Traveling to Paducah

We are a PROUD Partner of the Paducah Convention and Visitors Bureau! Check out their website before planning your visit to Ephemera Paducah and you’ll find all kinds of other fun stuff to do while you are here. Links to local hotels and restaurants, entertainment venues, and activities abound!

Read below about my favorites!

Lodging in Paducah

Our partner hotel for 2021 is Auburn Place Hotels and Suites Paducah. We have special rates for our workshops using the CORPORATE NUMBER EWS which you will input on their registration form. Our visitors who have stayed here rave about the convenience (right off of Exit 4), breakfast is included and the people there are so. stinking. NICE! I think there are also cookies at night. They recently renovated the rooms which are large and work well for sharing.

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 and would like to stay in The Loft, contact Kristin. This year we are housing our instructors in The Loft during workshops as many of them are doubling up on teaching classes to maintain social distancing. If you are interested in staying in The Loft at times other than classes, reach out to Kristin.

There are a couple of B&Bs within walking distance of the studio I can highly recommend: Mavhouse or Pinecone Retreat. Also search on AirB&B for “Southern Comfort Paducah” and the rooms listed are in a house virtually across the street from the Studio and run by one of our former mayors and her husband. The Respite Bed & Breakfast is brand new and about 7 blocks away and also new is the Belle Louise, just a few blocks away.

In downtown Paducah, you will find nice boutique hotels. The 1857 Hotel is absolutely gorgeous space and in the middle of all the cool downtown stuff. I also appreciate that they showcase local artists’ work in their facility.

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. The closest chain hotel is one of our newest properties, the Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront, about 9 blocks away.

Most of the reputable chains are located 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.

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 a text.

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: 330 S. 3rd St. Oh MY! Farm-to-Table. Awesome. Chef Sara Bradley has received national acclaim showcasing her talents on Top Chef 2019 (she was runner-up!) We love this place and her.

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

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

Doe’s Eat Place: 136 Broadway. Family chain and James Beard Award Winne. 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: 713 Kentucky Avenue – Plant-based and gluten-free restaurant and bakery

Barrel & Bond Paducah: 100 Broadway Our new BOURBON BAR! They also have some food.


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


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

Regular shop hours Thursday & Friday 10 – 5, Saturdays 10 – 2 (at least)  •  Always open by chance or appointment by calling 270.748.6348
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