Louisville: Mixing business and bourbon with Hint Water's Goldin

Tue Apr 7, 2015 8:53am EDT
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By Rachel Sklar

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hint Water founder and CEO Kara Goldin is on a quest to rid the beverage industry of sugary, unhealthy drinks.

Based in San Francisco's Bay Area, Goldin is just as passionate about seeing the cities she visits on her job to promote her company's fruit-infused water, from beyond a conference room window.

"Understanding the food in the city, the music, and overall what makes those cities special is what I always block a little time out to do," says Goldin.

Her latest favorite: Louisville, Kentucky, where Hint's e-commerce fulfillment center is located. "I love the south – the people, the food, the history and the drinks!" says Goldin.

Her tips, gleaned from her most recent visits, are below.

Sleep: Goldin swears by the 21c Museum Hotel (700 West Main St.): "It's a first-class, boutique luxury hotel with a thought-provoking in-house modern art museum that doesn't take itself too seriously, scattered throughout all floors. And right next to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory (800 West Main St.), which is a must-see."

You check in. Now what? "Stroll along the Ohio River to reach the Belle of Louisville steamboat (401 West River Rd.) where Travis Vasconcelos plays the calliope. Just seeing the buildings and architecture in this great little city are eye-opening. The buildings almost speak to you."

Power breakfast: Room Service at 21c. "Best French Toast, ever!"   Continued...

May 3, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; A view of a tray of mint juleps for sale by a vendor before the 2014 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports