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Kentucky trip guide

These tips will help you plan a creative fall drive through Kentucky
A Berea College student weaves traditional fiber arts.
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Kentucky trip guide

Most artists hold regular hours in downtown Berea, but others work in the surrounding hills and may be available by appointment. Eastern Kentucky University sponsors a comprehensive regional arts and heritage web site, including a Berea crafts trail (859/622-2334; For general information, contact the Berea Welcome Center (800/598-5263,

Featured stops

Berea College Free tours available, including one highlighting the student craft industries (859/985-3145;

The Glass Studio Michelle Weston's blown glass studio, in Berea's Old Town Artisan Village (859/985-0150;

Haley-Daniels Doug and Wally Haley's furniture workshop, in Berea's Old Town Artisan Village (859/986-7243;

Kentucky Artisan Center In Berea, a fabulous welcome center with a huge selection of local crafts (859/985-5448;

Tater Knob Pottery Jeff Enge and Sarah Culbreth's wheel-thrown and hand-formed pottery, at the artists' farm outside Berea (859/986-2167;

Warren A. May Handcrafted dulcimers and furniture, in Berea (859/986-9293;

Other noteworthy stops

Hot Flash Beads Jimmy Lou Jackson's handmade torchwork or glass beads, in Berea's Old Town Artisan Village. Closed January through March (859/986-2411).

Weaver's Bottom Craft Studio Neil and Mary Colmer's textiles and cornhusk dolls (859/986-8661;

Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Fall Fair A festival featuring more than 60 artists, usually held the second weekend of October in Berea (859/986-3192;


Boone Tavern Restaurant Gourmet takes on Southern favorites, such as chocolate spoon bread and brown sugar pork chops (800/366-9358;

Main Street Cafe Light lunches and entrees such as Danish meatballs on Berea's College Square (859/986-0703).


Boone Tavern Hotel A 100-year-old landmark in downtown Berea, with simple furniture crafted by Berea College students. From $102 (800/366-9358;

Snug Hollow Farm Bed and Breakfast A quiet gem in the country, with rooms and suites in the main house, plus a 150-year-old chestnut log cabin. Vegetarian dinners available (606/723-4786;

Originally published September/October 2008

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