Experience Excelsior Trip Planner 2021

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EXCELSIOR

Springs

2021 TRIP PLANNER


EXCELSIOR SPRINGS

SCHOOL DISTRICT

Together, Achieving Excellence

VISION

Inspire, Empower, Challenge

MISSION

Working together to discover

potential, explore passions, and

develop leadership for all learners.

CORE BELIEFS

Student-focused

Integrity

Growth Mindset

Collaboration

Community Partnership

Innovation

Transformation

GUIDING

PHILOSOPHY

Continuous Improvement

ESSD40.C0M

300 W. Broadway, Excelsior Springs, MO

www.ESSD40.com • 816-630-9200


EXPERIENCE EXCELSIOR

Thank you for considering Excelsior Springs as your

destination! Especially with all that is going in on the

world, we don’t take it lightly that you would choose to

spend your time here with us. Please know that your safety

and health is always a top priority.

With many things to see and do in Excelsior Springs, we

are confident you will enjoy your time here and

want to come back again soon! We want you to know

that this guide is just a taste of all we have to offer

when you visit Excelsior Springs. As we like to

say - your experience will speak for itself!

©2021 PRODUCED AND PUBLISHED BY

DOWNTOWN EXCELSIOR PARTNERSHIP

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO 64024 • 816-637-2811 • EXEC@VISITESPRINGS.COM

Executive Director, DEP: Lyndsey Baxter

Experience Excelsior Trip Planner Designer/Writer: Skyla Sullivan

Advertising Sales: Kari Lawrence

Special Thanks: Cindy Roth & Betty Bissell

Magazine Photographers:

Kevin Morgan / www.kevinmorgan.com

A thorough effort has been made to provide accurate and complete listings.

Information is subject to change. DEP assumes no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions.

Errors and ommissions can be submitted to experienceexcelsior@gmail.com

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CONTENTS

Rest Easy - Where to Stay 9

Business Feature: The Elms Hotel & Spa 13

Business Feature: Sunny Side Cottage 15

Shopping Spree - Shopping Guide 16

Business Feature: Sturm Brothers’ 19

Business Feature: Grace Wins Home I Studio 21

Business Feature: Bliss 23

It’s Wine Time 26

Business Feature: Willow Spring Mercantile 29

Business Feature: Dubious Claims Brewing Co 32

Business Feature: WoodChux Axe Throwing 33

Business Feature: Of the Earth Distillery 35

Business Feature: Broadway Bar & Grill 37

Business Feature: New Age Skincare Spa 41

Happily Ever After - Wedding Guide 42

It’s All About The Water: Our History 46

Park Directory 49

Adventure Awaits 53

Where to Eat - Dining Guide 56

Business Feature: Ventana Gourmet Grille 59

Calendar of Events 62

Explore Further 67

Business Feature: Melinda Humphrey, Re/Max 69

Business Feature: Simmons Sales Team, Re/Max 70

Business Feature: Manley Home Team, Re/Max 72

Real Estate/Mortgage Directory 73

Business Feature: Kim McElwee Sanson, Re/Max 74

@downtownesmo

@downtown_esmo

www.VisitExcelsior.com


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Welcome to Excelsior Springs

As we all know, 2020 was a year of the

complete unknown… and while we may

not know what 2021 will completely look

CONTENTS

PHOTOS

SOCIAL

IMPORTANT WEBSITES

AND CONTACT INFO

like, just know we are still here for the

same great experiences. They just might

look a little different for the time being.

Together, we have been working hard to

ensure a safe visit for you on your next

trip to Excelsior Springs.

Over the last year, our travel has been

LYNDSEY BAXTER

EXECUTIVEDIRECTOR

DOWNTOWNEXCELSIORPARTNERSHIP

limited, but we bet you are ready for your next escape and

we want you to make that escape destination Excelsior

Springs!

Your next escape will include amazing experiences in

our eateries, drinkeries, shops, boutiques, and overnight

accommodations! You will be able to enjoy arts and entertainment

and our abundance of recreational activities.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery when you say “I do,” too! With

an abundance of history and beautiful sights to see you will

be able to explore our beautiful countryside!

We will even help you find inspiration for your future

getaway to Excelsior Springs with our perfectly planned

interest-based itineraries. Maybe you are ready for a girlfriends’

getaway or a romantic escape with that special

someone. Are you an adventurist or even a craft beer

lover? From where you should stay to where to dine and

drink and even where to shop and explore… we have it

all planned out for you on your next escape to experience

Excelsior Springs! We just make it that easy to enjoy a getaway

so unique, it can only be classified as an ‘Excelsior

Experience’.

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Girlfriend

EXPERIENCE

GETAWAYS

GRAB THE GIRLS AND GET AWAY

Grab your gal pals and get

ready for a weekend full of fun!

From whole house rentals to

adorable B&Bs, we’ve got the

best places to stay.

Wine and dine your way

throughout town and don’t forget

to shop at some of our most

adorable boutiques and antique

shops. And it wouldn’t be

a complete trip without a girls’

day at the spa!

We’ve got it all when you are

looking for the perfect place for

your next Girlfriends’ Getaway!

Travel Tip: You may want to plan

multiple gal pal trips to good ol’

E-Town! Our Sippin’ Into Springtime,

Wine Festival, and Mug Shots Events

are all PERFECT excuses for a trip and

all happen to be in different seasons.

CHECK OUT WWW.VISITEXCELSIOR.COM TO PLAN OUT YOUR GIRLS’ WEEKEND!

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Historic Stay

Modern Accomodations

Modern Bed & Breakfast

Right in the Heart of Downtown

• Free Breakfast

• Firepit

• Stay & Play Golf Packages

• WiFi & Cable

The Perfect

Weekend Getaway

Inkeepers: Mark & Anna Sue Spohn

426 CONCOURSE AVE., EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO 64024

816-582-6798 • PAYNEJAILHOUSEBANDB.COM

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WHAT TO DO WHEN

THE LIGHTS GO DOWN

There is always something happening in Excelsior

Springs!

We suggest planning your visit to last more than the

day, and lucky for you - there are plenty of places to rest

your head for the night!

Whether you’re looking for a hotel, a whole house rental

or a bed and breakfast experience, you’ll find what you’re

looking for here!

Use our handy guide along the side of the next couple

of pages to plan your experience in Excelsior Springs!

Rest

Easy

BLVD. INN

Elms Blvd, Excelsior Springs

AirBnB Rental • 10 Guests • 5 BR • 3 Bathrooms

airbnb.com/h/excelsior-springs-getaways

Charming whole house rental in the heart of Downtown Excelsior Springs

THE BUCKLEY

Downtown Excelsior Springs

Two Suites Available

airbnb.com/rooms/437992457 / airbnb.com/rooms/43820767

Modern amenities in a historic building brought back to life.

THE ELMS HOTEL & SPA

401 Regent St., Excelsior Springs • 816-630-5500

www.elmshotelandspa.com

Hotel, Spa, WiFi, Restaurant, Bar, Coffee Shop, Indoor & Outdoor Pools, Hot Tub,

Event Space, Room Service SEE MORE ON PAGE 12

Sunset Haven

Escape to quiet Excelsior Springs,

where this newly-renovated vacation

rental home sits atop a hill surrounded

by 3 acres of midwest land.

Grill dinner on the back deck, then

relax on the front porch & watch

the sunset over the hills.

Close to downtown, the golf

courses, and state parks, you have easy

access to restaurants, shopping, and

activities for all. Spend an afternoon

in Kansas City, just 30 minutes away!

2 bedroom • 1 bath

Sleeps 4-6 • Keyless entry

VACATION RENTAL

FOR MORE INFO OR TO BOOK YOUR STAY, PLEASE VISIT:

EVOLVEVACATIONRENTAL.COM/415126

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THE GUEST HOUSE

Excelsior Springs, Missouri

airbnb.co.in/rooms/22878317

Whole house rental, full kitchen, WiFi, luxury linens, Tempurpedic bed,

water & snacks provided,

INN ON CRESCENT LAKE

1261 St. Louis Ave. • 816-630-6745

www.crescentlake.com

10 Guest rooms, breakfast provided, full size inground outdoor pool, hot tub,

paddleboards, fishing boat, WiFi

LAKE DONIPHAN

12856 Doniphan Lake Rd. • 816-630-1523

lakedoniphan.com

Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center provides a beautiful and

functional setting for business meetings, special events, retreats, conferences,

reunions, and seminars.

THE LOFT AT GRACE WINS

102 Elizabeth Street St, Excelsior Springs

facebook.com/TheLOFTatGraceWins

Newly renovated 5 bedroom AirBnB located above Grace Wins Home &

Studio in the heart of Downtown Excelsior Springs.

MORE PLACES TO STAY ON PAGE 11



With so much to do while you’re in Excelsior

Springs, you’ll want to plan to stay awhile!

Check out our many accommodations and find

what suits you best! >>>>>>>>>>>>>

Rest

Easy

PAYNE JAILHOUSE B&B

426 Concourse Ave., Excelsior Springs • 816-582-6798

paynejailhousebandb.com

This historical yet modern bed & breakfast right in the heart of downtown

features: Three Guest Suites, Full Breakfast, WiFi, A Firepit & More!

SUNDANCE RANCH

12607 State Hwy O, Excelsior Springs • 816-701-9535

www.sundancekc.com

Stay in a real treehouse, a tipi glampsite, a luxury suite or guest house.

200 acre ranch, 15 acre private lake and many guest amenities available.

THE SUNNY SIDE COTTAGE

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206 S. MARIETTA ST., EXCELSIOR SPRINGS • 816.848.5060

506 Dunbar Ave., Excelsior Springs • 816-868-8383

thesunnysidecottage.com

A whole house vacation rental equipped with HDTVs, WiFi, Luxury Linens,

Wine Tour Pick-Up, Continental Breakfast, Full Kitchen and more. Sleeps

up to 7 people. No stairs.

SEE MORE ON PAGE 15

SUNSET HAVEN

13917 Carmel Rd., Excelsior Springs • 816-616-9506

evolvevacationrental.com/415126

Whole house rental in peaceful surroundings, but still close enough to town.

Sleeps 4-6 and includes keyless entry, bbq grill, HDTVs and more.

WWW.LASHESBYDIANE.COM



EXPERIENCE AN

ICONIC DESTINATION

If you’ve heard of Excelsior

Springs, you’ve likely heard of

The Elms Hotel and Spa.

Renowned for beautifully appointed

accommodations, The

Elms Hotel & Spa delivers lavish

amenities and standard-setting

service on lovely grounds in

Excelsior Springs. Throughout

its storied history, The Elms has

been frequented by celebrities,

politicians, and notorious persons

alike, earning international

fame and establishing itself as

an integral part of our Excelsior

Springs hotel history.

What sets The Elms apart

from other hotels is, of course,

its world class spa. The expansive

25,000-square-foot facility

offers a place where you can

spend your days in serenity

with pampering spa treatments

and a wide array of amenities.

Spa treatments include options

such as therapeutic massages,

cupping massages, stone and

waterfall massages, hydrotherapy,

facials and much more. A

full list of services can be found

at elmshotelandspa.com.

Before or after your services

(or both), you can relax in The

Grotto, Excelsior’s take on ancient

Roman baths. The Grotto

experience includes: Dry Sauna,

Steam Sauna, Hot Tub, Cold

Plunge Shower, Steam Shower

and an Exfoliation Bar. You can

even choose to bypass the spa

service and buy a day pass to

relax the day away in the Grotto.

