A short drive through the beautiful rolling hills and winding curves of Missouri’s Rhineland, leads right to a little hidden gem, off the beaten path, in Marthasville. Boone Monument Village is like taking a trip back in time, to the days of horse-drawn buggies and endless expanses of brilliant night skies. This stay describes the Mellein Log Cabin, nestled on 54 meticulously maintained acres. The cabin was originally built as a corn crib in Belleville, Illinois in 1857.

Every detail has been considered in the updating of the space to keep the modern amenities unobstructive to the historic feel. Vents are hidden behind boxes made from reclaimed wood. The bathtub is a clawfoot tub that looks appropriate to the timeframe of the cabin. The kitchen sink is set into worn wooden countertops, and the fridge and stovetop are concealed inconspicuously. Outlets are conveniently placed but out of sight, even including USB ports by the bed. The light fixtures are accurate to the era and are adorned with flickering filament bulbs that mimic candles.

All the furnishings are simple and fitting, including the bed that is topped with a luxurious feather bed and well-worn quilt. The curtains are handspun linen flax and were made by one of the caretakers, who is a direct descendant of Daniel and Rebecca Boone.

Colonel Daniel Boone is famously known as the frontier leader who led the western settlement in the late 1700s. 

The floors are the original wood planks and have only gotten more beautiful with time. Staying here is the best of both worlds. It’s quiet, peaceful, and a reflection of history, while still hosting the modern conveniences that we’re all accustomed to: AC, heat, electricity, indoor plumbing, and Wi-Fi.

Steeped in history, Boone Monument Village has much to offer anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, while retaining the creature comforts that afford good rest and relaxation. There are multiple stays you can book here that range from teepees to an impressive 19th-century brick home. There is even a fully restored red barn that has hosted many weddings. The history and pristine beauty of the property are second to none.

Just down the road from the village, you have your choice of wineries to visit and have tastings. On the weekends, there is a trolley that will take you and your group around to several of the local wineries and allow you to enjoy your little tour of Missouri wine country without the stress of having to drive. Thierbach Orchards and Berry Farm is very close to Monument Village and is a must-see during the growing season. The attendants tell you what’s ripe that day and where to go. It is an absolutely stunning orchard. This idyllic little area is right on the Katy Trail, and close enough for a night away, but feels a world away.