Whether you’re looking for a place to escape for the weekend with your partner, planning a girls’ getaway or just need a personal break to recharge, a good bed and breakfast is a nice spot to settle in for a few days.
Here are some of the options in our area
•Whiskey Mansion Inn
St. Joseph’s 1880s-themed Whiskey Mansion Inn opened in 2008. For those who have never stayed at a bed and breakfast before, Manager Olin Cox describes it best.
“We’re an affordable option to a hotel and it’s a unique, romantic, historical experience,” he says.
Cox notes that families, couples and business travelers all have stayed at the Inn, with one guest visiting from Thailand.
•The Hatchery House
One of the original houses built in Weston, Missouri, co-owner Drew MacDonnell says The Hatchery House once consisted of several low-income apartments. Around the 1940s, many young couples conceived and gave birth to children while living there, leading the townspeople to coin the phrase “the Hatchery” for the “hatching” of the babies.
MacDonnell says he and his wife, Janelle, try to provide as many luxuries as possible while maintaining a laid-back atmosphere. The inn has its own Roasterie blend coffee, happy hour in the parlor and “maybe some Van Morrison music playing in the background,” he adds.
Jourdan Ryan and her husband visited The Hatchery House for their wedding anniversary two years ago, and she can attest to the laid-back, relaxing atmosphere.
“We loved the whole ambience. There was a little garden outside, a balcony where we drank our coffee in the morning and a sitting room on the main floor with board games and books,” Ryan says. “The vibe of the whole space was warm and lived in in the most welcoming way.”
The details of the house really stuck with Ryan, even after all this time. “Every room had its own little bits of charm, with different relics and vintage items strewn throughout. It was well-kept and decorated with an obvious eye for heirlooms,” she says.
“We’d go back in a heartbeat. All we need is a baby sitter.”
•The Inn on Oak Street
With five-star reviews, this inn in Atchison, Kansas, was called a “hidden gem” and a “better home away from home.” Guest reviews rave about the breakfast and quiet setting. Ideal for families and business travelers, its website notes pet-friendly rooms are available.
•Southmoreland on the Plaza
This inn is set in a 1913 Colonial Revival mansion with its prime location just one and a half blocks off Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza. Its website notes its popularity with leisure guests celebrating a special occasion or exploring the Kansas City area, as well as with business travelers seeking an intermission. Southmoreland is noted as a great venue for an intimate wedding and/or reception.
This Cape Cod-style farmhouse near Jamesport, Missouri, gets most of its food locally from the Amish. It features four rooms with large private baths, heated bathroom floors and champagne bubble baths. The inn is near the church historic site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.