ARCADIA VALLEY, Mo. – The summer playground for St. Louis’ elite has a still, calm, peacefulness that envelopes you when stepping off the Amtrak train.
It’s an ideal place for a weekend getaway; a safe haven to run to escape big city life. It’s pretty here: tranquil, serene, historic – replete with sunshiny sights and faces.
We headed straight to our hotel at the time our train arrived (4:15 am on Train 22, the Texas Eagle coach). There is a wide range of lodging options from park cabins to bed & breakfasts, regular hotel rooms or kitchenette suites. Joe with Arcadia Valley Tours met us at the train depot with a shuttle to the Fort Davidson Hotel, located adjacent to the historic Pilot Knob battleground.
In our updated room, we wondered why our hot tea tasted so good. We discovered the town Pilot Knob boasts fresh spring water, free of chemicals. The soaker tub took on a new light for us and our skin was glowing from natural spring water baths.
After an invigorating Sunday sermon at a friendly local church, we made the rounds with Carol Kelsheimer, the Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce representative, who showed us the towns of Arcadia Valley: Arcadia, Ironton and Pilot Knob. The train station houses a museum, which is open during the day. The hope is for the train to expand traveler’s enjoyment of this charming community already popular with white water rafters, civil war history buffs and vacationing families.
After just two days visit, it felt like an idyllic place to come home to.
Things to do in Arcadia Valley. There are plenty of reasons to stop here. First, the clean, relaxed atmosphere: most of the area is lush with emerald grounds and lawns, stately historic homes and buildings and very little traffic.
How to get around town: Hotel shuttles are also available at Shepherd Mountain Inn & Suites in Ironton and Arcadia Valley Tours offers convenient area tours to all the above locations as well as various excursions.
It’s best to book your shuttles and tours in advance when riding the rails. Schedule via phone or online in advance. For extended stays, car rentals are booked through Farmington, MO, just one town over.
Arcadia Valley is a lovely couples getaway destination for nearby Missouri areas, neighboring states, and beyond. It’s a short 4-hour train or car ride from Little Rock, AR and just 90 miles from St. Louis, MO. Train passengers may opt for a few days layover en route to St. Louis to take in the St. Louis Arch and a Cardinals baseball game. Quick, easy and affordable too.
It’s a great place to bring the family. If you’re up for a new experience, you can leave your care and car behind and just hop on the train. It’s like an RV you don’t have to drive, just pay the fare, pack light and Amtrak does the rest.
In short, we loved the Arcadia Valley’s hometown feeling and would enjoy a return trip during their annual events.
Many local businesses partner with Amtrak to shuttle passengers and offer special daily room rates and stay hours (4 am-4 am) for Amtrak clientele. Contact the Arcadia Valley Chamber of Commerce (573) 546-7117 for more information and always schedule your shuttle from the train to your lodging in advance.