While you stay at The Elms,

also be sure to dine at 88 at the

Elms, where all food is prepared

using locally sourced farm fresh

ingredients; have a drink and

pub style snack at the Tavern;

and be sure to start your morning

off with a cup of joe and

some in-house baked goodies

at the Cafe.

Your experience would not be

complete without considering a

paranormal tour, as The Elms is

one of the most famously haunted

places in Missouri. Don’t

worry, though, the ghosts - and

the staff - are always friendly,

and excited to see you!

Learn more about your stay at

elmshotelandspa.com.

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A WORLD AWAY

FROM EVERYDAY

Innkeepers Kim and Gary

Sanson knew they had something

special when they found

the cute house that would become

The Sunny Side Cottage.

They took their love and passion

for restoring historic homes

and poured it into creating this

home into the beautiful bed and

breakfast that it is today.

The Sunny Side Cottage is

gorgeous, charming, and freshly

renovated. Nestled in the

heart of Excelsior Springs, this

home comfortably sleeps up to

six for a perfect weekend getaway

with friends and family, or

a romantic getaway for just two!

Guest after guest finds that

the personal touches create an

ambiance of ideal comfort and

coziness that truly makes the

Sunny Side Cottage a perfect

home away from home.

The Cottage is situated in a

convenient location, right up the

hill from the historic Downtown

District, but also on the way to

the West side of town, where

additional dining and activities

await.

When you stay at the Cottage,

you are renting the entire

house and have access to a fully

equipped kitchen, luxury linens,

HDTVs with cable, free WiFi

and more. Freshly baked cookies

will be waiting for you upon

your arrival (who doesn’t love

that?!) and a continental breakfast

of baked goods, waffles,

juice, coffee and snacks will be

provided.

If part of your visit to Excelsior

Springs includes a Trolley Wine

Tour (and of course, it absolutely

should!), it will even pick you

up right at the door.

If you’re looking for a place to

stay that feels like you never left

home, be sure to come over to

the Sunny Side!

“We had a wonderful time celebrating our

anniversary here! Kim & Gary’s place was perfect,

clean, had everything you would need and much

more! They had such nice touches like providing

us a sweet chocolate cake to celebrate. They were

great at communicating and definitely went above

and beyond for us! We will definitely be back!

Cannot recommend this place highly enough!”

-Danielle & Travis

Take Some Time Away...Unplug, Recharge,

And Enjoy The Ones You Love The Most

Whole House Vacation Rental • Sleeps Up to 6 Comfortably

Just A Minute From Historic Downtown District

YARN & SUPPLY STORE

Local Yarns • Plymouth • Berroco • Darn Good Yarns • Schoppell Wolle • HiKoo

KNITTING & CROCHET CLASSES

INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION

816.868.8383

506 DUNBAR • EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MISSOURI 64024

INN KEEPERS: GARY AND KIM SANSON

TheSunnySideCottage.com

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KNITEWETOGETHER.COM

114 E. BROADWAY, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS • 845-807-3243


Shopping

EXPERIENCE A

SPREE

Blue Bird Couture

THERE’S NOTHIN’ LIKE A LITTLE RETAIL THERAPY

Grace Wins

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Come to Excelsior Springs’ Historic District

for a bevy of shops, from artisan inspired

to the chic and sleek. You will find antiques,

home furnishings, apparel, upcycled furniture,

paintings, fine jewelry, toys and more. Many

times the best gifts and keepsakes are found

in these shops and boutiques. Come explore!

Check out VisitExcelsior.com to download a

Downtown Shopping and Dining Guide!

On the West Side, you will find even more

shopping to choose from. Diggers is a unique

store where shoppers “dig” to find deals, with

prices falling throughout the week (never

higher than $5 per item). Right near Diggers,

there is Meet the Need Thrift Store and Finders

Keepers, a fun consignment store full of

antiques and other treasures. Bargain Zone

just up the road also features a large variety of

discounted items - you never know what you

will find!

Of course, Excelsior Springs is also home

to chain retail stores such as Wal-Mart, Price

Chopper, Westlake, Dollar General, Dollar

Tree, and more.


YOUR GUIDE TO SHOPPING IN EXCELSIOR SPRINGS

BLISS

CAMPBELL WOOD DESIGNS

GRACE WINS

423 S. Thompson Ave., Excelsior Springs

816-517-7815 • Follow On Facebook

Vintage to modern decor, specialty products & more

255 East Broadway., Excelsior Springs

816-500-7218 • campbellwooddesigns.com

Custom Wood Designs, Home Decor

118 E. Broadway Ave., Excelsior Springs

gracewinshomeandstudio.com

Home Decor Boutique

CLOTHING

Blue Bird Couture 461 S. Thompson 816-558-3300 bluebirdcouture.com Clothing Boutique

BluBox Boutique 206 S. Marietta n/a bluboxboutique.com Clothing Boutique

ANTIQUES, GIFTS, DECOR

The Farmhouse 100 E. Broadway 816-521-0699 thefarmhouseesmo.com Furniture, Apparel

Shabby Chic 244 E. Broadway 816-900-1331 Follow on Facebook Gifts, Jewelry, Decor

Fishing River Market 414 S. Thompson 816-900-1223 fishingrivermarket.com Antiques, Vintage, Etc.

American Artifact 200 S. Marietta 816-226-7580 Follow on Facebook Locally Made, Vintage

The Elms Hotel & Spa 200 Regent St. 816-630-5500 elmshotelandspa.com Spa Gift Shop

Finders Keepers 1220 N. Jesse James 816-637-9339 Follow on Facebook Antique & Thrift

Sincerely, Jones 459 S. Thompson 816-398-2453 sincerelyjones.com Shopping, Retail

DISCOUNT/THRIFT STORES

Broadway Bargains 108 S. Thompson 816-637-7424 Follow on Facebook Thrift Store

Meet the Need Thrift Store 1302 N. Jesse James 816-630-9006 meettheneedinc.com Thrift Store

Bargain Zone 1719 W. Jesse James 816-900-1885 Follow on Facebook Surplus Store

Diggers 1218 N. Jesse James 816-848-5020 Follow on Facebook Discount Store

SPECIALTY

Bohemian Sage Gallery 206 S. Marietta St. 816-651-7328 bohemiansagegallery.com Art Gallery

Excelsior Springs Museum 101 E. Broadway 816-630-0101 esmuseum.com Museum, ES Gifts

Willow Spring Mercantile 249 E. Broadway 816-630-7467 shopthemercantile.com Wine, Gifts

Dubious Claims Brewing Co. 451 S. Thompson 816-900-1882 dubiousclaimsbrewingco.com Beer, Apparel

Molly Roberts Studio 109 E. Broadway 816-900-1028 mollyrobertsstudio.com Art, Gifts

Excelsior Floral and Gifts 413 S. Thompson Ave. 816-637-4120 Follow on Facebook Floral, Gifts

Broadway Toyz 246 E. Broadway 816-900-1401 Follow on Facebook Toys

Boulevard Florist 507 Elms Blvd. 816-630-4769 blvdflorist.com Floral, Gifts

Mind, Body and Soap Co. 105 W. Broadway 816-637-3690 mindbodyandsoapco.com Handmade Soap, Etc.

Cricket Wireless 2367 Vintage Dr., C 816-826-1493 cricketwireless.com Wireless Phones

AT&T 2367 Vintage Dr., B 816-900-1498 att.com Wireless Phones

Verizon Wireless 122 Corum Rd. 816-637-5100 verizonwireless.com Wireless Phones

Knit Ewe Together 114 E. Broadway 845-807-3243 knitewetogether.com Yarn/Craft Store

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SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

STURM BROS.’

STYLE BY RY

111 E. Broadway Ave., Excelsior Springs

816-848-5005

sturmbrothers.com

Jewelry, Custom Jewelry, Jewelry Repair

116 E. Broadway Ave., Excelsior Springs

816-848-5031

shopstylebyry.com

Women’s boutique carrying clothing, shoes, accessories

Even the littlest visitors can enjoy shopping in

Excelsior Springs! Stop in at Broadway Toyz!

GROCERIES/GENERAL

Wal-Mart 2203 Patsy Ln. 816-630-1003 walmart.com Grocery, Retail

Price Chopper 1645 Kearney Rd. 816-630-1900 mypricechopper.com Grocery

Aldi 2351 Vintage Dr. 816-955-2534 aldi.us Grocery

Dollar General 155 Crown Hill Rd. 816-629-6102 dollargeneral.com Bargain Retail

Dollar Tree 2363 Vintage Dr. 816-947-6005 dollartree.com Bargain Retail

Find your style within

BRANDING & INSPIRATION

WOMEN’S CLOTHING • JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES • HOME DECOR

Private In-House Style Appointments & Events Available Upon Request

116 E. BROADWAY, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO • SHOPSTYLEBYRY.COM

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GEM OF A JEWELRY STORE GOES BEHIND

THE SCENES OF ITS CUSTOM WORK

Have you ever taken a moment to really

look at a piece of jewelry, the intricacies

and the details, and wondered how it came

to be? At Sturm Brothers’ Custom Design &

Fine Jewelry, you don’t have to wonder - you

can watch! Located at 111 E. Broadway, this

gem of a jewelry store not only offers display

cases full of beautiful ready to purchase

pieces, they also design custom jewelry that

they make right there at the store, and you

can watch the magic happen. When setting

up their new open concept showroom they

wanted to give customers a front row seat

to the jewelry making process. The staff are

always happy to answer questions and talk

through the process to any spectators as the

jeweler meticulously crafts the next wearable

piece of art.

Beyond their specialized custom work,

they also offer jewelry repair, personalized

consultations, gift wrapping and online

shopping. If you’re looking for a one of a

kind Excelsior Springs souvenir, the Sturm

Brothers’ have created a custom line of jewelry

using the unique Mayan figure imagery from

the Hall of Waters as inspiration.

It’s not often you can come to visit a

town for a three day trip and leave with a

piece of custom designed jewelry, but that

is exactly what Sturm Brothers’ can do for

you. Stop in on a Friday and design your

perfect new adornment - in most cases

it will be ready to pick up before you leave

town on Monday. For more elaborate pieces,

shipping is of course available. If you want

to peek in on the process throughout your

time shopping downtown, you are welcome

- and encouraged - to do so. Ask questions,

get engaged and enjoy the jewelry making

process. You’ll be able to proudly wear your

new piece and tell everyone you know that

you helped design it. How many people can

say that?

After you leave town, you can continue

to follow Sturm Brothers’ on Facebook,

Instagram, or YouTube to keep up to date

on their custom work and follow along on

their journey as they share with the world

a fascinating look behind the scenes of a

jeweler’s bench.

INSPIRATION

CAN COME FROM

ANYWHERE!

Brothers'

Sturm

Custom Design & Fine Jewelry

While our main focus is creating beautiful, original

pieces for our customers, we do stock an amazing

selection of jewelry in our showcases!

Stop in and shop with us!

111 E. Broadway

(816)848-5005

www.sturmbrothers.com

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YOU CAN’T LOSE WHEN

YOU’RE SHOPPING

AT GRACE WINS

If you love all things home decor, you’ll definitely want to make your way

down to Grace Wins, located at 118 E. Broadway in the Historic Downtown

District.

Grace Wins opened in 2020 after owner Kristin Anderson and her family

breathed new life into the building, with a complete top to bottom, interior

to exterior renovation. The once deserted storefront now stands proudly as

one your eye will immediately be drawn to, with a fresh façade and huge

display windows giving a peek into the gorgeous merchandise beyond the

front doors.

