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Bluffton MO on the Katy Trail

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Steamboat Junction Campground
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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!

Bluffton -- update on Rendelman house
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.

bluffton- steamboat campground
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.

Rendleman Home
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!

Great Watering Hole
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. :)

Steamboat Junction Campground (Bluffton)
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.

Rendleman Home B&B (Bluffton)
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.

Rendleman Home B&B (Bluffton)
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!!

Steamboat Junction Campground (Bluffton)
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.

Rendleman Home B&B (Bluffton)
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!

Rendleman Home B&B (Bluffton)
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!!!

Rendleman Home B&B (Bluffton)
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.

Rendleman Home B&B (Bluffton)
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!