Last month, we kicked off our summer road trip series, Hit the Road, with an outdoor adventure to Bentonville, Arkansas. If you checked it out, we’d love to hear about it.
This month, we’re continuing the series with a quick trip (~34 miles from downtown KC) to Weston, Missouri for a quick getaway. From ancient caves to overlooks, this vibrant rural town offers a little bit of everything — making it the perfect end-of-summer vacay.
Before you start packing your bags, here’s everything you need to know about the area + our insider recommendations.
- Drive time: ~40 minutes from downtown
- Est. population: 1,759
- Avg. high in July: 89°
🎟️ Things to do
The majesty of Missouri’s limestone bluffs and scenic vistas are in full display at this top-rated state park. Manicured trails, observation platforms, and camping options make this park perfect for a quick hike or an extended stay.
Founded from a natural spring in 1856, this is the oldest continually operating distillery in Missouri. Although owned by McCormick’s, this location regained its original name in 2016. Explore giant barrels, ancient caves, and a 160-year-old bourbon recipe.
Enjoy 50 acres of country fun, with U-pick patches (July-August is blackberries + peaches), outdoor activities (for the young and young at heart), and wine tasting. City Editor Travis likes the apple cannon in September.
🍔 Grub to eat
Options await you at the corner of Short + Welt streets. Dig into some bangers and mash at the American Bowman Restaurant. Head down into the subterranean O’Malley’s Pub for live music, and fill up on Weston Brewing Company beer at either of these locations.
This “Southern Smokehouse” knows how to do meat. Located on Main Street of downtown Weston, the restaurant will fill you (literally) with all the country fixin’s. Editor Travis had the pulled pork after a hike at Weston Bend — talk about a great day.
Don’t be baaa-shful — head to this operating farm for sandwiches, charcuterie, beer, wine, and ice cream. Take something tasty home from the local artisan shop, and tour the sheep dairy (complete with tastings) while you’re at it.
🏨 Overnight accommodations
If you get a wild hair and decide to turn this quick day trip into an overnighter, here are some spots to stay.
This gorgeous studio rental space is the perfect solo or date night getaway — sleeping two for $188 a night. The home is also located one block from Weston Bluffs Trail, which leads into the state park.
This whole-house rental sleeps six with three bedrooms + two bathrooms for $262 a night. Breakfast is provided, or you can walk across the street in the morning to Café Avalon.
If Weston Bend Camping is a little too busy for you, take a 25-min drive to this private farm. Sites are nestled under a canopy of old Missouri walnut trees 40 yards from a 2.5-acre pond. Firewood is provided for a small additional fee.