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Defiance Roadhouse
2999 S. Hwy 94, Defiance
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Elysian Fields Inn B&B
2981 S Hwy 94, Defiance
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2998 S. Hwy 94, Defiance
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Canoe & kayak rental, Defiance
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211 Lee St., Defiance
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At Trailhead, Defiance
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The Inn at Defiance, Defiance MO

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Forum Discussions about Defiance

Mr. Bump from Hannibal on 12/06/2018 11:34 AM:
There was a restaurant on the east end of town, but it's currently closed. Locals say it recently sold and will reopen again in the spring. Bike repair in town, call Todd.

OCtandem from OC, CA on 06/22/2018 10:47 AM:
There's a new winery with a restaurant right off of the trail just east of Defiance called Defiance Ridge Vineyards. It's not listed here and wasn't on the sign in town, but it's there!

Mark from Hillsboro on 04/10/2012 04:15 PM:
Defiance is a great stop, Terry & Kathy's serve great burgers and there is a bike shop with ice cream and other snacks. Thumbs up!

Gene from Indiana on 04/10/2012 11:06 PM:
It is the ideal biker bar. Bicyclists during the day, motorcyclists at night. Great food.

Neuronerd on 08/12/2011 08:52 AM:
Parsons House was a great place to stay. Very relaxing. Bike trail just a few blocks away. Norm, the inkeeper, is a wealth of knowledge about the local vinyards, history, and the Katy Trail.

Katy Bike Rental (Defiance)
BLR from Saint Louis on 09/13/2010 02:09 PM:
Dropped by here for some ice cream on our trip last Friday. My third visit in three years; each time it has been a very positive experience. Very friendly folks!

Das Gast Haus Nadler (Defiance)
Maria from Brighton, MI on 11/02/2009 10:42 AM:
What a great B&B!! The house is just beautiful, very comfortable, clean

and an incredible breakfast!! We loved the way each of the guest rooms

had their own private door onto the big wrap around porch!

Anonymous on 03/24/2010 09:52 PM:

Terry & Kathy's Tavern (Defiance)
Trish from St. Charles on 12/25/2009 02:19 PM:
Terry and Kathy's is an awesome place.

Parsons House B&B (Defiance)
Anonymous on 09/23/2008 05:12 PM:
Has anyone stayed at the Parsons House B&B?

Kathy from Columbia, MO on 11/08/2009 04:39 PM:
My bike riding buddy and I stayed at Parson's House in Oct. on our ride from Jeff City to St. Charles. The owner, Norm, is a great guy. He shared history of the house, took us to Chandler Hill Winery in his limo, then to dinner and met several of the locals. Great time. Thanks, Norm.

Katy Bike Rental (Defiance)
Laurie and Greg from Nevada City, California on 10/27/2009 09:01 PM:
BEFORE you leave your hometown to cycle the Katy Trail, get in touch with Todd and Robin at Katy Bike Rental. We brought our own bikes so we didn't think we would need much help. Hah! Todd met us at the airport, and Lynn met us the next day AGAIN because our bikes hadn't arrived with us. She drove us to Sedalia, stayed close until she was sure we had the bikes assembled, and we ended up keeping in touch by phone, "rain shuttle" and emergency shuttle through the whole trip. When we finally got to their store in Defiance, we were surprised to see their prices are competitive with big city prices. These are the people to contact if you are nervous about taking the leap and going on your first long bike trip far away from home.

Terry from Festus on 10/27/2009 10:58 PM:
Hands down they are my favorite stop on the trail.

Terry & Kathy's Tavern (Defiance) AWESOME FOOD!
Quain from St. Louis on 09/30/2009 10:59 PM:
Rode there today, best food I've had on the trail yet. Way more food options than are listed on this website. I had the burger, and have had one from the bar across the street last time I stopped in Defiance. This place has better service and WAY better food, don't miss it.

3marshall girls from marshall on 09/08/2009 10:53 PM:
Looking forward to our stay in Defiance!!!! We make an annual bike trip on the Katy Trail and usually stay in Augusta but this year we are staying in Defiance at the Elysian Filds B&B. Definace is always happening in October. So Excited!!! See ya there! October 10 and 11.

Katy Bike Rental (Defiance)
Ted B from Kansas City, KS. on 07/09/2005 11:54 AM:
This is a stop you don't want to pass up.

Popcicles are a must and if you don't yet have a polar freeze water bottle this is the place to get one. They have the best price around.

The folks were a joy to talk to and were extremely knowledgable about the trail. Don't forget to get water here. The next stop is a ways. The bike shop / Ice cream shop did not have ice for our water bottles but I think that will change. Slurpies at the bike shop were great too. Thanks Ted

Read all about our Illinois to Kansas bicycle trip at:


Vera from Kent, OH on 06/24/2006 07:30 PM:
Great stop. Ice cream, water, nice bathrooms, and very friendly.

frank from festus on 06/25/2006 03:08 PM:
the katy bike rental in defiance is a definite must stop. me and my g'son stopped there on a ride. snacks were great and the gentleman there was lots of help and very friendly.

TMS from Festus on 05/06/2007 10:22 PM:
I love this place! Great service and friendly people (understatement!). It is just a fun place to take a break and hang out. They also have a good selection of supplies and refreshments and tons of conversations and laughs.

Jeff Grigg from Manchester, MO on 05/20/2007 06:02 PM:
Great place: I stop here /every/ time I go past -- which has been one ride a week, recently.

Snacks, restrooms, water. Quite a wide variety of snack foods, including drinks.

Sometimes... a very friendly dog. Rarely... you may be able to find the cat.

