My wife Charlie has been trying to get me to take a trip with her to the Arcadia Valley ever since we first met over 40 years ago. We finally made the trip this past weekend and we stayed at the Arcadia Academy. What an amazing place! Kathryn and Darwin have converted part of the 150+ year old campus buildings into a wonderful Bed & Breakfast. We stayed in the Bishop's Room. It was very charming, clean, and comfortable. We had a chance to see the other rooms in the B&B and plan to return and perhaps try another room, although we would be perfectly content to stay in the Bishop's Room again. We were truly impressed at how Kathryn and Darwin have made the rooms of this memorable place built before the Civil War so warm and inviting.
The food was terrific. Kathryn served a great breakfast each morning and we ate dinner in the Abbey Restaurant the two nights we stayed at the B&B. It was so nice to be able to have such wonderful meals at the B&B since we spent the days exploring the area around the academy, including Johnson's Shut-Ins, Elephant Rocks, and the Taum Sauk Lookout. There is so much to see and do. We just scratched the surface. We would like to learn much more about the history of the area.
We have traveled quite a bit and we found the Arcadia Academy to be truly unique. Kathryn and Darwin and their family are preserving a remarkable piece of Missouri history. The story of the academy is fascinating. The campus includes not only the original academic buildings, but also a beautiful church and a gymnasium that were used by the academy for over 100 years. What a tragedy it would be to let this rich piece of the area's history ever slip away. Kathryn and Darwin are working very hard to make the Arcadia Academy a memorable destination for anyone who wants to see this beautiful part of Missouri, learn about its important place in Missouri history, or just have a relaxing getaway. We definitely recommend that you check it out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our B&B is a renovated home of the Catholic Priest who looked after the Arcadia Ursuline Academy nuns years ago. The B&B is attached to the Academy, which has a fantastic history, acres of beautiful land, and is in a peaceful setting. The food here is amazing, you'll see! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Arcadia Academy Hotel Arcadia
- Academy Hotel Arcadia