CurtM from Fort Worth TX on 05/22/2018 10:58 PM:
McKittrick was the first overnight on my end-to-end trail ride and I arrived at the end of an afternoon thunderstorm. Joey's Birdhouse was a welcome sight and certainly lived up to all the positive reviews from other travelers. It was a relief to have a place to relax and get cleaned up after a warm day followed by a serious rain. Joey was a perfect host and even carted me over to Hermann for a late supper. I think the hospitality provided by the B&B owners and other businesses along the way is what makes this trail such a great experience, especially given that riders arrive hot, tired, dirty and wet.
Vivian G from Saint Charles, MO on 07/05/2017 08:29 PM:
Are the towns of McKittrick, Rhineland, Bluffton, doing anything to prepare for the Solar Eclipse on Aug 21st? These towns will be in a good viewing path. They may see more bikers coming into their area; I was just wondering if there will be sufficient restrooms and parking areas.
Rick Wallen from Springfield, MO on 06/06/2017 08:11 PM:
We rode most of the Katy over Memorial Day week and stayed at Joey's Birdhouse on May 30th. We chose Joey's because of all of the positive comments left here. I must say that they were all accurate. Joey was wonderful. It was like staying with family. We will definitely book with her anytime we are in the area again. I highly recommend that you give her a try if you are in the area looking for a place to stay.
Joey from McKittrick on 06/11/2017 10:12 AM:
Thank you so much for choosing my place. The best thing about being a B&B hostess on Katy Trail is the very nice and interesting people I meet every day. It's great.
KC from Austin on 06/17/2017 09:21 PM:
Hi Joey! We stayed with you a couple years ago and it was one of the highlights of our trek! You are a Katy Trail Superstar and get nothing but rave reviews on this site for your hospitality and FANTASTIC cooking. We even got lucky with a guided truck tour of Hermann and McKittrick thanks to Rich.
Lin Wilder from Fort Collins, Colorado on 06/18/2017 07:08 PM:
We too stayed with Joey one night in early June and were very glad we did. Our accommodations were so cozy and cool, well-insulated against noise, and full of little touches that were so welcome, such as snacks, and nice smelling soaps, books, etc. The breakfast was absolutely amazing with fresh eggs, greens and sweet potatoes from the garden and homemade elderberry jam on biscuits right out of the oven and fresh herbs, etc. etc. Hermann was not far away and was fun to visit. A very affordable stay, right on the Katy! I would highly recommend a stay at Joey's Birdhouse!
PRG from St. Louis, MO on 11/16/2016 10:11 PM:
11/4 We ride from Rocheport to McKittrick and stayed at the Mercantile building managed by Joey who also runs the Bird House B&B in Mckittrick. The room is the entire upper floor of an old store building. It could easily accommodate 50 people, but sorry only one bathroom upstairs.
Joey was supper accomodating. She took my son and I over to Herman, where we had dinner at the Tim Mill resturant on Main St. Then she came back and picked us up, and brought us back over the B&B after dinner.
Saturday morning she made us a wonderful breakfast of egg quiche, home made fruit salid, and home made biscuits and jelly. That gave us plenty of fuel to ride the rest of the way back to St. Charles.
JRR on 10/19/2016 04:52 PM:
We stayed at Joey's B&B in McKittrick on Oct. 12, 2016. It was fantastic. We appreciated the snacks on our arrival, the shuttle to dinner in Hermann, and the use of laundry facilities. This place was very close to the trail, Joey was a great host, and we had the best breakfast of the week here.
Joey from McKittrick on 10/31/2016 11:07 PM:
Thank you for the nice review. It has been great to cook for the guests lots of fruits and vegetables from the garden. A happy busy season making lots of new friends. Hope to see you all again.
MB from STL on 05/30/2016 02:21 PM:
Joey's place has very clean, clean smelling, well air conditioned, spacious rooms. Each room has its own bathroom. We had dinner when we arrived; very good at 20/person, with wine included. the frig was stocked with a couple beers, OJ and milk. there were snacks and water. breakfast was great. Joey and her helpers were really nice, accomodating and entertaining.
