Discovering New Mysteries

4th International Mystery Writers' Festival Coming in 2012

Monday, June 11th through Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Discovering New Mysteries - International Mystery Writers' Festival

Travel and Lodging

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Travis Estes
Director of Sales & Marketing
Owensboro, KY
Phone: 270-687-2770


Owensboro, Kentucky rests along the beautiful banks of the Ohio River. The mystery festival headquarters in majestic RiverPark Center is positioned perfectly to view a fantastic summer sunset over the calm, flowing water.

Nestled between Louisville, KY and Evansville, IN, and just a few hours north of Nashville, TN, Owensboro is located within a day’s drive of more than half of the United States population. Owensboro is easily accessed by major airlines or by driving along I-64, I-24, or I-65 using the Audubon and Natcher Parkways.

Visit the Owensboro-Daviess County Tourism Commission webpage and the Chamber of Commerce webpage for more information.

Click here to find the RiverPark Center in Google Maps

Driving Directions

From Highway 161:

Turn right at light at foot of bridge (3rd St). Go one block to Daviess St. Turn right toward 2nd Street.

From Highway 60 East:

Continue on Highway 60 (which becomes 2nd Street) to Daviess Street. Turn Right.

From Audubon Parkway:

Exit left (Owensboro exit) onto US 60 by-pass. Turn right at end of by-pass onto Highway 60 W (4th Street). Follow 4th Street to Daviess Street and turn left to 2nd Street.


Public parking is available in the garage located across Daviess Street from RiverPark Center. All-day parking passes for the garage may be purchased through the RiverPark Center for $5.00 per day. These passes will be available during the event only and may not be purchased ahead of time.

Otherwise, limited 2-hour parking is available in the garage and along the downtown streets.


Owensboro Regional Airport (OWB) offers flights from Orlando/Sanford Fl & Las Vegas to Owensboro, KY through Allegiant Air.

Evansville Regional Airport (EVV) offers 60 daily flights with major carries including American Eagle, Delta Connection and Northwest Airlink. Evansville Regional Airport is approximately 45 minutes from Owensboro.

Louisville International Airport (SDF) offers nonstop service to 25 destinations and same-plane service to an additional 24 cities in 23 states plus Canada, the Bahamas and the District of Columbia. Louisville’s airport is 90-minutes from Owensboro.

Nashville International Airport (BNA) has 15 major airlines offering approximately 400 daily flights to 89 markets (49 non-stop). Nashville is approximately a 2-hour drive from Owensboro.


Special rates apply at marked hotels

Ramada Inn - Host Hotel
Indoor swimming pool, free Hot Breakfast & a cocktail, free high speed wireless internet access, 24 hour fitness and business center.

Courtyard Marriott - Courtyard by Marriott
3120 Highland Pointe Drive Owensboro KY 42303 270-685-4140

Hampton Inn (Special rate for the IMWF guests, click for more details)
(approximately 4 miles away)
Outdoor swimming pool, complimentary breakfast, in-room movies, Health Club privileges, coffee makers.

Best Western - Lewisport
(approximately 20 miles away)
Swimming pool, complimentary Continental Breakfast, free wireless internet, jacuzzi rooms and suites.

Comfort Suites
(approximately 4 miles away)
Indoor pool, guest laundry, refrigerators, microwaves, and hair dryers. Enjoy a Deluxe breakfast bar. High-speed internet, exercise room, children under 18 stay free.

Fairfield Inn
Indoor swimming pool, free wireless internet, business center, complimentary breakfast.

Holiday Inn Express
(approximately 5 miles)
Outdoor swimming pool, free breakfast, business center and fitness center.

Mount St. Joseph Retreat Center
270-229-0200 (or 270-929-5101 on weekends)
A beautiful 15-minute drive from the festival activities in the western part of the county, Mt. St. Joseph Retreat Center offers 720 acres, walking trails, a lakeside reflection area, and very comfortable, all non-smoking rooms.  Please note that this is a complete retreat and reflection center. The guest rooms do not have televisions or phones.

Sleep Inn
(approximately 4 miles away)
Indoor pool, exercise room, spa, deluxe complimentary breakfast, fresh-baked cookies. Pets allowed.

Super 8 Motel
Free Continental Breakfast, in-room movie system, microwave/refrigerators, hairdryers, iron/board.

For more hotel/lodging information, contact the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau
(800) 489-1131