Visiting Berea College
Sophisticated Berea College Lodging
Our guests are visiting Berea College and the Berea community from all corners of the country, not unlike the students who attend the college campus. Stay with us on your visit to the school for luxurious and homey Berea College lodging. Many of the handcrafted furnishings in our hotel were made by the students themselves. On top of that, 50% of our staff is enrolled fulltime at Berea College as well.
Nestled in the foothills of Appalachia, Berea College is home to 1,600 students who demonstrate great promise yet have limited economic resources. These students hail from various places, cultures, perspectives, and experiences. Every student receives a full-tuition scholarship, a campus job, and a high-quality liberal arts education, making Berea like no other college in the nation. To learn more about Berea College's unique mission, please visit www.berea.edu.
The Berea College Visitor Center, managed by the Integrated Marketing & Communications Department, is the starting point for a 50-minute student-led walking tour that provides a historic overview of the College. The Visitor Center also offers a Student Crafts tour, leading visitors through Broom Making, Woodcraft, Weaving, and Wrought Iron studio areas. On this tour, visitors may see students at work creating handcrafted items sold in Student Crafts on the Square (SCOTS), the Boone Tavern Hotel Gift Shop, and the Log House Craft Gallery. To learn more about the Visitors Center, please visit www.berea.edu/visitor-center.
Starting in 1893 and continuing for the last 120 years, a dedication to craftsmanship, design, and tradition has guided the work of our students. Over 100 Berea College students work 10 to 15 hours per week in the various departments of Student Crafts. From the sales and distribution areas to the studio areas of Wood, Weaving, Ceramics, Jewelry, and Broom Making, our students produce and market works that maintain strong ties to the elemental nature of the Appalachian region—design excellence, a respect for materials, and the honor that comes from hard work.
Educating the head, the heart, and the hands is a Berea tradition. We hope you will discover the artful soul of our students in the inspiring works of Berea College Crafts. Visit us at www.berea.edu/student-crafts or download our catalogue at www.bereacollegecrafts.com.