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Wayfaring Wednesday-Kansas City (MO)

Bob and I planned a weekend for the two of us way back in April.  Bob had purchased a Groupon from The Elms in Excelsior Springs and had redeemed it for this weekend in July.  If we hadn't booked it so far in advance, we would have not been able to go, as there were many invitations to do other things that same weekend!

I have heard about the Elms for a long time.  Bob had a meeting there a few years back and came back with glowing reports about this resort.  It was built in 1912 (the present structure) and you can tell they spared no expense.  If you are like me, you might wonder what brought everyone to Excelsior Springs.

Water.  Yep, water.  A special water full of minerals and goodness that famous people like Harry S Truman, Al Capone, and Jack Dempsey wanted.  President Truman waited for the results of his election there and celebrated in Room 200 (300 now).  There are special guests who roam around in the form of ghosts but who are said to be friendly ghosts!


The resort plays music from the era in the lobby.  It is so charming to come in from the 2011s and step into a relaxed atmosphere.  While we were there we saw a 30 year HS reunion and a wedding reception being hosted.  The grounds are lovely and makes an exceptional back drop for these events.


We had dinner at a quaint restaurant called Justus The Drugstore.  This restaurant uses only local foods and makes each dish to order.  Even the pasta is made on the spot.  That means that dinner takes a little time but it was so worth it!

 Justus dinner

We shopped in Kansas City at some of our favorite stores: Dean and Delucca, Nell Hills, William Sonoma, and Bob's favorite cigar shop, Outlaw Cigars.  I went with him while he chose new cigars and smoked one.  I don't think they host a lot of women.  I was pleasantly surprised by the smoke free atmosphere (great ventilation system) and how friendly everyone was.


I highly recommend the Elms for a weekend for all you Missouri folks.  There are some lovely walking tours of the Springs if you are so inclined.

Check out the other trips at Laura's Decor to Adore blog!

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  1. Hi Terri Sweetie...
    Oh my goodness gracious, is this hotel ever gorgeous. I love the brick/stone look of the outside. So pretty. Makes it look historical.

    Dinner looks wonderful. Yep, sometimes things are SO worth waiting for. Love it.

    Thanks for the walk this evening. I so enjoyed myself at the Elms. Yes, I do love Missouri.

    Have a great evening sweet friend. Many hugs, Sherry

  2. I am a KC native and had the pleasure of spending a some weekends at The Elms. You also visited some of my favorite KC stores. I've read about the Justus Drugstore on a couple of food sites, I'd love to go there. Sounds like a lovely weekend.

  3. What fun!! You guys covered a lot of ground!!!

    I grew up in a town near Excelsior Springs and first remember visiting The Elms when I was a little girl. One of my aunts was there for the mineral baths. We have also had a couple of our class HS reunions there.

    We lived very near Smithville and the home of The Justus Drug Store. In fact, I remember when it was a drugstore (not so many years ago I my mom still patronized it!) and I clearly remember Mrs. Justus. She and her husband owned it. I have not eaten there.....but will put that on my "list" of places to go!!! This weekend a couple of pals and I are taking a Daycation to Leavenworth, KS! Not the prison....just to check out the antique shops. :)

    Bet you're back at school or nearly ready to start. Where did this summer go? :) Oh, and I forgot to tell you that I found a Where the Wild Things Are shirt at TARGET!! I have had fun wearing it to my exercise classes!

    Have a great day....it's gonna rain in KC (I hope!).

    L, Dana

  4. If we ever get out to MO we'll have to check this lovely place out. I love history and just hearing that presidents have been here makes me want to come!!

    I'm going to send you an email later about your Etsy shop. I think just a few simple things you can do each day would increase your shop traffic and that should translate to sales. Fingers crossed.


  5. Oh my! Yet another place I MUST visit. :)

    Thank you so very much for linking up on Wayfaring Wednesday!

  6. I have heard such great things about the Elms. Did you find anything wonderful at Nell Hill?

  7. This looks charming, Terri. I love KC. Part of Ron's family lives there.

    Have a grand weekend.

    Barb ♥

  8. I wanted to come visit you and boy do you have a lot of blogs. I guess I chose correctly. What a beautiful place for an escape. I am trying to plan one too for Sept or Oct. Yummy salmon dinner. One of my faves.

  9. This sounds wonderful! You always make things so much fun!


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