The Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant

August 17, 2018
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

Hey, y’all! If you’re looking for a place to stay in Berea, Kentucky – or are looking for an overnight road trip – look no further than The Historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant. Nestled in the midst of an artistic, Appalachian community, the southern hospitality, food, and property are true embodiments of Kentucky culture.

This post is in partnership with Berea Tourism and the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant. Thank you all for supporting those that make JCP Eats possible. All opinions expressed are my own.

This post was updated November 2021.

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

The History of The Historic Boone Tavern Hotel

I love the history of the property. To quote, “A historic Berea hotel, Boone Tavern was built in 1909 at the suggestion of Nellie Frost, the wife of the College president, William G. Frost. As the reputation of Berea College grew, so did the number of guests that Mrs. Frost received, reaching a total of 300 guests in one summer. Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant– named for Appalachian hero Daniel Boone – has been hosting visitors of Berea, Kentucky, ever since, including the Dalai Lama, Henry Ford, President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and Robert Frost.

Construction of Boone Tavern began in 1909 based on designs by the New York architectural firm of Cady & See at a cost of $20,000. The building, made of bricks manufactured by students in the College’s brickyard, was constructed by the College’s Woodwork Department. The “Tavern” portion of the name is derived from the historic definition that refers to a public inn for travelers rather than the modern definition related to the sale of alcohol.

Built at a prominent location on the College Square in the heart of Berea where the old Dixie Highway intersected with the campus, Boone Tavern is one of the most famous Kentucky hotels.”

The Property

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Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

With 63 guest rooms, guests have ample options to stay at a property chock-full of history. Boone Tavern is a member of the Historic Hotels of America; furthermore, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

The decor of the hotel is just stunning. Elegant, enduring, and southern to the greatest extent of the word.

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

When you stay at a property like Boone Tavern, you realize that all details – even the small ones – are thought about. One of my favorite parts of the experience is that you use an actual key to enter your room. However small, I love the thoughtfulness.

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

My room was gorgeous. Large and comfortable – it felt like home.

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant
bathroom suite

The Food

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Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

Fried deviled eggs – yes, you read that correctly.

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

Fried green tomato salad

peach, ricotta, tomato salad

The highlight of my meal: local tomatoes, sweet peaches, and the most magical, creamy ricotta. Delicious!

kentucky trout

Bass — a Kentucky classic.

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

A signature of the restaurant: Chicken Flakes In a Bird’s Nest.

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant

And, of course, bread pudding!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,

JC

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