Kentucky’s Chicken Festival
Boone Tavern Hotel, Bluegrass Music & Chicken
4 Days | September 22-25, 2022
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
This fun tour combines the arts and music of Appalachia with the historic grace of the Boone Tavern Hotel and a visit to one of Kentucky’s largest annual festivals – the World Chicken Festival. Your days are filled with artistry both man made and nature made. Your evenings are filled with Bluegrass Music and Southern Cooking. This is a lip smackin’, finger lickin’ fun tour!
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- Luxury or First Class Hotels & Meals
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Day 1 – Berea, KY – Boone Tavern Hotel – Bluegrass Show
Your travels today should end in Berea, KY at the stately the Historic Boone Tavern Hotel where you spend three nights. Situated where the Bluegrass meets the rolling hills of Appalachia this hotel has a historic past now stretching into its second century. It is operated by the students of Berea College who study the arts and crafts of the region.
A four course dinner is included tonight in the Dining Room. The Boone Tavern Dining Room embraces southern hospitality and is now making history again! For the first time in 105 years, Boone Tavern is serving fine wines, Kentucky crafted and domestic beers and spirits to include the famous Kentucky bourbons. The Berea Restaurant’s cuisine celebrates quintessential Kentucky and Boone Tavern tradition through innovative preparations and flavors while providing a complete dining experience for guests wanting more.
Tonight after dinner, you will be entertained with a private performance by the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble (as available). The students here at Berea College have been showcasing their talent with fun, lively performances for many years. They have toured throughout the eastern US, Ireland and Japan, this evening they provide your group with a unique Kentucky musical experience. (D)
Day 2 – Big South Fork Scenic Railway – Renfro Valley Music Show
This morning head back in time with a train ride aboard the historic Big South Fork Scenic Railway. Witness spectacular scenic vistas, lush vegetation, eastern hardwood forests and mountain streams as you descend into the gorge before stopping at Barthell Coal Camp. During your trip down, enjoy a Coal Miner’s Lunch. Live narration will showcase many points of interest along the way as well as answer any questions you may have. Upon your arrival at Barthell, you will have two hours to enjoy a guided town tour showcasing several points of interest including what was once the Barthell Company Store, old schoolhouse, and doctor’s office. You’ll also have time to visit the McCreary County Museum, now housed in what was previously Stearns Coal & Lumber Company Corporate Headquarters Here you will find an abundance of history and artifacts showing what life in the Stearns community was like.
Return to your hotel to rest and freshen up before heading to the Limestone Grill near Renfro Valley for dinner. Enjoy good down home Southern cooking like you used to get at the Boarding House.
Then enjoy a great evening music show at Renfro Valley. These shows vary depending on the day of the week. Shows currently running in Renfro Valley are: the Hazzard County Hoedown (Thursday), the Renfro Valley Bandstand (Friday), Mountain Gospel Jubilee (Saturday Matinee) and the Renfro Valley Barn Dance (Saturday). There is also a Headliner Concert Series. (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Berea – Craftsmen, Artisans – World Chicken Festival
This morning enjoy a guided tour of Historic Berea with a local guide. Your tour will include Berea College and the City’s cultural districts, a stop at the Log House Craft Gallery, and a tour of the Old Town Artisans’ Village.
Enjoy the afternoon and lunch on your own at the World Chicken Festival in nearby London, Kentucky. Celebrating more than 30 years and ranked as one of Kentucky’s largest festivals, this international celebration is a tribute to Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and his nephew Lee Cummings, co-founder of Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, who both began their famous careers in this small southeastern Kentucky county! All the “egg-citement” and entertainment features crazy contests, free musical entertainment, vendors from across the country, and delicious food. You’ll see plenty of Colonel Sanders’ look-a-likes and the world’s largest stainless steel skillet which has served more than 120,000 fried chicken dinners in the last 20 years!
Returning to Boone Tavern you enjoy another four course dinner of Southern favorites, another great meal and another night of gracious hospitality. After dinner, enjoy music by Donna & Lewis Lamb (as available). This father daughter team duo have been preserving teaching and sharing traditional Appalachian Music for many years. With Donna on guitar and Lewis on fiddle your feet don’t stand a chance of standing still ! (B,D)
Day 4 – Departure Day
After breakfast you depart for home. (B)