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My Heart Belongs on a Backroad

My Heart Belongs on a Backroad

An adventure awaits on the Central Missouri Loop.

Last year, looking for something to do during the height of COVID, my friends and I hopped in the car with no destination in mind. We came up with the idea to play a game we named “Quarters.” The rules were simple. We’d drive until we came to an intersection, then flip a coin to determine if we went right or left. During this adventure, we stumbled into a unique boutique in Blackwater called The Rustic Acre. It was there we met Melissa Chevalier and her friends. While “oohing” and “aahing,” over some of the cutest boutique finds, we struck up a conversation and first heard the plans for a future ultimate “backroad adventure” that would be called The Central Missouri Loop

This dream is now a reality! The Central Missouri Loop is a stay-and-play experience for everyone. The Loop consists of all “Mom & Pop”, family-owned businesses! The Loop is composed of eight small towns: Blackwater, Arrow Rock, Glasgow, Brunswick, Carrollton, Waverly, Malta Bend, and Sweet Springs. Each stop offers something unique and makes it worth the drive.

Strap in, hit the backroads, and get ready to find some off-the-beaten path gems!

Where to go when you get there? 

A stay-and-play experience that’s fun for everyone, the Loop consists of all family-owned businesses in eight small towns:


Blackwater Country Store
118 Main St, Blackwater

Iron Horse Hotel
101 Main St, Blackwater

J & L’s Things That Were…
122 Main St, Blackwater

Kimberly’s Place
106 Main St, Blackwater 

Prairie Lawn School Antiques
401 Trigg Ave, Blackwater

Blackwater B&B
Please visit the VRBO App or call (608) 225-5052 

Arrow Rock

Arrow Rock Antiques m& Mercantile
314 Main St, Arrow Rock 

Arrow Rock Craft Shop
506 Main St, Arrow Rock

Arrow Rock 1829 Gift Shop
310 Main St, Arrow Rock 

Badger’s Hideaway Ice Cream Shop
306 Main St, Arrow Rock

Bucksnort Trading Company
802 Main St, Arrow Rock

302 Main St, Arrow Rock

Huston Tavern
305 Main St, Arrow Rock

The Lindsey House
Arrow Rock

Missouri Folk Art Shop & Gallery
517 Main St, Arrow Rock


101 Market St, Glasgow

510 1st St, Glasgow

Beckett’s Winery
515 1st St, Glasgow

Market Street Floral
106 Market St, Glasgow 

Muddy Mo Pizzeria
517 1st St, Glasgow 

Orchard House Inn
420 3rd St, Glasgow

Riverbend Family Restaurant
615 1st St, Glasgow

River City Antiques
609 1st St, Glasgow

Sauced Boutique
111 Market St, Glasgow 

The Beak
418 1st St, Glasgow


Grand River Marketplace
108 W Broadway, Brunswick

Grove Antiques
109 W Broadway, Brunswick 

Kaitlynn’s Deli & Ice Cream
121 E Broadway St, Brunswick 

Madison Bootlegger’s Club
105 N Madison St, Brunswick 

Miller Pecan Farms
Pecan Avenue, Dewitt  

The Railyard Steakhouse
606 E Broadway St, Brunswick 

Sherry’s Home Cookin’
801 E Broadway St, Brunswick 

Sycamore Valley Farm B&B 
25589 Fort Orleans Ave, Brunswick 

Twin Oaks Enterprises
206 W Broadway St, Brunswick 

Upriver Home & Gifts & Wine Studio
117 E Broadway St, Brunswick 

UpRiver Urban Exchange
115 E Broadway St, Brunswick 

1820 The Family Restaurant
414 W Bridge St, Keytesville 


Carroll County Mercantile
8 W Benton St, Carrollton

The Corner Store
16 W Benton St, Carrollton 

Crybaby Farm Gifts
900 US-65, Carrollton 

Folger St Inn & Coffee House
206 N Folger St, Carrollton

Glenda’s Creative Corner
14 S Folger St, Carrollton 

D’s Designs Boutique
2 S Mason St, Carrollton 

The Lavender Tea Room
900 US-65, Carrollton 

Nutrition Corner
2 S Mason St, Carrollton 

River Bottoms Brewing Co.
12 W Benton St, Carrollton 

Shirley’s Shoes & Boots
14 W Benton St, Carrollton


101 W Walnut St, Waverly

Baltimore Bend Vineyard
27150 US-24, Waverly 

Cedar Lane Greenhouse
16875 Blackburn Rd, Blackburn 

Chrisolyn’s Gluten Free Bakery
321 E Walnut, Waverly 

Peter’s Orchards Market
32651 US-65, Waverly 

Schreiman Orchards
29032 US-24, Waverly 

Waverly Apple BBQ
601 Old Bridge St, Waverly

Malta Bend

Central Missouri Wildlife
29981 Highway N, Malta Bend 

Kosy Grove B & B
19826 300th Rd, Malta Bend

Dankenbring Orchards
Highway 65, Malta Bend

Summerland Flats Inn
29981 Highway N, Malta Bend 

Sweet Springs

Old School Social
308 S Locust St, Sweet Springs

The Cheese Store
100 N Locust St, Sweet Springs 

Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex
12917 Saline 127 Hwy, Sweet Springs   

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