Washington is the eastern gateway to Missouri’s wine country and provides a picturesque setting on the Missouri River for a fun weekend getaway. The restored red brick downtown, a national Main Street Community, nestles on the southern river bluff with a large welcoming park along the water’s edge. Several bed and breakfast inns serve visitors, many who arrive by train on Amtrak, which stops four times a day, twice going east and twice heading west. Don’t worry about not having a car. The downtown area is easily explored on foot, and B&B proprietors, in fact almost any merchant, gladly will pick you up at the train station if you call. Good restaurants, creative art galleries, fun home décor and antique shops abound.
Where to Shop
Plush Home & Fashion is located in an historic brick building downtown and carries new and consignment clothing. Lots of home décor items are also available. The inventory is constantly changing. 127 Elm St., 636-239-2700
Artist Gary R. Lucy has specialized in bringing the history of the Missouri River to life with his genre scenes and riverboat “portraits.” Step back in time at the Gary R. Lucy Gallery, 231 W. Main St., 636-239-6337
Waterworks Antiques offers a high-quality assemblage of true antiques and carefully selected vintage items for sale in the city’s original three-story waterworks pump house in Waterfront Park. 1 Elbert Dr., 636-390-2344
Where to Dine
The Blue Duck
Watch the river flow and enjoy chef-driven comfort food, craft beers, regional and imported wines in this upscale pub. 516 W. Front St., 636-390-9131
Old Dutch Tavern
The variety of food is impressive considering the traditional setting. Look for new twists on old favorites and great seafood choices. This is a beer lover’s dream with plenty of brews from around the country represented. 227 Elm St., 636-390-4400
Where to Stay
Old Dutch Hotel
The beautiful neon sign serves both the tavern and upstairs hotel where 14 rooms have been meticulously renovated to contemporary standards. Located a short three blocks from Amtrak. Rooms from $130/night. 227 Elm St.
Expect sincere hospitality from innkeepers David and Bridgette Kelch at this comfortable B & B located in a 1928 Craftsman house in a quiet residential neighborhood near downtown. Rooms from $95/night. 119 Johnson St.