Governor’s Inn Bed and Breakfast is the first bed and breakfast in Ashland, Ky. Governor’s Inn is a four-room lodging establishment that offers a piece of history and personal experience that Ashland, Kentucky radiates. With overnight accommodations and a continental breakfast served each morning, your stay here is nothing shy of excellent.
Governor’s Inn Bed and Breakfast is the idea place for a romantic getaway, business travelers, or for guest seeking a relaxing escape.
Originally, Governor’s Inn Bed and Breakfast was the former home of Governor Simeon Willis. Governor Willis was a judge on Kentucky’s highest court from 1927-1933 and Governor from 1943-1947. Willis was the only Republican elected governor of Kentucky in a forty-year period spanning from 1927 to 1967. During Willis’ term, state revenue increased because of wartime inflation, increased federal revenue flowing to the state, and the relative prosperity of the state’s economy stimulated by defense spending. The state budget was $31 million when Willis took office; by the time he left office, it had expanded to $52 million. He was born in Ohio and moved to Kentucky as a child where he later practiced law in Ashland. During the Civil War, his grandfather William Willis served as captain of Company C of the 5th West Virginia Infantry of the Union Army, and his father John H. Willis served as a corporal in the company as well.
Willis married Ida Lee Millis, a deputy county clerk, on April 14, 1920. The couple had one daughter, Sarah Leslie Willis, born on July 16, 1922. Ida Willis became the first executive director of the Kentucky Heritage Commission and following in 1979, the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation was created in her honor.
Governor’s Inn Bed & Breakfast is located on Bath avenue encompassed by beautiful historical homes. It is located within walking distance to Central Park, Kings Daughter Hospital, Riverfront Park, Paramount Theater, varying restaurants and Downtown Ashland.
Come explore our historic neighborhood and all it has to offer!
This is the first time that I have stayed at a Bed and Breakfast and I thought it was lovely place to spend the night. We stayed in the Governor Willis Suite for a night on our way home from a weekend trip to West Virginia. We really enjoyed the private balcony that was part of the suite and had our breakfast on the balcony. The room was very clean, quiet and comfortable. I wouldn't hesitate to stay again if I was in the Ashland area.