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Downtown Businesses, Photo Essay

The Brick Inn: A Bed and Breakfast that Offers a Downtown Experience

I have met Art Winters, the owner of the Brick Inn, on numerous occasions downtown, but it wasn’t until this week that I finally made some time to visit their delightful place. I love to tell stories with pictures, and this one will be no exception.

Located on 516 West Third St., the Brick Inn is the perfect place to stay when visiting Washington. This charming brick home has been in Art’s family for years.

Meet Kathy and Art Winters. They opened the Brick Inn in October of 2006. The newlywed couple married in August 2005 in the back yard of the inn and decided to pursue this venture together.

Art inherited the house from his mother, Frieda Stumpe Winters. The house was built in circa 1910 by his ancestor William Stumpe, a butcher. His brother August, Art’s grandfather built the house next door. Art had renovated much of the interior and Kathy decorated the Brick INN.


Upon arrival, Art takes the guests on a free concierge tour of the downtown restaurants, shops, and sights. This is a unique service, that no other B&B offers, and a great way to bring business to the downtown merchants. What makes the tour even better are Art’s antique cars, a 1916 Chevy truck and a 1955 Pontiac custom car. He makes the guests feel special right from the very start of their Washington visit.

Art, holding a picture of him and his father in front of their old home, riding in that very same car he uses to offer tours to the Brick Inn guests.

The Brick Inn has a lot of family history, and as you enter you can’t help but feel at home.

The cosy B&B offers four rooms with private baths and all KING-size beds. The comfort of the guests is of utmost importance. This is the suite with a living room and a bedroom.

It’s like having your own little place in historic downtown Washington. The best part: somebody else cooks the breakfast for you! You can choose between caramelized French Toast with bacon and a fruit dish, egg blossom surrounded by bacon in a muffin tin, or quiche with bacon vegetables and fresh fruit. Yum!

All three bedrooms upstairs have king-size beds and flat screen TVs. Rates range from $119-$174, depending on the time of year and type of room.

The 39″ Flat Screen TVs have been positioned higher, so the guests can comfortably watch their favorite shows when cuddled up in bed.

Wouldn’t this room be perfect for a romantic getaway?

When Cardinal Tim Dolan came to Washington, guess where he stayed? He reserved the Brick Inn for himself and his entourage.

Art and Kathy make sure to provide visitors with information on Washington and the attractions in the area. They offer free shuttle service to the Katy Trail and Amtrak, which is another reason why guests love them. A large percentage of the people who stay in the Brick Inn are from the Kansas City area who frequent the wineries near Augusta. Anniversary and birthdays are another reason people stay here, along with business people and cyclist along the Katy Trail.

A hot tub, a fire pit, 200-year-old pecan trees, off street parking and a spacious patio, are some of the other features that attract visitors to the Brick Inn. Wi Fi is available in all rooms.

Have you tried a swing with a foot rest? I did and I loved it!

The dahlias in the front yard of the Brick Inn are Art and Kathy’s pride and joy. They spoil us, the ladies at the Visitor Center, by bringing us beautiful fresh flowers every week!

What do people say about the Brick Inn? “Like Staying With Friends!”

I just have to share the full review: “We were in the area for a wedding and chose the Brick Inn because of other traveller reviews and were not disappointed. The house is beautiful and well-kept, the rooms were clean, nicely furnished with antiques, and the beds were VERY comfy. Our hosts, Art and Kathy, were delightful, accommodating to dietary needs, and respected our privacy. Art gave me a tour of the town in the old 1916 Chevy and as we went down the street everyone waved at us. Breakfast in the morning was incredible, especially the French Toast Casserole. You also know you’re in the right place when the coffee is superb! The town is great for walking (many old, historic buildings and homes) and there is a path that runs right along the Missouri River. I need to mention the abandoned shoe factory that is 3 blocks away from the Inn. It has an interesting history and can be read about in the historical guide in the front entryway. Will stay here again if we have the opportunity but, alas, the newlyweds are moving away from the area.”

Art and Kathy love their downtown location, and they are happy to share more of Washington’s history with their guests. The Brick Inn offers visitors not just a place to spend the night, but an opportunity to experience all that Washington has to offer in a cosy and friendly atmosphere.

To reserve your stay at the Brick Inn you can call Art & Kathy Winters:  636-390-3264 or 314-440-7140. The Brick Inn is located on 516 W 3rd. Washington, MO 63090. E-mail them at Art-Kathy@BrickInnBedandBreakfast.com, or visit their website here.






















About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.


2 Responses to “The Brick Inn: A Bed and Breakfast that Offers a Downtown Experience”

  1. I love this story Slava………………I too, have known Art for a long time and have not had the opportunity to stay at his place. but I would love to stay here with my granddaughter this summer. I started B&B stays with Abbery when she was 10 and we had gone every year to many places. It has made great memories for us both. It hadn’t always been easy to get a B&B to accept a child, but it was so special for us. can’t wait to start this tradition with Anna this summer.

    Posted by sandimcdonald1ndi mcdonald | November 11, 2012, 5:36 pm

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