I was given the opportunity to stay at the Pinnacle View Inn in Berea, Kentucky not long after my son passed away. The kind and gracious host, Ira Bates, had never met me but found me through Facebook and heard about our troubles and offered me a respite from the hardships that I was facing. I won’t forget his generosity. However, this IS a review about the Inn itself…
The Inn is “green” and utilizes all of the available technology to make sure that it is sustainable and eco-friendly, from the way that they bricks are positioned to the way that the food is cooked. It’s a beautiful place set in a gorgeous location with great attention focused on the details.
From the front porch, one gets a fabulous view of the Appalachian foothills and this is intentional. From the back deck, there is a nice, quiet view of the woods. I like both views myself.
The rooms are very spacious and luxurious and the bedding top notch. No hotel sheets or mattresses here-Ira goes ll out to ensure that you get a great night’s sleep. The bathrooms are huge with tubs that you could swim in.
In the morning, you are met with a breakfast of your choice and he even wears a chef’s hat to make you feel as though you are dining in a fine establishment. I had an omelet one morning and French toast the next and both were delicious and made to order. There’s also a coffeemaker in the room with gourmet coffee on hand.
Although it’s an inn, it’s also Ira’s home and therefore feels like a home when you step inside. This may or may not please people, depending on what type of experience you wish to have. I am sometimes a little cautious about staying in B&Bs because I never really like feeling like a guest in somebody’s house (not that I like to run around naked or anything but I never really know what to do) but this place is cozy and comfortable.
There aren’t any TVs in the rooms, but there is a huge bookshelf that I full of books that you can read.
Berea is about a 10 minute drive away or you can go on into Richmond, a bit bigger, and be there in about 20 minutes. We ordered pizza one night and ate it at the bar because there really aren’t any restaurants nearby.
All in all, a very tranquil place to visit. Impeccably decorated, stylish, and eclectic-just like the owner himself.
From the website: “For leisure time, satellite television, stereo music, a baby grand piano, plus a library of books and magazines invite your interests.
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Internet Access for your PC
Heated and Air Conditioned Bath Houses
Walking Distance to Grocery Store
Recreational Barn Offered to RV Clubs of 15 or More Units at NO Extra Charge.
Big Rig Friendly
20, 30, & 50 AMP Service Available.
Sewer Sites Available.
Many Discount Clubs Accepted
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