Inside, the store is full of home decor pieces, candles, linens and much

more. The concept of Grace Wins was born out of Kristin’s personal passion

and love for decorating and styling her home. She wanted to take her minimalist,

less-is-more vibe and bring it to life in a way in which others could

be inspired - being able to do so right in the heart of her hometown was just

icing on the tastefully decorated cake.

While the idea behind the style at Grace Wins might be “less is more,”

there is definitely a lot to choose from. Whether you are looking for a small

statement piece, a gift option, or hoping to redecorate an entire room, when

you’re shopping at 118 E. Broadway, everyone wins.

The epic building renovation also includes an

upstairs renovation that is now a 5 bedroom

AirBnB named “ The Loft at Grace Wins,” that

is available to rent.

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We’re not kidding when we say

Excelsior Springs is picture perfect!

We have plenty of places ready and

waiting for you to snap your photo

in front of them. Check out the

‘gramworthy checklist of snapshot

locales belowand start practicing

your favorite selfie angles!

Don’t forget to tag us in them!

We love to see everyone having

a great time in Excelsior Springs!

@Downtown_ESMO

EXCELSIORSPRINGS

SELFIESHOOT WISHLIST

• Meet Me In Excelsior Springs sign (Grace Wins)

• Carolyn Schutte Park (Colorful Chairs - and there is a

stage! In front of a mural! Endless possibilities!)

• Lane of Lights Tunnel (on designated nights)

• Hall of Waters (Inside or Outside!)

• Excelsior Street Pagoda

• Wishing Well at The Elms

• Find the gold footprints on the sidewalk on Marietta St.

• In front of any brick wall

• Brooke Baxter Memorial Park


FIND YOURSELF IN A STATE OF COZY SHOPPING “BLISS”

It’s always a wonderful feeling

when you can walk into a store

and feel immediately right at home.

That’s how it feels at Bliss, located at

423 S. Thompson Ave. in Downtown

Excelsior Springs.

Bliss offers a fantastic mix of vintage

and modern decor displayed

throughout a cozy atmosphere.

The store is owned and operated

by a mother/daughter team, who

find joy in bringing new life to old

pieces; in fact, you will often find

one of them in the shop restoring a

piece of antique furniture.

Due to their constant renovation

projects, the store inventory is eclectic

and everchanging, filled with

one-of-a-kind furniture and trendy

home decor. Beyond that, Bliss

also carries specialty items such as

Sweet Grass Farm soaps and cleaning

products, Wind & Willow products,

Primitives by Kathy, candles,

chalk paint, and much more.

You might walk into Bliss for a

quick browsing session and leave

with a new piece of antique furniture,

a fresh smelling candle, a new

pair of earrings, a jar of locally made

pickles, and a brand new sign to

hang on your wall. You really just

never know what you will find - and

that’s the best part!

Bliss also offers custom work for

those looking to restore and renovate

antique pieces they may already

own, so if you have a piece

you would love to breathe new life

into, consider Bliss as your saving

grace.

Be sure to follow Bliss on Facebook

for updated hours, pictures of

current inventory and contact information.

This is a stop you won’t want

to miss!

“Beautiful Store!! Amy is so friendly and her store has a bit of every style!! Colorful

and CUTE!! She really thinks outside the box!!” - Daphne R., Facebook Review

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Vintage

EXPERIENCE

IN THE VALLEY

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ALL THAT IS OLD

CAN BE NEW

ONCE AGAIN

Excelsior Springs has thrift

shops and flea markets with vintage

pieces to delight the most

savvy collector. We are the perfect

place to go for eclectic pieces

and hidden treasures to add to

your home decor or for gift giving.

If you have a passion for vintage,

Bliss

Excelsior Springs is the place

to shop for unique and interesting

items. From Fishing River Market to Bliss downtown to Finders

Keepers on the West Side, and all the thrift stores in between, you

are sure to find the perfect blast from the past for your taste.

If you’re in town on a weekend, keep your eyes open for a local

auction, like Mac’s Auction Service, which regularly holds consignment

sales where you can join in on the excitement of a bid battle.

In the warmer months, and during festivals, Excelsior Springs is

also a popular location for vintage car and bike shows.

Boutique clothing store in

Downtown Excelsior Springs

Let your style fly free

bluebirdcouture.com

461 S. Thompson Ave., Excelsior Springs • 816-558-3300

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Wineaux

EXPERIENCE A

WEEKEND


THE CLOCK IS ALWAYS SET TO “WINE TIME”

Excelsior Springs has become renowned as a wine community.

We have three local wineries that are accessible

by trolley tour, Willow Spring Mercantile offers the greatest

retail selection of Missouri wines in the state, and our

Wine Festival draws crowds in the thousands. If you are a

wine lover, you will feel right at home in Excelsior Springs.

Great food with wine pairings are a specialty of downtown

restaurants. Shop for wine and fun wine-related items, visit

a wine cave, relax in a wine cellar and listen to live music.

Plan your wine weekend now!

Four Horses and a Dog Vineyard & Winery is located

at 15010 Salem Rd. Created in 2008, Four Horses was

brought to life by two couples with a love of wine. In addition

to their own wine, they offer local beer, Missouri hard

ciders, mimosas and sangrias. Popcorn, chips, meat and

cheese trays and snack platters are available to munch on.

Van Till Family Farm Winery, 13986 Hwy C, Rayville, is

a family-owned winery that offers a scenic country setting

with full table service. Tuesday through Saturday, their

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We Love Wine

We offer white & red wines, local beers,

Missouri hard ciders, sangria & mimosas by the glass.

we also have a variety of meats & cheeses, snack chips & popcorn

15010 SALEM RD., EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO / FOURHORSESANDADOGWINERY.COM

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POUR YOURSELF A GLASS OR TWO

wine room and wine garden are

open for tastings. Antipasto trays,

sandwiches, salads and fresh

baked breads are also available.

On Fridays and Saturdays, their

popular wood-oven baked pizza is

available. Van Till hosts a variety of

events, including live music. They

also offer a wine club for those

who fall in love with their wines

and are interested in special perks.

Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery,

31010 W. 124th St., offers wine

with a few extras. They are the

only winery in the region with a

wine cave. They offer tastings and

tours with space available to enjoy

your drinks on the patio overlooking

their vineyards, in the Cellar

Garden or in the indoor Tasting

Room. They also have outdoor firepits

for cozy gatherings. They offer

many events, including special

wine and dine events. Fence Stile

is also home to the “Fence Stile

Love Lock Wall” where love birds

can celebrate their love by symbolically

locking it in. There are also

“Adopt-A-Vine” opportunities.

All three locations offer tastings,

events and their own unique

styles, as well as offering private

tours and event space rental to

provide you and your party with a

beautiful backdrop for any special

event.

Please be sure to check in with

each location prior to visiting for

current hours and guidelines.

“ If you are looking for great wines and EXTRAORDINARY SERVICE, you have to visit Four Horses and a Dog! There is no better

winery in the Kansas City area than this one!! Wines are awesome, great variety and there’s something for everyone. Service, well,

service is something else!! Staff is wonderful!!! Everybody makes sure you feel at home! Love this place so much that I travel

almost 2 hours at least twice a month just to enjoy a glass of wine and their great service!!” - Riever R., Facebook Review

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GET LOST IN THE LARGEST SELECTION OF MISSOURI WINES

Guests will feel right at home when they step inside the

quaint shop and bistro that is Willow Spring Mercantile.

The Mercantile, owned by Jim and Daphne Bowman, has

been a staple of the downtown for over a decade. Walking

in the brick storefront, you’re transported into a world

of wine and food, smiles and great conversation. On any

given day you might be treated to the wonderful aromas

of fresh cooking and newly ground coffee while perusing

over 300 Missouri wines from around the state. Besides

wine, other items for sale include craft beer and spirits,

coffees, teas, packaged gourmet food items, apparel and

other local novelty items.

Through the shop and down the stairs is Willow Spring’s

Bistro, open daily for lunch and twice a month for dinner.

Dishes are made with real, fresh and locally sourced ingredients,

with substitutions available for those with food

sensitivities. Menu items include appetizers such as the

seasonal fruit and cheese plate or red pepper hummus,

salads like the almond Caesar, flatbread pizzas, specialty

sandwiches and wraps, and decadent homemade desserts.

Second Weekends in downtown Excelsior Springs

brings extended hours to The Mercantile on Friday night

and live music into the evening. Second Weekends is a

downtown event that takes place the second weekend of

each month where businesses stay open later and often

include special guests and promotions. You can check out

VOTED TOP DESTINATION IN EXCELSIOR SPRINGS!

their social media for all the details.

Another popular monthly Willow Spring occurrence

is the coveted Four-Course Wine Dinner. This ticketed

event features a Missouri Winery joining Jim, Daphne and

guests for a gourmet four-course meal accompanied by

four select Missouri wines to compliment each course.

Dates, menus and tickets can be found on their website,

ShopTheMercantile.com.

Willow Spring Mercantile can be found at 249 E. Broadway

in the historic Downtown district.

“ This restaurant/

gift shop is a hidden

gem. It has a

fabulous atmosphere

and a wonderful,

adventurous menu. I

highly recommend!”

- Lisa H.

SHOP

WINE

DINE

ALL IN ONE LOCATION!

Monthly 4-Course Wine Dinners

Lunch Bistro

Locally Made Gifts

& More!

LEARN MORE AT SHOPTHEMERCANTILE.COM

249 E. Broadway, Excelsior Springs, MO • 816-630-7467

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AN EXPERIENCE MADE FOR

Craft Beer

LOVERS

PUT TOGETHER A

Guys’ RESPITE

Girls don’t get to have all the fun! Sports bars, Taco

Tuesdays, award-winning BBQ... if you are celebrating an

occasion or just taking a break from home with the guys,

Excelsior Springs provides a great respite with a mix of

relaxation and adventure. Enjoy some friendly competition

on the golf course links or a more challenging axe throwing

contest while testing a local craft brew! There are plenty of

things to do in Excelsior Springs for a guys weekend!

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YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR WATER - DID YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR BEER?

Make Downtown Excelsior Springs your new destination

for craft beer sampling. The little craft beer haven

that could, we are home to two independent breweries

in our Downtown, Dubious Claims Brewing Co.,

located at 451 S. Thompson Ave. (see page 32) and

The Atlas Saloon & Brewery, located at 100 W. Broadway.

There is also a large variety of craft and domestic

beers available throughout our restaurants and bars,

giving any beer lover plenty of options to quench their

thirst.

While sitting and enjoying a cold one at the bar is always

a great time, be sure to keep your eye out for the

several events hosted throughout the year that highlight

the high quality adult beverages, and are always

a great time!

If you’re more of a spirits person, we have you covered

there, too! Broadway Bar & Grill has opened a

brand new tasting room that offers wine and moonshine

tastings. Learn more on page 37.

If you venture slightly out of Excelsior Springs, you’ll

find Of the Earth Distillery, a local farm offering premium

spirits. Learn more on page 35.

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Online ordering with curbside pickup available - get your food and beer to go!

FORGET ABOUT THE WATER,

JUST DRINK THE BEER

In the early-to-mid 1900s, Excelsior

Springs became America’s “Haven of

Health.” Boasting 46 mineral water springs

and five different varieties of water, each

with unique supposed healing properties,

Excelsior was a wonder working destination

to the ill. Mineral water pavilions

and bath houses soon gave way to the

big business of health sanitariums. These

facilities thrived until a national media

expose of “dubious claims” dried up the

mineral water business. While the health

benefits of the area’s mineral waters may

have dried up, you can now let the beer at

Dubious Claims Brewing Co. be the cure

for whatever “ales” you.

