Falls of Rough-in Kentucky or Rough River as most people know it is home to a newly remodeled retro roadside motel and we got a look around.


St. Clair Suites has been around for quite some time.  Angel here and our family visits Rough River a lot in the winter.  I always noticed St. Clair and thought how awesome it would be if someone decided to fix it up.  Well, the Evans family must have been thinking the very same thing.


Ed and Jill Evans and their families have been vacationing at Rough River since the late 60s.  Jill shared with me how they came to the decision of restoring St. Clair Suites;

My husband and I are from Louisville and have been coming to Rough River for many years.  His family built a small place in the late ’60s, and I think he has missed maybe 10 weekends since😊.  Our children are grown and flown, but still, come to the lake most weekends.  My husband and I downsized in Louisville, and now primarily live at the lake home.

Both Ed and I are small business owners.  My most previous business was The Crazy Daisy Antique Mall in Louisville.  My true interest and passion is home design, with an emphasis on vintage.  I do not have a background or hold a degree in design, that was in advertising, but I gravitate heavily toward any visual art.  Especially home design.  We have renovated two homes, and I have renovated/restored 3 vintage campers/trailers.

My family and I enjoy road travel very much.  While we certainly fly to certain destinations, we(me) loooove to hook up the trailer and head out on at least one trip a year.  A few years ago, we traveled the West for several weeks, and along the way, we would pass so many roadside motels.  Many were in disrepair, but you could also see that many of them were evolving into this wonderful niche.  Hip, unique, and comfortable!  The buildings were typically very mid-century, and have details that are not present in today’s architecture.  While not appealing to everyone, I was so hooked.  Anything that is a blend of modern and vintage will reel me in, and that is what the roadside motel is.


Flashforward a couple of years, as I was passing by a vacant St. Clair Suites, I thought, “I need to call on this property.  It needs to be brought back to life. There is purpose for this beautiful building.”  I made the call and the rest is history.  It has been one year, almost to the day(July 16th), that we became the new owners.


If your interest is peaked and you feel a road trip in your future here's what you can expect from your stay;

Guest can expect a blend of both vintage and modern aesthetics.  In addition to new plumbing, electricity, heat and air, drywall, and paint, each room includes tiled bathrooms, smart tv’s, mini-fridge, coffee makers, free wi-fi, and a table and chairs outside each room.  Five rooms include a kitchenette and a private patio off the back of the rooms.  The property also features a large indoor common space area with an ice machine, large screen tv, tables and chairs, games, a kitchen sink, refrigerator, and microwave.  Outside, there are two charcoal grills, two smokeless firepits with seating, corn hole, bocce ball, and coming soon an outdoor ping pong table.

Falls of the Rough Kentucky Home to Newly Restored Retro Roadside Motel

Falls of the Rough-in Kentucky or Rough River as most people know it is home to a newly remodeled retro roadside motel and we got a look around.



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