The Schoolhouse Inn is one of my favorite places to stay in Kentucky. I have stayed here twice and both times were memorable. This is an example of a great way to recycle some of the old school buildings in the area. Although tourism is still undefined in the region, the Inn is off to a great start. The classrooms have all been converted into large hotel rooms full of comfortable beds and furniture and tastefully decorated. Some of the rooms have the traditional hardwood floors and resemble log cabins while other rooms have plush carpeting, large sitting areas, and more space in general. Despite the fact that it was once a school, the building is quiet and noise level is kept to a minimum by the good insulation.
Unique Quality: There is a restaurant on site. While I haven’t had any meal there other than breakfast, their breakfast is very good. It’s the usual Appalachian fare-eggs, grits, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, etc. Very hearty and I have never left hungry. The grounds surrounding the Inn are beautiful and you’re close enough to walk to the Coal Mining Museum. The old mine that is open for tours is just a short drive down the road. If you’re taking a trip through the mountains and plan on visiting Kingdom Come State Park then by all means stay here-you won’t regret it.
100 Central Avenue, Benham