Explore the area from the perfect downtown Home Base
Downtown is super accessible by foot when you choose a Downtowner Guesthouse, everything else can be accessed by car, if you’re looking to go further afield.
Discover downtown somerset & Burnside
The Downtowner Guesthouses provide the perfect home base from which to discover the charms of Downtown Somerset & Burnside.
From local coffee shops to homegrown breweries, fabulous dining experiences, music, art & food festivals, wine tasting at the area’s vineyards, to family destination farms. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite places to visit
Charred Oak Grill
Restaurant & Bourbon Bar
One of the newest restaurant additions, Charred Oak Grill had been a big hit with Locals and tourists alike. Known for classic drinks, adventurous menu creations, and a library of bourbons & whiskeys.
Serendipity at the Orange Door
Serendipity at the Orange Door is a unique, restaurant offering Sandwiches, Salads, Soups and Desserts and a “Homecooked Special” Mon- Fri 11-8. Fri 11-9 (Saturday closed for caterings)
Downtown Deli is a locally owned restaurant and catering that offers Sandwiches, Salads, Burgers “Homemade Tooter Pies” Daily Special and custom cakes, cookies and other sweet treats.
The Makers Mill
Artisan Showroom, Vendors Space & Makers Studios
This artisan space houses artists, and makers put their eye for excellence, passion, and craftmanship on display. Whether it be vintage, modern, handmade, or upcycled, the creative collective at the Showroom is certain to provide you with a one of a kind piece, and experience.
The Mole Hole
Gifts & Spirits Shoppe
The Mole Hole is a delightfully whimsical chocolate, gifts and spirits shoppe, offering special gifts for any occasion and unbeatable personalized service. They also serve wine, beer & bourbon at their Tipsy Toad bar.
Thee Ark Bookstore
Religious Bookstore & Christian Gifts
Located at 420 Ogden Street, Thee Ark bookstore is is a family owned business offering books, bibles, home decor, candles, baby gifts, bereavement, and so much more.
Craft Beer, Music & More
One of Somerset’s Craft Breweries, located in the historic downtown Goldenberg’s building. Featuring trivia nights, open mic, Gospel music hours and more, you can always find something happening at Jarfly.
International Paranormal Museum
The International Paranormal Museum has over 200 items on display. From Ghost hunting, to Bigfoot to Extraterrestrials, and more. For the little ones, they have free coloring books, and themed games and activities.
The Cellar Door
Live theatre & workshops
Flashback Theater is a theater company in Somerset, Kentucky where you can experience full length plays as an audience member and join in the fun! Theater workshops are also available.
The Shine House
Art House & Yoga Studio
The Shine House inspires people to imagine, discover, and connect through programs and experiences in the creative arts. Come create with us, take in live music in the Red Room, or practice yoga.
Ice Cream & More
A favorite with kids and adults alike, the Main Street Dairy Queen offers respite on those hot summer days.and buy one get one free deals on snow days.
Coffee Shop & Gifts
A trip to Somerset would not be complete without visiting Baxters flagship store located on Ogden street. A favorite with the locals, you can find every type of coffee and tea you can think of, and they roast it to boot.
Explore lake cumberland
Once known as the houseboat capital of the world, Somerset is home to the shores of the gorgeous Lake Cumberland, with more shoreline than the state of Florida.
If getting on the water is more your thing, Somerset & Burnside are surrounded by the lovely shores of Lake Cumberland. Easily accessible, you can rent a boat at one of the many marina’s, get out there on your paddle boards and kayaks, or better yet try some of the delightful dining offering some of the best views around.
The Chalet Gourmet
Gourmet Food & Fine Dining
The Chalet is bringing a new gourmet experience to the beautiful hills and lake region of South Central Kentucky. From an oyster flight, to beef wellington and duckbreast – this newly opened space is a must visit for foodies visiting the Somerset area.
Steak House & Unique casual dining
Guthrie’s Grill offers a unique casual dining experience in South Central Kentucky overlooking the beautiful Lake Cumberland. Offering fresh seasonal ingredients that enhance our crafted menu.
Restaurant & Tavern
Located minutes from Burnside and Somerset, Kentucky, The Harbor Restaurant at Lee’s Ford Marina is one of Kentucky’s bright spots for dining. Overlooking the marina and beautiful Lake Cumberland, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views and real Southern hospitality.
Further afield – but will worth the drive – Wolf Creek Marina’s tiki hut outdoor dining area is a unique one-of-a-kind venue on Lake Cumberland. Unlike any other restaurant on the lake, the artful decor, the beautiful sunsets and delicious food all make dining a unique experience.
investigate the appalachian foothills
If getting into back to nature is more your speed, you have easy access to the waterfalls, rivers, creeks and trails this area of Kentucky has to offer.
Somerset’s easy access to so many natural wonders in Kentucky and Tennessee, make it a dream location for outdoor enthusiasts and motorcyclists alike – Take in the brilliant autumnal leaf display on roads less traveled, picnic in a secluded spot at sunset, discover breathtaking waterfalls, explore the Natural Arch or see the only active Moonbow in the world. Our guesthouses are the perfect jumping off point for exploring everything this area has to offer.
Eagle Scout Trail at Pulaski County Park
Mountain Bike Trail & Hiking Trails
Eagle Scout Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nancy, Kentucky that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Hiking, Seasonal guided rafting trips & Horseback riding
Deep in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is home to renowned Cumberland Falls, a stunning 125-foot wide waterfall cascading over a boulder-rich gorge, revered as the Niagara of the South, and featuring the rare moonbow (a rainbow created by moonlight) — one of only two in the world.
Playgrounds & Hiking trails
Natural Arch Scenic Area, located on Stearns Ranger District, is a great place to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. The main attraction is a spectacular sandstone arch that spans nearly 100 feet. An overlook provides visitors with a panoramic view of the arch. Picnic sites, group picnic shelters, playgrounds and hiking trails provide year-round enjoyment.