Why book a chain hotel when you can have a memorable experience at a unique inn or bed and breakfast? These options in Missouri deliver an experience you won’t soon forget.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Heritage Ranch – Lampe, Mo.
For a true getaway, head to Heritage Ranch, where you can find upscale accommodations in the middle of unspoiled nature. It's agritourism at its best: beautiful nature of the Ozarks surrounding an 1891 working ranch and farm.
2. Haunted Castle House B&B – Brumley, Mo.
Don't let the quiet countryside surroundings fool you, only the very brave should stay here—the 169-year-old home is supposedly one of the most haunted in the Midwest. The B&B offers ghost and graveyard tours and murder mystery dinners. Why so haunted? The home served as a hospital, funeral home and morgue for more than 100 years and is surrounded by a pioneer cemetery and mass grave.
3. Brinkman Farmstead Bed and Breakfast – Owensville, Mo.
Do you like cheese? Of course you do. This B&B, located in wine country, is situated on a working farm that produces delectable cheeses. Sleep in the new post-and-beam barn—the guest rooms are located in a 3,000-square-foot hayloft. You can even meet the farm's animals!
4. Boone's Colonial Inn – St. Charles, Mo.
Experience authentic Colonial-era accommodations in the heart of St. Charles' historic district. The Colonial Table even provides a private meal served just like in the olden days.
5. Old Caledonian Bed & Breakfast – Caledonia, Mo.
Get away from it all with an overnight stay in quaint Caledonia. The home was built in the mid 1800s and his since been outfitted with all the luxury you'd expect from a tony B&B. Homemade breakfasts include hand-cranked sausages, house smoked and cured bacon and ham and an array of local ingredients. In a reflection of the village's Scottish Heritage, the B&B also offers an afternoon tea.
6. Napoleon's Retreat Bed and Breakfast – St. Louis, Mo.
For a romantic night, look no further than this luxury hotel in the heart of St. Louis' charming and historic Lafayette Square. Guests are treated to full gourmet breakfast. Perhaps the best part? The plethora of great dining options just a short stroll away.
7. The Old School on the Hill – Chamois, Mo.
Built in 1876 as a school, this inn is in charming, tiny Chamois between Fulton and Hermann. Located on the Lewis and Clark Trail, the unique space includes a century-old operating pendulum clock and a boat ramp for easy access to river fun.
8. Rockcliffe Mansion - Hannibal, Mo.
Built at the end of the 19th century, this Georgian Revival mansion not only has historic bedrooms available for spending a luxurious night, but it also offers guided tours. The Victorian and Art Nouveau décor will make you feel like you've gone back in time, while the views overlooking the Mississippi River and Hannibal will take your breath away.
9. Inn St. Gemme Beauvais – Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
This is the oldest continually operating inn in Missouri, and has been singled out by magazines and received top industry rankings. Built in the 1700s, the inn features period décor, fresh baked goods, daily tea and an upscale restaurant.
10. School House Bed + Breakfast – Rocheport, Mo.
Located just off the Katy Trail, this B&B has been highly rated by many publications, including winning Rural Missouri Magazine's Readers' Choice Award for best Missouri B&B. Originally a schoolhouse, the brick building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
11. Walnut Street Inn – Springfield, Mo.
Marvel at the ornate architecture at this carefully maintained Victorian-era home: original oak floors and leaded glass windows, hand-painted columns, porcelain bathroom tiles and much more. You can stay in the main house, the 1890s carriage house or the 1900s Cottage Inn.
Have you stayed at any of these unique hotels? Did we miss your favorite? Let us know!