Explore Kentucky: Berea

Many of you may know we moved to Kentucky. It has been a bit of a rough transition. We moved twice last year: two very big moves. Alaska- Georgia, Georgia- Kentucky. I found such deep connection in both of those places, it has been difficult to settle in here. I decided a few weekends back to start exploring the state. Exploring the sights and attractions all around us. So, this is the first of a series.

Last weekend we decided to get an airbnb in Berea, not knowing anything about it, only that it had a lot of hiking options.

Let me tell you- that little town was SO cute. It reminded me of a very (very) small Asheville. Tons of local foods, art, music, and Appalachia culture.Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

We stayed in a “gypsy tent” in the “holler” (which we learned was a road with only one way in and out.) It was filled with oversized pillows, and sheepskin rugs, twinkle lights, a bed, and a small table with crystals.

We brought Saffy with us, and she loved the woods.

That evening, we went to this adorable little noodle place. It was set up like a chipotle, but you ordered variations of Thai or Vietnamese food. It was called “Noodle Nirvana”, nestled right on the main drag.

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetWe passed some other great local bakeries, coffee shops, mini-donut shop (which we will be trying next time) and the university. Saffy was in the car, so we didn’t explore the city too much, but enough to know it’s filled with local galleries, live music, and community events.

The next morning we went to hike the Indian Fort Mountain Trails at the Pinnacles. This was Saffy’s first hike, so we chose shorter trails, but there were several longer options. It was the most perfect weather, sunny and breezy day, and the fresh air in the lungs felt AMAZING. I didn’t know this before I moved to Lexington, but it rains here A LOT. Like more than anywhere I have ever lived. Not sure how I feel about rain, it’s also very windy here: wet, cold, windy rain? Not a fan of that.

Here are a few pictures from the hike. Berea is about 45 minutes outside Lexington- worth it!

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