Slow down, you move too fast: Arcadia, Missouri

By Jae-Ha Kim
New York Post
March 25, 2003

ARCADIA, Mo.–This little city (pop. 567), located south of St. Louis in the Ozark Mountains, is home to the Arcadia Academy, an antiques mall that used to be the Ursuline Academy, a Catholic girls’ boarding school that Bob Hope’s daughter attended.

There’s more antiquing happening along Main Street, where you’ll find the Arcadian Cafe (123 Main St., 573-546-2432)—probably the only place within 100 miles where you can order bison, frog legs, wild boar or venison. They also have plain ol’ beef and veggies, too.

Nearby, make the easy climb to Missouri’s highest spot, just 1,773 feet above sea level at Taum Sauk Mountain, one of the peaks in the St. Francois range, and designated a state park (

Stay:  The red-brick Victorian Gree Roof Inn is a beaut, and just a two-minute drive from Arcadia, in the town of Ironton. Then inn’s three suites start at $75, including a big breakfast (573-546-7670). For more information on Arcadia, check out and


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