Loutre Market (McKittrick)
K Reed from Ballwin, MO on 09/12/2008 09:44 PM:
This is a full size grocery store and only about 1/4 mile from the trail. An exit off the trail on the west side of the underpass is in process of being completed. When we were there the ramp exit was dirt and usable. From this store getting into Herman is pretty easy and only about 1.5 miles. The road has a wide shoulder that continues across the new bridge into Herman.
Brian L. from Wichita on 05/24/2009 04:34 PM:
I stopped by the Loutre Market to pick up dinner on my way to camping at Hermann City Park, and I was pleasantly surprised -- the market was a full-sized grocery store and was clean & well-stocked. The deli had a big variety of both hot & cold foods. They had some pre-made hoagie sandwiches, but the counter gal told me they could make a hoagie from any of the lunch meats & cheeses they had in their display case. I got a pre-made ham & cheese and some macaroni salad, along with some snacks from the grocery aisles. Everything was delicious & fresh. Friendly help there, too. Highly recommended.
Dale from Lorena, TX on 05/25/2016 12:05 PM:
Ate there last Thursday. Food was good, service was better...let me sub in veggies for fried stuff on daily special. Picked up groceries for rest of day. Worth the stop. Go south on the Hermann spur trail just to west of bridge. $1 Gatorade the day I was there!!
Anonymous on 05/25/2016 12:18 PM:
Awesome! Thanks for the update.
kc from Austin on 05/26/2016 09:18 AM:
McKittrick = Joey's Birdhouse!!!! Favorite stop on the Katy!
Chris from indiana on 09/25/2015 03:51 AM:
We stayed with Joey, very nice place, great breakfasts. Rode into Herman for supper. Real neat town.
Gregg from Ohio on 07/09/2014 01:52 PM:
My son and I rode the trail from west to east and Joey's Birdhouse was one of the highlights of our trip. The accommodations were wonderful. The best way to sum it up is a home away from home. Joey was a wonderful host. Any thing that we needed was provided without any questions. She even helped me find a unique gift for my wife that was delivered to us before we left. The breakfast that we were served was phenomenal. I would definitely recommend that you make this a MUST STOP along the trail.
McKittrick Katy Trail stay
Bob & Donna Morton from Clearwater, KS on 07/06/2014 08:25 PM:
We stayed at Meyer's Hilltop B & B with Maggie and her husband. We had a superb room just off the Katy Trail that was so beautiful, laid back, and relaxing! Maggie made the most scrumptious breakfast the next morning, and gave us directions to many places to check out in Hermann across the river. We had such a wonderful stay and hope to return next time we are on the Katy Trail again! We highly recommend this place to stay to all!
McKittrick, Joey's Birdhouse
John Cochenour from Fort Collins, Colorado on 10/04/2013 05:04 PM:
I highly recommend Joey’s Birdhouse as an overnight stay in McKittrick. This past week was our first experience on the KATY trail and Joey’s was a definite highlight for us. The room was convenient, clean, and comfortable. Joey is an energetic and creative woman who freely shared her garden, her knowledge, her conversation, and her enthusiasm for McKittrick and the trail with us. She and Rich provided a regular haven for two tired cyclists. We will definitely make Joey’s Birdhouse a planned stop the next time we travel the KATY.
Anonymous on 10/05/2013 10:35 AM:
Don't cut yourself short. There is alot to experience in Hermann a very short distance away.
Rich Lauer from Hermann on 10/05/2013 11:19 AM:
There hundreds of beds in Hermann. High to low in cost and service.
I would like to think when "staying the trail" is desired over touring the city, the trail accommodation offer the same amenities as the big city Hermann. Meyer's, Joey's and now the Merck offer inexpensive rooms, cottages and now the largest b&b room in Missouri.\
Which brings about another quandary: What is an anonymous and does anyone really lend credibility to an entity that is so negative.
Doug from Bluffton on 10/05/2013 04:26 PM:
I don't know Rich. Maybe it was just someone with a financial interest in getting riders across the river. To give them credit, they were positively being jerks about it.
Rich Lauer from Hermann on 10/05/2013 08:26 PM:
I live in Hermann, shop in Hermann,ran for mayor in Hermann last year and again in 2014. I an trying to build the first cycleport in Hermann,so I have interest in Hermann.
