Danville named Kentucky’s most beautiful college town

Centre College is often acknowledged and ranked for its academic excellence, but Centre can also claim being located in the most beautiful college town in Kentucky, according to MSN’s recent list of most beautiful college towns in every state.

According to the listing, Danville is a “sweet, small town” with charming neighborhoods to explore, a close-knit community and a variety of local events throughout the year.

This recognition echoes a similar ranking in 2017 from Best Value Schools, naming Danville one of the 30 Most Charming College Town Main Streets.

In 2016, Southern Living ranked Danville #6 on a list of the 21 Best College Towns in the South for its beauty and relationship with the College.

Main Street is anchored by a thriving Community Arts Center and the Constitution Square Historic Site, marking Danville as the birthplace of Kentucky, the nation’s 15th state in 1792.

Danville’s historic downtown district is lined with unique shops and restaurants, giving students options like Plank on Main, where they can join a yoga or cycling class, grab a cup of coffee, a smoothie or lunch.

Other popular establishments include restaurants like Bluegrass Pizza & Pub, Harvey’s, Melton’s Deli and Tut’s. For the sweet tooth, Burke’s Bakery offers a selection of donuts, cookies and other sweet treats. Bluegrass & Buttercream also has a variety of cupcakes and daily lunch specials.

Shopping lovers can enjoy a number of shops and boutiques including Maple Tree Gallery, Cerci on Main, Posh Apparel and A&L Accessories.

Centre also has a close connection with The Hub Coffee House & Café, home of the College bookstore, and where a number of classes occasionally venture off-campus to meet in a relaxed atmosphere.

by Kerry Steinhofer
February 12, 2018