Your home is lovely and the breakfast was very special. Your efforts of meeting us at Amtrak were gracious. - Barbara
Thank you for opening your lovely home. The fellowship around the fire pit was the best. Infrequently can I say that I seemed to be in the presence of angels, but that was the impression that I had around you. - Dick
During my four days there I found Washington to be a pleasant, interesting town made even more so by the Brick INN. - Ken
We had a great bike trip on the Katy Trail made easier by the shuttle service you provided from the Katy Trail into Washington. I think the evening sharing your fire, marshmallows, sparklers, and especially conversation was probably the highlight of the trip. - Louise
Couple Transforms Historic House into a Bed and Breakfast
by Sarah Wienke in the The Missourian Nov. 15, 2006
A Washington couple has combined their love for old houses and their love for each other into a bed and breakfast business.
Art and Kathy Winters opened the Brick Inn at 516 W. Third St. 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.
"When we met, we realized that we both always wanted to do it," Kathy Winters said. She noted that the time was right for Art, who had recently retired from teaching in the St. Louis Public School District.
A full hot breakfast, including French toast topped with blueberries and bacon, is served in a cozy sun room or outdoors on the patio.
The bed and breakfast is located on a half-acre with two stately pecan trees and off-street parking. Two antique cars, a 1916 Chevy truck and a 1955 Pontiac custom car, add to the historic feel of the home.
Art Winters had 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 built the house next door which was Art's Grandmother's house. Art Winters had already renovated much of the interior and Kathy decorated the Brick INN.
"Bed and breakfasts are an individual proposition," Kathy Winters said. "It's people and their hospitality that make it work."
For more information about the Brick Inn or to make a reservation, people may call 636-390-3264, 314-440-7140, or visit BrickInnBedandBreakfast.com.