I also have common sense enough to know that there are many types of riders with a variety of interests. I have steered borders to Hermann if they want to tour the city and winerys. If they are doing the larger part of the trail I assist them on staying the trail and on task. Healthy food water and skip the heavy drinking. I am allowed to do this. I think there is an ordinance here stating this. I will ask Mayor Joey for confirmation.
Have a great week Doug
Hobo from STL on 10/05/2013 09:30 PM:
Rich, looks to me that Doug was supporting you. This forum is about the trail. Hermann is Hermann...not the trail...just sayin'..keep the rubber side down.
Rich Lauer from Hermann on 10/05/2013 10:28 PM:
stop by sometime to see what we have done here. We are going to negotiate with DNR at Mckittrick trail head to build a first class or second class campground where the old grainery buildings are to be removed. Not the tower. This too will enhance mile 100.8
Hope to see you
Doug from Bluffton on 10/06/2013 09:08 AM:
My point Rich, was that anon and others have a right to talk well of Hermann and try to bring business there but not by stepping on well deserved comments about You and Joey or other businesses on this side of the river. That's when they become Jerks.
Jim from St Thomas on 10/06/2013 02:58 PM:
Rich, I hope you can get DNR to put in a campground. I talked to them about doing the same thing on land that they already own adjacent to the JC trailhead but the response was that the trail closes from dusk to dawn so any campsite would technically illegal. Hopefully, since the site you're talking about is outside of the trail boundary, you might have better luck.
Rich Lauer from Hermann on 10/06/2013 05:48 PM:
I think it could be said we all love the trail and appreciate the company that comes down it.
Best to all of you!
Brickhaus Twin Brothers from Festus, MO / Philadelphia, PA on 10/15/2013 08:52 PM:
Joey's Birdhouse is a definite repeat for our future trail rides. Clean, comfortable private room/bath with WiFi, hand-written notes welcoming us, cookies on table and cold drinks in the fridge to boot. Owners of this B&B are a wonderful couple who epitomize what the Katy Trail is all about. Joey's Birdhouse with Hermann just 2 miles across the river makes McKittrick a must-stop.
Rhineland - last chance!
rich lauer from mckittrick on 06/29/2012 04:47 PM:
we hope to be open weekends July 13 and on
will have water available and some foods. It was a challenge to renovate the Merck but breathing life into her is another challenge. Hope you can visit or see us on themerck.com Thanks
Hank from New Haven, MO on 06/29/2012 05:57 PM:
I wrote it in another post but Loutre Market in fact is very easy to get to from McKittrick trailhead. On west side of tunnel under Highway 19 is short spur trail, from there just pedal across highway to Loutre. 3 minute pedal at most. Of course if Mercantile is open then just go there.
cleeland from St. Louis on 06/18/2007 12:51 PM:
Besides the trailhead, there is nothing *at* the trailhead in McKittrick, and nothing visible,
either, so it's not obvious how to get to any of the services that are listed. To get to the
Loutre Grocery, follow the gravel road over south to 94, then turn right for about a mile
almost to 19. From there you can cut through the parking lot for the Amoco to get to the
We didn't realize McKittrick was on the north side of the trail, otherwise we would have tried
Trek Biker from St. Joseph, MO on 06/18/2007 09:18 PM:
Just on the east side of the Katy/Highway 19 overpass, there is a short path up to the highway....then a nice coast down the hill to Loutre's Market. Much simpler than finding the gravel road east of the trailhead and riding the gravel.
rich lauer from mckittrick on 06/29/2012 04:42 PM:
there will be soon! The Merck was just behind you but is opening weekends July 13. Water,food and lodging
Doug from Rendleman on 06/29/2012 04:54 PM:
Trek are you overheated? WEST side of the overpass for the spur trail. I know you know which side it's on!
Hank from New Haven, MO on 06/29/2012 05:55 PM:
Yes, Loutre Market is VERY EASY to get to from McKittrick, in fact you can easily see the building from the trailhead. I agree the trail is not marked well enough though.
Loutre Market is great, I went in there once with no money and thirsty from the trail and they let me have a bottled water. Of course I repaid them later. Good ol country market.