Established in 2018, Dubious Claims

Brewing Co. is a craft brewery opened

by Neil Wilkerson. After “Neighbor Neil”

became a bit of a neighborhood celebrity

by brewing his own beer, he decided

to take it to the next level by opening his

own place right here in downtown Excelsior

Springs.

With over a dozen beers made right in

house in the state of the art brew house

and a complementary menu filled with

pizza, sandwiches and a delightful beer

cheese macaroni and cheese, every palate

is sure to be pleased.

If you’re a fan of the beer (oh, you will

be), you can even take some home with

you - beer can be canned at the bar and

glass growlers are available to fill with

your favorites. The most popular beer

is the Bathhouse Blueberry Wheat, but

there is a large variety, from light to dark,

to suit any preference. Seasonally, you will

find DCBC’s hard apple cider, made from

fresh apples from local orchards, or Mango

Town, a spin on the classic E-Town Ale,

perfect for sipping outside on the back

patio on a warm summer night.

Dubious Claims has two spaces perfect

for your event, and often hosts wedding

rehearsal dinners, reunions, birthday parties,

company gatherings and more.

Dubious Claims is also highly involved

and invested in the local community, and

has hosted several events that raised over

$90,000 to give back to local programs,

with plans for many more in the future.

If you’re looking for a friendly face, a

good meal, and a cold drink, make sure

to stop by Dubious Claims - we’ll save you

a seat!

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Travel Tip: The Elms has a “ Stay and

Play” package that includes fun at

WoodChux & DCBC

FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN AT

WOODCHUX AXE THROWING

Right next door to Dubious Claims Brewing

Co., you’ll find Downtown Excelsior

Springs’ newest recreational activity, Wood-

Chux Axe Throwing.

WoodChux first opened in Liberty, Missouri

after a group of friends and neighbors

decided that the Northland needed such a

venue, and that they were just the guys to

make it happen. That casual conversation

quickly became a dream, which quickly became

a reality. After cementing themselves

as the only axe-throwing locale in the Northland,

and a popular activity among all age

groups, the idea of expansion came quickly

and easily.

That expansion brought them to Thompson

Ave in Excelsior Springs. In addition to

the close proximity in location, WoodChux

also serves Dubious Claims food and beer.

Along with several axe throwing lanes,

there are other games available, combining

to give people of every age group a unique

opportunity to have fun outside the box of

the conventional.

Guests can use the typical axes, or try

their hand at throwing spears or ninja stars.

If you have a large group, there are multilane

discounts available, or options for

renting out the entire establishment (hello,

“Celebrated my brother’s 25th birthday

at the Excelsior WoodChux location!

It was easy to reserve lanes online and

we were able to bring our own cake and

ice cream. We also ordered pizza and

beer fromDubious Claims next door and

had it brought to us - so cool!

Highly recommend for parties or a fun

evening with friends.”

- Danielle T., Facebook Review

bachelor party!). Their convenient mobile

unit can even bring an entire axe lane to

your own party, and includes all set up and

training.

Whether you are on the lookout for some

friendly date-night competition, an adventurous

night out with pals, or a family-friendly

night of fun, WoodChux is sure to aXe all

your boxes.

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OF THE EARTH

FARM & DISTILLERY

17190 HWY13, RICHMOND• 660.232.1096

OFTHEEARTHFARM.COM

PREMIUMSPIRITS• FLAVORFULLIQUEURS• DELICIOUSMEATS

SAMPLES• COCKTAILS• CHARCUTERIEBOARDS• BOTTLES

FARMSOURCEDINGREDIENTS

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TAKE A LITTLE ROAD

TRIP TO THE DISTILLERY

OF YOUR DREAMS

If you’re feeling up to a little road trip, you’ll find a hidden gem

past the outskirts of town.

Of The Earth Farm + Distillery is located just north of Richmond,

in the gently rolling hills of Ray County

The Pierce Family has been at their farm since the early 90s,

building and adding on to the operation in the years since then.

Of The Earth Farm contains a seven-acre orchard that includes 26

varieties of apples, two varieties of Asian pears and two varieties

of peaches. The apples are used to produce premium spirits, like

their flagship product, Apple Brandy. Other spirits produced by

Of The Earth Farm include Ray County Rye Whiskey made with

Missouri rye, Grappa created from Missouri grapes, and Blackberry

Liqueur made with fresh, local berries. (see full list, below).

In addition to these year-round products, the Of The Earth Farm

+ Distillery Tasting Room offers bottles of their seasonal, smallbatch,

short-run spirits; like Nocino and Holiday Apple Brandy.

Open each weekend (April – December), the Tasting Room has an

ever-expanding selection of cocktails, beer, wine, and light food.

Special events with live music and entertainment are a monthly

highlight.

In addition to locally sourced and produced spirits, Of The Earth

Farm has grass-fed meats from their Berkshire hogs and Katahdin

sheep and fruit from the orchard. Pork and lamb cuts are available

for purchase year-round. Fruit from the orchard is also sold seasonally

(July - October).

Of the Earth Farm + Distillery Tasting Room is open January

– March by appointment and April – December: Friday, Saturday

& Sunday, 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. If you are looking to try some of their

distillery products outside of their business hours, check out their

Online Store or visit Willow Spring Mercantile in Excelsior Springs.

More information on the Farm, their products, and where to get

them can be found at www.oftheearthfarm.com.

PRODUCTLIST:

Honey Eau de Vie • Rye Eau de Vie

Coffee Liqueur • Pommeau

Cherry Liqueur • Gin No. 1

Beetroot Spirit

To learn more: OfTheEarthFarm.com

“I’mabsolutely in love with this place everyone there is so kind and the

spirits are amazing I highly recommend the beetroot and the brandy

they are some of the best tasting drinks I’ve ever had”

- Ryan W., Facebook Review


BROADWAY

BAR & GRILL

FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

OUTSIDE PATIO

FULL BAR INSIDE

WINE & SHINE TASTING ROOM

POOL TABLE • DARTS

SHUFFLEBOARD • GELATO • MORE!

259 E. BROADWAY,

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS

CARRY-OUT AVAILABLE!

259BROADWAY.COM


BROADWAY BAR & GRILL IS THE

PERFECT GATHERING SPOT

One thing you will notice while spending

time in Excelsior Springs is that it’s easy to

feel like family, and it’s no different when you

visit Broadway Bar & Grill, 259 E. Broadway.

Broadway Bar & Grill is a family-owned

and operated establishment that provides

a great atmosphere for spending time with

friends and family. The building can be seen

lit up on the far end of Broadway, the inviting

neon lights a promise of a great experience

ahead.

The extensive menu offers dozens of options,

including appetizers, salads, dinner

baskets, sandwiches and much more, including

varying house specials and a kid

menu. Visit on a Tuesday for Taco Tuesday

or on Wing Wednesday for special pricing

on those customer favorites.

The friendly environment is perfect for

family night out, girls nights or group get-togethers.

You will be sure to not only be well

fed, but entertained with pool tables, shuffleboard

and music.

A spacious back deck overlooks the

Piburn Baseball Field and Fishing River Linear

Park, providing a great view and fresh

air. Summer evenings are best spent on the

patio, enjoying a cold drink and munching

on an appetizer while watching and cheering

on a friendly baseball game taking place

down at the field below.

For dessert, head up to the gelato case to

pick out a cup or cone of your favorite flavor.

A brand new addition is the “Wine & Shine

Tasting Room.” The tasting room will feature

a wine from Florida Orange Groves, carrying

over 30 unique varieties varying from

orange coffee to a tomato wine. Alongside

the delicious wine offerings, you’ll also find

over 20 varieties of Sugarland Moonshine,

as well as meat and cheese trays accompanying

a small gift shop

Between the casual ambiance, the specialty

drinks and the vast menu, Broadway

Bar & Grill is sure to be one of your favorite

Excelsior Springs stops!

Visit www.259Broadway.com to see the

menu.

“Amazing food, lots to choose from, shuffleboard fun!

Great family establishment.” - April A., Google Review

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Romantic

EXPERIENCE A

ESCAPE

Need a private place for a quiet, romantic getaway? Slip away to

The Elms Hotel & Spa or one of our unique historic bed and

breakfasts. Experience a unique spa treatment, dine on great food

and wine, take a wine tour or stroll along the Fishing River on Lovers

Lane. Plan your agenda now - or come with no agenda at all!

Relax and enjoy the perfect couple’s retreat!



RELAX AND REJUVENATE AT

NEW AGE SKINCARE SPA

Once upon a time, large crowds were drawn to the historic

Hall of Waters to enjoy the male and female spas

and partake in the healing waters. While those days are

long gone, Excelsior Springs is thankful to have New Age

Skincare Spa providing the relaxation locals and travelers

crave. New Age Skincare Spa is located downtown in the

Historic Hall of Waters District, at 102 E. Broadway. Here

you will find the answer to your relaxing vacation dreams.

Established in 2007, Brenda Hambrick, Owner/Esthetician,

had a dream to provide superior services at

affordable prices. Her desire was to help everyone look

as young and beautiful as they felt. Brenda always says,

“taking a few years off and slowing that aging clock is

an easy thing to do!” This skincare specialist must know

what she is talking about; Brenda was chosen as IMAGE

Skincare’s Esthetician of the Year. New Age Skincare Spa

was chosen as DEP’s Cornerstone Business of the year,

and has also won the People’s Choice Awards for Best

Massage and Best Spa.

Brenda’s most requested services are her revolutionary/non-invasive

HIFU Facelift and her Dermaplane facial,

not to mention an assortment of facials and peels

for all skin types, ages and conditions. There is truly

something for everyone at New Age Spa. Did you know

they can perm your eyelashes? Wax and tint your brows?

Whiten your teeth? Extend your lashes, remove tattoos

and skin imperfections? Give you a mani or pedi? New

Age even has a doctor come in once a month to administer

BOTOX and Juvederm. Follow the Spa on Facebook

for schedules and specials.

Perhaps you are you in need of or desiring a massage?

New Age Spa offers relaxation, therapeutic and deep tissue

massages in 30, 60, 90 and 120 minute sessions for

couples or singles. Prices range from $35-$140. There is

never an up-charge for couples massages and complimentary

hot stones are the norm. Perhaps you would like

to add bamboo, cupping or chakra to your massage - that

can be done also.

New Age Spa books appointments 7 days a week to

accommodate your needs. This spa is perfect for a romantic

getaway, a girls’ retreat, a spa party or a solo refresher.

Whether you are looking to unwind, peel away

the years or just get pampered, make sure to get an appointment

with New Age Skincare Spa during your visit

to Excelsior Springs.

Let this top notch staff treat you like royalty. You will be

sure to leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to plan

your next vacation.

“I have had several facials here &chemical peels. Brenda really makes you feel

comfortable &does an amazing job! Highly recommend!” - Kimberlee S., Facebook Review

NewAge

Skincare Spa

FULL SERVICE HOMETOWN SPA • BOOKING APPOINTMENTS 7 DAYS A WEEK

$60 FACIALS, PEELS, HOUR MASSAGES & MORE

102 E. BROADWAY, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO 64024 • 816.637.6500 • NEWAGESKINCARESPA.COM



SPEAKING OF ROMANCE...

