for 5-10 hours. So, make sure you get comfortable shoes that still look stylish.

Final Words

Louisville isn’t a place that is defined by luxury, but thanks to the Kentucky Derby, the place transforms into the most luxurious spot in the world. So, make sure to follow the tips we mentioned and bring some cash, since these luxurious trips are quite costly.

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