Missouri February 22, 2016
These 15 MORE Unique Places To Stay In Missouri Will Give You An Unforgettable Experience
In a previous post, we brought you
10 unique places to stay in the Show Me State. Now, we are back with 15 more! We have everything on this list from tee-pees and tree-house cabins to luxurious boutique suites. Whether you are looking for a rugged, pampered, or historic experience, you will find something to your tastes here.
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. Munger Moss, Lebanon
Munger Moss in Lebanon allows you to visit a simpler time and come home to your “home away from home.” With Route 66 themed rooms personally decorated by Ramona, one of the owners, you will always have an experience worth talking about. They are now offering free Wi-Fi access in every room, which is rare in a retro motel.
Built in 1946, the Munger Moss Motel is one of the few remaining “mom and pop” motels on Route 66. It has been owned and managed by Bob and Ramona Lehman since 1971.
They also have an amazing gift shop inside the office. It includes shelves and shelves of antique toy trucks on display.
2. Boots Court, Carthage
For a true old fashioned experience, Boots Court recently reopened for guests in 2012 after being closed for over 20 years. The available rooms are located in the section of the motel that was built in 1946, including a room where Clark Gable once stayed! Their goal is to give travelers an authentic early motel experience as if travelling Route 66 or Route 71 in the 1940s.
And they aren’t kidding about authentic. In 1939, the Boots advertised "a radio in every room," so they still do provide a radio. However, there are no televisions in the rooms, and the 1949 Zenith TV in the office is purely decorative. No need to panic! They do provide wireless internet in all rooms as it doesn't impact the historic experience.
All of the pillows are feather but they will replace them with hypo-allergenic ones if you have an allergy. In addition, due to the size of the bathrooms, the rooms are not wheelchair accessible.
3. Hotel Vandivort, Springfield
The Hotel Vandivort is Springfield’s first urban boutique hotel in a former Masonic Temple. The 108-year-old structure is rich in the history and tradition of the downtown community. It is a local historic site that is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Preservation organizations worked with the hotel owners and staff to reclaim the building's history and original beauty
The boutique design and a wide array of amenities give each guest their own unique experience. They have 50 guest-rooms, including 12 suites and 2 premier suites. Keeping the historic elements of the building, the design combines this with modern aesthetics and a vintage industrial vibe. They are located at 305 E. Walnut Street.
4. Ambassador Hotel Kansas City, Autograph Collection
This amazing downtown boutique hotel in Kansas City is housed in a 1920s Neoclassical building. The rooms and suites feature a refined contemporary design with marble bathrooms and designer toiletries. Flat-screen TVs, safes, mini-fridges, coffee makers and minibars are included as well as free WiFi. Turndown service is standard.
Amenities include a fitness center, free transportation within a 5-mile radius, and gourmet room service. The onsite posh restaurant serves locally sourced food, cocktails and wine. They are located at 1111 Grand Blvd.
5. Hotel Ignacio, St. Louis
Hotel Ignacio was designed by the award-winning Lawrence Group and has 49 luxurious guest rooms and two suites. Unique room themes include Fine Art, Performing Arts, Architecture, and Music, showcasing the hotel’s location in the arts center of the city.
The onsite Baiku Sushi Lounge serves rolls and specialty nigiri and sake in the evening, and a noodle concept with stir fry and sandwiches during the day. The Triumph Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Other amenities include room service, weekday dry cleaning, a fitness center, business center, and bicycles available to borrow. They are located at 3411 Olive Street, near Saint Louis University & Grand Center.
6. Hotel Frederick, Boonville
The Hotel Frederick was built in 1905, and is a local and state historical landmark. The finest example of Romanesque Revival architecture in the region, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
At one time, the Frederick operated as a weekend restaurant and Greyhound bus depot, and later served as the Boonville Retirement Center. When the retirement center closed in 1994, the building remained unused until 2004. After a $4 million restoration it was returned to its former grandeur.