Happily

EXPERIENCE

Ever After

Excelsior Springs is the place to pledge your

love and where romance thrives. We have

many unique and unforgettable venues for

your wedding, including a beautiful historic

hotel, expansive bed and breakfasts, charming

wineries, lush gardens and more intimate nuptial

settings in inns and churches. If you are looking

for an outdoor venue to spread out and social

distance, there are options for that, too! Every

venue and location in town adheres to county

guidelines so safety is never a concern. Your

big day is our priority so you’ll be sure to find all

establishments are flexible and accommodating.

From alterations to custom rings to pampering

on the big day, Excelsior Springs can check all

the wedding day must have boxes.

Browse through our wedding directory in the

Experience Excelsior Trip Planner, check out

VisitExcelsior.com or call 816-637-2811 if you are

looking for something you don’t see here. We

would love to be a part of helping you plan a

perfect and stress-free day of magic!

Wedding guests will absolutely love your

choice to tie the knot in Excelsior Springs! Come

say “I Do!”



EXCELSIOR SPRINGS WEDDING DIRECTORY

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUES

Afford-A-Wedding KC 225 North Jesse James 816.376.0055 www.affordaweddingkc.com Ceremony & Reception

Clay Ray Vets Hall 208 Veterans Memorial 816.630.7711 n/a Reception

Dubious Claims Brewing Co. 451 S. Thompson Ave. 816.900.1882 www.dubiousclaimsbrewingco.com Rehearsal Dinner, Reception

Eagles Lodge 14305 Y Hwy 816.637.3917 Follow on Facebook Ceremony & Reception

Elks Lodge 421 S. Titus 816.630.2001 Follow on Facebook Reception

The Elms Hotel & Spa 401 Regent St. 816.630.5500 www.elmshotelandspa.com Ceremony & Reception

Excelsior Springs Golf Course 1201 E. Golf Hill Dr. 816.637.3731 www.excelsiorgolf.com Ceremony & Reception

Fence Stile Vineyards 31010 W. 124th St. 815.500.6465 www.fencestile.com Ceremony & Reception

Flander Hall 107 W. Broadway 816.309.9171 www.flanderhall.com Ceremony & Reception

Four Horses & A Dog 15010 Salem Rd. 816.682.6070 fourhorsesandadogwinery.com Ceremony & Reception

Hall of Waters 201 E. Broadway 816.637.2811 VisitExcelsior.com Ceremony & Reception

Lake Doniphan Conference Center 12856 Lake Doniphan Rd. 816.630.1523 www.lakedoniphan.com Ceremony & Reception

Lake Maurer Retreat 901 Lake Maurer Rd. 816.637.9868 www.lakemaurer.com Ceremony & Reception

Inn on Crescent Lake 1261 St. Louis Ave. 816.630.6745 www.crescentlake.com Ceremony & Reception

Montgomery Event Venue 425 S. Thompson Ave. 816.783.3077 www.montgomeryvenue.com Ceremony & Reception

Paradise Playhouse Banquet Hall 101 Spring St. 913.485.2596 paradiseplayhousebanquethall.com Ceremony & Reception

Slightly Off Broadway Theatre 114 N. Marietta St. 816.637.3728 www.sobtheatre.org Ceremony & Reception

Van Till Family Farm Winery 13986 Hwy C, Rayville 816.776.2720 www.vantillfarms.com Ceremony & Reception

Ventana Gourmet Grill 117 W. Broadway 816.630.8600 www.ventanagourmetgrill.com Rehearsal Dinner, Reception

Wabash BBQ 646 S. Kansas City Ave. 816.630.7700 www.wabashbbq.com Rehearsal Dinner, Reception

Watkins Mill State Park (Lawson) 26600 Park Rd. N 816.580.3387 www.watkinsmill.org Ceremony & Reception

For a full list of area churches, please go to VisitExcelsior.com and click “ Wedding Destination”

CAKES, DESSERTS, CATERING & BEVERAGES

Dubious Claims Brewing Co. 451 S. Thompson Ave. 816.900.1882 www.dubiousclaimsbrewingco.com Beer

Fence Stile Vineyards 31010 W. 124th St. 815.500.6465 www.fencestile.com Wine

Four Horses & A Dog 15010 Salem Rd. 816.682.6070 fourhorsesandadogwinery.com Wine

Van Till Family Farm Winery 13986 Hwy C, Rayville 816.776.2720 www.vantillfarms.com Wine

Willow Spring Mercantile 249 E. Broadway 816.630.7467 shopthemercantile.com Wine, Catering

Ventana Gourmet Grill 117 W. Broadway 816.630.8600 www.ventanagourmetgrill.com Catering

Wabash BBQ 646 S. Kansas City Ave. 816.630.7700 www.wabashbbq.com Catering

Price Chopper 1645 Kearney Rd. 816.630.1900 www.pricechopper.com Catering/Bakery

Ventana Sweet Kneads 113 W. Broadway 816.630.8600 www.ventanagourmetgrill.com Bakery

Wal-Mart 2203 Patsy Lane 816.630.1005 www.walmart.com Catering/Bakery

Y Liquor 1742 W. Jesse James 816.637.6900 Follow on Facebook Liquor Store

Muffin Top Bakery 500 St. Louis Ave. 816.319.8441 Follow on Facebook Bakery

WEDDING SERVICES

Afford-A-Wedding KC 225 North Jesse James 816.376.0055 www.affordaweddingkc.com Photos, DJ, Photo Booth

Beatz DJ Excelsior Springs 816.509.7248 Follow on Facebook DJ Service

Alterations & Custom Sewing 1727 W. Jesse James 816.630.4010 www.alterationsandcustomsewing.com Alterations, Tux Rental

The Elms Hotel & Spa 401 Regent St. 816.630.5500 www.elmshotelandspa.com Spa

New Age Skincare Spa 102 E. Broadway 816.637.6500 www.newageskincarespa.com Spa

Sturm Bros.’ 111. E. Broadway 816.848.5005 www.sturmbrothers.com Fine Jewelry & Custom Design

ES Trolley Tours 816.630.6161 www.estrolley.com Transportation

Are you in the wedding industry? We want to hear from you! If you are interested in advertising in the 2021 Experience Excelsior Trip Planner, please

contact experiencexcelsior@gmail.com for more information. There are also opportunities available for online advertising at VisitExcelsior.com.

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DON’T

FORGET

ABOUT THE

PRE-PARTY

Hey, ladies! Hey,

fellas! Don’t think we

forgot about those

pre-party activities.

As we’ve mentioned,

Excelsior Springs is

the PERFECT scene

for you and your

pals. Grab your best

friends and plan an

epic bachelorette

or bachelor party

weekend with us!

Beatz DJ

Service

Wedding

& Event DJ

No event too

big or small!

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History

PLENTY FOR A

BUFF

In Excelsior Springs, we take

great pride in our historic resources.

There are so many incredible stories

surrounding the discovery of our

mineral waters. We are proud of

the one-of-a-kind Hall of Waters,

recognized as an American treasure,

and The Elms Hotel and Spa.

Our entire downtown is one of

our three National Register historic

districts, and features unique places

to shop, eat and stay overnight.

We have a challenging historic

golf course and are minutes away

from Watkins Mill State Historic Park

and State Historic Site and the Jesse

James Farm.

Keep reading to learn more about

our rich history.

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IT STARTED WITH THE WATER, BUT THE PROGRESS KEEPS FLOWING

Excelsior Springs, the city with the

magic waters, came to be as a modern

dwelling in the year 1880. At the time,

it was basically a wheat field. From the

Fishing River, a spring water with a red

coloring flowed, becoming Siloam Spring

and the first of the mineral waters found

in Excelsior Springs. It is the only natural

supply of ferro-manganese mineral water

in the United States and one of only five

known worldwide. It’s also the spring that

paved the way for Excelsior Springs to

become what it is today.

The story goes like this: A local farmer,

Travis Mellion, was searching for help

for his daughter who was suffering from

tuberculosis. Mellion gave his daughter

water from the spring to drink and bathe

in. Within days, a drastic improvement

in her condition was observed; in just

weeks, she was cured. People took notice.

Another story of the healing properties of

the water comes from Civil War Veteran

Frederick Kuglar, who decided to test the

water on an unhealed gunshot wound. He,

too, found relief and a full recovery from

the waters.

From there, the owners of the property

platted the valley and formed a town.

Within a year’s time, 200 houses had

settled into the hilly terrace for newcomers

to call home. Visitors who had heard of the

magic waters came in droves, camping

in tents and covered wagons, to get their

hands on the waters.

After the discovery of the first water,

more than 40 more mineral water wells

and springs were identified, including

sodium bicarbonate, calcium bicarbonate

and saline sulphur. One of Excelsior’s

claims to fame is that we have more

groupings of mineral water than anywhere

else in the world. You read that correctly -

in the entire world!

Before long, visitors from larger

metropolitan areas caught interest in the

springs. Suddenly, due to high demand,

boarding houses and hotels were erected

and stage lines were put into place.

Excelsior continued to thrive with further

construction and expansion, even avoiding

the worst of the Great Depression thanks

to our status as a health resort oasis.

In the late 1950s, the good times took

a hit as some of the health benefits were

questioned and popularity of resort spa

towns declined.

Today, the springs still flow, although

access to them has diminished. City and

community civic groups are currently

working to restore mineral water pavilions

at as many sites as possible.

Our rich history helped make us what

we are, but we are even more than our

water. We have created a community with

deep roots in history and a huge passion

toward the future. We have two feet

moving forward while keeping an eye on

our past.

Our tourism industry is booming and

new businesses are opening up every

year, including new breweries, restaurants

and retail space with more to come in the

future.

We pride ourselves on being a unique,

charming town rich in history, culture and

forward momentum. We welcome you to

our town and hope you enjoy your time

here!

If you’d like to learn more about our

history, you can read about it at www.

VisitExcelsior.com or even better, learn

about it in person at the Excelsior Springs

Museum and the Hall of Waters.

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Family

IT’S TIME FOR A

GETAWAY

esmuseum.com

EXCELSIOR

SPRINGS

MUSEUM

FUN FOR ALL AGES!

101 E. Broadway

816-630-0101

Start their love of history

early! Kids will enjoy

playing on the replica of

the Lake Maurer Special

train engine.

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GET BACK TO THE

JOYS OF A SIMPLE

FAMILY VACATION

Excelsior Springs is an ideal community

to visit for an economical and safe family

vacation. We’ve helped take the stress out

of planning where to stay, where to eat and

what to do, and this itinerary will appeal to

youth and adults alike. So if you’re looking

for a weekend trip or a longer stay, put

Excelsior Springs at the top of the list for

your road trip. We are also a pet-friendly

destination!


