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Karl Brand from Missouri City, TX on 10/29/2019 01:51 PM:
My wife, brother, sister in law, and I stayed at the Bluffton Barn on Oct 24th. Doug treated us to a great meat and taters supper, per our request, and a hearty breakfast that included persimmon bread and wild pears.

We enjoyed our stay here.

Gman from Erie PA on 05/13/2019 07:17 PM:
Had a great stay last week with Doug at the Bluffton Barn. He is a great guy with a lot of knowledge about the trail and any topic for that matter. If your looking for some good times, good cookin, and good conversation, this is your place. Doug will do anything for his guests; shuttle, cook, or pick up groceries before you arrive so you can cook for yourself. I recommend letting him do the cookin under the watchful eyes of his staff, Freckles and Spot

ColNei from South Carolina on 08/14/2018 06:55 AM:
August 2018 - Just finished riding Katy from Machens to Boonville on a fully loaded tandem with extra wheel trailer without issue other than a mystery flat tire. We stayed at Steamboat Junction when a storm popped up and shortened our day. What a lovely and quiet oasis off the dusty trail. The cleanest porta-pottie and shower house on the trail - you can see the pride of ownership. Honor system frig right off the trail and easy self-serve camping registration. Owner stopped by to check on us, say hello, and give us an update on the evening's weather predictions.

Doug from Bluffton on 08/05/2018 07:48 PM:
I want to let everyone know that the Home is open again at Bluffton Barn. I only have two rooms and one shared bathroom at this point but another bathroom and bedroom are coming this fall. One room has twin beds and one has a full bed. I am working on it daily so call to check the latest progress report. Or just to chew the fat.

Donna Shaw from Boulder CO on 09/22/2017 03:36 PM:
Like someone said below - this is not a pot pourri place. It is geared towards groups but my husband and I stayed in a huge space. The sheets were clean, the shower was hot, Doug did some laundry for us and brought over a pot of homemade soup. He offered to help with a stray dog we saw at the Portland station which was in a terrible state. He shared a couple whiskys and stories with my husband. Don't expect a turndown service; but do expect great conversation and a genuine guy. Thanks Doug!

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Doug from Edwardsville, IL on 07/19/2016 10:09 PM:
For all you long-time bikekatytrail followers: I contacted Doug Rendelman asking for a suggestion of a place to park our car in/near Bluffton (nothing else was working logistically). He graciously allowed us to park it at his place. If you remember, in Dec '14, some guy came careening around Hwy 94 and plowed into Doug's B&B. Despite trying several legal avenues, Doug has been unable to recoup damages from either the driver's insurance company or his own. He is continuing to fight on, but in the meantime he is converting an adjacent building into a bigger and better B&B -- catering specifically to cyclists (i.e. no potpourri!). He hopes to open in the spring of '17 and the progress looks good. I asked if I could give you all an update, and he said it was OK.

Scott from SW City on 07/23/2016 01:32 PM:
Can't wait. Had a great time at his place!

He was the only one on my whole trip to catch my friend on my hip.

Bridget from St. Louis on 06/12/2016 09:41 PM:
Biking from St Charles to Jefferson City and stayed at Steamboat Junction Campground. Owners were very nice and accommodating. We stayed in the air conditioned cabins. Each had 2 beds but no running water. Had to use the one shower and the one portal potty at the campground Otherwise, Everything was very clean and tidy. They also have a nice little snack shop where you can get drinks, chips, candy bars. Price was right! I recommend.

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Will W on 05/26/2016 11:34 AM:
I read some old comments on here that there's an unmanned shelter with a snack/drink fridge in the campground right off the trail. I'm pleased to say it's still in operation. You slip your money into the counter, and take what you need. The prices are listed on the fridge. I was having a particularly rough run, and the Steamboat Campground was a huge positive. Thanks to the owners, it's your kindness that makes the trail what it is

Anonymous on 10/03/2014 08:15 AM:
Recently biked the Katy Trail and stayed at Rendleman House one night. Great place. Worth it just to see how Doug repurposed old post office boxes into a shelf to organize his stuff. Doug prepared delicious meals for us and even washed our clothing since he was "doing a load of laundry anyway." He knows what cyclists need/want as he knew to ask if we wanted the clothing to be put in the dryer. Cyclists, do make this one of your stops.

