Three things that are necessary on any trip with me – good food, good wine and a good running route. This girl loves her food and wine, but also loves her running. Hotel Frederick in Boonsville, Missouri offers all three.
Hotel Frederck, is a beautifully restored hotel. It was built in 1905 in the Romanesque Revival architecture style and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The building has had several different lives and has been a restaurant, Greyhound bus depot, and a retirement center. Bill and Maggie Haw bought the hotel in 2004 and sunk $4 million in rehabbing the place.
I love how they furnished the hotel with a mix of antiques and modern touches. For example, in our room I loved the glass bathroom with the bird etchings and rain shower:
Now contrast that with the below sitting area of the room – I’m loving all the period furniture.
My hubby and I also really, really loved the soaps they included: Zum Bar, all natural goats milk soap. The scent we used was Lavendar-Mint and smelled so so good. They also had little sample Zum lotion packets. When I found out that Zum Bar is actually made by local Midwest company in Kansas City, Indigo Wild, I liked them even better.
Hotel Frederick is also a very short walk from Cooper’s Oak Winery in downtown Boonville:
At Cooper’s Oak Winery I had a 2008 Norton:
Rich, full-bodied with a dry character similar to a Cabernet Sauvignon & the spiciness of a Red Zinfandel. Aged in a toasted oak barrel.
Mat went with the 2010 Chambourcin:
Made with grapes picked from the Cedar Lake Vineyard at Sturgeon, Missouri 7 aged to perfection in American oak barrels for 12 months. The wood aroma enhanced the fruitiness of the wine.
And they are a short car ride (15 minutes) from Les Bourgeois, where we enjoyed a light dinner, a bottle of Norton and a sunset:
Now onto my second love, running. Hotel Frederick is right on the Katy Trail, so we went for a 4 mile run one morning over the bridge. While staying at the hotel, we met several couples that were biking the entire length of the Katy Trail (237.7 miles), something I’ve always wanted to do. Here is a view of the Katy Trail:
The Bridge that goes over the Missouri River and connects the Katy Trail:
View from the middle of the bridge:
After our run, we showered and then enjoyed a great breakfast in the common room, where many of the guests lingered over breakfast and shared where they were headed for the day. Some planned to hit the wineries, others to continue their bike across Missouri and another couple was going to visit a nearby horse farm. Overall great trip and I definitely want to visit again. Next time, I hope to get there by bike!