McKittrick shuttle to Dutzow?
Stacy from St. Louis on 03/15/2012 02:56 PM:
I am interested in a quick bike ride from Dutzow to McKittrick. Does anyone know if there is a shuttle/taxi available? I am open to biking to Herman if that makes a difference.
Amanda from Rhineland on 03/17/2012 06:50 PM:
There is a new shuttle service in Hermann. The name is RhineValley Limo/Taxi Service. It is owned by Lisa Grosse and Dot Colter. Here is their contact information: 573-821-3703 or 573-220-1752. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact them for rates and reservations.
Joey Los from McKittrick, Mo on 03/18/2012 09:37 PM:
Try the Rhine Valley Limo service run by Lisa Grosse and Dot Colter 573-821-3703. And if you are looking for a B&B in McKittrick check out Joey's Bird House themerck.com Thanks!
Diane on 09/08/2010 04:26 PM:
Maggie & Eldon have a great B&B (Meyer's Farm/B&B). Great hospitality & an awesome breakfast for cyclists (especially the oatmeal pancakes). We highly recommend staying at this B&B.
McKittrick Myer's Hilltop Farm
Carol Rowland from Lee''s Summit on 11/02/2009 07:48 PM:
We stayed at Maggie and Eldon's beautiful B&B on Oct. 31. They were SO hospitable and
made us all feel so welcome. Their place is just beautiful and immaculately kept!!! They
were so gracious as to take us into town to eat at Stone Hill Restaurant and came back 2
hours later to pick us up. We had to find a convenience store before going back and he
drove around and found one for us. Even gave us a mini tour of Hermann. Maggie made
the most wonderful breakfast the next morning. She really knows a cyclists needs for
nutrition and made everything that would enhance our further ride on the Katy Trail. All
in all it was a very relaxing and pleasant stay and one we would highly recommend. We
would definitely return again!
Meyers Hilltop Farm (McKittrick)
Maria from Brighton, MI on 11/02/2009 10:54 AM:
Meyer Hill Top Farm is just on the other side of the river from Hermann.
The house and farm are beautiful and the couple, Eldon and Maggie, who
run the place were very warm and helpful. They shuttled us back and
forth from Hermann twice. Once after our day visiting there and then
again the next morning when we realized that a piece from my bike had
fallen off the day before and was now missing. Eldon even called the
owner of the bike shop and talked him into opening early so that we
could get back on the road quickly.
Meyers Hilltop Farm (McKittrick)
Anonymous on 06/25/2009 10:18 AM:
this place is AWESOME. would stay again in a second!!!!
John and Lisa from Burlington, IA on 07/20/2009 05:22 PM:
Great place, wonderful people and super food - we will stay again.
BJ and Jill from Norman, OK on 04/02/2009 05:19 PM:
We opted out of staying in McKittrick, and we biked the short trek over to Hermann. It was a great decision. We stayed at the Secret Vine, which was awesome in every way. The town was one of our favorite stops along the entire trail--the wineries, shops, etc. It was way better than staying in McKittrick!
Green Machine from Lawrence, KS on 05/20/2009 01:57 PM:
The ride into Hermann was a breeze. Don't let the highway scare you, the bike lanes are great.
Meyers Hilltop Farm (McKittrick)
Mike T from Kearney, Nebraska on 03/21/2009 09:03 PM:
We recently rode the trail all the way from Clinton to St. Charles. We stayed at Meyers Hilltop on March 17th. Maggie and Eldon are great hosts. They gave us a ride into Herman for Dinner and even stopped at the grocery store for us so we could restock our energy bar supply for the next day's ride. Breakfast was fabulous - Oatmeal buttermilk pancakes! We were the first riders of the season and this was a welcome stop. I would highly reccomend this B&B - thank you Maggie and Eldon.
Penrod's View Guest House (McKittrick)
Becky from West Frankfort, Illinois on 10/16/2008 07:28 PM:
Sherry, Got our refund check today. Thanks so much, we will definitely try to make it to your place on our next trip!!!
