5 Memorable & Unique Summer Accommodation Spots in Kentucky

If you’re looking for an awesome summer getaway that’s not too far from home — we’ve got just the place. Kentucky is home to some of the most memorable and unique accommodations that are perfect for every type of traveler.

Although not far from Atlanta, some of these spots will make you feel like you’re worlds away. From luxurious bourbon barrel retreats to historic wigwams, treehouses, and boutique hotels — there truly is something for everyone in the Bluegrass State.

Bourbon Barrel Retreats

5 Memorable & Unique Summer Accommodation Spots in Kentucky
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Location: Lawrenceburg, KY
Distance from Atlanta: 6 hours

Ready to sleep in a barrel? You should be!

At the end of an exciting day exploring the Bourbon Trail, there’s no finer spot to relax and indulge in the true Kentucky ambiance than at Bourbon Barrel Retreats.

Established in 2023, these distinctive accommodations offer guests the chance to reside in a genuine bourbon barrel, blending luxury with an authentic experience.

Situated in the heart of Bourbon Country on a sprawling 50-acre property, the retreat provides privacy as the barrels are thoughtfully spread out across the picturesque rural landscape. Here, amidst the serene surroundings, guests can unwind and immerse themselves in the rich craftsmanship and Kentucky’s traditional spirit.

Red River Gorgeous Treehouses

5 Memorable & Unique Summer Accommodation Spots in Kentucky
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Location: Stanton and Campton, KY
Distance from Atlanta: 6 hours

For a true nature-filled family vacation, Red River Gorge offers hiking, climbing, biking and more in the woods, where you can stay in one of Red River Gorgeous’ treehouses.

These accommodations offer a range of options — from family-friendly twin treehouses with a slide and hot tub to an extreme cliff dweller bolted to a sandstone cliff line.

For fun during the day, guests can explore the woods or zipline over the Gorge in Daniel Boone National Forest. For a paddling adventure, guests can kayak in the underground cavern on the cave boat tour.

Pickle Factory Boutique Hotel

5 Memorable & Unique Summer Accommodation Spots in Kentucky
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Location: Covington, KY
Distance from Atlanta: 7 hours

In the heart of vibrant downtown Covington, KY, sits The Pickle Factory, an exciting property from the structure of a pickle factory that blends the authentic, local Airbnb-like stay experience with boutique hotel amenities.

Each of the themed guest rooms pay homage to the history of the building and Covington’s renaissance. This eccentric building holds 8 curiously named rooms such as the Pickle Jar and Pickle Juice room, and the Cigars and Bourbon room.

Tucked just off the thriving Madison Ave. on Tobacco Alley, guests can step out into the historical neighborhoods in this Northern Kentucky city full of fun festivals and quirky culture. 

Historic Wigwam Village No. 2

5 Memorable & Unique Summer Accommodation Spots in Kentucky
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Location: Cave City, KY
Distance from Atlanta: 5 hours

Nestled in the heart of Cave City, Kentucky, this landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, offers a truly unique lodging experience.

Dating back to 1937, during the heyday of American road trips, Historic Wigwam Village No. 2 , complete with its gas station and lunch counter, quickly became a favorite pit stop for travelers journeying north and south.

Today, this historic motel welcomes guests to spend the night in a cozy wigwam, each outfitted with modern comforts while maintaining its vintage allure. Step inside, and you’ll discover charming interiors adorned with rustic décor, inviting you to relax and relish in the simpler times of the past.

Cerulean Farm Bed & Breakfast

5 Memorable & Unique Summer Accommodation Spots in Kentucky
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Location: Shelbyville, KY
Distance from Atlanta: 6 hours

Some spots welcome small pets…this one welcomes your horse! A bed and breakfast in a renovated farmhouse from 1860, Cerulean Farm allows guests can bring their horse to stay on site with them.

Nestled in the heart of horse country, this luxurious bed and breakfast combines the unique charm of historic Shelby County with the conveniences of modern living. Cerulean Farms Bed & Breakfast has created a cozy equestrian escape within a farmhouse featuring four horse-themed bedrooms as well as boarding options for your horse on site, with a professional-grade barn and arena.

Nearby, guests can explore wild rivers and waterfalls or travel through the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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5 Memorable & Unique Summer Accommodation Spots in Kentucky