Milkweed Mercantile Eco Inn & Cafe

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, MO 63563, United States

Come stay at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage! Our strawbale inn runs on solar and wind power. Four comfortable bedrooms; a full breakfast included in rates. Full bar (craft beer!). Open Thursday - Sunday. Hand-crafted pizza every Thursday. Tours available.

Your host, Alline
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Come stay at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage! Our strawbale inn runs on solar and wind power. Four comfortable bedrooms; a full breakfast included in rates. Full bar (craft beer!). Open Thursday - Sunday. Hand-crafted pizza every Thursday. Tours available.

The Space

Come spend a night (or a weekend, or a week!) in a solar-powered strawbale B&B at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.

Located in amongst gently-rolling hills in rural Northeast Missouri in the growing Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage we’re close to nothing but on the way to lots of places.

Four super comfortable rooms in a variety of configurations (one with a king; one with a queen; one with two twins; and one with a queen and two twins). Our guest lounge and three bedrooms are upstairs, our accessible and dog-friendly room is downstairs. Dogs are allowed in the downstairs Wallace Stegner room only. Bathrooms and showers are shared. Meals are served at our community table. Prices are double-occupancy and include a delicious, organic, local, made-to-order breakfast.

We happily accommodate dietary preferences/requirements (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, diabetic...). Full bar with 28 kinds of craft beer.

Thick undulating strawbale walls provide tremendous insulation, providing warmth in the winter and helping to cool the building in the summer. Water is (filtered) rainwater, food is local and organic.

Wifi included in rate. There are no phones or TVs in the rooms. We (delightfully) get poor cell phone reception. This is a place for peaceful relaxation, conversation and make-your-own entertainment.

Our goal: to demonstrate that sustainability isn't about deprivation but about comfort, joy and living just a bit more lightly upon the Earth. Plus, we love what we do and enjoy pampering our guests - see our reviews on (website hidden) and (website hidden).

The entire Mercantile can be rented for events (special birthday, receptions, etc.); rates include custom meals by our chef, room for 10 overnight guests, dining room for 20.

PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS please note: We love to host traveling musicians on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, and happily barter a meal and a place to sleep in exchange for a house concert. Please call for more info.

Guest Access

Guest lounge and screened-in wraparound porch at all hours. Dining room during (website hidden) and store 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Pizza and beer every Thursday 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Interaction with Guests

The Mercantile staff joins guests at our community table for all meals, enabling lively conversations and great connections. If you're looking for a private romantic meal, that can also be arranged!

The Neighborhood

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is located in Northeastern Missouri on the edge of the tallgrass prairie. It is amazingly quiet here, and you will see more stars than you ever knew existed. 70 members live in this community based on ecological sustainability, and there are many examples of natural and alternative construction (strawbale, cob, etc.) We have opened our community to demonstrate our take on sustainable living, and ask that guests be respectful of the privacy of residents. Please ask about a tour! For more info please see the Dancing Rabbit website.

Getting around

Sadly, no public transport. Free parking. Closest airports: Kirksville, MO (one hour drive); Kansas City, MO (4 hour drive); St. Louis, MO (4 hour drive). Closest train stations: LaPlata, MO (one hour drive); Quincy, IL (1 1/2 hour drive); Ottumwa, IA (1 1/2 hour drive). Please call for assistance in planning your arrival!

Other Things to Note

**A free tour of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is available at 1:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Private tours at other times are available for $15.
** We happily accommodate vegan, vegetarian and omnivore diets. Please let us know about any other dietary requirements you may have.
**A delicious, organic, local, made-to-order breakfast is included in rate.
**We can provide lunch ($10) and dinner ($19) by pre-arrangement. There may be extra charges for special diets.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 9
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
  • Alline and Kurt were wonderful, warm hosts. They are fulfilling their mission of sharing their sustainable home and community by educating people around their table in the Milkweed Mercantile. I spent one night in the Rachel Carson room and one night and decided I needed to stay in the warm embrace of their hospitality and hearth (yummy food- definitely take ALL your meals here! Delicious!). The Wallace Stegner Room the second night was equally relaxing and lovely. Clean, refreshing, inspiring, I'm already trying to think of the next time I can get back! Loved it.

    September 2012
  • Words don't even describe how much I enjoyed my stay at the Milkweed. Alline, Kurt, and the whole host of other Village residents I met during my stay were nothing but wonderful, welcoming, funny, engaging, and kind. My dog and I were made to feel completely at home. After a fascinating tour of the Eco Village, with Kurt being patient as I asked a million questions, we settled into our very cozy, clean, and adorably-decorated room (with a dog art motif! and my dog even got an organic biscuit!).
    We had a delicious dinner together, and ended up just talking long into the night with K&A, and other community members that flowed in and out of the cafe/dining area/store. We sat and laughed a ton, and what is better than laughter with new friends? And that's precisely the way I think of the folks I met at Milkweed.
    The bed and pillows were phenomenally comfortable, the shower huge and clean, and the eco-focus made me really happy to support this small business (great stuff for sale in their store!).

    Breakfast was delicious and another great (email hidden)ernor (my dog) and I completely hated to leave!!!

    I really & truly hope to find a reason to be back in NE Missouri again in the future. The rural driving was a blast for this city slicker, to boot!

    October 2011
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American High, BYU (Brigham Young University), Ohlone College
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I've happily made my home in rural Northeast Missouri at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage since 1999 (no one is more surprised than I!). My husband Kurt Kessner and I built our strawbale home in (phone number hidden), and in 2007 decided to build an Inn to encourage and enable others to experience a sustainable life firsthand. We designed and built the Mercantile ourselves (with the help of friends) of recycled and/or renewable materials. Life is busy but good - star-filled skies, flower-filled prairies and friend-filled days make Dancing Rabbit a very special place indeed. We hope you come visit! On a more personal note: I've never met a book I didn't like; my overflowing collection is housed - and for sale - in the Mercantile. Our Inn is dog-friendly because we adore dogs. I take great delight in feeding people, and especially love to bake. I love singing and figuring out harmonies with friends.
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