The public areas are furnished and decorated primarily with 19th century antiques, emphasizing regional history. Glass etchings in many of the guestroom bathrooms are by Kansas City artist Peregrine Honig. The historic Hotel Frederick boasts the “warmth of a Missouri bed and breakfast with the sophistication of a boutique luxury hotel.”
Amenities include flat screen TVs, high speed internet, luxury linens and robes, and natural bath products. Some rooms even feature Bain Ultra Air Tubs and refrigerators. Visit the historic The Fred Restaurant & Lounge for a decadent dining experience. The Hotel Frederick is located at 501 E. High Street.
7. Granny's Country Cottage Bed and Breakfast, Humphrey’s
How about staying in a refurbished grain bin? Aside from Granny’s main cottage, they have a second unit, called the "Round House." It sits at the edge of the yard overlooking the fishing pond. A spacious living room and kitchen area are on the first floor, and a winding staircase leads to the second floor where the bedroom and full bath is located. It is tastefully decorated with items from the farm including an aluminum washtub that serves as a table and an old cream separator as a decorative wastebasket.
The main cottage has two bedrooms, one full bath, a living room, and a fully furnished kitchen, also decorated country style. You are greeted with a homemade pie upon arrival and have the option of cooking for yourself or having your meals prepared for you. They are located at 12473 Atom Drive.
8. River of Life Farm, Dora
Stay in a Treehouse Cabin at the River of Life Farm in southern Missouri for the perfect vacation! It is one of only a few places in the world where you can stay in a tree house with modern amenities, and spectacular views. Located on 350 acres of secluded privacy, there are actually many lodging options available including cabins, lodges and suites as well as camping facilities. They are located on Route 365.
The Treehouse cabin has a great overlook of the North Fork from its private deck. Perfectly secluded, you have access to hiking and fly fishing including the “miracle mile” of rainbow trout fishing, the finest in the Ozarks. The cabin itself features native red cedar woodwork throughout and all the modern comforts of home. Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, microwave oven, and air conditioning.
9. Victorian Country Inn Bed and Breakfast, Hallsville
The historical family estate dates back to 1896, so both the estate and house are brimming with history and mystery. The B&B sits on top of a grassy meadow near two ponds with an amazing view. You can enjoy the morning air with cup of coffee or tea before a full homemade breakfast.
There are two beautiful themed suites and one guest room, with elegant décor throughout the house. All rooms have private baths. Common areas on the first floor include the Victorian Tea Parlor, perfect for breakfast, the 24-hour coffee and tea bar, and the Sideboard Sale. Here you can purchase mugs, teas, local items, European gifts and hand signed books. When there are no events (such as their popular Murder Mystery Dinner Theater), guests have access to the New Event White Room.
Amenities include satellite TV, spa robes and free WiFi. They also offer a Twilight Spa Massage & Reflexology with the couples massage package in the spa room, as well as other special packages. They are located at 1850 Route 124 East.
10. Bucks and Spurs Guest Ranch, Ava
Bucks and Spurs is one of only a few dude ranches in Missouri. On the 700-acre ranch, Cecil and his wife, Sonny, offer guests the opportunity to become as much of a cowhand as they can handle. The more active guests can go on cattle drives, learn roping and lassoing, ride Missouri Fox Trotter horses through the Ozark countryside, and take shooting lessons or even drive a tractor. There is also two miles of private river frontage on the Big Beaver River for canoeing, tubing or fishing.
Guests accommodations are in two log buildings constructed by the Huffs out of timber harvested from their property. The cost is $250 per adult with horseback riding and $170 nightly without. This includes all meals and activities.
