Postcard From The Kentucky Derby

Louisville, KY

Meredith Casey is an Account Supervisor with the Washington, DC, office of Fleishman-Hillard, an international communications firm. Meredith attended the Kentucky Derby for the first time with her parents and boyfriend this May.

I went here to: Experience the Derby spectacle for the first time, especially all the women in their hats (and the races, of course!)

The best way to travel here is: By plane ... and valet parking at Churchill Downs.

When it comes to packing, be sure to bring: Ladies will definitely need sundresses with statement hats. Guys wear colorful blazers and patterned ties.

The best thing I ate was: Red velvet pancakes at The Village Anchor.

I wish I hadn't: Forgotten to bring flats to change into after a long race day in high heels.

Don't miss: The Derby mint juleps.

Next time I will definitely: Wear a fascinator hat!

My favorite part of the trip was: Feeling the excitement of the crowd and watching the most exciting 2 minutes in sports.

My advice would be: Go to the Kentucky Oaks races on Friday and learn the words to "My Old Kentucky Home."