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  • Berea Churchill Weavers

    This place is completely unimpressive from the outside. But once you go in, it is one of those places where the insides seem bigger than the outside. As the name implies, it is everything having to do with weaving. You enter through the gift shop/store where you can buy handwoven anything (see their online catalogue.... you can't believe what they...

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  • Churchill Weavers

    Churchill Weavers is nationally renowned as America's Oldest and Largest Handweaver. It has been in operation since 1922. The Loomhouse, Gallery, and Outlet Room are open the the public and free self-guided tours are available.Frankly we had heard so much about Churchill Weavers that we expected it to be larger than it is, but I suppose that by...

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  • Artisans Center

    It's basically a tourism information office with a huge gift shop and restaurant. If you like well made crafts, this is the place. The restaurant serves local dishes, i.e., the Deep Brown or was it Big Brown. Layer of bread, meat, cheese, bacon, tomato. It's about 2 inches thick. Definitely a fork, not a sandwich.

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  • College Square

    It appears to be in the middle of Berea College, there is the Boone Tavern, and some craft shops. This appears to be an older area than Old Town and it offers additional crafts shops, a few studios and restaurants.

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  • Kentucky Artisan Center

    This place is a classroom, an exhibit, a rendevous for artists, a store, a museum, all rolled into one. Artisans working in wood, metal, paint, fabric, pottery; artists working with local musical instruments and songs; supporters who encourage the continuence of the heritage that Kentucky has given to the arts; tourists interested in finding that...

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  • Beautiful art and folkart

    The Kentucky Artisan Center features everything from art glass blown by local professors to spoonbread recipes and cast-iron pans. The building is beautiful inside and out, and it has a great cafe that's actually pretty affordable. I recommend the red velvet cake. All the art work is for sale, but it's displayed more in a gallery-like setting, and...

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  • L & N Depot- Tourism Center

    On the National Register of Historical Places the Historic L & N Depot was built in 1920 and served as the depot for passengers arriving and departing from southern Madison County. Freight shipments were also a large part of the services performed at the depot. Today, the depot is used as the official welcome center for the 50,000 tourists that...

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  • Berea College

    The town of Berea was named after Berea College, and the College takes its name from the Biblical town in Greece that was receptive to the Gospel. Berea holds a nationally significant place in the history of American education as the first interacial college in the South. It was founded before the Civil War, in 1855, with the foundational theme:...

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  • Mitchell Tolle Studio and Gallery

    The art of Mitchell Tolle holds a special place among the talented folk of Berea. His studio and gallery is perhaps the nicest in town. Certainly it is the one we enjoyed most. Mitchell is a local man who has a special gift for painting American scenes. There is something soothing, wholesome and refreshing about his work. His portraits of children...

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Berea Restaurants

  • ice cream and cake.....

    We stopped in here to get out of the rain and get something lite to eat and drink.It was a cute little diner/cafe that appeared to be run by college students (at least the staff was young enough to be students). There was absolutely no crowd that day due to the weather and they looked a little disappointed when all we ordered was desserts. I had...

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  • best buffet

    This was brand new in 2003.There was a buffet section, mostly booths and a restaurant section, mostly tables.We went for the buffet because they were having a special that day.They had veggies and fruits and fried chicken and corn-on-the-cob and buns and mash potatoes and tossed salad and a drink for under $10 per person (and return trips to the...

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  • Papa Leno's

    I’ve been eating at this place for nearly 17 years now. And, unfortunately, I’ve been ordering the same thing. Hot ham and cheese on homemade bread or a bowl of Wisconsin cheese soup. I don’t know why. Habit, maybe? But anyway, this is a great little place on College Square, around the corner from Boone Tavern. It’s a very old world kind of...

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  • Don't Miss the Spoon Bread

    The first time I ever ate at the Boone Tavern Restaurant I was a young teenager and had come with my parents from Tennessee to visit my older brother who was a student at Berea College. One of my fondest memories of that trip was our meal at Boone Tavern. I have been back many times since, and it is always still a special event. There's an elegant...

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  • Authentic Thai in southern KY!

    This restaurant is Thai and Chinese. I have never been disappointed at this restaurant. The owners are Thai, trained chefs. Everything really is made from scratch...even the wonton puffs and sauces...things that many Chinese places buy frozen or as a mix. The decor is very pretty-everything from photographs to dolls to Thai crafts (they also sell...

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  • Excellent Italian and Pizza

    Papaleno's garlic bread is to DIE for! The pizza is awesome, as are the soups, the portobello sandwich, and the freshly baked pastas. Everything tastes fabulous. You order at the counter, fill your own sodas, you don't need to tip, it's pretty cheap, and the vibe is great. A local photographer's work adorns the brick walls. You can watch people as...