11. Shundahai Campground, St. Robert
At the Shundahai Campground in St. Robert, they offer five authentic teepees for those interested in a unique experience outdoors. Owner Vicki Clancey ordered the canvas, cut the trees, and scraped smooth the wood to the correct circumference. Then, the poles were sundried for several months before they were ready to erect. Rental of a teepee for a night comes with instructions. You will learn how to fold the flaps for privacy and warmth, and how to ensure the smoke from a fire rises straight up and out the opening at the top. Other camping options are available.
The 17-acre campground also features 200 feet of riverfront on the Big Piney River. Prices for rental start at $45 per night. For more information, call 1-573-336-1226
12. Silver Rails Depot Inn and Suites, La Plata
When Tom and Kelly Marshall decided on a railroad theme for this hotel, they started to receive donations of railroad memorabilia. As a result, it became somewhat of a legit railroad museum. The hallways, which are partitioned to resemble the inside of passenger rail cars, are now lined with glass display cases containing a treasure trove of railroad memorabilia! Railroad lanterns, silverware, china, tools, posters and other items with railroad themes are all featured.
The architecture of the lobby was designed to create the feel of a newly built 1880s-era railway station. The registration desk looks like a ticket booth, and the main lobby looks as if it is a waiting area. They also built an enclosed railroad observation room, which overlooks the railroad tracks that carry a train through town about every 15 minutes. Content of the Exhibition of Amtrak History, on loan from the Amtrak Historical Society, is located behind the inn in two retired Amtrak mail-handling cars.
13. Chateau Avalon, Kansas City
Chateau Avalon is a beautifully unique boutique hotel in Kansas City. They have 61 guest rooms and 23 different concept suites. They have one of the city’s largest fountains that sits in front of the glorious classic French chateau architecture. They serve custom cocktails at the d'Nile Wine Bar on the patio. A complimentary breakfast is delivered to your suite each morning.
Beautiful concept rooms include 6 luxury and 11 adventure rooms. For example, the Monte Cristo Luxury Suite is a three-story suite with 300-degree window views, a sculpture fountain, whirlpool spa, and a regal wrought iron four post king size bed. The Jesse James Escape Adventure Suite features a 25’ mural depicting the bandit robbing a train. This room includes a tub built into a rock formation and a modern walk-in shower that is separate from the tub. Come find out why AAA Best of the Midwest named them the #2 Boutique Hotel in the Midwest in 2012.
14. St. Louis West / Historic Route 66 KOA, Eureka
Stay in an old train caboose! The Historic Route 66 KOA features a Classic Caboose, an original nostalgic accommodation. It sleeps up to 4 people, and includes a full bathroom, queen bed, fold down dinette, loft bed, refrigerator, covered porch, and TV.
The campground itself is nestled in a valley among rolling hills near St. Louis, only one mile from Six Flags. They feature other types of lodging options such as RV, cabin, and tent sites, and are just a short drive to all the St. Louis attractions. They also offer free WiFi.
15. 816 Hotel, Kansas City
All of the 816 Hotel’s themed rooms pay tribute to Kansas City in their own way. With 17 of these rooms to choose from, you are sure to have a one-of-a-kind experience. In addition, most room packages come with additional tickets and other goodies. For example, The Uptown Theater room includes 2 free tickets to a show at the historic theater (if there is an event).
The TWA Themed room comes with 2 adult tickets to the TWA Museum (closed Sunday and Monday) and an exclusive TWA - 816 Coffee Mug featuring David Klein's artwork for TWA - Kansas City.
The Kansas City Zoo Room is great for families, and comes with 4 Zoo admission tickets, 4 Gold ride wristbands, 2 12-inch penguin plush animals, 2 4x6 penguin pictures with embossed Zoo logo, and 1 gift bag with a penguin and Zoo logo.
The Kelly's Westport Inn room features a section of the original bar from this historic KC staple. It comes with $10 in Kelly's dollars (to be used in the bar) and 2 commemorative 40-ounce cups. See the website for a list of all the rooms.
What do you think? Ready for a unique weekend getaway? Have you visited any of these places? Please share in the comments below.