PADUCAH, KY – Whitehaven Welcome Center is a 24/7 rest stop that resides in a beautiful 1860’s two-story Southern mansion located on Lone Oak Road at I-24 in Paducah, KY. The mansion is completely restored and tastefully filled with furniture and decor from the period.
When we stopped at Whitehaven for the first time, we were in awe. We just moved to Paducah at the time and had no idea that we now lived in a town that happens to have one of the the best looking rest stops in the United States. I forgot to mention it’s Award Winning to boot.
Paducah is filled with caveats like Whitehaven but these gems must be seen in person since pictures do little justice regarding the feel of these places. For example, the night I visited the air had a heavenly mix of fresh cut grass and roses with a perfect temperature of 75 degrees.
And the people? Remarkable! Irvin Cobb said it best:
“More Genuine hospitality is offered than any other town of like size in the Commonwealth.”
So anytime you find yourself wanting to stop and literally ‘smell the roses’ or flowers so-to-speak, visit Whitehaven and submerse yourself in the grandeur of the past.
Whitehaven Welcome Center
1845 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah, KY 42003
PADUCAH, KY – Five Guys Burgers & Fries is included in tentative plans to open a new restaurant at the NE corner of James Sanders Blvd. and Hinkleville Rd. between Taco Bell and Pizza Hut where the former El Chico restaurant once stood in West Paducah, KY.
The Five Guys restaurant is working towards occupying one of the spaces in a new three-tenant stripmall slated to be built next to a brand new drive-thru Starbucks as well.
PADUCAH, KY – ‘Light Switch’ is a work of art that’s planted on a vacant grassy lot across the street and katty-corner from the Columbia Theatre on Broadway Street (AKA Historic Main Street) in downtown Paducah, KY.
The artwork was created by the late Julia Ann Kennedy (1952-2009) from Biloxi, MS. The work has a figurative tagline the reads, “Paducah, Kentucky… Turns Me On!”
You can read and see more creative works by Artist Julia Kennedy on her personal website at: biloxisoriginalsin.com
PADUCAH, KY – Hotel Irvin Cobb opened in 1929 on Broadway at 6th Street and was labeled as one of the most finest hotels in the South for decades.
The original owner, Adolph Weil, contracted Architect Walter Alschlager to design the building like no other. They decided on a eclectic mix that melted French Gothic and English Medieval that created a Southern charm all its own.
1927 – 1929: Construction cost: $400,000
1929: Opened in 1929 with Irvin S. Cobb as first registered guest
1959: Sold by Cobb family
1960’s: Experienced a decline in stays
1972: Minor fire on top floor closed the hotel down
1978: Added to National Register of Historical Places
CIRCA Building restored as apartments and ground floor retail spaces.
Today the Irvin Cobb building is an Assisted Living and Section 8 apartment community with 1 and 2 bedrooms available. Read an indepth history of the hotel at npgallery.nps.gov
PADUCAH, KY – Shandies restaurant features American and international gourmet-style pub grub located in the historic C. C. Cohen building on Broadway Street (aka Main Street) in the heart of beautiful downtown Paducah, KY.
The app menu includes signature treats like the Fried Green Tomato Crisps for $7.95 and Catfish cakes for $8.95.