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Berea Nightlife

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    by Krumlovgirl Updated Jun 28, 2007

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    This dance group is a non-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to introducing, promoting, and advancing traditional American contra, quadrille, and social dances in Berea. The dances gather a great eclectic crowd and you’ll see people wearing everything from kilts to Amish attire. Dances are held on the fourth Saturday of every month except December. In December, they do a Christmas workshop (fills up early so people try to register by early fall) and they teach everything from belly dancing to yodeling. It all culminates with a huge New Year’s Eve dance. It’s a great time and I almost never miss a year. A spring dance weekend with guest callers and musicians is not to be missed by dance enthusiasts.

    Dress Code: Anything goes! Personally, I wear a long skirt and slippers. It gets very very hot in the folk center.

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Berea Transportation

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    by Krumlovgirl Updated Jun 26, 2005

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    There is a Greyhound station in Berea, although it really isn't a "station" but a store. It IS, however, fairly close to the Old Town-about a ten minute walk. From Old Town you can also walk up to College Square to Papa Lenos and some of the other shops. It's a little hike uphill, but can be done. If you go out to Chestnutt and walk up it's actually a pretty walk. When it's warm.

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Berea Shopping

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  • Church Hill Weavers

    Churchill Weavers was established in 1922 by Carroll and Eleanor Churchill. The Churchill's sought to maintain the ancient craft of hand weaving, while benefiting the residents of Berea, Kentucky by providing employment. You can take a free tour of the loom house and visit the unique gallery which features the famous Churchill line as well as works...

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  • Tater Knob Pottery

    This pair of artisans has worked as professional potters for over 20 years. Their work is exhibited in arts and craft galleries all across the region. Dinnerware, oil lamps, ceramic bells and their trademark Spoon Bread Bakers are just a few of the items they produce. The quality and craftsmanship found in Sarah and Jeff's work will withstand the...

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  • crafts potpourri

    If you want to get rid of your wife for an hour or two, then drop her off outside the door to this shop. It was chock full of hand-made stuff. There were wooden trains and salt shakers, metal hair clips and candlesticks, quilts and scarves, cabinets and jewelry boxes, woven baskets and corn husk dolls, etc.etc.etc. If I was a smoker I would have...

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Berea Local Customs

  • 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...

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  • Concerts in old town

    Lately they’ve started hosting concerts in Old Town on the front porch of the log house. (Used to dance in that house as a child when it belonged to someone.) A couple of weeks ago they had a fiddle concert made up of children. It was really cute. My friends the Freedom Riders will play there in October and between then and now they’ll have some...

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  • Spoonbread Festival

    What is spoonbread? Well, it's a version of cornbread only you eat it with a...spoon. Some people call it "cornbread souffle", but that sounds way too fancy. So the Spoonbread Festival is Berea's festival. Every town has one. It's only been going for three years now, but it's picking up. There are various local crafts and food vendors and games for...

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Berea Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 10, 2007

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    Berea is a peaceful place. Berea is slow paced and quiet, with tree lined streets where cars stop to let pedestrians cross.
    The crime stats for Berea show it to be in the top 15% of safe places to visit.

    But Berea is also presently (2007) home to 13 sex offenders. They range from class 2 to class 3 offenses.
    Please use appropriate caution if you have children.
    See http://www.city-data.com/so/so-Berea-Kentucky.html for details.

    We have never had any problems in Berea, but we also only went to the tourist attractions and walked around the town in the day and early evening.

    Just use some caution when in town and don't provide opportunities to be a victim.

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Berea Tourist Traps

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    Berea Artisan Center

    by Krumlovgirl Updated Sep 24, 2004

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    White the Berea Artisan Center certainly had a good premisis behind it, in the long run I am afraid that it will hurt our local crafts business. It was built to showcase regional and local crafts that are slowly becoming lost art forms. From quilts to baskets and pottery, not only can you buy products at the Center, but you can also watch demonstrations. Unfortunately, Berea has always had a strong craft vibe to the town and has always hosted a multitude of shops to showcase them. Now that we have the big, glossy, and glamorous Artisan Center right off the interstate, people no longer have no reason to go into Berea when they can do one-stop shopping all at once.

    Unique Suggestions: Please don't by-pass old town Berea. You will find shop after shop of everything that you can find in the Artisan Center. I am not saying to not go to the Center, I'm just saying not to make it your only stop on the Appalachian trail. Old Town is less than two miles from the Center and you won't be disappointed. It's the mom and pop shops that make Berea unique.

    Fun Alternatives: http://www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov/

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  • 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...

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  • Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftman's...

    October 8-10 2004 Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftman's Fair Twice a year we do the Craftsman Fair. This is a little different from other fairs and festivals because they actually limit who can set up a booth. Not only do you have to belong to the guild, but it's quite a difficult process. For one thing, you have to prove to them that you...

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  • Spoonbread Festival

    Every September Berea hosts the "Annual Spoonbread Festival." What is spoonbread, you ask? Well, it's a lot like cornbread only it's a tad sweeter and yes, you eat it with a spoon! I have no idea where it originated from, but Berea claims it. They even serve it as a delicacy at the omniprescent Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant. Anyway, the...

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