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Enjoy the Charm of the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

November 27, 2013 by

Boon Tavern and Hotel

The Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant in Berea, Kentucky has had the distinction of providing guests with the best of southern hospitality for more than a century. It’s located in a small town known as the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky, and is home to Berea College, as well as many artists, craftsmen, and culinary experts.

Visiting this inn is described as “blue grass of Kentucky meets the rolling hills of Appalachia.” This historic building was built using bricks manufactured by students in the Berea College brickyard under the direction of the college’s woodwork department.

“The Tavern” part of the name is derived from the historic definition that refers to a public inn, not a drinking establishment.

Construction was completed in 1909 at a cost of $20,000. It was named after Appalachian hero Daniel Boone and has housed historical guests including the Dalai Lama, Henry Ford, President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Robert Frost.

Boon Tavern


Boone Tavern Hotel’s rooms are available in different sizes with a variety of arrangements with something for everyone. Each room is equipped with Boon Tavern signature robes and slippers for your ultimate comfort and relaxation, too.

  • Executive Suite: King-size bed, handcrafted wooden furnishings, Jacuzzi tub and separate shower
  • Junior Suite: King-size bed and handcrafted wooden furnishings
  • King Rooms: King-size bed, handcrafted wooden furnishings
  • Double Rooms: Two double beds, handcrafted wooden furnishings
  • Queen Rooms: Queen-size bed, handcrafted wooden furnishings
  • Scholarly Full Rooms: Double bed, handcrafted wooden furnishings

Boon Tavern Restaurant

Boon Tavern Dining

The Boone Tavern Dining Room offers cuisine that celebrates Kentucky tradition through pioneering dishes and Southern favorites. The Executive Chef, Jeffrey Newman, studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, but he is a native of Lexington.

He uses his expertise to deliver a farm-to-table fresh approach and offers historical favorites like “Chicken Flakes in a Bird’s Nest” and world-famous “Spoonbread,” with many of the ingredients provided by the Berea College farm.

The Boon Tavern Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations are required for groups and are recommended for evening meals. Attire for evening meals is “tastefully casual.”

Photo credits: wikipedia, Boontavernhotel

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