EXCELSIOR SPRINGS PARK DIRECTORY

Century Bark Wornall Rd. & Tiger Dr. Leash-free Dog Park for large and small breeds

Century Park Wornall Rd. & Tiger Dr. Catch & Release Fishing Lake, Play Equipment, Gazebos, Grills, Trail

East Valley Park South of Isley Blvd. Large Pavilions With Picnic Tables, Fishing River Linear Walking Trail

Eddie Raper Park Orrick & Seybold Rd. Grassy Open Field For Softball, Baseball, Soccer And Flag Football

Downtown Trail System Downtown Includes 3 Trails: Fishing River Linear Park, Isley Park Woods & Siloam Mountain Trail

Fox Crossing Trail At Eddie Raper Park Mulch Trail That Travels In And Out Of The Woods At Eddie Raper Park

Get Fit Park Lynn & Brunke Rds. Outdoor Fitness Equipment Including An ADA Accessible Aero-Glider With Ramp

Isley Park Woods East Valley Park Named A State Natural Area By MO Dept Of Conservation

Jim E. Piburn Ballfield South of Broadway Ballfields With Concessions, Bleachers And Restrooms

Kent & Outlook Park Kent & Outlook St. Tennis And Basketball Courts

Kibler Park Dunbar & Kimball ADA Accessible Play Equipment, Swings & Basketball Court

Lincoln Park Osage St. Gazebo, Grills, And Play Equipment

Luna Valley Park Curtis Ave. Play Features, Basketball Court

Paul Craig Park By Piburn Field Play Equipment

Rainbow Trail Hwy 69/Rainbow Blvd 1.85 Mile Trail System

Regent Park Marietta St. Tennis Court, Basketball Court And Skate Park

Siloam Mountain Park Garland Ave. 25 Acres Including 3 Gazebos, Play Equipment, Picnic Tables And Grills

Sunnyside Park Dunbar & Beverly ADA Accessible Play Equipment, 2 Gazebos And Grills

Wildwood Park St. Louis & Wildwood Offers A Natural Area

500 Tiger Drive, Excelsior Springs, Missouri • 816-630-1040

OVER 15 AREA PARKS & WALKING

TRAILS THAT INCLUDE:

Get Fit Park • All Age Playgrounds • Baseball Fields

Skate Park • Basketball Courts • Fishing Pond

Tennis Courts • Gazebos • Walking Trails

Scenic Views • Century Bark Dog Park • And More!

eSports

Programs

ES Parks & Rec offers many

youth & adult seasonal activities!

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EXCELSIOR SPRINGS LOVES DOGS,

AND DOGS LOVE US, TOO!

BRING YOUR PUP TO CENTURY BARK

The park is an expansion of Century Park that includes an

off-leash dog park. Amenities include benches, pergolas, and

a water fountain. There is a large breed area and small breed

area with a double gate entry into each. Off-road parking is

available.

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS

COMMUNITY

CENTER

500 TIGER DR.,EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO 816-656-2500

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

DAILY PASSES AVAILABLE

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INDOOR POOL, HOT TUB & SLIDE

FITNESS CENTER

FITNESS CLASSES

BASKETBALL COURT

RACQUETBALL COURT

PICKELBALL OPEN GYM

WELLNESS CAFE

CHILD WATCH

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A PLACE FOR AN

Adventurist

Some of the country’s most challenging gravel roads for biking are

right here in Excelsior Springs and the surrounding areas.

Learn more about the annual 50-100 mile bike race at opalwapoo.com

If you are looking for a place to relax, Excelsior Springs can

give you that, but a sleepy resort town we are not! For a small

town, we have a surprising number of activities to interest those

with an adventurous spirit.

Head to Watkins Mill for camping, fishing, kayaking, or canoeing.

Take your bike or motorcycle on our many scenic roads

for a great ride, visit the zipline right outside town (Show Me

Ziplines), or let the kids wear themselves out at the local skate

park.

Rainy day? No worries! Head downtown to try your hand at

axe throwing or sign up for a late night ghost tour at the Hall of

Waters or Elms Resort.

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GET SOME AIR

SKATE PARK

Excelsior Springs has a large group of skateboarders

who take advantage of the skate park at Regent

Park. The park provides ramps and rails for practice,

as well as seating for spectators. There are usually

annual competitions held at the park, with pro

skateboarders occasionally in attendance. Learn

more about the park at esparksrec.com.

GET A NIBBLE OR TWO

GO FISHING

Who doesn’t love a nice day relaxing by the water?

There are more than one great fishing spots in Excelsior

Springs. A catch and release pond is available

at Century Park, or load up your gear and head

out to Watkins Mill State Park. On your way, stop by

Ziggy’s General Store for bait and some tasty homemade

grub.

FLY THROUGH THE AIR

SHOW ME ZIPLINES

Show Me Ziplines in Rayville is just a hop, skip and a

jump away from Excelsior Springs. This one of a kind

zipline course is made up of over 8000 feet of cable

with over a dozen different lines. Show Me Ziplines

also has a primitive campground, wooden walking

bridges and walking trails. Find out more or schedule

your zip at showmeziplines.com.

EXPLORE THE COUNTRYSIDE

BRING YOUR MOTORCYCLES

With so many country roads and hills, Excelsior

Springs is a dream location for motorcycle enthusiasts.

When the weather is nice, you’ll see dozens of

bikes on the streets. There are often meet-ups and

events in town for bike clubs. Bring your own bike

and see what all the fuss is about!

SPEND TIME IN NATURE

CAMPING

If you’re the camping type, you don’t have to travel

far to find a place to plant your tent or RV. Watkins

Mill State Park has campground space available just

for that purpose. You’ll also find picnic shelters, a

swimming beach, a bike and walking trail and more.

GET ON THE WATER

WATER SPORTS

If you are into water sports, you can bring your

canoe, kayak or paddleboard to Watkins Mill State

Park or Crystal Lakes, as seen in the photo above.

Smithville Lake is also a short 30 minute drive away

for those looking for bigger water activities or who

have bigger boats.

TEST YOUR AIM

TRY OUT AXE THROWING

New in 2020, Excelsior Springs now has axe throwing!

Bring out your competitive side with a group of

friends as you see who has what it takes to hit the

bullseye. Test your skills with axes, spears and ninja

stars at WoodChux Axe Throwing on Thompson Ave.

Learn more and book your lanes at www.woodchuxkc.com.

GET SPOOKED

GO GHOST HUNTING

Excelsior Springs has a long history of paranormal

activity. Both the Hall of Waters and The Elms Hotel

are full of spooky stories of unexplained happenings.

Both locations offer their own paranormal tours, and

even if you can’t catch a tour, stop by and ask the

staff - they are sure to have stories to share!

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GET A COLD RUSH

SNOW SLEDDING

During the winter months, if there is snow on the

ground you are sure to find a handful of local kids

(and adults!) catapulting themselves down Sunnyside

Park’s Hill on sleds and tubes. If you are looking

for an adrenaline rush, this is where you’ll find it!


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Solo

HOW

ABOUT A

RETREAT

VACATION: PARTY OF ONE

Traveling alone? For the adventurer who travels solo, Excelsior Springs

has diverse places and experiences for anyone. Relax at one of our bed and

breakfasts, book some time at a spa, browse the shops and museum, join

others for a haunted or trolley wine tour. Hike our downtown trails along

Fishing River or fish in one of our lakes. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Excelsior Springs is full of incredible opportunities to capture memorable

scenery, wildlife, and historic places and is a safe community to travel alone.

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“BUT

WHAT

WILL WE

EAT?”

If you’re lucky...

everything!

Have you worked

up an appetite yet?

We hope so! It would

be a shame to visit

Excelsior Springs and

not try out one of our

many delicious eating

establishments.

YOUR GUIDE TO THE FOOD & DRINKS OF EXCELSIOR SPRINGS

BROADWAY BAR & GRILL

DUBIOUS CLAIMS BREWING CO

ELEMENTS BY FOOD MONTAGE

259 E. Broadway, Exccelsior Springs

816-637-2384 • 259broadway.com

Broadway Bar & Grill serves lunch, dinner, and drinks in a

friendly environment perfect for family night out or group

get-togethers. Pool table, shuffle board, darts. Outdoor seating

area available. Moonshine tasting room.

451 S. Thompson Ave., Excelsior Springs

816-900-1882 • dubiousclaimsbrewingco.com

Brewery and restaurant serving craft beer, pizza, sandwiches,

wings and more. Beer available to go. Private space available

for party rental. Curbside pickup.

7851 Southpoint Dr., Camden

816-496-0165 • elementsdining.com

Casual yet elegant dining experience with fresh ingredients

and a cozy view of the chef preparing your meal. Continental

cuisine with a twist. Reservations required for this multicourse

experience.

Applebee’s 2301 Vintage Ct. 816.637.2498 www.applebees.com Chain bar & grill

Arby’s 2303 Vintage Ct. 816.637.2914 www.arbys.com Fast Food

Atlas 100 W. Broadway 816.630.9229 www.atlassaloon.com Bar/Brewery

Burger King 202 S. McCleary Rd. 816.637.2974 www.bk.com Fast Food

Casey’s 1651 Meadowlark Lane 816.637.5923 www.caseys.com Convenience Store

Dari-B Drive-In (Seasonal) 901 Isley Blvd. 816.637.0454 www.dari-b.com Ice Cream

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VENTANA GOURMET GRILL

WILLOW SPRING MERCANTILE

117 W. Broadway., Excelsior Springs

816-630-8600 • ventanagourmetgrill.com

Casual upscale dining with a menu offering a variety of soups,

salads, pasta, burgers, steak and homemade desserts. Online

ordering available for carry-out.

249 E. Broadway., Excelsior Springs

816-630-7467 • shopthemercantile.com

Boutique retailer offering Missouri wine and more. Features

a downstairs bistro serving fresh, local homemade food. Each

month Willow Spring hosts a four course wine dinner.

D.I.C.K.S Drive-Thru 1730 W. Jesse James 816.900.1033 Follow on Facebook Drive-Thru Snacks

El Maguey 2359 Vintage Ct. 816.637.2832 Follow on Facebook Mexican

Eighty-Eight at The Elms 401 Regent St. 816.630.5500 www.elmshotelandspa.com Seasonal Midwest Fare

Elements Destination Restaurant 7851 Southpoint Dr, Camden 816.496.0165 www.elementsdining.com Fine Dining

Excel Nutrition 145 Crown Hill 816.284.4943 Follow on Facebook Healthy Shakes & Drinks

Fence Stile Vineyards 31010 W. 124th St. 816.500.6465 www.fencestile.com Winery

Four Horses & A Dog 15020 Salem Rd. 816.582.4648 www.fourhorsesandadogwinery.com Vineyard/Winery

The Garage Burgers & Bar 102 Crown Hill 816.637.2282 Follow on Facebook Burgers & More

Golden Leaf Chinese 155 Crown Hill 816.637.3033 n/a Chinese

Golf Hill Grille 1201 Golf Hill Dr. 816.630.9580 www.excelsiorgolf.com Burgers & More

Herradura Mexican Restaurant 101 W. Broadway 816.848.5082 Follow on Facebook Mexican

Hunan 1101 N. Jesse James Rd. 816.630.5588 www.hunan5588.com Chinese

KFC/Taco Bell 1744 W. Jesse James Rd. 816.637.7564 www.kfc.com/tacobell.com Fast Food

McDonald’s 2221 Happy Lane 816.630.4121 www.mcdonalds.com Fast Food

Mill Inn 415 St. Louis Ave. 816.637.8008 Follow on Facebook Homestyle Food

The Mug 2300 Vintage Ct. 816.629.8636 Follow on Facebook Coffee Shop/Bakery

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We hope you will st

• Casual Upscale Dining

• Gourmet Food

• Wine & Spirits

• Homemade Desserts

• Carry-Out Available

• Banquet Room

Lunch and D

Monday-Thursday 11

Friday & Saturday 11

117 W. BROADWAY, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO 64024 • 816.630.8600 • WWW.VENTANAGOURMETGRILL.COM


UPSCALE DINING IN A CASUAL ATMOSPHERE

19 years ago, sisters Wendy Baldwin

and Jill Rickart decided to take a

chance on a new business venture in

downtown Excelsior Springs. At the

time, the downtown was a shell of what

it is today, but the sisters saw potential

for growth that they could be a part of

and help spearhead.

