About Willis Graves B&B

About the Inn

A Little Slice of Heaven Nestled In The Rolling Hills of Kentucky 

Timelessly Serene. Exquisitely Luxurious. Surprisingly Convenient.

Nestled in the rolling green hills of northern Kentucky is Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast, an award-winning oasis of luxury and comfort in a classic American setting. Known for timeless serenity, exquisite luxury, and our surprisingly convenient location, we’ve been attracting discerning guests from far and wide since 1994. 

We are only four miles from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport. And, we’re just minutes from area venues such as Ark Encounter and The Creation Museum. Willis Graves is a unique country getaway that’s surprisingly close to everything.

Our property is comprised of three historic structures: The Federal Home, The Log Cabin, and The Garden Cottage. Each building has been Immaculately restored and converted into a total of six guest suites. Every suite is decorated with period furnishings that evoke a less complicated era.

A stay at Willis Grave is pure delight beginning to end and we love to share it. If you plan to be in our neck of the woods for a local attraction, want the perfect oasis for a long, restful weekend, or need a cozy room near the airport, we invite you to stay here with us at Willis Graves. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

  • Rated 5.0 Excellent on TripAdvisor
  • An easy drive from Ark Encounter
  • Only minutes from the Creation Museum
  • Four miles from Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport

the willis graves experience

Luxuriate in your private whirlpool bath and steam shower. Enfold yourself in thick, plush towels and bathrobes. Slide into a triple layer of soft, buttery sheets. And get one of the best night sleeps of your life under a thick, cozy comforter.

In the morning, be lured into the dining room by the irresistible aromas of freshly brewed coffee and thick slab bacon. With music softly playing in the background, dine on Creme Brulée French Toast, buttermilk pancakes, and omelets made to order. Our menu is artfully conceived and exquisitely prepared by a highly accomplished gourmet chef (who is also our innkeeper, Jennifer Goodman.)

Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast – We Can’t Wait To Pamper You!

Our History

In the heart of northern Kentucky surrounded by softly rolling hills sits Burlington, Kentucky.  Founded in 1816, Burlington has always been the county seat of historic Boone County, named for famous explorer and Kentuckian, Daniel Boone. The city has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979.

The population around Burlington was growing fast by the 1830s when a local young man named Willis Graves became active in local religion and politics. He built his family a stately Federal-style home with lovely Flemish bond brickwork, where he likely planned to live the rest of his life. Sadly, Mr. Graves died in his 40’s, but his legacy lives on in the centerpiece of Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast.

Willis Graves was born on October 12, 1790 in Madison County, VA, and moved to Boone County in the spring of 1797 with his parents. He was appointed as a deputy circuit clerk in 1807, where he served under his father — the first circuit clerk in Boone County. He went on to become an attorney, and the first president of Petersburg Bank. In 1811, he joined the Bullitsburg Baptist Church, and went on to become clerk of the church, and also clerk of the Northbend Association of Baptist Churches in 1826– positions he held until his death. 

How Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast Came To Be

When Cincinnatian Jennifer Goodman discovered the iconic Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast in November of 2016, she fell head over heels in love. Jennifer had always dreamed of owning a bed and breakfast, and Willis Graves had everything she envisioned: with the setting, the architecture, the history, and the location. She put an offer on it, on the spot.

Thus began a new era in the life of this historic property. Jennifer’s background as an accomplished gourmet chef and avid collector is evident everywhere you look. Period furnishings, distinctive artwork, and luxurious amenities, and her scrumptious breakfasts, make this second iteration of Willis Graves Bed & Breakfast a must-stay.

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Meet the Innkeeper

Get to know Willis Graves & Your Innkeeper, Jennifer

When I was a young child, my father and I traveled up and down the East Coast together. We stayed at B&B’s in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York State. I have the fondest memories of those beautiful places – the cozy rooms, the elegant décor, the historical settings, and…the amazing breakfasts.

When I discovered Willis Graves, it brought back all those wonderful memories. I couldn’t be more thrilled that I am now the proprietor of this magical place.

My first love has always been cooking with my Mom. As a young chef, I had many restaurant, catering, and country club jobs. Chefs change jobs a lot! With tons of experience under my belt, I eventually found my way to Williams-Sonoma, where I landed a plum position as a corporate chef. It was a fantastic job. I learned about hospitality, taught cooking classes, and perfected my gourmet cooking techniques while using their fabulous products.

Today, being an innkeeper allows me to be creative, surround myself with beautiful things, revel in glorious natural surroundings, and of course, cook for people who really appreciate it. We have also added cooking classes available to our guests and our community

I share my family, my recipes, and the experience of running Willis Graves in my journal where you are invited in for a glimpse of my world.

Please call or email me if you want to know more about Willis Graves or book your stay. I look forward to pampering you!

Most Sincerely,

Jennifer Goodman

Phone: 859-689-5096

Email: inn@burligrave.com

Jennifer is currently a member of AIHP and Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the inn is the recipient of many awards including …most recently 

  • Top 25 BedandBreakfast.com
  • 2017 Trip Advisor
  • IloveInns Most Romantic In KY 2014
  • Number 1 Bed and Breakfast in Fifty States KY.

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