Having left the breakneck pace of urban life in the rear view mirror we pointed the car south on I-75 for a peaceful weekend respite. With each mile traveled we could feel the toxic layers of big city, rat race related stress peel away. At exit 87 we took SR 876, the Eastern Bypass to US 421, Berea Rd, a well maintained two lane blacktop, where the air seemed to be a little bit sweeter, the pace of life seemed a wee bit slower and where our breathing became noticeably easier… Ahhh…
A left turn onto Muddy Creek road with a quick right onto Log Cabin created another shift in momentum that allowed a few more layers of the stinky onion city stress to melt away. Log Cabin Rd has no fast/passing lane or straight away as the roadway is not conducive to the revving of engines. Nature requires that you go slow as you traverse its undulating path, the dips and turns leave you wondering what sights or ‘creatures’ are just beyond the bend. There are no stoplights or crosswalks on Log Cabin RD, the ride urges you to go slow as to take in Nature’s beauty and enjoy your moment in her presence… Pssssst… that was the purging of a bit more stress.
Then the moment arrived when we spotted the very distinctive roofline of the Pinnacle View Inn. What a real “Wow” experience! The profile of the Inn brought back memories of world class Chalets, similar to those in the Alps or the Rockies. The Inn’s subtle grandeur compliments the local topography while melding into the environment. The spacious front porch provides stunning vistas of Pilot Knob & The Pinnacles. Designed as an experiment in the application of “Green” technology within the hospitality sector the Inn has a natural, always been there type of ambiance… Geeze…
PVI, new to the B&B scene, is blazing trails and as a result it is a challenge to assess. Their commitment to the ‘Green’ concept sets an exceptionally high bar of expectation. The Inn is a noted 5 Star Energy Efficient facility. Their pending L.E.E.D certification will confirm the Inn’s commitment to environmentally sustaining practices. As a participant and supporter of ‘Kentucky Proud’ vendors, the Inn’s staff shows their dedication to reducing its carbon footprint.
There are 4 spacious and well appointed suites, each with its own bath; one has a jetted heart-shaped tub another has a heated soaker tub for two. Each suite has a Krug coffeemaker and a variety of upscale guest amenities.
A caveat; the well represented full breakfast, a pleasure to behold, tests the old adage of one’s eyes being larger than one’s stomach… not to fear missing a meal, fresh baked goodies, seasonal fruit and an assortment of beverages are always available in the upper level guest lounge.
The Inn itself is wonderfully cavernous with all sorts of nooks and crannies that would keep you occupied even on the rainiest of weekends. Well developed libraries, both book & video, command their own space… got a green thumb? Gardens abound & there’s even a greenhouse… like to jog or run? The garden path, to the point and back, is approximately a half mile and it’s on the private grounds of The Inn… Ooooo…
For the more active guest, adventure excursions; the hiking, riding, go see & do kind of activities can be prearranged and booked. If there is the need to leave the grounds, Berea is known as Kentucky’s Arts & Crafts capitol and distinctive galleries and shops are just a short drive away.
Sitting on the front porch, watching the grass grow, beholding the beauty of flowers as they bloom, listening the symphony of birdsongs, feeling the subtleness of the breeze while inhaling the perfumes of nature was enough activity to generate the need for a very restful nap.
Yup, it took the transition of our road trip; from the four-lane divided super highway, to the scenic state route, then a two lane black top, on to a country road, to be able to downshift and shed the stress of city life and be able to receive the gift of being at peace and one with nature…. LOVED IT!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a romantic bed and breakfast with a breath-taking panoramic view, offering the finest of accommodations. Our contemporary Inn overlooks the Red Lick Valley and is nestled in the knob country surrounding Berea, Kentucky. The Inn features a large south facing front porch with a beautiful vista of East Pinnacle and Pilot Knob, a scene familiar to all Berea College alumni who have hiked the Pinnacles. Our location combines the small-town charm of Berea - the folk art capital of Kentucky - with ready accessibility to outdoor activities and the mountains, and the convenience of a short drive to downtown Lexington and the horse country of the Bluegrass. Spectacular views and intimate accommodations at the Pinnacle View Inn await you. Enjoy personal attention and exceptional hospitality in this extraordinary environment. ... more less
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