Pertinent Information for the Appalachian Symposium Participants

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LODGING: Ask for the special “Appalachian Center” rate when making reservations at Boone Tavern.  Other lodging options in Berea include Holiday Inn Express, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Red Roof Inn, and others.

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in Gray Auditorium of Presser Hall.  To reach Presser Hall from exit 76 of I-75, turn toward Berea when exiting the interstate and travel approximately one mile on Hwy 21/25/Chestnut Street.  At stoplight #7 Presser Hall will be immediately on your right.

To access limited and handicapped parking behind Presser Hall, turn at the driveway on your right just before stoplight #7 between Knapp Hall (large brick building) and Haaga House (white house that is now houses Admissions).

To reach Presser Hall from Boone Tavern or the Tavern parking lot, exit front of Tavern (side facing the flag) and walk down Chestnut Street approximately three blocks.  Presser Hall will be on your left just before the stoplight and is located between Elizabeth Rogers dormitory and Knapp Hall.

PARKING: Two hour parking is available throughout the city on the street.  Most highly recommended is a large lot behind Boone Tavern that offers some parking.  There will be limited parking available behind Presser Hall.  Do not park in college lots that require a permit or you may receive a ticket.

RESTAURANTS:  There are many dining options in and around Berea.  There are more options in Richmond, which is a fifteen minute drive north of Berea.  Below is a list of restaurants that are within walking distance of the Symposium events:

  • El Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant—exit Presser Hall to the left and walk one block
  • Noodle Nirvana

All establishments below are on the Square near Boone Tavern and can be reached by exiting Presser Hall to the right and walking a couple of blocks.

  • Berea Coffee & Tea—sandwiches, quiches
  • Papaleno’s—pastas, pizzas
  • Boone Tavern is open for breakfast, lunch, and supper but will likely take longer than the other restaurants as it is a more formal dining experience.  The Tavern is also the only place in town that offers alcoholic drinks.

SHOPPING/LOOKING: While in town you may want to visit Robie Books, which is located about one block from Presser Hall and about four blocks from Boone Tavern/town center.  There are a host of galleries, gift shops, jewelry shops, artisans, antique stores, and much more in Berea.  Most of these are located either in the town center near Boone Tavern or in Old Town Berea (where most public galleries are located).  Anyone in town can direct you to Old Town, which is about one-half mile from Boone Tavern/town center.  View a list of businesses in the Old Town Artisan Village district of Berea.  Most people who visit Berea want to stop in at the Kentucky Artisan Center, which is a short drive outside of town.

HIKING/NATURE: Berea College offers thousands of acres of woods–our spiritual campus–to the public.  Two of the most popular spots for nature lovers are both a short drive outside of town and immediately put you in the mountains.  We recommend a visit to Indian Fort Mountain and the Pinnacles (the West pinnacles offer a view of the bluegrass region while the East pinnacles will offer a view of the Appalachian mountains) , and/or Anglin Falls in the John B. Stephenson Memorial Forest.  Trips to both can be as long or as short as you desire. Just behind Presser Hall is a wonderful nature opportunity: The Cross Country Trails, where you can walk for a few minutes or a couple of hours, immediately immersed in the forest and along the bubbling waters of Brushy Fork.

For more about all that Berea has to offer, please visit the Berea Tourism website.