Traveling to Paducah

Lodging in Paducah

The Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront opened in July 2017. It’s a beautiful property and only @ 7 blocks from the Studio. To reserve when you are taking a workshop at Ephemera Paducah, use this link: Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront. We don’t have a specific room block but do have a great rate for our students. (This won’t work during QuiltWeeks, however.)

Above the Studio is The Loft. There are six beds in 3 bedrooms and two baths in this 2,500 s.f. apartment. If you have a group coming to take a workshop and would like to stay in The Loft, contact Kristin. If The Loft isn’t reserved by a group for your workshop weekend, look for an email @ 45 days out from the start of your workshop offering up available beds and the chance to stay above the Studio with other workshop attendees.

We have about every hotel chain in Paducah so if you are “points loyal” you can find brands like Marriott Residence Inn, Hampton Inn, Drury Inn, La Quinta, and Comfort Inn & Suites. Visit the Paducah Convention & Visitor’s Bureau site for contact information. I’m also a Tripadvisor junkie when I travel. Check them out for reviews of Paducah properties.

1857 Hotel

For these properties, I recommend staying in the Mall area which is Exit 4 off of I-24. It is a straight shot to the studio and less than a 10-minute drive. A very nice property for a good price is Auburn Place Hotels & Suites. It’s recently renovated, large rooms, and I consistently hear about their great staff.

There are a couple of B&Bs in walking distance of the studio I can highly recommend: Mavhouse or Pinecone Retreat.

If you have a large group and would like to rent a house within walking distance, my friend, Chad Wilson would be the guy to call. He has a very large Victorian House in Lower Town that can sleep upwards of 7. Chad’s cell phone is 270.853-.6972 and you can send him an email.

Located in downtown Paducah is a boutique property, The 1857 Hotel. Absolutely gorgeous space and in the middle of all the cool downtown stuff. Not walking distance but less than 5 min drive to the Studio.


Barkley Regional AirportAir Service

We do have commercial air service, although it is limited. We have 2 flights a day on a 50-seat jet through United. All flights go to/from Chicago O’Hare. For personal travel, my husband and I use the Paducah airport about half the time and the Nashville airport half the time. Nashville, TN is an easy 2-hour drive on I-24 and has many air service options. If you fly into Paducah, I highly recommend renting a car. For about the same price as our taxi service, you can have much better reliability renting an economy car for tooling around town. If you choose to use a taxi service, Blue Dot is newer and I’ve heard reliable. I would recommend you arrange airport pickup prior to landing. I DO NOT recommend Chi’z Cabs.

New to Paducah in 2017 is LYFT, and I’m hearing good things about our service. Download their ap to use.

Kristin’s Favorite Paducah Restaurants



Visit the Paducah Convention & Visitor’s Bureau for contact information.

Freight House: Oh MY! Farm-to- Table. Awesome. (recommend reservations, but they have some communal tables and you may also take what’s available at the bar)

Italian Grill: on Broadway. All homemade pasta. Great food. (recommend reservations but can walk-in if there is availability at the bar)

Cynthia’s: Our local “special occasion” restaurant in town, however it’s more casual if you like eating at the bar on 2nd Street

JP’s Bar & Grill: Outdoor seating on 2nd Street, live music, “fern bar” menu – salads, burgers, etc.

Max’s Brick Oven: 2nd Street. Brick oven pizza, bistro menu. (suggest reservations)

Tribeca: 2nd Street. Our best local Mexican restaurant. Walk-in.

Doe’s Eat Place: 136 Broadway – Family chain and James Beard Award Winner on Broadway. Steakhouse. Big. Steaks. Split one. Delicious, but HUGE. Recommend reservations for weekend nights.

Paducah Beer Werks: Brewery with clever bar food like pizzas, wings, salads, deep fried pepperonis, etc.


Branch-out foods @ 2201 Broadway – a plant-based and gluten-free delicatessen and bakery located at 2201 Broadway St. at the Ritz. Their bright green door is located on N. 22nd. Usually open until 7 pm.

Artisan Kitchen @ 1704 Broadway-  a favorite of Ephemera Paducah workshop attendees as they cater many of our lunches. Their cafe is open for lunch.

Midtown Market – @ 3000 Broadway – Paducah’s version of “Whole Foods.” Grab and go sandwiches, deli, ready-made meals for dinner during the week and locally-sourced produce. Open until 7 pm.

Mellow Mushroom & Dry Ground Brewing – in the Historic Art Deco “Coke Plant” at 3121 Broadway. Parking is available on the street or in the Bank Parking lot.

Mall Area – all “walk-in”

Flamingo Row (behind Home Depot) – very eclectic menu with a tropical flair

Backwoods BBQ – ribs, chicken, pork with traditional sides

Jasmine (behind Cinemark movie theater) – Thai and Asian

Pizza Warehouse (behind Cinemark movie theater) – same owners as Italian Grill downtown. Focused on pizza, salads, sandwiches.


Breakfast & Coffee

Goldrush Cafe – 400 Broadway in downtown- Crazy breakfasts, weird omelets, and HUGE biscuits.

Etcetera Coffee – 320 N. 6th or Etcetera2 118 S. 2nd Street (Market Square)

Kirchoff’s Bakery (Etcetera2 is attached) – 118 Market Square

Piper’s Tea & Coffee – in the Coke Plant – 3000 Broadway

Open by chance or appointment in Jan & Feb. Call or text 270.748.6348. Regular hours will resume March 3
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