Their restaurant, Ventana Gourmet

Grill, came to life in February 2002,

offering a casual yet upscale dining

experience that was previously lacking

in this small town. Their corner building

is a sight to behold, with historically

ornate ceilings, original wood floors

and brick walls full of the antique

charm that Excelsior Springs has come

to be known for.

The menu is eclectic, with choices

for every preference, from pasta to

award-winning steaks, and everything

in between. On any one table you

might find a Caesar salad with a cup

of lobster bisque soup, a bowl of New

Orleans Cajun pasta with a side of

Parmesan pita bread, and a prime rib

with zucchini and a baked potato. If it’s

a Tuesday night, you might even find

an order of their all you can eat shrimp.

Along with their gourmet entree

choices, Ventana boasts an extensive

wine list, beer and spirits, and is famous

“ Arainy day in Excelsior Springs called

for comfort food. We found it at Ventana

Gourmet Grill. Crunchy Parmesan grilled

cheese sandwich with chips, pickle and a

cup of tomato basil soup. Excellent, unique

taste to an all-time classic meal.

Friendly (masked) staff, quick service,

very satisfied. I’d do it again! Oh, and the

atmosphere. Great old restored building.

Fromthe wood floors, exposed brick walls,

heavy woodwork and nice, original tin

ceiling, the place just delights the senses.”

-J.L. Schmidt, Google Review

for their homemade cheesecake.

Their forward thinking momentum

has led to multiple expansions over

the years. With the growing need to

accommodate larger groups, such as

wedding or retirement parties, they

expanded their business to include

what they affectionately call “ The O.R.,”

also just known as “the other room.” In

2018, they expanded again, opening a

bakery right next door called “ Ventana

Sweet Kneads” to satisfy the needs of

those with a sweet tooth. Along with

delicious homemade sweets, including

gluten free options, guests can find

many fun novelty items to shop from

like old-fashioned candy, cheeky

kitchen decor, tea tins and much more.

2020 brought a beautiful new

website, that shows the full menu,

gives information on daily specials and

makes ordering carry-out easy as pie

(we mean cheesecake!).

If you’re in the mood for high

quality food brought to you by

friendly faces, please be sure to visit

Ventana Gourmet Grill, located at 117

W. Broadway. Their menu is available

at www.ventanagourmetgrill.com. If

you would like more information on

hosting a party in their event space,

please contact 816-630-8600.

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YOUR GUIDE TO THE FOOD & DRINKS OF EXCELSIOR SPRINGS

Muggs Diner 119 Crown Hill 816.882.5513 Follow on Facebook Diner

Of the Earth Distillery 17190 MO-13, Richmond 660-232-1096 www.oftheearthfarm.com Distillery

Opportunity Cafe 1302 N. Jesse James 816.900.1074 http://opportunity.cafe Coffee Shop/Cafe

Papa Murphy’s 129 Crown Hill 816.900.1359 www.papamurphys.com Take & Bake Pizza

Pizza Hut 1103 Rose Ave. 816.630.6026 www.pizzahut.com Pizza

Price Chopper Deli 1645 Kearney Rd. 816.630.1900 www.mypricechopper.com Deli, Grill, Salad Bar

Ray’s Diner 231 E. Broadway 816.637.3432 Follow on Facebook Diner

Subway 123 Crown Hill 816.637.2117 www.subway.com Fast Food Sandwiches

Subway (in Walmart) 2203 Patsy Lane 816.630.3023 www.subway.com Fast Food Sandwiches

Tiger Cub Cafe (in Tiger Bowl) 1729 W. Jesse James 816.637.2901 www.tigerbowl5.com Burgers & More

Van Till Farms & Winery 13986 State Hwy C. 816.776.2720 www.vantillfarms.com Winery, Pizza

Ventana Gourmet Grill 117 W. Broadway Ave. 816.630.8600 ventanagourmetgrill.com Pasta, Steak & More

Ventana Sweet Kneads 113 W. Broadway Ave. 816.630.8600 Follow on Facebook Sweets

Wabash BBQ 646 E. Kansas City Ave. 816.630.7700 www.wabashbbq.com Bar-B-Q

Waffle House 2305 Vintage Ct. 816.637.2281 www.wafflehouse.com All-Day Breakfast & More

Wal-Mart Deli 2203 Patsy Lane 816.630.1003 www.walmart.com Cold & Hot Food Deli

Wellness Cafe 500 Tiger Drive N/A Follow on Facebook Smoothie & Juice Bar

Are you in the food or drink industry? We want to hear from you! If you are interested in advertising in the 2021 Experience Excelsior Trip Planner, please

contact experiencexcelsior@gmail.com for more information. There are also opportunities available for online advertising at VisitExcelsior.com.

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If you are visiting between March 1 - October 31, a stop

by Dari-B is an absolute MUST! A bona-fide hometown

tradition, this sweet little ice cream stop is a local

favorite and will be one of yours, too!

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We love a good

time here in Excelsior

Springs, and that

typically includes all

kinds of exciting events,

like festivals and big

gatherings. As we all

know, 2020 threw that

for a bit of a loop. We

learned though that we

are able to adapt and still

have fun, even if it looks

different than what

we are used to.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

START OF YEAR / SPRING

A lot of our events for

2020 were unfortunately

postponed or cancelled,

but as we don’t know

what the future holds,

we are moving forward

with tentative plans to

continue with our normal

events in 2021. As we’ve

also learned, change

comes swiftly and with

no regard to our plans,

so all events are subject

to change. However, all

of our local businesses

have spent the past

year cultivating safe

practices to continue to

stay open and continue

to provide services in a

safe and healthy manner,

so even if our events get

cancelled, your trip to

Excelsior Springs can

still be amazing!

Please be advised that

we do follow all Clay

County, Missouri health

protocols in regards

to social distancing,

mask requirements and

capacity requirements,

so those must be

considered at the time of

each event as well.

Make sure to follow

Downtown Excelsior

Springs, Missouri and

keep up to date at

visitexcelsior.com for

all of the up to date

information on local

events and plans.

We can’t wait

to see you all!

CHOCOLATE

TOUR

FEBRUARY 8

SIPPIN’ INTO

SPRING

DATE TBD

WINE

FESTIVAL

JUNE 12

WATERFEST

JUNE 25-26

BBQ & FLY-IN

ON THE RIVER

AUG. 20-21

This popular event includes shopping and chocolate samples at

local businesses. Tickets are limited and always sell out so be sure

to reserve yours early at VisitExcelsior.com.

Stroll through the streets of Downtown Excelsior Springs in the

gorgeous Spring weather. Visit local businesses for specials and

wine sampling. Purchase tickets at VisitExcelsior.com.

SUMMERTIME

The beautiful Lovers Lane in East Valley Park becomes a haven for

wine lovers during this annual event. Missouri wineries will be on

hand with samples and wines avaialble for purchase. Food, craft

and art vendors are also available with live music throughout the

day. Tickets will be available at VisitExcelsior.com

Waterfest is one of the biggest festivals of the year for Excelsior

Springs! Waterfest features vendors, live music, celebrity guests,

contests, kids inflatables, fireworks, food, a beer garden and more!

Visit ExSpgsChamber.com for more info.

From all across the Midwest, competitive smoking teams turn out

for Excelsior Springs’ sanctioned BBQ competition. For a small admission,

guests can stroll around taking in the sweet smell of BBQ,

talking with the competitors and enjoying live music and fireworks.

Proceeds directly benefit the Excelsior Springs community in a

variety of ways.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

AUTUMN

OK TOBERFEST

& MUG SHOTS

SEPTEMBER 25

Premiere breweries, food vendors and musicians are brought

together in Downtown Excelsior Springs to allow attendees

to sample quality brews, food and music. Grab a team to

participate in our Bed Racing event, watch the Barrel Roll and

shop various vendors. Learn more at VisitExcelsior.com

WINTER

CHRISTMAS

KICK-OFF

NOVEMBER 20

HOLIDAY

HOMES TOUR

DECEMBER 4

TASTE OF

CHRISTMAS

DECEMBER 13

The official Christmas kick-off in Excelsior Springs is sure to put

even the biggest Scrooge in the Christmas spirit! All throughout

the day and evening, events are taking place to bring in holiday

cheer. The Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Lighted Christmas Parade are

highlights of the night after a day full of shopping and kid crafts.

This also marks the opening of the Lane of Lights and Hall of Trees.

Learn more on page 68 and by checking out VisitExcelsior.com.

Local residents open their homes to the public for a tour of

their festive holiday decorations! Tickets available online at

VisitExcelsior.com

Visit local restaurants and shops to sample delicious holiday

treats, shop and have a fun day in Excelsior Springs! Tickets will be

available at VisitExcelsior.com.

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AND THERE’S MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM!

Excelsior Springs is bursting with talent, and when times are normal, there

are always ample opportunities to witness its magic. The Slightly Off Broadway

Theatre, a local community theatre group, performs a full year of shows, ranging

from comedies to dramas to musicals. Their schedule and ticket information can be

found at sobtheatre.org.

Live music is a centerpoint of most of our festivals and events, with several

individual businesses hosting their own bands and musicians. When capacity

limits allow, Wabash BBQ hosts a blue garden each summer from May-September,

showcasing local blues and rock acts on their outdoor stage as the scent of freshly

smoked BBQ wafts through the air.

Over the last decade, Excelsior Springs has also become a bit of a haven for

artists. The unique architecture, historical components and picturesque landscape

are an inspiration for anyone with a creative mind.

The Historic Downtown District is now home to several art galleries, studios and

shops. The downtown itself is adorned with beautiful, handpainted murals covering

multiple building sides, making a walk down the street feel like stepping into a

vintage postcard.

The second weekend of every month, downtown stays open late for Second

Weekend Art Crawls, where shops and studios bring in featured artists and

musicians to entertain guests for the evening. Featured artists sometimes even

provide demonstrations.

Between the galleries, local artwork on display and for sale, and unique Mayaninspired

architecture of buildings such as the Hall of Waters, every little thing about

Excelsior Springs has an artistic touch to it.

SECOND

WEEKENDS

2ND WEEKEND OF

EACH MONTH

Downtown businesses are

open late with specials,

live music and other

fun happenings. Follow

Downtown Excelsior

Springs on Facebook

to keep up on Second

Weekend events.

FOLLOW

DOWNTOWN

EXCELSIOR

SPRINGS,

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EXPLORE FURTHER

Excelsior Springs is ideally situated for visiting other

great tourist sites in Missouri. Take time while you’re

staying with us to explore the surrounding areas.

WATKINS MILL STATE PARK

AND WOOLEN MILL

The nation’s last fully equipped 19th century woolen mill is

on the historic site once owned by the Watkins family. Tour

the 1860 woolen mill and grist mill, the 1850 house, Visitor

Center and Museum. The state park features camping,

fishing, swimming and picnicking areas. The Living History

Farm Program, offered on weekends in the spring and

fall, brings the 1870s back to life with costumed interpreters

demonstrating agricultural and industrial activities.

JESSE JAMES FARM

AND MUSEUM

One of the most widely visited historic sites in Clay County

is the Jesse James Farm and Museum, minutes from Excelsior

Springs. Tour the cabin where Jesse James was

born on Sept. 5, 1847 and grew up with his brother, Frank,

whose exploits as outlaws are today a legend. At the museum,

visitors can view an informative video, a collection

of family artifacts and souvenirs. Daily tours of the museum

and cabin are available and fun activities are held

throughout the year.

