Situated in the heart of the St. Charles, Mo., ‘Stone Row’ historic district stands the Boone’s Colonial Inn Bed and Breakfast.
St. Charles preceded Jefferson City as Missouri’s first capitol, and Boone’s Colonial Inn is just a cobblestone’s throw from the old capitol building. In the immediate area are an abundance of antique shops and charming restaurants, and rolling along nearby, the Missouri River.
When innkeepers Steve Powell and Venetia McEntire (pictured below) are asked if the appeal of their establishment lies more in the “bed” or the “breakfast,” Steve points to the B&B’s tagline: Purveyors of Colonial Experience. ‘It’s the total experience,’ Steve explains. He likes to talk about the history of the area, in particular the early 1800’s, when it was under Spanish rule, a period of around 40 years. ‘We try to stay true to that Spanish Colonial heritage,’ he says.
‘We do period dinners, for example,’ Steve says. ‘We offer a selection of menus that totally replicate dinners served during the 1804 – 1810 time period.’
Steve and Venetia also run the Boone’s Lick Trail Inn, another bed and breakfast operation in St. Charles.
Recent guests to the Boone’s Colonial Inn, David and Cathy Nehmer, say the historic colonial heritage really comes alive as you walk through the 170-year-old inn. ‘Steve and Venetia were excited to share with us the building’s history, down to the detail of the original windows and floors, and everything that went into restoring them,’ David says.
‘Each bedroom is furnished in the authentic style of one of the three governments that ruled the territory in the early 19th century.’ One room is decked out with Spanish period furnishings, one is done in French, and one in early American. ‘They even have early 19th century-style nightshirts you can wear to sleep in,’ Cathy adds.
One of the Inn’s breakfast specialties, “Egg & Cheese Olé” (shown below), has obvious Spanish influences, and Steve notes that they offer a traditional Spanish tapas plate, served on request in the afternoon.
Another breakfast favorite is Venetia’s Cheese-Stuffed French Toast. It always gets a great reception, Steve says. ‘It was delightful,’ Cathy agrees. And she says you should be sure to ask Venetia about the lemon sand bags.
Boone’s Colonial Inn offers an intimate, private experience, with overnight accommodations for a maximum of six people. ‘But for our period dinners, we often serve groups of 28-30 people,’ Steve says. Those dinners are something Steve says he especially enjoys putting together.
He also likes planning special things for guests who aren’t sure exactly what they’re looking for. ‘They just know they want it to be special,’ Steve explains. ‘We’ll take care of everything—sometimes even going so far as to compose a special anniversary message from a gentleman to his wife,’ Steve says.
Now that’s going the extra mile.
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View a musical photo montage of Boone’s Colonial Inn and the Boone’s Lick Trail Inn.