I often refer to my visits to Marquand, MO as escaping back home; I grew up only a few miles down the road from this little town and know many of the folks there.
A few years back I “accidentally” visited Marquand on my way to a tractor show, what I mean by accidently is I was headed through there and happened upon their Annual Pioneer Days, and just had to stop for the fun of it. Since my accident visit, I continue to go back, and go back, and well I call Marquand my personal sweet escape, because really there is nothing like driving down their backcountry road and rolling into Marquand.
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Marquand has a population of 203, this small town in Rural Missouri may have a small population, but they are not lacking on culture, history, and hospitality.
On my recent visit to Marquand, I had the opportunity to visit Marquand’s newest attraction The Belmont Inn Bed and Breakfast. Owner of The Belmont has long ties to Marquand, so she takes great pride in not only her Bed and Breakfast, but also in the town.
The Belmont Inn, or the building that houses The Belmont Inn dates back for more than 100 years, but has been restored to absolute splendor. On this particular visit, I was kid-free (I know tragic right), but I The Belmont Inn is great for families, gal pal getaways, or a romantic weekend with that special someone.
Now the question I often get when I return from Marquand, MO is Becky what is there to do out there? I know the town has a population of 203 people, so seriously what can you do? Well surprising or not there is tons of stuff to do in or near Marquand, MO.
Aunt Kat’s Bed & Breakfast– located at the edge of Marquand’s historic park, down the street from Homan Hall, and at the edge of Castor River. Aunt Kat’s is very cozy, and a great escape for families, especially in the summer as it sits at the edge of the river with a walking trail to the river.
Historic Homan Hall– In the upstairs of Homan Hall houses Homan Hall Performing Arts Center, people I have not seen a more beautiful Performing Arts Center in my life. This small and cozy venue houses special shows monthly and Durso Hills Winery & Bistro, which is housed in the down stairs of Homan Hall, cater many of those shows. Durso Hills Winery & Bistro is obviously the hotspot in town and no big surprise when you sit down for dinner or taste one of my new favorite “adult beverages” their Sangria.
The Gallery– Marquand prides themselves with preserving culture and supporting the local arts. Local artist and by local I mean artist from around Missouri exhibit art in Marquand’s Art Gallery. The artist rotate through every 2-3 months, so there is sure to be something fresh and new every time you visit.
Shopping- down the street from Homan Hall sits Reagan Antiques, the store is loaded with treasures, trinkets, and load of neat stuff. I am not much of an antique person, can’t tell you the difference between Carnival Glass, and a green dish, but I always find myself intrigued by something in the store.
The Historic Park– The main attractions, or well the thing you notice most is Marquand’s Historic Park. Sitting in the middle of the town, this adorable park houses the Henry & Jane (Bess) Sitzes Log Homestead, The E.S. Lett Memorial Bridge that use to be over Castor River and is now used for a stage for special event, and Marquand’s Playground. The park is perfect for an afternoon picnic, or a quick stop to burn off some energy.
Other stops in or around Marquand, MO include HideAway Café, they say they have the biggest cinnamon rolls around, The Marquand Market, Sycamore Valley Artesian Well, and Castor River.
Now fair warning, once you drop off the hill into Marquand you lose all cell service, I know the locals had quite a laugh when I went out for a run just so I could send out a tweet and a few text message. This could be your perfect “technology free”escape if you need one of those, but if you are in serious need of technology, just ask one of the neighbors can help you out, that is the perk of a “small town” escape.
Have an Adventurous Day!
***Disclosure: Marquand, MO sponsored my trip to Marquand, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.