Berea is a small city in Bluegrass Country, located in southern Madison County about 15 miles (24 km) south of Richmond and 45 miles (72 km) south of Lexington. The community, which has experienced major growth in recent decades, is known for its active arts and crafts scene and as the home of Berea College, a liberal arts school with a unique mission of serving students in the Appalachia region.
You'll almost certainly get to Berea by car. Berea is accessible from exits 76 and 77 off I-75.
When you come in, grab a travel planner pamphlet from either the Traveler's Center just off I-75 exit 77 (see below in Buy) or from the Welcome Center in town.
There are two areas that make up the major centers of Berea: Old Town Artisan Village, and College Square. Each is easily traversable by foot.
To get from one end of town to the other, you could walk; it would take about 15 minutes. Parking is easy to come by, though, so you might as well drive.
There are a number of festivals throughout the year, some of which are juried.
If you want to see Berea and its artists up close and personal, go downtown and just walk the streets. Many artisans have workshops there, and are open to the public (typically 9AM-5PM).
If you are making Berea a part-day excursion, consider moving along and eating elsewhere. There are only a few non-chain restaurants, none of which are outstanding. Note also that Berea is a totally "dry" community—alcohol sales are prohibited, even in restaurants. Although the city precinct that includes Boone Tavern voted in April 2012 to allow its restaurant to sell alcohol by the drink, its owner, Berea College, has yet to decide whether it will apply for a state alcohol license. The nearest community where alcohol is sold is Richmond; most of that city is completely "wet" (with package alcohol sales in addition to restaurant sales). If traveling to the south on I-75, the next town that allows alcohol by the drink in restaurants is London, slightly more than a half-hour's drive away, and the next town that allows package sales is Corbin, about 15 minutes further south.
Old Town Artisan Village
As noted above, Berea is totally dry. The nearest town that allows alcohol sales is Richmond.