Hit the Road
Five one-tank road trips to satisfy your wanderlust.
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Arrow Rock, Missouri
Distance: 100 miles; 1 hour, 30 minutes
Stop in Odessa to stock on sweet treats, savory snacks and cheese. One Good Taste Country Store has more than 160 varieties of cheese with daily free samples, Amish-style goods, snacks and sweets. Odessa Creamery has a variety of desserts such as the Beanie (a warm brownie with a scoop of ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts and a cherry), pies, brownies, shakes, malts, floats, sundaes and just classic scoops of ice cream. Grab a coffee at the trendy Black Box Coffee for the road, or sit down and enjoy the atmosphere.
Main street, arrow rock | Photo courtesy of Missouri state parks
REASONS TO GO
Take a step back in time and enjoy a beautiful weekend in Arrow Rock, home to centuries of U.S. history. Visited by Lewis and Clark on their infamous journey exploring westward expansion in the 19th century, the charming village hosts more than 100,000 visitors each year. Arrow Rock bestows the honor of being a National Historic Landmark, with several individual structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Arrow rock state historic site
The Arrow Rock State Historic Site was a pivotal stop on the Santa Fe Trail, a crucial trade route connecting Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the 19th century used by countless traders. Hit the town and stop at the Boardwalk Shops to pick up some handcrafted souvenirs. Wander down the streets and visit numerous historical buildings like famous American painter George Caleb Bingham’s House. Book a ticket to the Lyceum Theatre, the oldest professional regional theater in Missouri. The 2017 shows include favorites like Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia! and Oklahoma!.
Catalpa, Arrow Rock | Photo Courtesy of Visit MO
For casual dining, J. Huston Tavern is the oldest continuously serving restaurant west of the Mississippi River. Known for its fried chicken, J. Huston Tavern has three dining rooms: The Sappington Parlor, the Huston Room and the Bingham Room. Guests can also enjoy a drink in the Tap Room, the mercantile store attached to the tavern. For a more upscale menu with lobster, lamb and prime steaks, visit Catalpa, a restaurant tucked away in a red brick house. Catalpa serves exceptional seasonal dishes with local produce whenever possible and sources proteins from Missouri family farms. For modern French cuisine and an exquisite wine list, dine at Chez Trappeur Bar & Bistro. Chez Trappeur focuses on serving farm-to-table meals with local, organic ingredients and is home to 180 fine wines from all over the world.
Down Over Bed & Breakfast is ideally located on Main Street and has been serving visitors of Arrow Rock for more than 30 years. Choose from four spacious guest rooms with private baths or a private cottage. Wake up for a full breakfast and relax on the large, bungalow-style front porch on a rocker or swing. Kick back at the Arrow Rock Bed & Breakfast, which has two spacious guest rooms, plenty of beautiful outdoor space and common areas accented with owner Linda Hoffman’s original artwork.
SAVE THE DATES
May 13: Arrow Rock is hosting its annual garden market and vintage bazaar at the Old Schoolhouse. Adopt beautiful plants, visit with gardening experts and find one-of-a-kind vintage items.
June 7-18: The Lyceum Theatre presents Beauty & The Beast.