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Tiffany Schneller from Fulton on 10/10/2011 05:17 PM:

I loved the stay at Rendleman home. It was my husband and I first time there and trust me we will be going back. The house was a simple farm house but we had more fun there and met more friends than we though possiable. The dinner was wonderful and doug catered to everyone's tastes perfectly. We had a nice bonfire and roasted smores. The beds were very comfy. The showers hot and the towels clean. Thw evening was perfect.. Thanks to doug and all those wonderful friendly people.
posted Oct 10 2011 12:15PM - Tiffany Schneller, Fulton


Leslie on 07/18/2011 09:19 PM:
My husband and I just returned from 4 days on the trail from Sedalia to around Bernheimer. As this was our first cycling trip, I just wanted to encourage other novices to go for it even in mid-July! The shade on the trail and early morning starts helped a lot. Our plan had been to leave the car in Sedalia, ride as far as Washington, MO and catch the Amtrak back to our vehicle. Well, mid-trip we got a call that Amtrak could not serve the Washington station or accommodate our bikes. We began cancelling B&B reservations thinking we would just have to turn around and head back toward the car when Doug of the Rendelmann Home B&B offered to shuttle us back! Doug is as friendly as they come and cooks a fine meal too. If your needing a place near Bluffton, I think you'll enjoy Doug's easy going style and helpfulness. Thank's Doug!

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George from Lebanon, IL on 08/14/2010 03:16 PM:
I was low on water during one of the hottest days of the year when I came upon the campground. It was a Thursday (July 22) and the campground was not open, but I decided to see if there was someplace to find water. They have a refrigerator with drinks, snacks, and sandwiches in the shed near the trail. It is on the honor system and was a welcome stop. Bought water and a soda by slipping my money into the slot. I sat and enjoyed the view for a few minutes while hydrating and resting my legs.

Anonymous on 08/14/2010 05:11 PM:
Where was it?

Mr. G from Galena, IN on 07/15/2011 08:34 PM:
Yes! Honor system drinks, sandwiches, etc. in a beautiful setting. We came through during the heat wave and the Yohoo's gave us the fuel to go on. Like the Tebbets Shelter Hostel, this rest stop (we didn't experience the camping) expresses the best of the spirit of the Katy Trail.

Anon on 07/15/2011 09:04 PM:
Must be Steamboat Junction at Bluffton. :)

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duluth1200 from St Louis on 06/21/2009 06:11 PM:
Camped one night here--great facilities--great price--beautiful location. Lots of bugs--so bring your spray. But I'll be back. The 2-story cabin looked great and was only $30.

Sandra from Bluffton, Mo. on 07/07/2011 07:13 AM:
One story cabin is $30, 2 story is $75.

sharonbikes from Kansas City on 07/07/2011 06:18 PM:
It is a beautiful setting, clean facilities, but oh, the bugs are something terrible. We stayed there a couple of years ago and we now refer to it as "mosquito gulch" We had bug spray and some fogger and a campfire and nothing deterred those bugs.

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EB from Greenwood, MO on 10/07/2010 06:49 PM:
I have read nothing but good things about this place but after staying there I don't know why. The owner was out of town so he had his neighbor take care of us and to her credit, she did an excellent job. Her meals were delicious, but the house was run down and dirty. This was the most expensive place we stayed in during our week on the trail so I was expecting a much better experience. We got a room for three but one of us had to sleep on an air mattress. The bathroom had not been cleaned and the house was much too small to accomodate the 9 guests who stayed the night. Next time I'll save money and stay in one of the cabins at Steamboat Junction or stay in Hermann.

Doug from Bluffton on 10/07/2010 11:15 PM:
I'm The owner of the Rendleman Home and my neighbor has told me of your group. My response to your accusations: A full,delicious, as even you admit, family style dinner makes a room more expensive. This is not hard to realize. When the reservations were made I told that person as I do everyone, that this is NOT a lace and doilies B&B but rather an old farm house that I am IN THE PROCESS OF RESTORING. IT is clean beds good food and hot showers. One of you did not HAVE to sleep on an air mattress but you CHOSE to. Your reservation was for a double bed with a futon which is what you received. Deb OFFERED the air mattress so one of you would not share a double bed and you CHOSE to do this. When you stay in a B&B with a shared bath you are expected to leave the bathroom clean behind yourself, not leave a mess for the next person and then complain about it. As to the 9 guests. She had 2 people show up late without a reservation hoping to get inside and she let them stay in the loft. Not your room. I am not at all sorry if that bothers you. Next time you won't save any money because you won't have food but stay somewhere else anyway. You and your friends will not be welcome here.

To the rest of my guests that are honest and fun I apologize for the rant. Doug

DLR from St.Louis on 10/08/2010 12:49 AM:
My daughter and I stayed at Rendleman Home last fall in the very room that was described by the previous poster. This room is ideal for a couple with a child. But for 3 adults that do not want to share a bed then it would not work. Someone would have to sleep on the floor.

My stay at Rendleman was fun,the atmosphere was more like staying with family that you actually like. Also I want Doug's recipe for French Toast!! How about it Doug?

EB from Greenwood, MO on 10/09/2010 02:30 PM:
Sorry for any hurt feelings.

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Ed from Naples, FL on 10/01/2010 04:16 PM:
I spent the night of September 16, 2010 at Doug’s while backpacking the Katy Trail. Both dinner and breakfast were great and Doug could not have been nicer. When I left my hat at his place, he bicycled 12 miles one-way to return it to me! That says it all.

jack from anchorage on 12/20/2010 05:47 AM:
The very best thing about Rendleman b+b was Honey the dog. Unfortunately the house was unclean; dirty shower,kitchen very unappetizing. Bedroom was most acceptable room in the house,with a window A.C. For one of the highest prices of the B+B's we were sorely disappointed at the paltry breakfast offered. Not only were there no choices but two pieces of french toast were placed on a plate for each and after one cup of coffee,with no offer of more toast or coffee, well, it was clearly time to leave. Won't go back!!

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Allie from Warrensburg, MO on 08/24/2010 11:51 PM:
Absolutely wonderful for riders during the week, it is the only place around that has food! Stayed here and late June, 2010 and couldn't have asked for more. There was no one there but we just called the number on the pamphlet and she was more than happy to help with all of our questions. The campsites are actually way in the back, and that is where the bugs are bad. There were only two of us though, so we set up our tent right behind the snack stand and didn't have a problem with the bugs. There is only a port-a-potty, which I didn't use, but the shower was extremely clean. If you are looking for a hot meal, the bed and breakfast (left at the road right before steamboat junction if you are heading east) has pizza's for $10.

Dennis from Rhineland on 08/26/2010 07:59 PM:
You say "The place around the corner has pizza for $10"....your talking about the Rendleman Home B&B and Camping in Bluffton..on Hwy 94 just up from the trail when you cross Hwy 94...If you make a reservation ahead they also serve dinner and breakfast (killer hot meals) for both campers and B&B guests.

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Matt H from Kansas City on 04/21/2010 12:20 PM:
Plan your trip around staying a night (or two like we did) with Doug. Do so and you will have a new friend for life as well as an amazing spot to rest and recoup after a day on the trail.

My friend and I dropped in unannounced, and were in the middle of setting up our tent (we weren't technically B&B stayers) when Doug came out and informed us that there was plenty of extras and to join them.

We also enjoyed the hot showers, and the wash house with room to stash our food, hang out, and even use a stove!

Doug is awesome! He gas great knowledge of the trail, is a heck of a chef, and is and incredibly generous/great host. His other guests were awesome too. Can't recommend staying with him enough! I will definitely be back!

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Maria from Brighton, MI on 11/02/2009 11:14 AM:
What can I say, this was truly a favorite stop!! Doug's home is

homey, clean and comfortable and we had such a good time with him and

our fellow house guests! His dog Honey is just the sweetest! Doug is

very knowledgeable about the biking the trail and he gave us some

great advice. The evening we arrived he made us an incredible dinner

of pot roast and vegetables, then built a bonfire and entertained us

with hilarious stories that mostly seemed to start with, "Well, we'd

been drinking...". We slept really well in a very comfortable bed

and woke the next morning to a great breakfast of delicious french

toast! It was pouring rain that day and we took Doug up on his offer

to drive us up the road to our next stop. Thanks Doug, we will definitely be coming back!!!

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Lonnie from Kansas City on 10/06/2009 03:14 PM:
I did a hike from Jefferson City to Herrman last weekend and had the privilege to stay with Doug at Rendleman Home. It was a great time. Doug fixed a fabulous dinner; one that I enjoyed very much having hiked 20 miles that day with a pack. Breakfast was equally good and it was a very nice time all around. Doug offered to make a bonfire but I was too tired to take advantage of it. Everything was great.

Cindy Bernard from Kokomo, IN on 10/10/2009 10:35 PM:
We (9 in our group) stayed with Doug at the Rendleman Home B & B Sept. 24 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Doug was a very gracious host, greeting us as we arrived dripping wet from a rainy ride. His hot showers were great, the home cooked dinner absolutely delicious and very filling, and the breakfast a perfect send off for our next day on the trail. We highly recommend stopping at the Rendleman Home B & B as you ride the trail.

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Lonnie from Kansas City on 10/06/2009 03:14 PM:
I did a hike from Jefferson City to Herrman last weekend and had the privilege to stay with Doug at Rendleman Home. It was a great time. Doug fixed a fabulous dinner; one that I enjoyed very much having hiked 20 miles that day with a pack. Breakfast was equally good and it was a very nice time all around. Doug offered to make a bonfire but I was too tired to take advantage of it. Everything was great.

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Dustin from Bella Vista, AR on 09/26/2009 11:15 AM:
My 12 year old son and I rode the Katy from Sedalia to St. Charles. Day 2 was a 67 miler from Rocheport to the Rendleman Home B&B. We got caught in a nasty lightning storm 10 miles out. Doug picked us up trailside within 15 minutes of my call. Doug helped us repair 2 broken spokes and a bent brake caliper - not only did he supply the know how, he also supplied the tools and parts. The home is clean, nicely restored, and full of great company. Doug made us a fabulous supper of grilled chicken, fresh green beans, and squash. Breakfast was french toast with fresh fruit and was equally delicious. Before departing Doug loaded us up trail info that only a local would know and assured us that if we hit any trouble on the trail we can call him anytime. 20 miles down the trail while taking a break, Doug pulls up in his truck with a smile and gives me a cold beer. He was passing through and noticed us trailside. First class all the way and by far the best accomodations of our trip. I highly recommend the Rendleman Home.

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Nick B. from Norman, OK on 08/13/2009 09:43 AM:
This spot was extremely hospitable. We camped here just one day and, while the breakfast was fabulous, the hosts were by far the best part. They made our trip. A++ would visit again. ;)

Nick B!

Anonymous from Hermann on 08/29/2009 12:46 PM:
Doug is a friend. I have heard from several guests that he is a great cook. He has the luxury of going to the market every day for fresh food. Since he is a cyclist he knows what kind of meals they need. He will ask if there are any diet restrictions and fill you up with a balanced fresh meal. He has fresh veggies from his garden and fresh fruit from the market. He uses real butter and honey. Dig in! He has invited us over today for a special party, it's Honey's Birthday!

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B.B. from Clinton on 08/10/2009 02:17 PM:
Doug will certainly talk your ear off, if you let him. He made us great meals and went out of his way to make us feel welcomed.

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D Weber from St Louis on 07/28/2009 09:21 AM:
Great food. Home grown green beans in season, yum!! And Honey is a cutie!

manhk from plano, tx on 05/14/2009 02:16 AM:
Incredible hot shower building, the cleanest "blue room", self service check in, and nice camping area. I was the only camper that night. Perhaps more people should patronize this place.

Darrell from Jeff City, Mo. on 05/16/2009 08:25 AM:
I agree Manhk, a few weeks ago I stayed there while biking the trail, it is a nice quiet campground. I plan to stay there in the future, well equipped at a reasonable price.

Bonnie from Parkville, MO on 05/18/2009 08:27 AM:
Great info, thanks. I noticed there are two camping sites in Bluffton. Are you referring to the one right on the trail, or the one 100 yards down the highway next to the B&B? Both have hot showers and same rates.

Doug from Bluffton on 05/18/2009 08:49 AM:
The one by the B&B also has a pizza oven and hot pizzas now.

