More One-Day Adventures: Five Fun Spots A Short Drive From Blosser House
Planning a multi-day event at the Henry Blosser House 1874 Country Inn & Barn? Why not add to your experience with an excursion to one of these interesting spots? With its convenient location right in the heart of the state, the Blosser House is an ideal starting point for a memorable day trip. Here are five favorite spots in mid-Missouri!
1. Waverly Apple Orchards (12 miles from Blosser House)
Is there anything more quintessentially autumn than an afternoon spent picking apples? Waverly, Missouri is known as the Apple Capitol of Missouri and it is home to some of the finest apple orchards in the state. Every fall, apple-lovers flock to the small town to get their pick of the year’s crop. The town capitalizes on its association with the flavorful fruit with an apple-themed fall festival September, and a village flea market that attracts visitors in September and October.
2. Arrow Rock (24 miles from Blosser House)
The entire village of Arrow Rock has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Drive into this pristine little town, and you’ll think you’ve traveled back to the 1800s. Today, the village is home to only 56 residents, but at its height, Arrow Rock was a booming river town, a rendezvous point for travelers on the Santa Fe Trail, and home to acclaimed American artist George Caleb Bingham. The Friends of Arrow Rock, a nonprofit preservation and education organization, along with the Arrow Rock State Historic Site have restored the town’s most important structures and maintain museums, conduct tours, and host special events throughout the year. The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is an award-winning professional theater that provides first-rate entertainment during its June-September season, at Christmastime, and with special engagements during the off-season.
3. Rocheport (60 miles from Blosser House)
Picturesque Rocheport, Missouri hugs the Missouri River. It’s a trailhead for the Katy Trail State Park, and a haven for foodies and antique lovers. This charming, walkable village is dotted with delightful shops. Popular local stores include Whitehorse Antiques, where you’ll find exquisite primitives, plus gifts, clothing, and rug hooking supplies; Friends Together Antiques, with its pristine 18th and 19th century finds; and Richard Saunders Antiques, located in the 1837 Wilcox house, one of the oldest brick homes in Boone County. Hungry? You’re in luck because the local restaurants offer everything from the simple, hearty dishes at the Rocheport Country Store or the Mulberry Grill, to the more sophisticated fare of Abigail’s or the Les Bourgeois winery and bistro.
4. Museum of Art & Archaeology (70 miles from Blosser House
It may be one of Columbia, Missouri’s best-kept secrets. In a town known for its colleges and lively night life, there is a museum with an extraordinary collection of American, European and Asian art and antiquities: the University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology. The cast gallery alone is worth a visit, but you’ll also discover exciting contemporary art and special visiting exhibits. The museum is located on the Mizzou North campus at 115 Business Loop 70 W, and is located in the same building as the equally interesting Museum of Anthropology.
5. Royals Baseball/Chiefs Football (79 miles from Blosser House)
Sports fans, rejoice! Nearby Kansas City is home to two winning teams: the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals, and the always competitive Kansas City Chiefs. The Royals’ Kauffman Stadium and the Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium are conveniently located side-by-side, right off I-70, so it’s always easy to make a quick trip to KC to catch a game. Take advantage of the ample parking, gorge yourself on stadium food, and make unforgettable game-day memories as you and your fellow fans root the home team to victory.
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