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Region North Central Kentucky

Certified Kentucky Cultural District

Welcome to the Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky! Often ranked among the top art communities in the entire United States, Berea is a city of diverse culture, art and open-minded expression.

Nestled on the outskirts of Bluegrass Country just 40 miles south of Lexington, Berea offers visitors over 40 arts and crafts shops featuring everything from handmade dulcimers and homemade chocolate to jewelry stores, art galleries, quilt-makers, and even glassblowing studios.

The city is also home to the famous Berea College -- the first interracial college ever founded in the South (1855) -- which is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the entire country for undergraduate education.

Berea's lodging options, including the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant, one-of-a-kind cottages and bed and breakfasts, as well as its abundance of eclectic dining options add to the city’s creative individuality and diversity.

To learn more about the culture of Berea, visit