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Ann from Kansas City on 04/30/2009 08:41 AM:
Doug, a very interesting and engaging guy, went out of his way to make me feel welcome. Dinner was great, and I heard lots of stories about history/making the Katy trail. By the way, his washroom is for campers, the bathrooms inside the house have nice showers. It had rained all day, and Doug's washroom was also be used for cleaning up my bike - and he graciously chain-lubed and checked/tightened up everything for me too. Maybe it's not 5-star, as some below have noted, but I will definitely stay there again for the one-of-a-kind experience. His little dog Honey is also a plus!

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Gean Hyder from Nevada, Mo on 04/29/2009 03:25 PM:
My son and I stayed in one of their cabins the second night on the trail. It was 100% better than I was expecting. The price was awsome. This was one of the cleanest places I've seen. I have never in my life seen a port-a-pottie as clean as this one. It was a long walk to get to the showers, but worth it, very clean.

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Jodie from Richmond, VA on 01/04/2009 08:04 PM:
Does anyone have pictures of the campground? Particularly the cabins? We're thinking of stopping here on our trip next summer.

steve from Lenexa, KS on 01/05/2009 12:42 PM:
Stayed in the bunkhouse summer 2007 while backpacking from Herman to Coopers Landing. It provided just the basics bed and air and a very old TV, no bathroom but there are facilities that have bathroom. Was a nice place to stay and get out of the rain

Randy from Edwardsville,IL on 01/11/2009 04:24 PM:
I stayed at the campground and the cabin on an out and back in June 08.Cabin is just as described above. Just a comfortable bed t.v. and air. (T.V. might not work now.) It is nowhere near the size of a motel room, but if you want a comfortable bed, air, and no mosquitos, this is the place. If you camp and remember only one thing to bring, make it insect repellant.

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Derek from Oklahoma on 10/21/2008 11:29 AM:
Very nice people, good rates and incredibly good hot showers!!!

Jeff on 12/26/2008 03:01 PM:
This campground and the property it sits on was my childhood home (circa 1967 - 1981) It was a farm at the time (cattle, horses, chickens, 300 acres farmland) I grew up running around this area, back when the Missouri Pacific railroad traveled up and down what is now the Katy Trail. My family sold the farm after my grandparents passed away and we lost contact with it altogether until my sister was looking at a biking magazine and saw a picture of the place in the magazine. Imagine our surprise! The house that sits on the property is actually an old riverboat that was converted to a house around the early 1900's. My great grandfather bought the farm in 1920's or '30s and lived there until my grandpartents both passed away in the early 1980s. The entire area is a wonderful place to hike, camp, hunt, and fish. The Missouri river is just a few hundred yards away from the front door of the house. Over the years, we found dozens and dozens of arrowheads and several indian burial sites. On top of the hill that sits just east of the house is a really old cemetary, with most headstones dating late 1800s. The cemetary was an awfully scary place for me as a child.

I dream of the "farm" often and hope to go back and visit it sometime soon. It is wonderful to know that a place I hold so dear to my heart has turned out to be a place where people can actually visit and go camping. I can't imagine what the campgrounds look like, as they did not exist when I was a child.

Hope you all can enjoy the area as much as I did growing up. If you look around, you might find a few trees with my initials carved into them.

Trek on 12/27/2008 10:44 AM:
We've camped at Steamboat Junction and we've stopped several times to enjoy the shade. It is a welcomed stop along the trail and the owners are friendly. Each time we've talked to them over the past few years though, they always mention that business is down and that they are thinking about closing. Last summer the owner expressed concern that no one knew that they were even there. She said that many bikers passed on by and never slowed. If you haven't stayed there, check out the secluded campground and the little cottage (air conditioned) if they fit into your Katy plans in '09.

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lyr from Dayton Ohio on 10/14/2008 09:19 AM:
Doug is a heck of a nice guy, but his housekeepping is a little lax. If you're looking for a good meal and a bed to sleep in and don't care about the cleanliness of the bathroom, this is the place for you. The shower in the washroom is very primitive.

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Dick Gabrriel from Marietta, GA on 09/28/2008 08:16 PM:
It you want a mint on your pillow and a USA Today, stay in St. Louis or Kansas City. If you want wonderful fellowship and terrific food, great stories of the Katy from a person whose passion is the trail--then don't pass through Bluffton without staying a night at Doug Randleman's B&B!

Ken from St. Charles on 09/28/2008 09:18 PM:
Amen to that. Thanks for the hospitality on Friday night Doug. The roast dinner and french toast were great.

