Days Inn Berea
1029 Cooper Drive, Berea, Kentucky, 40403, United States
More about Berea
tools of th trade
me in one of my contra dresses
hand at Artisan Center
Travel Tips for Berea
love fall and spring here
The two best seasons for me in the Berea area are Fall and Spring. Late Fall brings the crisp, sunny-bright days and cool nights I find invigorating (better than the lazy days of summer). Springtime brings the bright colors of flowers in the yards and the smell of freshly turned sod in the farmfields.
Winters in Berea can be a good time to spend indoors, working on some craft. The days are generally partially sunny but the temperatures require a heavy overcoat. The evenings are good for a fire in the fireplace and an extra comforter on the bed.
(High-Low-Average for Dec 50°F 30°F 39°F, Jan 47°F 27°F 36°F, Feb 52°F 30°F 40°F, Mar 60°F 36°F 48°F)
The Spring in the area comes on quickly (usually late March) and rushes right into summer. There are torrential downpours in April but by the end of the month you get mostly sunny days and plenty of new flowers.
(High-Low-Average for Mar 60°F 36°F 48°F, Apr 70°F 45°F 58°F, May 77°F 53°F 65°F)
Summer starts out hot and just gets hotter. The occasion summer shower is a pleasant relief. By the end of August, many people are saying how they can't wait to go skiing in the winter.
(High-Low-Average for Jun 83°F 62°F 73°F, Jul 86°F 65°F 76°F, Aug 85°F 63°F 74°F)
When Fall rolls around, you can start to think of getting out in the woods and fields and doing some birding or taking late afternoon hikes in the cooler fresh air. Late Fall has some beautiful color changes in the foliage.
(High-Low-Average for Sep 80°F 56°F 68°F, Oct 70°F 44°F 57°F, Nov 59°F 37°F 47°F)
Berea International Festival
Artisans from around the world are invited to bring their arts and crafts to this May event in Berea.
The venues for the event activities are:
Russel Acton Folk Center, 212 Jefferson Street.
College Square, Main Street/Short Street.
Berea Welcome Center, North Broadway.
Berea College Campus.
Venues all are accessible from route 25 that runs through Berea.
There will be displays of all the major contributors; instructional classes on the basics of each art form; lectures by the artisans themselves to explain their individual techniques and contributions to the arts.
Food vendors are available at each location and booths for purchasing examples of the artisans works also.
Entertainment will be at some of the sites (depending on availablity of a stage or arena) and will include ethnic dances and songs as well as solos on ethnic instruments.
The event lasts four days and is free entrance. Parking may be a problem and also be prepared for some traffic jams along the narrow parts of route 25. You should call ahead for a list of the scheduled events and advise on where to park.
Berea, KY.... Folk Craft Capital
I did not know that there was a school to learn weaving, tatting, herb lore, knitting and crocheting.... much less a college where adults spend years doing this. I always thought that was learned from grandma to mother to daughter (or the male equivalents).
Berea is based wholly on the preservation and continuation of the best folk arts and crafts that Kentucky has to offer. The college has a good academic curriculum but includes strong emphasis on folk crafts, service to Appalachia and volunteer labor program for the community.
(See http://www.berea.edu/academics/majorsminors.asp for the college programs).
The stores in the town all sell items made by college students and local craftspersons.
See http://www.berea.com/shopping.htm for all the artsy-craftsy shops.
A good city guide for Berea is:
10000 people (not counting student transients) of English-German-Irish descent in 4000 households. Household income is $31000
ZIPCODE 40403 and 40404 is Berea in Madison County
Area Code is 606
Ky_Happy_Dad's new Berea Page
I often take visiting family to Berea because it is easily accessible and a great place to look at quality hand made crafts and eat at the Boone Tavern, a quintessential place to dine on traditional Kentucky food. Berea is located south of Richmond just off the interstate highway between Lexington and Knoxville.
Rocks at the Terrace
My friend lives at a nursing home in Berea called "The Terrace." When it's warm outside I roll her out in the courtyard and we take in some sun. For decoration, different artists have painted large (and small) rocks like animals and you can find them laying around. I thought they would make a nice addition to my Berea pages.