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Where to stay between KC and St. Louis

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Where to stay between KC and St. Louis

I'm wondering if someone can recommend a town to spend the night in between KC and St. Louis in mid-June. It could be away from the freeway...a quintessential Missouri if that is possible. I've looked a little at Columbia and Jefferson City. Any comments about these places or any others? My wife and I are travelling with a baby.

On another note: Are there any type of foods (besides BBQ) that are unique to KC or Missouri? How about soft drinks or beer?


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I should also probably mention that we don't want to go all the way to Branson because we only have one day to get between the two cities. Is Lake Ozark worth it for an afternoon/evening or is it too far away as well?

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Stoney Creek Inn at Columbia, MO, www.stoneycreekinn.com/locations/index.cfm… is a nice place to stay. It is a family friendly hotel, with attention to detail. As for food, nearby is Murray's. It is a small place with a great menu. Lots of fabulous appetizers.

Kansas City offers a broad range of unique dining experiences, with not all being BBQ. KC is also well know for great Steaks. Restaurants such as Benton's Chophouse above the Westin Crown Center offer a fine steak. The Italian community is also well represented in restaurants such as Cascone's (several locations) and Lidia's near Union Station. If you enjoy Mexican, Manny's is a great place just north of Union Station. You can check out the KC restaurant guide at: http://www.kcrestaurantguide.com/

Mid-June is the perfect time to visit the City Market on a Saturday morning. http://www.thecitymarket.org/

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Columbia and Jefferson City are both pretty nice. Columbia will be the most accessible since it is right off the interstate. Lake of the Ozarks might be a little out of your way. It's probably another 30 minutes to an hour past Jefferson City. It wouldn't be bad if you are up to it, but it will probably be crowded and places will probably start booking up early since that is peak season. Hermann is another nice, but smaller town. There isn't a whole lot to do there... mostly wineries, b&bs and some antique shops.

I'm not too sure about what unique foods KC has to offer other than barbeque, but St. Louis has several: toasted ravioli (can be found on the menu of pretty much any italian restaraunt in St. Louis), St. Louis style pizza (thin, crackery crust with provel cheese - Imo's is the big local chain, but also Cecil Whittakers and several other smaller chains and restaraunts), Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (frozen custard... most people that aren't from St. Louis will tell you that it is pretty much your typical frozen custard stand... at least that's what my inlaws say), and gooey-butter cake (can usually be found at bakeries or grocery stores). No really unique soft drinks. If your travels continue to take you into southern Illinois, you might come across Ski, which is a citrusy soda that is really only found in the area... with limited sightings in the St. Louis area. As for beer... there is InBev. Just kidding. Nothing really special, but there are several smaller breweries like Schlaffley (downtown and Maplewood), O'fallon (O'fallon, MO), Morgan Street (Lacledes Landing), Trailhead (St. Charles), etc. Oh, and Kansas City is home to Boulevard.

Enjoy your trip!

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If you haven't seen the capital...Jefferson City would be a good place to stop. Like the other poster said..it's a little way's off I70 if you go that way. But worth the trip if you have never been there. You could also take US 50 to Jefferson City and then swing up to I70

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Thanks for all of the great tips! I'll make sure that I try some of the food options in St. Louis.

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taking a leisurely trip i assume? you can easily make the trip from KC to St louis in a few hours

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I'm not sure I'd stop anywhere before Saint Charles. That area is very nice with restaurants, shops, a Lewis & Clark museum, and the old state capitol. But it's literally just outside Saint Louis.

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I prefer Columbis, and especially downtown. Unique shops and cool bars in "the District" My favorite is Flatbranch for some micro brews and great food.

In KC you gotta get some Boulevard beer and for different food my favorite is Ponaks (Mexicon down on the boulevard where Mexican is king)... their margarittas are lethal.

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"town....between KC and St. Louis":

Take a look at the historic Hotel Frederick in Boonville, MO. It's about 100 miles east of KC off I-70.

We tried the Frederick for the first time last summer and loved it. A TripAdvisor search on "Hotel Frederick" should yield some reviews for you to peruse.

Hotel's website: www.hotelfrederick.com


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I'd suggest stopping at Arrow Rock:


You won't believe the town---it's a real step back in time.

There are several B&B's and a campground at the state park. We like stay at the Down Over:


If you go, take the route that takes you through Black Water.