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when you visit Excelsior Springs. As we like to
say - your experience will speak for itself!
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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
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Real Estate/Mortgage Directory 73
Business Feature: Kim McElwee Sanson, Re/Max 74
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
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
limited, but we bet you are ready for your next escape and
we want you to make that escape destination Excelsior
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
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!
Modern Bed & Breakfast
Right in the Heart of Downtown
• Free Breakfast
• Stay & Play Golf Packages
• WiFi & Cable
Inkeepers: Mark & Anna Sue Spohn
426 CONCOURSE AVE., EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO 64024
816-582-6798 • PAYNEJAILHOUSEBANDB.COM
WHAT TO DO WHEN
THE LIGHTS GO DOWN
There is always something happening in Excelsior
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!
Elms Blvd, Excelsior Springs
AirBnB Rental • 10 Guests • 5 BR • 3 Bathrooms
Charming whole house rental in the heart of Downtown Excelsior Springs
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
Hotel, Spa, WiFi, Restaurant, Bar, Coffee Shop, Indoor & Outdoor Pools, Hot Tub,
Event Space, Room Service SEE MORE ON PAGE 12
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
FOR MORE INFO OR TO BOOK YOUR STAY, PLEASE VISIT:
THE GUEST HOUSE
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Whole house rental, full kitchen, WiFi, luxury linens, Tempurpedic bed,
water & snacks provided,
INN ON CRESCENT LAKE
1261 St. Louis Ave. • 816-630-6745
10 Guest rooms, breakfast provided, full size inground outdoor pool, hot tub,
paddleboards, fishing boat, WiFi
12856 Doniphan Lake Rd. • 816-630-1523
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
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! >>>>>>>>>>>>>
PAYNE JAILHOUSE B&B
426 Concourse Ave., Excelsior Springs • 816-582-6798
This historical yet modern bed & breakfast right in the heart of downtown
features: Three Guest Suites, Full Breakfast, WiFi, A Firepit & More!
12607 State Hwy O, Excelsior Springs • 816-701-9535
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
BY DIANE ROCHELLE
& brow tinting lash
Life is short - your lashes don't have to be
206 S. MARIETTA ST., EXCELSIOR SPRINGS • 816.848.5060
506 Dunbar Ave., Excelsior Springs • 816-868-8383
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
13917 Carmel Rd., Excelsior Springs • 816-616-9506
Whole house rental in peaceful surroundings, but still close enough to town.
Sleeps 4-6 and includes keyless entry, bbq grill, HDTVs and more.
If you’ve heard of Excelsior
Springs, you’ve likely heard of
The Elms Hotel and Spa.
Renowned for beautifully appointed
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
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
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
A WORLD AWAY
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
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
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
506 DUNBAR • EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MISSOURI 64024
INN KEEPERS: GARY AND KIM SANSON
114 E. BROADWAY, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS • 845-807-3243
Blue Bird Couture
THERE’S NOTHIN’ LIKE A LITTLE RETAIL THERAPY
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
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
CAMPBELL WOOD DESIGNS
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
Home Decor Boutique
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
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
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
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
STYLE BY RY
111 E. Broadway Ave., Excelsior Springs
Jewelry, Custom Jewelry, Jewelry Repair
116 E. Broadway Ave., Excelsior Springs
Women’s boutique carrying clothing, shoes, accessories
Even the littlest visitors can enjoy shopping in
Excelsior Springs! Stop in at Broadway Toyz!
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
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
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
CAN COME FROM
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
YOU CAN’T LOSE WHEN
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
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
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.
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!
• 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
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
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
“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
IN THE VALLEY
ALL THAT IS OLD
CAN BE NEW
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,
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
461 S. Thompson Ave., Excelsior Springs • 816-558-3300
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
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
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
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,
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
and a wonderful,
adventurous menu. I
- Lisa H.
ALL IN ONE LOCATION!
Monthly 4-Course Wine Dinners
Locally Made Gifts
LEARN MORE AT SHOPTHEMERCANTILE.COM
249 E. Broadway, Excelsior Springs, MO • 816-630-7467
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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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
OF THE EARTH
FARM & DISTILLERY
17190 HWY13, RICHMOND• 660.232.1096
PREMIUMSPIRITS• FLAVORFULLIQUEURS• DELICIOUSMEATS
SAMPLES• COCKTAILS• CHARCUTERIEBOARDS• BOTTLES
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
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.
Honey Eau de Vie • Rye Eau de Vie
Coffee Liqueur • Pommeau
Cherry Liqueur • Gin No. 1
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
BAR & GRILL
FULL BAR INSIDE
WINE & SHINE TASTING ROOM
POOL TABLE • DARTS
SHUFFLEBOARD • GELATO • MORE!
259 E. BROADWAY,
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
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
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
“Amazing food, lots to choose from, shuffleboard fun!
Great family establishment.” - April A., Google Review
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
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...
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
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
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PLENTY FOR A
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
Keep reading to learn more about
our rich history.
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
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
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 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
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
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.
A FAMILY TRADITION SINCE 1967
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Start their love of history
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GET BACK TO THE
JOYS OF A SIMPLE
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
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!
ES Parks & Rec offers many
youth & adult seasonal activities!
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
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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
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.
Visitors to Excelsior
Springs can enjoy
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history and other
topics, along with
guest passes to use
and free WiFi!
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GET SOME AIR
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
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
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
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
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.
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!
GET A COLD RUSH
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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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.
If you’re lucky...
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
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
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
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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• Casual Upscale Dining
• Gourmet Food
• Wine & Spirits
• Homemade Desserts
• Carry-Out Available
• Banquet Room
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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.
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
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tradition, this sweet little ice cream stop is a local
favorite and will be one of yours, too!
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
so those must be
considered at the time of
each event as well.
Make sure to follow
Springs, Missouri and
keep up to date at
all of the up to date
information on local
events and plans.
We can’t wait
to see you all!
BBQ & FLY-IN
ON THE RIVER
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.
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.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
& MUG SHOTS
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
2ND WEEKEND OF
Downtown businesses are
open late with specials,
live music and other
fun happenings. Follow
Springs on Facebook
to keep up on Second
KEEP UP ON
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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A home is such a big part
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that make up the entirety
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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
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with not only this area
but many areas around Missouri.
If you are looking for a
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home, she can help you
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Melinda has a large family,
and therefore has a long
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THE SIMMONS SALES
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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
If you are looking to make the move to the
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for that matter - The Simmons Sales
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Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
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One thing is for sure - you’ll always
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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
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.
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assistant) Amber, The Manley
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with their go-get-em attitudes,
fun spirits and impeccable productivity.
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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.
The good life is right here waiting for you
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if you have us on your radar for your business dreams!
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Kim McElwee Sanson
ReMax Area Real Estate
1350 N. Jesse James Rd., Excelsior Springs, MO 64024
firstname.lastname@example.org / www.kimmcelwee.com
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