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Blue Tapp Scheffer from St. Louis on 09/08/2008 02:22 PM:
Hey Doug, we're coming back!!! Craig and I are riding the entire Katy Trail during the second week in October. We've made sure to schedule our stops to stay there with you at Rendleman B & B. I'll email you about details. We are really looking forward to seeing you again! ~ Blue

Doug from Bluffton on 09/08/2008 09:43 PM:
All is in readiness! Am searching for a new mandolin!

Blue from St. Louis on 09/25/2008 11:54 AM:
Alright!!! I'm bringing my guitar and flute. We can have another jam!!! ~ Blue

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Cybele from Columbia, IL on 07/22/2008 12:00 AM:
As a female biker traveling on the Katy Trail alone, Doug was a perfect gentleman. He has a wonderful personality, great conversation, and charm. We shared travel stories, too. I felt at home at his B&B. He evened cooked me dinner. What more could a tired and hungry traveler ask for.

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JD from Joplin on 07/04/2008 10:46 AM:
A fantastic bed and breakfast! A biker serving bikers. Doug is not only a great cook, but can entertain you with his life stories. Make this a stop on your trip.

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Chuck from Edwardsville on 06/24/2008 09:54 PM:
Awesome place to stay on the trail! At the Rendleman You WILL get plenty of excellent food, a great accomodating host and interesting conversation. Doug is an avid cyclist himself and maybe thats why he knows just what riders need after a long day on the trail. I willplan future rides to insure this is one of the stops!

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Wes Shannon from Fort Worth, TX on 03/29/2008 11:19 AM:
My son and I camped-out our last night of our hiking trip here at the Rendleman Home B&B, March 25th 2008. Doug Rendleman was the best host. He provides nice facilities (the shower house is great), camping in the woods behind his barn, bon fire with good conversation and pleasant refreshment, and shuddle service back to our car the next day.

Note: The best french toast I have ever had or will have was provided by Doug. Worth going just for the breakfast. We will be visiting again. Thanks Doug!

Les from Lawrence on 06/12/2008 08:12 PM:
Agree, we had a great stop. He cooked dinner and breakfast both for us. Was great

sbikes from Kansas City on 06/15/2008 11:56 AM:
I stayed at the Rendleman B & B a few years ago and found it to be a great experience. As I

was traveling on the cheap, it was difficult to find places to camp -- he let me camp in his

backyard, the outdoor shower was very welcome, and it was a delightful experience. Sharon

ka3751 from saint louis on 06/24/2008 06:55 PM:
I camped at the Rendleman B&B over Memorial Day and had a great time. Doug is an interesting guy. Lots of knowledge about the Katy Trail.

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Anonymous from Washington, MO on 05/11/2006 09:02 PM:
We stayed at this B & B when be biked the Katy about 8 years ago. the host was nice and the food was very good, but the house was dirty--especially the bathroom and shower. Is it still owned by the same person?

sharron sussman from Julian California on 05/14/2006 10:27 AM:
Just stayed at the Rendleman Home in Bluffton last week - apparently the same owner (Doug) but he was off riding across Indiana and my host was an old friend of his, Fred. The house is apparently up for sale, as Doug wants to start a boat-based waterway-and-trail travel business. A fairly eccentric place, but I wouldn't call it dirty. Not your typical B&B (IS there such a thing on the Katy?) Dinner was pretty good, and I guess worth the extra $15 in such an isolated setting (there is absolutely nothing else around.) Breakfast was extremely simple for a B&B - just coffee and hot cereal. But I got my pick of their hot-cereal stash, and tried a 3-grain from Oregon that was wonderful - real nosebag food! And when I walked down toward the water for Verizon reception after dinner in the dark, there were lightning bugs - a real treat for a Californian!


Blue Tapp Scheffer from St. Louis, Missouri on 07/27/2007 09:30 AM:
We will be staying at Rendleman at the end of September 2007. Doug is still the owner. Just a response to the dirty bathroom comment... I haven't stayed there yet but when I called Doug he made it clear that this isn't intended to be your standard fancy b&b (I think his exact words were "This ain't one of your hoity-toity doily places.") He offers clean beds and good food to riders who've been on the trail all day (or all week). Since he's a biker himself, he gives a practical helpful hospitality geared specifically to bikers. I had a fun delightful conversation with him and my husband and I are looking forward to meeting him. I'm a musician and I'm especially anticipating his evening bonfire sing-a-long jam session with some local musicians. If you're looking for a "hoity-toity doily" place then I think you need to bike on down to Marthasville. ;-)

PEACE and all the best on the trail!