Jim and Theo from Defiance on 10/05/2008 07:41 AM:
Great customer service and very friendly, something you don't see very often.

Anonymous on 06/19/2009 05:26 PM:
Fabulous place! Very friendly! Great prices on their bikes to buy.

Anonymous on 06/19/2009 09:00 PM:
Agree with everything said above BUT, PLEASE get OFF the trail to enjoy

this business. People and their children standing in the middle of the

trail have made this a VERY dangerous location. Recently we had to walk through a mob of adults and at least 10 children then when I clipped in to continue, a mother with a child on a trail a bike pulled in front of me and stopped, blocking the trail!!!

cunninghamair from O''''Fallon, MO on 06/20/2009 06:17 PM:
We love to stop for ice cream--sometimes both ways! We also like to visit the dog and cats

that live here. But we forewarned--the cats like to share your ice cream :-)

Matt from Nashville, TN on 06/08/2009 12:20 PM:
Stopped by the Daniel Boone home. It was wonderful! Better than expected, but be weary of the ride. Its an extra 4-6 miles of rolling hills to get there. It was worth the while, and Joe is the man!

Elysian Fields Inn B&B (Defiance)
Lisa C. from Paducah, KY on 05/27/2009 10:30 PM:
Stayed here on the 2nd night of our 3 day ride. Rooms were nice and clean. Lots of loud talking from owner and friend early in the morning with sounds of her walking up and down the hall and steps. (Didn't know if that was our early wakeup call!) Gave coupons for brunch at a local winery due to owner celebrating her birthday. The brunch was great! Biker bars down the road were loud but enjoyed the music from our room. If you are early to bed on a weekend, bring ear plugs!

Elysian Fields Inn B&B (Defiance)
Pam from IL on 01/22/2009 01:40 PM:
We stayed there is was great, it is a wonderderful house, very clean, they have decks to sit out on, pool, hot tub outside, and very nice wineries close. You can get there it is on the trail. We have been there 3 times and loved it every time. It is a great place to stay.

We booked all the rooms. You will have fun when you go there. Also food was great.

Dave & Jacquie's (Defiance)
Lee from Festus, MO. on 10/18/2008 02:26 PM:
Bar and grill is easily accessed from the trail. A friend and I stopped for lunch on 10-18-2008. The double burger was huge. The waitress was friendly, though very busy.

Katy Bike Rental (Defiance)
JODIE from ST LOUIS on 09/01/2008 11:09 PM:
this is a great place!! they have really cool bikes to rent. it's fun to hang out outside or look around the shop. lots of good snacks and nice bathrooms!!

Matt from St. Charles, MO on 09/01/2008 11:14 PM:
How much to rent a bike for a day?

Anonymous on 09/02/2008 08:46 AM:
I agree.. Best place on the entire trail. Owner is always friendly, just a fun place to look around. Wished the Bike Shop in Rocheport could find the revenue to duplicate this place, since it is centrally located..

Ray (webmaster) on 09/02/2008 10:09 AM:
Matt, rates are listed on their website. Happy trails!

cunninghamair from O''''''''Fallon, MO on 09/03/2008 09:31 PM:
Best selection of jerseys in the St. Louis area. Also, family members have found gloves and

touring bags at a lower price than I paid for mine. (It's also an ice cream stop!)

Elysian Fields Inn B&B (Defiance)
Gail on 12/07/2007 02:27 PM:
The bed and breakfast was okay but be FOREWARNED that if you are coming on Friday or Saturday night, it is about 100 or so yards from 2 Biker Bars and it is very very loud with people partying and drinking. You hear Motorcycles until about midnight. Although the picture appear to have the B&B set back it is actually right ON the Highway so if you stay in the cottage/old bank building, all you hear are cars and motorcycles just a few feet from your door.

Breakfast was very good!! House was a bit cluttered and could be cleaned up a bit as well as the yard.

M&K from Florissant on 08/13/2008 01:20 PM:
Their idea of a Romantic Getaway and ours are quite different.

We stayed in the Cottage for 30 minutes before checking out.

Noisy, no sidewalks to walk anywhere to eat, definitely too close to the highway. Bed too small for 2 adults and no shower.

Of course, they chose to charge our credit card anyway!

Das Gast Haus Nadler (Defiance)
Roger Prost from Perryville, MO on 08/05/2008 09:07 AM:
My favorite B&B on the trail. I've ridden the whole trail and stayed in Das Haus Nadler 5 or 6 times on various rides in the last 10 years. Very clean & well kept. You won't find a friendlier place to stay.

Katy Bike Rental (Defiance)
JD from Joplin on 07/04/2008 10:48 AM:
Still one of my favorite stops. The Chilly Willie slushy alwasy hits the stop on a warm day.

Katy Bike Rental (Defiance)
Julia from Foristell, MO on 06/23/2008 03:46 PM:
This is a great place to rent bikes for a really great price. They have a lot to choose from and a variety of bikes and bike trailers for your little ones. Very nice people and helpful too. The owner's sister has a really cute little shop next door with unique gifts. We will definately be back! ;)

Terry & Kathy's Tavern (Defiance)
Jerry Dusterhoff from Round Rock, Texas on 06/04/2008 12:55 PM:
We came in out of the rain and were graciously offered the (empty) covered patio to put our bikes and muddy rain gear. Lunch was extended while we waited for the shower to pass, but the burgers were good, the beer cold, the waitress a lot of fun. Even a few of the patrons engaged in conversation as the lightning flashed. Glad we picked this establishment.

A short version of the whole ride is posted under Ride/Run/Hike Reports, for a long version or answer to specific questions email jerryd@acyclistpublishing.com