Meyers Hilltop Farm (McKittrick)
Ricky and Jodie from Creve Coeur on 10/16/2008 12:02 PM:
We did an overnight to Herman from StL and I researched much on which B&B would be a great place to stay as well as a good value (cash is tight so we spend carefully). Well the reviews on this place are 100% correct, and THEN SOME! I feel this is not a place you just "stay" but a B&B that you are visiting old friends with Maggie and Eldon. Great hosts. Hilltop was written up in National Geographic Travelers magazine April 2004 with a few quotes from Maggie herself. Her oatmeal pancakes, sensational. Comlimentary rides are available to and from Herman so unless you want to pay more for a B&B in Herman, the value is very good. Maggie and Eldon are terrific hosts, I would love to have them as neighbors. The B&B is quiet, peaceful and relaxing. Stay here for a great experience and save a few dollars while you're at it. The quality at their rates are superb, I would recommend this place without hesitation. Side note: the restaurant at Stone Hill winery serves delicious food at reasonable prices. Make reservations just to be sure, it's not large.
Meyers Hilltop Farm (McKittrick)
Joan and Al from St. Charles on 09/13/2008 10:26 AM:
Great place to stay. This is our second time to stay at The Meyer House and everything was great, hospitality, sleeping quarters, and of course the breakfast with homemade oatmeal pancakes,apple crisp, oj-fresh,more, and more.
Hope to return soon.
Joan and Al
Meyers Hilltop Bed and Breakfast
Kimberly Mouser from Columbia, MO on 09/11/2008 03:54 PM:
Wow! What can I say. This place is wonderful. Maggie and Eldon were really great hosts. My mom and I were doing a bike trek halfway across Missouri and stayed her. They were very close to the trail and drove us to and from Hermann. Their breakfast was absolutely delicious. I can't believe how good it was - Peddle Power is what it gave us. I loved it so much, my fiance and I are coming back in November just for the breakfast and hospitality! Definately recommended.
Meyers Hilltop Farm (McKittrick)
Paul and Lynne Harris from Bedford, TX on 05/13/2008 09:57 PM:
OUTSTANDING!! My husband and I, along with 2 other couples, were bicycling the Katy Trail and chose this B&B from their website. We were so lucky to be welcomed by Maggie and Eldon. The rooms were great, the showers great, the views, the birds, everything. We both highly recommend this B&B to anyone, especially to those who may be cycling the Katy Trail. You are only 1/2 mile from the trailhead and it's so easy to find. Our breakfast the next morning was outstanding and certainly fit for cyclists. We all really enjoyed visiting with Maggie and Eldon and hearing their stories, especially laughing at some of these stories. This B&B is certainly among some of the top B&B's we have stayed in.
Thanks so much to Maggie and Eldon for welcoming us into your home. We really enjoyed our stay and hope to come back.
Paul and Lynne from Texas
Gordon and Joyce from Russell, Kansas on 05/27/2008 07:33 PM:
Stayed here May 19,20 and 21. Will be back!!!! Felt at home from the time we drove up the curving driveway to the hilltop. If you love birds, this is the place. Many, many different species. Beautiful home set on top of a hilltop with a meadow of grass on all sides. Very seculed. Front porch a lovely setting to begin your day with a cup of Maggie's coffee before a tasty breakfast and chat with other guests at the end of a delightful day on the trail. Wonderful people and wonderful bed and breakfast. Get's an A+ from us.
W. Hunter from Normal, IL on 12/01/2007 12:22 PM:
The Bridge is very very easy. Thanks.
Katy Trail Biker from Dallas on 10/27/2007 09:58 AM:
It is now very easy to reach the nice little town of Hermann from the Katy trail, thanks to a new bridge that opened in August 07. This bridge features a bike lane that is safely removed from traffic. There are several B&Bs, restaurants, a brew pub, an an Amtrak station for those looking to exit from here.
Meyers Hilltop Farm (McKittrick)
Curt from Lincoln, NE on 09/25/2007 07:47 PM:
Maggie and Eldon know how to do a B&B right. Convenient shuttle service, friendly atmosphere, outstanding breakfast and comfortable accomodations. Plus a finch and hummindbird show that is a don't miss.