~ Blue

ree from St. Louis, Mo on 07/31/2007 08:50 AM:
We had an odd experience with Doug. We pulled up the other weekend and asked where we

could get a bite to eat. He said nowhere, we'd have to keep riding or turn around five miles.

We were completely beat. As it turns out, Steamboat just around the corner has a well-

stocked snack bar. I guess he didn't want to send us to a competitor, but it really turned us

off since it was getting dark and we were beat. Steamboat really took car of us and also has

cabins along with camping and a nice new shower.

Rick from Wichita on 07/31/2007 10:22 AM:
What is this Steamboat, you are talking about? I can't seem to find it anywhere...

Anonymous from Ashland on 07/31/2007 10:46 AM:
Click on Portland on Katy Trail Map at top of page, scroll down to "next towns on Katy Trail" and click on Bluffton.

kim from independence, mo on 07/31/2007 05:00 PM:
Normally people are asking about a place they can get a meal, and there is nowhere in Bluffton to get a meal.

We also ate at Steamboat Junction last fall when passing through, and it is a great stop, but it is JUST snacks. They had some boxed sandwiches, chips, snacks, but definitely not a MEAL.

ree on 07/31/2007 09:44 PM:
Steamboat Junction was somewhere between snacks and a meal. We had a couple of

cheeseburgers similar to those you get at QT that you heat up in the microwave. He just

wasn't going to help us out and send us around the corner to his prime competitor who was

booked up while he had no guests at all.

Rick from Wichita on 08/01/2007 06:42 AM:
I am going to have to say, I don't consider QT cheeseburgers a "meal." Sure, it will do, but when I called Doug, he said there wasn't really much out there to eat, and I think this all confirms that.

Sluggo from Wales on 09/17/2007 05:27 PM:
I was wondering how someone would know Doug had "no guests at all" without venturing inside to check all the rooms? Has anyone else considered the possibility of "the competition" doing this posting? Regardless, my stay last year was quite enjoyable.

Anonymous on 06/11/2008 06:32 PM:
It seems to me that the proof would be in allowing people to withdraw after they see the place. He may be a fun guy, and it may be a good place to hang out with the guys, but I'd like an AC vent when I'm paying over $100 on a hot summer day. Ridiculous!

There is no competition that would be outting him; no one within 10 miles. I've stayed in many B&Bs and this was the worst ever.

kittywhiz from Oregon on 06/06/2008 10:46 PM:
Bluffton is just a wide spot with a few houses, and a terrific B&B that only cyclists would appreciate! No "lace and doilies" as Doug will tell you when you call! But a clean bed, showers, a claw foot tub for soaking, and good food will reward you after a day on the trail. As a fellow cyclist, Doug wknows what you need and he'll take good care of you.

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bob from brookfield wi on 02/02/2008 03:35 PM:
Tell me about camping here. WE have a 13 foot travel trailer. We are planning on visiting March 20th - 28th. If you have a brochure, mail it to 2985 cottonwood ct. Brookfield, WI 53005 or email me your web address. Thank you Bob Quinsey

Carl Myers from Mexico, MO on 02/03/2008 04:56 PM:
The campground is kind of small and primitive, but it work for you with a small RV. It is in a good location and you will have good senery riding both east and west.

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bob from brookfield wi on 02/02/2008 03:19 PM:
tell me about the camping we have a 13ft camper

Anonymous on 02/03/2008 09:09 AM:

173 Hwy 94

Bluffton, MO 65069



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Blue Tapp Scheffer from St. Louis on 11/11/2007 09:55 AM:
We had such a good time at Rendleman Home that we decided to stay there again a few weekends ago... this time just driving in rather than biking the trail. He had a full house that night with several other couples and a group of cyclists camping. As usual, Doug cooked up a feast for everyone. Several of our musician friends joined us and we had a music jam around the bonfire until late that night. There was a meteor shower that night so it was a magical night to be outdoors playing music under the stars. This place will always be one of our favorites and we'll be back often!

