We love Kentucky. It is one of our favorite states here at Select Registry, especially in view of the beautiful bed & breakfasts you can find there. Harking back to more gracious times, one feels indelibly pampered in Kentucky, where hospitality and ease go hand in hand.
In celebration of the Bluegrass State, we decided to do a piece on some of the top bed & breakfast destinations with the best gourmet breakfasts. Here are our top three listings, all ready, willing, and able to give you the kind of luxurious and peaceful getaway you deserve:
Central Park Bed & Breakfast
In Louisville, Kentucky, you’d be hard pressed to find a more relaxing inn that pampers each one of your senses. Just across the street from Central Park and only minutes from Louisville International Airport, this gorgeous establishment is only minutes away from Churchill Downs, Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, and the University of Louisville. With downtown Louisville and Riverfront nearby, you have all you need to keep you happily occupied during your stay.
This magnificent, three-storied 1884 building is on the National Historic Register and features 18 rooms and 11 fireplaces. All seven of the guestrooms boast exquisite furnishings with handpicked antiques, luxury linens, sumptuous bathrobes, and ensuite bathrooms. Situated in a historic neighborhood with a great amount of Victorian homes, you will feel like you have stepped back in time as you bask in this romantic Southern locale.
The Inn offers sumptuous three-course complimentary breakfasts by the fireplace in the impeccable formal dining room or on the garden patio or veranda when the weather permits. Enjoy delicious entrees served with beautifully baked breads, fruit, yogurt, a wide selection of teas, and fresh-roasted coffee blends. Breakfast is served at 9:00 AM throughout the week, but you can make special arrangements for times that better suit your schedule if needed.
During the day, take advantage of the complimentary beverages and snacks in between your activities. Whether you visit the local galleries, go on a garden tour, browse the local antique shops, or engage in local sporting offerings such as golf or tennis, your stay will be a memorable one.
Burlington’s Willis Graves B & B
A sophisticated Inn for shedding the cares of the world, this Burlington, Kentucky bed & breakfast is exactly what one would hope for when it comes to gracious hospitality. Located in two restored buildings filled with antiques and soft music, this is the place to let your hair down.
Book the 1850s William Rouse log cabin with one retreat room and one suite or the 1830s Willis Graves Federal brick homestead with one suite and two guest rooms. Both locations feature fully equipped spa bathrooms graced with whirlpool baths, steam showers, plush towels, and sumptuous robes. The rooms are replete with stunning antiques and include the best mattresses, freshly ironed triple sheeting, down comforters, and extra pillows. Walk in to homemade cookies awaiting you on your pillow, as well as other amenities that provide you with all that you need.
Mornings bring a complimentary, full gourmet breakfast at individual wooden tables covered in crisp white linen. With soft music playing in the background, you can enjoy a cup of delicious, fresh-brewed French-roast coffee and either a quick, continental breakfast or gourmet fare that invites you to linger and savor each dish that is offered. With a first course of fresh fruit and homemade granola, you can then sink your teeth into the inn’s signature French toast with either Crème Brulée or Orange Marmalade or another entrée made to perfection. The menu is flexible and can be tailored to suit your dietary needs. Your breakfast can also be delivered to your suite, should you so desire.
Only a nine-mile drive from Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and the city of Cincinnati itself, the location could not be better. Once you are situated, take advantage of the wonderful area by antiquing, visiting the art galleries, going to an amusement park, walking the nature trails, or engaging in any one of the many outdoor activities.
This beautifully restored Inn in the historic district of Versailles puts you just walking distance to local shops and restaurants and is just 15 minutes from Lexington. Filled with antiques,unique furnishings, original oil paintings, and all the amenities you could ask for, you can enjoy one of the beautifully appointed four suites or the new luxurious and spacious (over 2,000 square feet) Huntsman Chase Guesthouse. With thick premium matresses, hand-pressed and high-thread-count bedding, and so much more, you can bask in the comforts that are offered you at every turn. Each suite is named after a classic movie and is decorated in the film’s special style, bringing you a unique experience no matter which room you choose.
The Huntsman Chase Guesthouse opened in the fall of 2010 and offers guests a complete living experience. The house was designed with beautiful hardwood floors on the first floor, along with a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, a large flat screen TV over the mantle, and a master king bedroom with a custom bathroom featuring a walk-in shower and air whirlpool bath. Upstairs you will find two queen-size bedrooms, along with an
office with a built-in twin day bed and desk area. A full kitchen, laundry, deck, and porch completes the scene, offering guests total privacy.
The Inn is known for its beautifully presented breakfasts made with local and organic ingredients. Known as “skip lunch” affairs, the meal is a multi-course extravaganza, which can also be adapted for those with lighter appetites. The Innkeeper’s nearby farm supplies much of the produce, including fresh eggs and Heirloom vegetables. Served in the bright, sunlight-filled, 50-foot-long Conservatory overlooking the garden and an ancient stone pond, you can enjoy individual tables or if you are a part of a larger group, seating will allow you all to dine together.
With freshly ground coffee, fresh fruit, homemade breads, and a sweet or savory entrée, you will be ready to face a day of local exploration, adventure, or relaxation. If you are on a special diet or require vegetarian fare, all you need to do is let your hosts know in advance.
Complimentary afternoon snacks will keep your inner engine running as you take some time out from the myriad of local attractions such as culinary classes, garden tours, winery tours, hiking trails, bike paths, golf courses, antique shops, and more. The gracious staff is at your beck and call, ready to arrange a horse farm tour, dinner reservations, or whatever else you desire.
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