Carol from Arkansas on 09/29/2007 09:37 PM:
The hosts here are very friendly, they took us into Hermann so we could have dinner and afterwards gave us a tour of the town. Their house is lovely and very peaceful. A great breakfast feast! It is a climb getting up the driveway.
Larry Erickson from Seattle, WA on 10/23/2007 08:39 PM:
With other stops in Rocheport, Jefferson City, and Augusta, this was my wife's and my favorite stop along the Katy Trail. The place has the professionalism of many good B&Bs, but a visit with Eldon and Maggie is more like visiting your favorite aunt and uncle. They couldn't be more welcoming or accommodating. Maggie's breakfasts are great, and Eldon would probably, literally give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. They both have a great sense of humor, too, in the great tradition of Burns & Allen or Abbott & Costello. The place rests at the top of a hill with a serene view from the front porch, making the somewhat challenging ride up Maggie's Lane worth the effort. We'd have no hesitation going back.
Hermann highway 19 Bridge.
Ranj from KC on 05/28/2005 01:42 PM:
If by ill luck you get into the McKittrick trailhead after dark and you have not arrainged a shuttle across the Mo19 bridge into Hermann, I recommend you consider camping out on the McKittrick side.
I have been riding a long time on streets, roads, and highways and never had a more harrowing, less enjoyable experience.
During the day I have generally not had bad experiences, but at night, something changes in the character of the drivers on that bridge.
It desperately needs to be replaced.
Canyoncamper from Grand Junction, CO on 10/01/2007 05:51 PM:
Glory be! This weekend we rode the new bridge. so nice and easy!
Anonymous on 10/02/2007 05:06 AM:
The new bridge is a piece of cake in the day light. The old bridge plan scary. I think the trail is offically closed after dark. Not safe to be on any trail or bridge after dark.
BoatnBiker from Rhineland on 10/15/2007 06:14 PM:
The new bridge is open with a lit bike path. I have not ridden it in the dark but it shouldn't be any trouble as you are seperated from traffic by a wide shoulder as well as a wall.
If you want groceries stop here (Mokane Market)
Dan and Jamie A from St Louis, MO on 10/29/2004 08:28 AM:
For a long stretch going east there are not many places to get groceries. This is a nice place to stop and get some. We stopped here and got a bottle of wine to go with our sandwiches we got carry-out at the Trailside Bar and Grill in Rhineland.
savage24 from KC, MO on 11/06/2004 01:47 AM:
The Mokane Market is a nice store, and very clean when I've been there. Another option is the Loutre Market in McKittrick. You can see it from the McKittrick trail head. You can either climb the hill on the east side of the trail tunnel under hwy 19 and ride down the shoulder to the store (the easiest way if the hill is not too overgrown or you're not afraid of chiggers) or you can turn south on the gravel road just east of the trail head to hwy 94, then west to hwy 19, then north to store (sounds complicated, but total distance is probably less than 1 mile). The Loutre Market is a "full service country grocery store"; they have everything a cyclist on the Katy could want except a bike shop. I have no connection to the Loutre Market accept being an occasional customer for the last 30 years as I have family in the area (the current building is only a couple years old, the first 2 were destroyed by fire).
TRinJboro from Jonesboro, AR on 11/11/2004 08:12 AM:
I rode the trail in April from Clinton to Hermann. Stopped and spent the third night at the shelter in Tebbets. Rode to Mokane the next morning and stopped at the Mokane Market and got a sausage biscuit and coffee for breakfast. They were very nice and heated the sandwich in a microwave for me. I sat around a table with about 15 elderly retired farmers and shot the breeze with them about fishing and farming. Everyone was extremely nice and accomodating.
Bruce from O'Fallon, IL on 09/06/2007 05:48 PM:
The Loutre Market is an oasis along this section of trail. Over the Labor Day weekend, I rode from Clinton to Dutzow and this store was outstanding. Great hot and cold deli w/ in store tables to eat at or picnic tables outside in shade. Buy something and they'll let you get free ice and water from the soda fountain for your bottls. Very close to the trail; perhaps a block from the trail head. Very friendly employees too.
christopher mckittrick from middlesbrough uk on 04/28/2007 05:45 AM:
wow so there is other mckittricks out there