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The Rose of the Lake

293 Lawson Avenue, Grand Rivers, Kentucky 42045
Innkeeper(s): Chip Tullar and Mike Grimes
  • Introduction

    The Rose of the Lake, breakfast The Rose of the Lake is the first and only Bed and Breakfast in Grand Rivers, Kentucky's Resort Village. Grand Rivers is a peninsula bounded on the east by Lake Barkley, the west bounded by Kentucky Lake, and the south bounded by the canal that connects the two lakes. Land Between the Lakes, the national recreation area is just over the canal.

    The guest rooms are all named for a delicate Rose and the decor is splashed with the colors of that Rose.

    Each morning of your stay the kitchen will be filled with the aromas of the wonderful dishes being prepared for your breakfast. Make yourself comfortable in our dining room and enjoy being served a relaxed homemade breakfast while enjoying warm conversations with your hosts and other guests.

    In walking distance from The Rose of the Lake are many local attractions including Historic Grand Rivers (Kentucky's Resort Village) and Patti's 1880's Settlement. Walk from Lake Barkley to Kentucky Lake (two of the largest manmade lakes in the world) through the new Grand Rivers Park. On the way, eat at Patti and Bills Restaurant, hands down one of the best restaurants in the state! Take in the live Variety show at the new Baggett Playhouse on your way back. Come during the Christmas season and experience the fabulous light display in town. Then on top of that, we are located roughly a mile from The National Forest Service's Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area offering over 170,000 undisturbed acres and 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Bring your bikes and ride the trails, or rent a kayak and explore the shoreline.

    The Rose of the Lake, flowers The Rose of the Lake, patio The Rose of the Lake, living room The Rose of the Lake, swimming pool

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Michael Grimes for sharing his own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most are coming to Grand Rivers for a getaway of one kind or another. We like to think of Grand Rivers as Kentucky’s Resort Village.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our pool area is a real draw but the hominess of the inn and the generous full breakfasts are all draws.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    There is no number one draw, though some of the primary draws are: our huge lakes which have about a quarter million surface acres of water and surround Grand Rivers on three sides; Patti’s 1880’s Settlement and Restaurant; Badgett Theater with its amazingly good live entertainment and variety of shows; Green Turtle Bay Resort and Lighthouse Landing Resort; Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area which is 170,000 acres of federal parklands with educational and historic exhibits and recreational opportunities; fishing and boating.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    An 8 year old girl left us a sweet little note on her bed. It was a thank-you note for allowing her to visit us in our home. Also some quilters recently said that they were looking for a 5-star hotel in Paducah and couldn’t find one but they sure were happy to have found our 5-star bed and breakfast. It’s very satisfying that it’s not unusual for guests to plan to spend one night but enjoy themselves so much they end up spending two or three.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    It seems the entire area is a well-kept secret but that’s ok for the most part because it helps keep the experience a bit more quaint.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Learn to sail as we have a sailing school here at our sailboat resort, take in a couple shows at the Badgett Theater, enjoy our great Barbeque, dinner at Patti’s, hiking in Land Between the Lakes, hire a local guide and land some big bass, go to the quilt museum (Museum of the American Quilter’s Society) close by in Paducah, several small towns nearby are full of antique shops and we have a few here in town, visit the elk and buffalo prairie, planetarium, nature woodlands center and the Homeplace (a working farm from the 1850’s) in Land Between the Lakes, watch the setting sun from our jetty and count the shooting stars from the lookout on the bluffs overlooking the expansive waters of Kentucky Lake.

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    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?


    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? and

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 9 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We feel a bit leery of pets as one of our guests was bitten by another guest’s dog last year. We are very careful about which pets are allowed in the B&B but we generally don’t turn people away due to their pet; not to say it couldn’t happen because we are now more careful.There is also a$25.00 pet fee.


  • Area Attractions/Activities

    • Easy lake access and a new lighted walking trail with antique lamp posts
    • Twenty to thirty minutes in four directions to four KY state parks
    • Thirty minutes from Murray State University; Twenty-five minutes to Paducah
    • Dances every Friday night at the Community Center (live band)
    • Street dances in the Park behind the Badgett Playhouse Theatre at various times during the summer; i.e., most Saturdays.
    • Grand Rivers Quilt Festival
    • Kenlake Blues Festival "Hot August Blues"
    • Kenlake Blue Grass Festival
    • Paducah Summer Festivals
    • Bar-B-Q on the River
    • Paducah Annual Quilt Show
    • Benton Tater Day
    • Grand Rivers Harvest Moon Festival
    • Labor Day Craft Festival
    • Grand Rivers Marathon
    • Bicycle trails
    • "In the water" boatshows
    • Several sailboat races
    • Pisgah Bay boat drag races
    • A new performing arts center in the heart of Grand Rivers
    • 8 golf courses within twenty minutes
    • 5,000 miles of shoreline
    • Guided Bird and Eagle watching Tours.
    • Homeplace 1850's (a working farm from the middle 1800's)
    • Elk and Buffalo range; LBL Deer Hunt; Nature Center; Planetarium
    • Nations most unique Harley Davidson Dealer opened July 2008
  • Area Website Links

    The Rose of the Lake, marquee Lighthouse Landing Marina & Resort-

    Patti's 1880's Settlement -

    Grand Rivers, KY -

    Land Between the Lakes -

    RE/MAX, DreamWorld Properties -

    Green Turtle Bay Marina & Resort -