Living a typical fast-paced lifestyle, I anticpated a slow relaxing weekend getaway and was not disappointed. The beautiful building and grounds came into view driving up the winding entry. Julie ckecked us in (with grace and not a little humor) and John escorted us to our room (carrying my bag even), prepped the room and gave us the general overview of the place. We had dinner out that night (and now I regret the experience) but their son Sean convinced us to have his favorite dessert when we returned. The banana dish was stupendous, by the way. A perfect breakfast began the next day- while we watched the llamas play- and we did the whole Hannibal tour on our own, returning for dinner before a great evening out at the Mark Twain one-man show.
Now, when I say I get up early I mean about 6AM--but... we lolled around that beautiful half-canopy, feather bed till mid-morning only coming down for breakfast at the very last moment. We had signed up for a 9 AM breakfast and made it there by 9:30. John poured his custom Garth juice and served the fruit bowl. Julie came by to see how we were and asked if we knew what happeded if we were late for breakfast. Only a little chagrinned I responded 'no' and she told me-Nothing happens! They kept our meal ready and warmed for us. During the day while we were out we decided to stay over another day. I slept even later the last morning. It was so relaxing.
The meals were delicious (THE best salmon I ever had), the room decidedly comfortable (I loved the robes too), and ambiance charming (featherbed and lightweight comforter and a claw-foot tub). I expect to return again- perhaps soon. We had three wonderful days there and I am still feeling a bit slower-paced and relaxed.This place is definitely a must-do if you are near the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Garth Woodside Mansion has been rated #1 in the state of Missouri for several years in a row. One of only two inns in the area actually inspected by the Missouri Health Dept, please ask. Member of BedandBreakfastcom Diamond Club. All guests rooms have a private bath and most have fireplaces. Cottages offer private decks with hot tubs, microwave and convection ovens, and mini fridge stocked with water and sodas. Breakfasts cannot be beat. ... more less
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