Some activities are as close as
the front lobby. Enjoy a game of skittles (Berea made, of course!)
or shop in Boone Tavern’s Gift Shop. Other shopping is
just outside the doors of Boone Tavern on College Square where
you’ll find an amazing array of arts and crafts studios,
galleries, and shops.
The historic community of Berea, situated where the rolling
bluegrass horse farms of Central Kentucky meet the Appalachian
foothills of eastern Kentucky, is a favorite travel destination.
In addition to fine dining and quaint accommodations at Boone
Tavern, there are a number of appealing activities in the area:
Berea has a strong tourism and welcome center. The community
has been featured by many national magazines, such as Southern
Living, which named Berea a "Favorite Southern Small
Town." Travelers from all around the world come to Berea.
designated as the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky
state legislature, is the site of the Kentucky Artisans'
Center which showcases fine Kentucky-made crafts of
A host of artisans and craftspersons who demonstrate
their skills in shops, studios, and galleries throughout
Musical and outdoor activities abound.
For example, Renfro Valley, a musical venue just south
of Berea's city limits,
features performances by nationally recognized country music stars.
than 7,700 acres of near-by forest land, owned by Berea
College, have developed hiking trails open
to the public. The woodlands are especially beautiful with spring blooms
color. Berea is readily accessible by car,
situated between two local exits on Interstate-75.
Folk dancing (English,
Appalachian and Contra) is available on most Friday evenings
on the Berea College
campus. Folk Dancing, (Contra dancing) featuring regional and national callers
and musicians each month, is also available just a few
from Boone Tavern at the Acton Folk
Center in Berea.
Historic Berea College, the first interracial
and coeducational college in the south (pre-Civil War),
offers many activities for Boone Tavern guests. Student-led tours of its
historic campus buildings and student craft industries, which
broomcraft, pottery, ironwork,
weaving, and woodcraft, including furniture and gift items,
are available at the Visitors
on College Square. An Appalachian
gallery showcases regional arts and culture. The College
also is the site of the Dimitrie
Berea Art Gallery containing a
fabulous collection of artworks
by this Romanian-born painter.
Other campus art galleries include traveling exhibitions
and the College's Masterworks
showcasing artworks from the College's
permanent collection featuring a host of international and American artists
such as Gilbert
Stuart, Whistler, Rembrandt, among
others. Berea College hosts many concerts, recitals, carillon performances,
convocations, and plays that are
open to the public, most at no charge.
Berea is a key stop
along the Kentucky Scenic Byways and also is the beginning
terminus for the
Kentucky Country Music Highway.
Berea is near other central Kentucky points
of interest, making Boone Tavern an ideal base
for visiting destinations such as Shakertown (the Shaker Village at Pleasant
Hill, Ky.) the bluegrass
thoroughbred horse farms
of Lexington, Ky., and state resort parks such as Cumberland
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