COOLEY LAKE

WILDLIFE AREA

Just south of Excelsior Springs near the junction of State

Route N and Missouri 210, you will find Cooley Lake Wildlife

Area and Cooley Missouri River Access, both owned

by the MODept. of Conservation. These sites, comprising

1,348 acres, include the old oxbow lakes that were once

part of the Missouri upland forests, loess bluffs, limestone

outcrops, and old fields, in addition to the river access.

They offer fishing, hiking, birdwatching, and, on the river,

boating as well.

MARTHA LAFITE THOMPSON

NATURE SANCTUARY

The Nature Sanctuary provides hands-on environmental

and natural science education for all ages within its 100

acres of land. The nature preserve is designed for hiking,

nature study and observation of wildlife. Nature center,

restrooms, exhibits (including live animals), gift shop and

picnic areas. The Rush Creek Trail is ADA accessible.

TRYST FALLS

PARK

Tryst Falls is a scenic waterfall, one of the only natural

waterfalls in the area. This natural park includes

a playground, shelter houses and picnic tables.

Shelter facilities available for rental. Open dawn to

dusk.

SMITHVILLE

LAKE

Smithville Lake is a 7,190-acre reservoir on the Little

Platte branch of the Platte River in Clay County, Missouri

near Smithville, an approximately 30-minute

drive from Excelsior Springs. The Lake area includes

campsites, boating, two swim beaches, boat rentals

and much more.

FIELDS OF GOLDEN FLOWERS

In recent years, sunflower fields have become popular

for their beautiful views and photo opportunities. Tryst

Falls Park has its own mini flower patch, but other nearby

sunflower fields can be seen in bloom in later summer:

Russell Sunflower Patch

18220 Hwy B, Richmond

Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch

650 North Jefferson St., Kearney


a

Community

with

Heart

TIPTON LAW

OFFICE

COME SEE US FOR:

• DWI

• Traffic Tickets

• Personal Injury

• Deeds & Conveyances

Pictured left to right: Scot Tipton,

Amy McNary, Diane Barkley, Tim Tipton

• Health Care Directives

• Powers of Attorney

• Wills & Probate

• Criminal Defense

Timothy

D. Tipton

&

Robert Scot

Tipton

Located in the Historic McCleary Building, 400 St. Louis Ave., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

816.630.3700 • Fax: 816.637.0334 • www.tiptonlawoffice.com • tiptonlaw.mo@gmail.com

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What are people saying?

“Great town and wonderful food, we found off the beaten

path historical places to check out while enjoying the

shops!” - Cheryl M., Facebook

“There is so much to do and has a lot of History that is very

interesting. Love it here!!” Lisa B., Facebook

FERGUSON TAX

"We Work Hard For You!

Brian Scott

Public Accountant

407 N. Pennsylvania

Lawson, Missouri 64062

816.580.4092 816.352.3320

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Brian@scottaccountingandtax.com

www.ferguson-tax.com

"Serving the Northland Since 1986"


IT’S ALL ABOUT MAKING

THOSE DREAMS COME TRUE

Melinda Humphrey has

been a real estate agent now

for almost 20 years, but it

never gets old. What drew her

to this career, and what continues

to keep her excited by

it, is the idea of helping people’s

dreams come true.

A home is such a big part

of anyone’s life, the backdrop

of a million tiny and huge moments

that make up the entirety

of their story, and making

sure they find the perfect

fit is not a job she takes lightly.

Melinda has lived in the Excelsior

Springs area since the

late 90s, having moved from

Oak Grove, so she’s very familiar

with not only this area

but many areas around Missouri.

If you are looking for a

new home, or to sell your current

home, she can help you

find your way.

Melinda has a large family,

and therefore has a long

background in different personality

types, preferences

and needs, which is just part

of what makes her such a

great agent. Cultivating relationships

with her clients

not only helps them find their

perfect home, but they become

lifelong friends, one of

Melinda’s favorite perks of the

job.

Excelsior Springs is a growing

town, full of new homes

being built, new school district

buildings, new businesses

opening all the time, and

hopefully wonderful new residents

just like you.

If you are curious about

the current Excelsior Springs

housing market, ready to start

looking for your forever home,

or even an investment property,

consider giving Melinda

Humphrey a call.

Experienced realtor ready to help you buy or sell!

MELINDA HUMPHREY

AREA REAL ESTATE

1350 N JESSE JAMES RD, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO 64024 • 816.630.4000

MELINDAHUMPHREY.REMAX-MIDSTATES.COM • 816-217-4228

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THE SIMMONS SALES

TEAM PUTS THEIR

HEART IN ALL THEY DO

If you are in Excelsior Springs for very long,

you are sure to run into these smiling faces.

Between their real estate business and their

passion for community, they are highly involved

in all things Excelsior Springs.

Third generation realtors, Jake and Melissa

Simmons took over the family business in

2019, becoming the owners/brokers of Re/

Max Area Real Estate, located at 1350 W. Jesse

James Road. Not only do they manage the

business, they also work as full time realtors,

who have become well known for their expert

marketing and selling skills. Their daughter,

Amora, has been with them every step of the

way since she was born, ingraining real estate

in the very fabric of her being, making

her a true #ReMaxKid.

As their roles have developed at the agency,

so have their goals. As brokers, they are

currently looking to expand their team and

have done so with the addition of Robin Robinson

with Robin Robinson Realty. Together,

Jake, Melissa and Robin make up The Simmons

Sales Team.

If you are looking to make the move to the

Excelsior Springs area - or anywhere in Missouri

for that matter - The Simmons Sales

Team can help. They make your dream their

number one mission, whether that dream includes

buying, selling, or even building.

The Simmons Sales Team goes above and

beyond to help their clients stand out from

the crowd with professional and drone photography,

video commercials, experienced

target marketing, expert knowledge in market

value, social media marketing, and much

more.

The best part is, they truly love what they

do, so not only are they ready to help you

make your dreams come true, but they are

excited to do so, and will work around the

clock to make sure the pieces of the puzzle

are in place to get the job done.

If you have questions about local real estate

or wish to learn more about the faces behind

The Simmons Sales Team, please visit

their website at TheSimmonsSalesTeam.com.


We can help you stand out

from the crowd with:

Professional Photography • Drone Photography

Video Commercials

Experienced Target Marketing

Expert Knowledge in Market Value • And More

Jake & Melissa Simmons

Jake: 816.868.4692 • Melissa: 816.820.2463

TheSimmonsSalesTeam.com

Robin Robinson

816.210.7945

RobinRobinsonRealty.com

RE/MAX Area Real Estate

1350 W Jesse James

Excelsior Springs, MO 64024


YOU’LL BE SURE TO MAKE A

FRIEND OUT OF KENNY MANLEY

One thing is for sure - you’ll always

remember Kenny Manley!

Quick with a smile and a witty

sense of humor, Kenny with the

Manley Home Team will make

sure you know his name. If you

don’t remember, it’s on his truck,

and his hat, and maybe even

on your hat somehow. All jokes

aside, Kenny’s friendly personality

makes him an amazing real

estate agent, and someone you

want to get to know.

Licensed in both Missouri and

Kansas, Kenny has just been in

the real estate game for a handful

of years, but he’s gone all

in. Talking, making friends and

working out deals come naturally

to him, which is the name of

the real estate game, so it’s no

surprise that his name regularly

shows up in the top 50 Re/Max

agents in the state of Missouri

each quarter.

Outside of his love of real estate,

Kenny loves to spend time

with his family, that includes wife

Ember, son Ryker and daughters

Kara, Taryn and Brixlee, serving

on the local Board of Education,

and volunteering with several

other local organizations.

Kenny has a special knack for

finding what you’re looking for,

so if you have your sights set

on a specific home or land and

don’t see it on the market, don’t

worry - just call Kenny. Using his

network of many contacts, sheer

determination and persistence,

we bet he can find you exactly

what you need.

With his trusty sidekick (and

assistant) Amber, The Manley

Home Team will impress you

with their go-get-em attitudes,

fun spirits and impeccable productivity.

Be sure to follow The Manley

Home Team on Facebook for

current listings, recent sales, and

the best dad jokes this side of the

Mississippi.

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FEATURED REALTORS & MORTGAGE LENDERS

Excelsior Springs is the perfect example of small town living with big opportunities. There is a real sense of community to the area without

lacking the amenities that lead to a greater quality of life. In the past several years, Excelsior Springs has been in the midst of a tourism boost,

with new businesses taking root all the time.

If you are interested in bringing your family or your business to Excelsior Springs, contact a local realtor to check out availability.

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Melissa Bartlett

Deanna Bradford

Chris Buckman

Jeni Combs

Michelle Goode

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ReMax Area Real Estate

Kim McElwee Sanson

ReMax Area Real Estate

816-518-2059

manleysells.com

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ReMax Area Real Estate

/melindahumphrey.remax-midstates.com

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home, Flat Branch can be

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“Kimis great. At the time when we were trying to find a home the market was very hot.

Every time we found a home there were 3 to 5 people that were bidding on the same

home. Things were looking very bleak. She kept telling us that the right one would come

along. And the right one did come along and she went after it . It’s like she knewthat it

was the right house for us before we knew. She was very aggressive and got it for us.

She knewexactly what she was doing. She’s the best. Very smart and the best in real

estate. I don’t knowwhy anyone would not call Kimwhen they are buying or selling a

home. She cares about people and we think she’s great” - John &Carol, Web Review

NEW BEGINNINGS START

WITH KIM MCELWEE SANSON

Are you ready for a new beginning?

Look no further than

Kim McElwee Sanson. An agent

with Re/Max Area Real Estate,

real estate is in her blood. Her

father opened the office in the

80s, and her son continues the

tradition as the current office

broker as of 2019.

An ultimate champion of Excelsior

Springs, Kim and her

husband, Gary, spend the majority

of their professional and

free time immersed in all things

Excelsior Springs. They are involved

in many boards, organizations

and clubs, and have

personally invested in many

renovation projects, in both financial

and sweat equity. You

have already read about many

of their projects, including their

bed and breakfast - The Sunny

Side Cottage - and the historic

building they renovated from

the ground up, that is now home

to the store called Bliss.

But her roots began in the

real estate world, and she loves

to help others plant their own

roots right here in her beloved

home town. One of Kim’s specialties

is looking at a home,

or building, that someone else

might not know what to do with,

and being able to see its true

potential. She will regularly provide

clients with a laundry list of

simple, and affordable, ways to

bring the property up to market

ready, and then she gets it sold.

If you are ready to find your

own new beginning, whether

that be a new home, or a piece

of commercial property you

have your heart set on, Kim is

your gal. She knows the ins and

outs of this town like the back

of her hand, because it’s just a

part of who she is.

Kim can be reached by phone

call or text at 816-868-8383. Go

on and find your new beginning.

HOME IS

EXCELSIOR

SPRINGS

The good life is right here waiting for you

Our local realtors can help you find a commercial property

if you have us on your radar for your business dreams!

• Entrepreneural Culture

• Growing Historical District

• Need for B&B/Vacation Rentals

• Strong Housing Market

• Close to Major Markets

• Robust Local Tourism Industry

New beginnings start here

Kim McElwee Sanson

816-868-8383

ReMax Area Real Estate

1350 N. Jesse James Rd., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

kimmcelwee@aol.com / www.kimmcelwee.com


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