The history of the Boone's Lick region dates to the early 1800s, when Daniel and Nathan Boone, sons of frontiersman Daniel Boone, processed salt from what's called Boone's Lick Spring. Other prominent figures from the area include artist George Caleb Bingham and secesionist governor Claiborne Fox Jackson. This section of the Boone's Lick focuses on Miami, Glasgow, Fayette, New Franklin, Rocheport and Boonville.
After an overnight in Marshall, take the 15-minute drive north to Van Meter State Park to see an area that once was home to Missouria Indians. See remnants of a Missouria Indian village that sat at the Great Bend of the Missouri River and explore the American Indian Cultural Center.
32146 N. Route 122, Miami MO 65344, 660-886-7537
Hours: Park: 8 a.m.-sunset; Visitor Center: Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (hours vary by season)
Take a late-morning mid-day trek to Bushwhacker Bend Winery (about 40 minutes from Miami) to experience a true taste of the Boone's Lick region. Special selections include River Rat Rose, which is a sweet red wine, and Wheelhouse White, a semi-dry wine that includes flavors of pineapple and citrus. The outdoor seating area offers a great view of the Missouri River; cheeses and snacks are available.
515 First St., Glasgow MO 65254, 660-338-2100
Hours: May-September: Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; October-April: Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Built in 1914, this beautiful three-story brick building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features 11 guest rooms, each with a private bath, and four with jetted tubs - a great way to unwind after a day riding the Katy Trail.
504 3rd St., Rocheport MO 65279, 573-698-2022
Hours: 9 a.m.-11 a.m and 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
Your trip through the Boone's Lick has come full circle; you're back to Boonville, which is where the trek began. Enjoy your night with gaming action, dining options and live entertainment at the Isle of Capri Casino. Want to play late? No worries; there's a hotel on-site, you can turn in when you like.
100 Isle of Capri Blvd., Boonville MO 65233, 660-882-1200
Hours: Sun.-Thur., 8 a.m.-5 a.m.; Fri.-Sat., 24 hours
If you're not ready to settle in for the evening, you'll be wowed by the sunset views, and the wines, at Les Bourgeois' blufftop A-frame location. You can sample and purchase wines inside, then enjoy the spectacular views outside. The Les Bourgeois Bistro is adjacent.
12847 W. Route BB, Rocheport MO 65279, 800-690-1830
Hours: April-October: Daily, noon-sunset; March and November: Sat.-Sun., noon-sunset
Enjoy a restful night, and a dose of local history, in this circa Civil-War-era mansion, built from 1864-69. This iconic home provided the layout on which the Missouri Governor's Mansion was patterned. It boasts 10 guestrooms, offers 12,000-square-feet of space and features 11 Carerra marble fireplaces that were hand-carved in France. It's situated on seven acres adjacent to Katy Trail.
127 Route 463, New Franklin MO 65274, 800-531-0862
Hours: Office: 8 a.m.-midnight
Settle in for lunch at Beckett's, a local favorite featuring American cuisine such as open-faced roast beef sandwiches and fried chicken. Daily lunch specials offered.
510 First St., Glasgow MO 65254, 660-338-9978
Hours: Tues.-Thur., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Spend part of your afternoon on the Katy Trail, the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S. Along the trail, you find beautiful scenery, including vistas of the Missouri River, and will find plenty of opportunities to give your camera a workout. You can work out yourself if you've planned ahead and are traveling wtih your bicycle!
Katy Trail, Jefferson City MO 65109, 800-334-6946
Explore works of art on the beautiful campus of Central Methodist University in Fayette. Located in Classic Hall, this gallery features an extensive collection, including many works by mid-Missouri artists.
411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette MO 65248, 660-248-6324
Hours: Sun., Tues., Wed., Thur., 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.