Today the road has brought me to Fulton, MO.
But I did take my sweet time in getting there. Ultimately my goal was to reach Loganberry Inn for a bonus Christmas review, but I had to stretch my trip out a bit to do it.
Omaha was set to be walloped by a snowstorm the day I originally intended to leave so I rearranged my plans and arranged to do 2 nights in St Joseph, MO at their Holiday Inn so I could get out of its path. Thanks to my Platinum status, I was upgraded to a free suite so I had plenty of room to stretch out for a few nights.
I didn’t do much in St Joseph though I did get to scratch my Christmas itch a bit as I visited Krug Park on the first night to view their 1.5 mile trek of Christmas lights and displays. But mostly it was just kicking back in the suite reading, watching TV and especially enjoying watching the Iowa Hawkeyes put a thrashing on the Northwestern Wildcats in basketball.
Wednesday I finally headed off to Fulton. St Joseph was out of the path of the blizzard that drilled Omaha, but it did get a generous portion of freezing rain that crystallized the trees and power lines as well as wrapped my car in a cocoon of ice. The ice broke readily off my car and I heard its remnants crack and slough off the car as I continued further south.
By the time I arrived in Fulton, my car had been fully deiced and I found my way to Loganberry Inn.
Loganberry Inn is a Grand Victorian mansion built in 1899 and had been one of my choices for my annual Christmas review back at the start of December. The inn has actually been graced by quite a few famous people over the years. Margaret Thatcher, Mary Soames (daughter of Winston Churchill) and Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa are just some of the luminaries who have stayed at the inn.
The town itself also packs a bit of history and renown. Westminster College and William Woods University have their homes here. The former also has a museum which houses a piece of the Berlin Wall. Fulton is also close to several major cities including Jefferson City and Columbia as well as being near to the Katy Trail. The downtown area also houses several antique shops, an old-fashioned soda fountain and the Brick District Playhouse.
I was greeted at the door by Loganberry Inn’s innkeeper, Monique. She led me to the Garden Room which would be my secluded headquarters and I stress, secluded.
The Garden Room has its own private entrance at the rear of the mansion and contains a king-sized bed with a memory foam topper, a decorative fireplace and an easy chair couch.
After settling myself, I headed back into the mansion proper to look around the place. The inn is still decorated for the holidays and has the feel and look of a traditional Victorian Christmas. After finishing my explorations, I took a walk over to Westminster College to wander about its campus.
From there it was back to the inn where I kicked back for a bit before heading out for a bite to eat at Fontenot’s Po’Boys. This little Cajun eatery is noted for its in-house gumbo and a bowl (or cup) is well worth a taste. I had a cup of it along with a ½ fried shrimp po’boy.
With dinner digesting, I made a stop over at Veteran’s Park to experience Fulton’s Festival of Lights. It’s quite an impressive display of Christmas cheer. Aside from the festive displays of Santa, elves, snowmen and other Yuletide delights, the park has also its Field of Joy which is a wide array of Christmas trees. And if you look just past the trees, you can see Santa playing a bit of baseball with one of his elves.
With my heart full of Christmas spirit, I returned to the inn where I posted some photos and then went to bed.
And what a sleep! For me, I slept late, not rising until 7:30am. I took a bath in my jetted tub and watched the heat escape from the water. I mean I actually saw the steam float out of the water and hover in the air. Once cleaned up, I headed to the dining room for breakfast.
The inn alternates between 3 course savory days and 2 course sweet days. Today was a sweet day. I had an appetizer of Peach Napoleon followed by an entrée of banana-blueberry pancakes with hot maple syrup and cheddar encrusted sausage balls. Superb!
After a fine meal, I watched the Robin Williams movie, Man of the Year before taking a walk around the neighborhood and downtown area.
Dinner that night was at the Fulton Diner where one can get some homestyle cooking. I enjoyed a Patty Melt along with a salad and some fries before returning to the inn for some writing and puttering around before retiring for the night.
For savory day, Monique opened things up with a dessert course of baked apple with brown sugar and ice cream. That was followed by orange bread and then the main entrée of Southwestern frittata which had tomatoes, sausage, egg, cheese, and tortilla. Conversation with a lovely couple from Columbia, MO only added to the enjoyment.
And that brings us to the end of this little write-up. Fulton, MO is a fine little town to visit if you like history and antiques and a visit to Loganberry Inn will make for a thoroughly relaxing stay and a bit of the holiday spirit if you time it right.
Until the next time. . .happy travels.