Show-Me Romance

Every February, the pressure is on to bring your romantic A-game to Valentine’s Day. Chocolates? Flowers? Jewelry? You can do better, with a private getaway to one of the Show-Me State’s bed and breakfast inns, where you can take romance to a whole new level.

“The Garden Room has a big Jacuzzi tub for two,” says Cathy McGeorge, who owns Loganberry Inn in Fulton with her husband Carl, “where we do the Butler Drawn Bath, designed to stimulate all the senses.”

Loganberry Inn Outside

This unique experience is often arranged by one half of a couple as a surprise for the other. They return from dinner to find a fire lit in the fireplace; red rose petals surrounding the tub; flickering candles; a warm silken Royal Extract perfumed bubble bath; soft music; chilled champagne and strawberries.

Not everyone is ready for such a feast for the senses. Fortunately, the historic 1899 Loganberry Inn has a variety of romantic rooms and packages available. They make it easy to strike the perfect note for a couple’s escape, whether it’s a Valentine’s Day treat or a gift to be enjoyed on another occasion.

Enjoy a wine and cheese picnic for two in front of your own fireplace. Indulge in a couple’s massage. Do a little star-gazing in the starlit spa. For a light but still romantic touch, ask for Loganberry’s rose petal turndown service.

The William Woods Room at the Loganberry Inn.
The William Woods Room at the Loganberry Inn.

The proximity to the National Churchill Museum and Westminster College has helped bring people to Loganberry Inn from nearly every continent. But McGeorge believes there’s a larger reason for the world beating a path to their door.

“It’s the small town charm and the charm of the Inn itself that draws people. They can stay here with a cozy fireplace and walk to the theatre or wonderful restaurants like Beks. We’re not too far but completely different from being in the city.”

For some people, romance is all about the bright lights and big city entertainment. Jefferson House in Kansas City offers a sophisticated, glamorous bed and breakfast experience, just steps away from the Power and Light Entertainment District and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

If getting back to nature is what your romance needs, you’ll love the 40 secluded acres of Blackberry Creek Retreat Bed and Breakfast in Rogersville. You can cozy up for some wildlife or bird watching from your room or the patio; hike, bike, ride or fish; then relax by the fire pit. And all this serenity is less than 30 minutes from Springfield.

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Add a touch of history to your retreat at Boone’s Colonial Inn in St. Charles, with his and hers colonial sleeping garments and colonial lanterns for late night hand-holding walks along historic Main Street.

For the perfect wine lovers’ getaway, head to southeast Missouri and the Tiger View Lodge, situated on a bluff at Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary. You may catch sight of one of the resident big cats, or take a tour of the sanctuary in season. After shopping the quaint antique shops in historic Ste. Genevieve, relax in your lavishly appointed bedroom before heading out to indulge in fine wines and gourmet dining at Chaumette Winery and Vineyards. Continue your adventure the next day, visiting the other vineyards and wineries along the Route du Vin in Ste. Genevieve.

With bed and breakfasts in every corner of the state, ranging from elegant to quaint, glamorous to intimate, you never need to stress over Valentine’s Day, or any special occasion. Welcome to Missouri: enjoy the romance.

Photos provided by the Loganberry Inn in Fulton. 

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