Churchill Downs & Lodging

Grandstands and twin spires at Churchill Downs (source).

Churchill Downs

is a thoroughbred horse racetrack, famous for hosting the annual Kentucky Derby, and intermittently hosting other horse races including the Kentucky Oaks, Breeder’s Cup, Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, Stephen Foster Handicap, and the Clark Handicap. More recently they have begun hosting races at night.

Churchill Downs contains the Kentucky Derby Museum, normally open year round. The museum has a number of exhibits on the history of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs, including on the training and racing of thoroughbred horses. It also has a unique 360-degree movie theater showing a short film entitled, “The Greatest Race,” a brief documentary on the Kentucky Derby.

It’s interesting to note that Churchill Downs, like Azalea Manor Bed & Breakfast (listed as "Crawford-Whitehead-Ross House") and much of Madison Historic District, is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Check out the National Park Service’s "Discover Our Shared Heritage," Azalea Manor on the Travel Itinerary for Madison Indiana.


Sources: Thunder over Louisville. / The Great Balloon Race
at the Kentucky Derby Festival, by Michael Baker.

Kentucky Derby

is an annual festival in Louisville during the two weeks before the day of the Kentucky Derby (first Saturday in May). The festival is Kentucky’s largest single annual event includes:

Thunder Over Louisville (largest annual
      fireworks display in North America
Great Balloon Race;
Great Steamboat Race
     (featuring the Belle of Louisville);
Pegasus Parade
     (one of the largest parades in the U.S.); and
• Derby Festival Marathon & mini Marathon.
• Derby Festival Basketball Classic


Bed &

Consider staying at Azalea Manor Bed & Breakfast, and visiting churchill Downs during the day time. This will provide a peaceful, quiet sanctuary away from all the noise and those intending to party into the night and an elegant delicious hot breakfast when you wake in the morning.

Imagine, after a long day of in the midst of noise of large crowds, retiring for the evening in the calm peace of Madison Indiana.

Check out rooms & rates, discount packages, our picture gallery, and scientific evidence of satisfied customers!


Sleep in luxury

Picture of Victorean Room at Azalea Manor Bed and Breakfast


Directions to
Churchill Downs
from Azalea Manor
Bed & Breakfast

The road trip is about 53 miles or about 1 hour. But if you're passing this way, you’re already making that trip anyway.

You are to welcome come and give us a stay.

races, churchill downs, after dark, apr 30, jun 18, jul 2, sep 24

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