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Bed and breakfasts offer couples quiet, romantic getaway

Sunday, June 22, 2003

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Vicki Rubenacker, owner of The Klein House Bed and Breakfast, straightens one of the guest rooms.
SIKESTON -- Couples looking for a quiet, romantic getaway can hop into their vehicles and enjoy a short drive to area bed and breakfasts this summer.

For instance, at the Klein House Bed and Breakfast in Sikeston, guests often take advantage of the large porch and enjoy sitting on the swing of the 100-year-old historic home, said owner Vicki Rubenacker.

"Guests like to look at the magnolia tree, which is one of the oldest in the area," Rubenacker said. "It's very romantic."

After visiting several bed and breakfasts, Rubenacker and her husband, Ken, decided to open a bed and breakfast of their own.

"We love old homes and wanted to find one in Sikeston. And we love antiques," Rubenacker said.

So the Sikeston couple found one they liked and the Klein House Bed and Breakfast opened for business in 1996.

"It fit the idea of the bed and breakfast we were looking for," Rubenacker said about the house.

The Klein House offers two rooms each containing a queen-size bed and a private bathroom. One room even has an antique clawfoot bathtub. There is a common room where guests can sit or watch TV, Rubenacker said.

"Breakfast is served in the morning and the guests eat with the other guests," Rubenacker said. "It's like a social hour. They can get to know each other."

Many of the Rubenackers' guests are business travelers who prefer quiet lodging, people who only stay at bed and breakfasts and those who have never stayed at a bed and breakfast and are wanting to experience it, she said.

"We also get people who come every year. Sometimes people come when the weather starts to get pretty like a couple from St. Louis who wants to get out of the city," Rubenacker said.

The Klein House is a member of the Bed and Breakfasts in Missouri Association. As a member, the house is inspected by BBIM officials and the Rubenackers must follow certain guidelines, Rubenacker explained.

Travel about 30 miles north of Sikeston, and locals can make their way to the Tranquil Lake Bed and Breakfast in New Hamburg, where owners Joe and Donna Bucher offer boat paddling, fishing and a paved track for walking around their five-acre lake.

"You meet some really nice people who enjoy the things I'm offering," Donna Bucher said about owning a bed and breakfast. "Most of the guests want to get away to a quiet place."

And a guest's stay can be just as fun for the owners, too.

"There's an older couple who lives in Michigan for half of the year and Texas for the other half. Every time they make a trip back and forth, they stay with us halfway through their trip," Rubenacker said.

It's especially fun during the Sikeston Jaycees Bootheel Rodeo week, Rubenacker said, adding that there's one couple who stays with them each year.

Bucher recalled her most unusual, but pleasant, guest experience when two people who were in their 50s just got married and on the same day, they rode their bicycles from Jackson to New Hamburg.

"When they got here, they drank a glass of lemonade and went riding around the area again," Bucher laughed.

Staying at a bed and breakfast for special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries and Valentine's Day has become frequent at Tranquil Lake since its origin three years ago, Bucher said.

When Andy and Michelle Silman were married last August, they decided to spend their first night as newlyweds at Tranquil Lake.

"When we walked in, there was music playing in the background -- I think it was Kenny G or something -- and there was a dozen roses and a bottle of wine and snacks sitting out for us," noted Michelle Silman.

The one room bed and breakfast consists of a kitchenette with a small refrigerator, sink and bar. An antique bed and real fire place round out the room, which will accommodate two people, and there is a television in the room, but it's hidden in a cabinet, Bucher said.

Silman loved the bed and breakfast experience and said she would definitely visit one again.

"It was so relaxing," Silman said. "Let me put it this way: When I woke up that morning, I didn't want to leave."