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Boone Tavern Berea KY - Historic Hotel and Restaurant

Boone Tavern Berea KY - Historic Hotel and Restaurant

Historic Boone Tavern in Berea KY is celebrating 100 years as legendary  Southern hotel and restaurant. Established in 1909 after Eleanor Frost, wife of the Berea College president insisted that they build a guest house that has welcomed thousands of guests over the years.

In 2009 a multi-million dollar renovation has been completed to update the hotel and restaurant. Boone Tavern is now Kentucky's first LEED certified "Green" hotel.


Boone Tavern Berea KY - Historic Hotel and Restaurant by Lizette FitzpatrickGuest room furniture and tiled mirrors have been hancrafted by Berea College woodcarvers to upgrade the historic ambiance of the hotel and restaurant

Boone Tavern Berea KY - Historic Hotel and Restaurant






Remodeling upgrades also include:

  • Energy efficient water, heating and cooling.
  • 63 Guest rooms have flat screen TVs, high speed and wireless Internet,phones w/ voice over IP.
  • Improved sound proofing and insulation
  • Elegant new hotel lobby
  • State-of-the-art kitchen with upgraded dining room restaurant can cater a private party of 160 guests
  • Covered guest entrance
  • Meeting rooms for up to 75 people w/ the latest audio visual equipment
  • New landscaping and a guest walkway
  • Certified Kentucky Proud restaurant - Berea College Farm and local farmers provide fresh and healthy foodBoone Tavern Berea KY - Historic Hotel and Restaurant


Everyone is going GREEN these days. What does the LEED Certification mean? Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by US Green Building Council. How does Boone Tavern practice conservation in Berea KY?

  • A recycling program for waste products like paper, plastic & aluminum
  • Berea College Farm composts restaurant waste
  • Reusable linen and towel program
  • Hotel provided bicycles
  • Natural products for guest toiletries
  • Boone Tavern Hotel and restaurant are cleaned with only "green" cleaning products
  • Educational "Green Tours" offered for guests to learn how Boone Tavern puts all the practices into it's daily operation.

Boone Tavern Berea KY - Historic Hotel and Restaurant


In the famous restaurant, some of the legendary Boone Tavern recipes include Spoonbread, Chicken flakes in a bird's Nest, and Pork Chops the Tricky Way!

All dishes are prepared using the freshest locally grown Kentucky products.


Boone Tavern Berea KY - Historic Hotel and Restaurant




Walk to the local arts and craft stores on the streets surrounding Boone Tavern.

Artists demonstrate the art of blown glass, jewelry, woodworking and pottery daily.



Boone Tavern Berea KY - Historic Hotel and Restaurant

Boone Tavern is located at 100 Main Street, Berea KY 40403.

Call 1-800-366-9358 for reservations or information.


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Boone Tavern Berea KY - Historic Hotel and Restaurant

Comment balloon 8 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • August 01 2009 09:46PM


That's a lot of work.  I felt worn out just reading through all of the upgrades.  It's good to see people taking thee time to preserve the old while incorporating the new.  BTW, Pork Chops the Tricky Way sounds tempting.  I'd definitely have to check this out.

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) almost 10 years ago

Erik - I was kind of shocked after I walked inside the lobby to take pictures. I remember Boone Tavern from the old days. It was sparkling and very uptown. Amazing what they have done here. I'd like to try those pork chops.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 10 years ago

There spoon bread is amazing. It has been a L O N G time since I went there.


Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 10 years ago

Lizette - when I lived in the area I always thought this was a pretty good place, although I found it just a bit strange that a tavern in a dry town can't serve spirits with the meal.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) almost 10 years ago

Lizette, What a beautiful historic hotel.  Awesome job to add to your collection of blogs...  Looks like that was a lot of work. 

Posted by June Tassillo, Let me help you with the next phase of your life! (Owner/Broker RE/MAX Elite Realty) almost 10 years ago

Lizette - This looks like a wonderful place to stay. Very cozy.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 almost 10 years ago


It does look wonderful....

Thanks for sharing,


Posted by Ann Hayden, (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri) almost 10 years ago

Missy - You are RIGHT! The spoonbread is probably what Boone Tavernis most famous for. Yummy stuff! Now there is a Spoonbread Festival in Berea KY.

Mike - It always gets voted out. I wish it would happen so the restaurants could flourish and people wouldn't have to go out of town for dinner.

Hi June! It actually was a lot of fun to write. I loved taking the pictures. Berea KY was where I was born so it has a place in my heart.

John - It's exactly that kind of place. Time moves a little slower in Boone Tavern. But that's a good thing.

Ann - It was a pleasure to study and write about this one. Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 10 years ago

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