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Sam Boyer from Burlington, Iowa on 10/24/2007 02:15 PM:
we camped in hermann but we saw this campground and checked it out, we did not know it had electric and water but had we of known we would have camped here for sure. it's a very nice secluded area. The owners are very nice and trusting.

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JustJoe from St Louis on 10/14/2007 10:23 PM:
Rode by here on a miserable, cold, rainy Saturday. Had gone about 20 miles with nothing to drink when I came to Steamboat Campground. They had drinks in a fridge outside and payment was on the honor system (at least when I rode by there was no one to collect the money). So I was more than happy to pay. While I was stopped the owner came out and we chatted about the camping, the cabins and the honor system. What a nice lady and a great place. I'm really glad Steamboat Junction was there when I needed it.

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PJ Biker Woman from Naperville IL on 09/19/2007 09:03 PM:
This was a fun place to stay. The homemade meal included real mashed potatoes & real butter,barbequed ribs,baked squash,green beans and bread. Nothing processed here. We especially enjoyed the bonfire after the dinner, and the host's warm hospitality. We would recommend the Rendleman home to anyone wanting a relaxing, comfortable country stay, with great food and wonderful conversation.

Derek from Arvada, CO on 09/25/2007 10:36 PM:
We also enjoyed our stay here. The meals and conversation were very enjoyable. It really felt as if we were spending time visiting with a cycling buddy in his kitchen as he prepared supper. Doug (our host) also saved our trip from the disaster of having a flat tire without repair kit (mountain bike tires are supposed to be invulnerable, right?). Because he was shuttling our van in the morning we were able to contact him while he was en route and he met us, lent me his bike, and then took my wheel to a bike shop for repair. By the next trail head he was back and I was back on my own bike.

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Blue Tapp Scheffer from St. Louis on 09/24/2007 09:19 AM:
My husband and I had a fantastic time at Doug's place. We rode 71 miles that day and for the last 20 miles my husband was struggling with a slow leaking tire. Doug, who is an avid cyclist himself, keeps a small store of bicycle maintenance supplies. He had a tube that fit Craig's tire and got him all fixed up for the rest of our ride.

Doug cooked us up a delicious feast for dinner including grilled chicken, hamburgers, brats, spaghetti squash (the best I've ever had), potato salad, green salad and butternut squash soup. YUM!

That evening he kept a bonfire going and a friend stopped by with mandolins and guitars and we sat around the fire singing and playing (I'm a musician). What a great time!

Breakfast was thick slices of homemade French toast with molasses and strawberries. Everything Doug cooks is from scratch and usually grown in his garden. Very fresh and very delicious.

The best thing about Doug's place is that Doug really understands cycling. He cycles almost every day and uses the trail to go to the grocery store, the bike shop and almost everything else. His place is really more of a hostel for cyclists than a fancy B&B and Craig and I appreciated that very much. It is probably the best place along the entire trail for real cyclists who will enjoy Doug's cycling stories and personable character. He is a great host.

I enthusiastically recommend Rendleman home and Craig and I are coming back to stay again in October. We are definitely planning to become regulars at Rendleman and feel like we've made a good new friend. Thanks Doug!

~ Blue

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P J Biker Woman from Naperville IL on 09/23/2007 09:54 PM:
This was a fun place to stay. The homemade meal included real mashed potatoes & real butter,barbequed ribs,baked squash,green beans and bread. Nothing processed here. We especially enjoyed the bonfire after the dinner, and the host's warm hospitality. We would recommend the Rendleman home to anyone wanting a relaxing, comfortable country stay, with great food and wonderful conversation.

Brett DAugustine from Branson MO on 09/19/2007 08:49 PM:
I would highly recommend the Rendleman home B & B. The host was great and the house was like staying in my grandparent's farm house. The house was down home and clean. The bed was firm and the shower's were hot. The food was great! Dinner the night we were there was pot roast, carrots, potatoes, salad and rolls. There was plenty to eat.

This is a come back place

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Brett DAugustine from Branson MO on 09/16/2007 08:28 PM:
I would highly recommend the Rendleman home B & B. The host was great and the house was like staying in my grandparent's farm house. The house was down home and clean. The bed was firm and the shower's were hot. The food was great! Dinner the night we were there was pot roast, carrots, potatoes, salad and rolls. There was plenty to eat.

This is a come back place.