Right from the start when we spoke to you on the phone we've felt so welcome at your place - it has been a true joy to be here. We haven’t taken a family vacation in years. This was a real treat – quiet, peaceful, invigorating quality family togetherness. We absolutely loved wading in your riverfront area, BBQing for dinners and campfires, too. The state parks are also nice – but relaxing on your grounds was by far the winner! Your cottage is so well stocked and immaculate – we loved it. Our kids continuously reveled in the delightful grounds, the horses and cows, the exciting toy closet, and the cozy couches. Thanks for being so hospitable and helpful, with directions, suggestions and anything else we asked for. We hope to come back again. We hope you do not get cell phone reception here, as we didn’t miss it one bit. What a pleasure to be unreachable for a change! Wishing you continued success in providing families with such lovely vacation opportunities”! Thank you, R. family from St, Louis, MO.
Thank you for a splendid family vacation. There were so many family friendly thoughtful touches. With the great children's books, comics, games, family videos, and nature books. There were even nets to catch interesting flying creatures. We loved the crystal clear river front area. It was great for fishing and finding interesting rocks. Thank you for sharing your blackberry bramble with us. Nothing is as delicious as freshly picked berries with sugar and milk. This is especially true when you endured August heat, the bees, and a multitude of thorn scratches all over you hands and arms to get the berries. It brought back memories from my childhood on the farm in Iowa. The children thoroughly enjoyed your collection of dress up items. The cowboy boots and the gun were the biggest hits. Your serene setting was inspirational for time with the Lord. We praised him for his creation. The photography was great too. Keep serving the Lord in this way. It is a blessing. Tom, Brenda, Paige, Brooke and Erica
We came and fell in love with all of what nature could share with us. Thank you for your hospitality and it was so clean and comfortable. The clean smells and sweet sounds of crickets, song birds, frogs and the river helped to make our vacation magical and relaxing. The river was always so chilled and stocked with wildlife that we sounded like kids on the Fourth of July "oohhing and aahhing" over what we found. The Black river is my favorite MO river. I hope to return next summer. The night sky became filled with amazing stars and an array of fire flies that looked like flash bulbs going off all around us....Yes we WILL recommend this to our friends and YES we will be back.
Thank you so much for your hospitality and generosity to our family. This time was truly a gift from God. Thanks for letting Him use you! We enjoyed. ..going for swims down by the river area, Horseback riding at Brushy Creek (excellent!), catching little lizards, tree frogs and turtles, making them pets for the week and then letting them return to the forest as we left for home. We really enjoyed playing at Elephant Rocks and Johnson Shut Ins, playing board games and cards together in the evenings, watching movies, eating popcorn and staying up late and getting to know you! Thanks for the sampling of your delicious ground beef and the enjoyable conversation! The L family, St Louis
My husband and I stayed at the cabin on the lake for a weekend. It was wonderful! My husband had recently returned from a 15 month deployment to Iraq and so the time together was especially wonderful there because we felt like we were the only ones around. It was so cozy and quaint! A place to just sit back and enjoy nature! A great vacation from the stress of life!
Duane and Mary, We SO enjoyed our stay in the cabin by the lake! I loved it the minute I walked in! It is so sweet and tidy and homey. And the view! To wake in the morning and sit on the deck overlooking the lake was wonderful! We had fun watching the turtles playing on the trees (in the water) and falling into the lake. It was a wonderful, peaceful retreat. We've always enjoyed staying at Koinania with lots of people, but for a couple's getaway, the 'cabin by the lake' is perfect! Thanks again! Waylon and Genny
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Wiltberger,
My whole family agrees that this week at Koinania was the BEST vacation we have ever had. I loved waking up in the morning and looking out my window to see your cattle and horses. I went with my dad almost every morning to go fishing. We loved the cats which my younger sister named Pepper (all black) and Sprinkles (black with white paws) we also enjoyed going to the creek and Council Bluff Lake. My favorite thing to do (other then just hanging out at Koinania) was going horseback riding at Brushy Creek. After dinner almost every night we all dressed up and turned on music and danced until we were laughing SO hard we had to sit down. If I had to describe this weekend in just 1 word, amazing would come close, but this week was WAY more than amazing. I hope we can come back! Thanks so much for everything. Sabrina Age 12
Thank you so much for a WONDERFUL stay! Koinania was just what I was looking for, to get away from all of the hustle and bustle and just have some peace and quiet time with the family. We will definitely be recommending this place to friends and family! Thanks again, St. Charles, MO family- Craig, Patty, Sarah (13) & Laura (10)
RETREATS............Hear what others have said about Koinania's Country Croppin' Retreats
A few weeks ago my friend and I decided we needed a weekend away for scrapbooking. We found Mary through the internet and decided to take a chance. I have been to a dozen or so of these weekend scrapbook retreats and I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised by the scrapbooking accommodations. Mary had 8 ft. tables for us to scrapbook on along with lights and nice rolling office chairs to sit in. Mary definitely did her homework since I don't think she even scrapbooks! The East Wing is a nice place with three separate bedrooms, bathroom and a kitchen area. Everything was clean and tidy. Mary made great meals and her hospitality was heartwarming. The entire experience was wonderful. My friend and I enjoyed our experience so much, we definitely want to plan another trip! Joan
My mother-in-law, sister-in-law and I spent two and a half days at Koinania. What a wonderful experience we had! The small lakeside cabin was beautiful - very clean and homey feeling. The view of the lake from the inside and from the deck was both beautiful and peaceful. My MIL and SIL slept in the bed and I slept on the futon and we were plenty comfortable. The refrigerator held all of the "snacks" we brought. The meals Mary provided were very good - nothing fancy (real food)! Breakfast on the deck was so relaxing! Mary had tables, chairs and lamps already set up for us to use for our scrapbooking - we also used the kitchen counter for our Cri-cut machine. The three of us had plenty of room to spread out and we probably could have made room for one more. The weather was perfect while we were there - and it was so quiet!!! We even drove down a little ways to the creek and hunted for "pretty rocks". We would highly recommend staying in the Cabin to scrapbook and look forward to going back again! Meagan
Thank you again for the wonderful food and fellowship. We had a very productive and calming weekend. Thanks for everything, Sue
It was another great weekend, I loved relaxing on the deck with the kitties Tux and Tan, strolling along the road, and just generally enjoying the peaceful relaxing atmosphere. Your hospitality was incredible, the food was outstanding. Thank you for everything I can hardly wait to come back. Jackie
Thank you for letting us use your cottage for scrapbooking and thank you for the wonderful meals. They are all so delicious. We had a great time and we’ll be back again next year. Thanks again, Angela.
What a wonderful country escape you have here! Thank you for the opportunity for “fellowship” and the good food. Camille.
Mary, as always, it was an awesome weekend. Wonderful food, relaxing and got a lot of scrap booking finished. See you in the Spring. Sue
Thank you for a great weekend-I am going home refreshed and energized. Leslie