Looking for a cute town for your next road trip getaway? I’d highly recommend Weston, MO. This town was founded in the early 1800s and was the jumping off point for many popular trails at the time. Many businesses established at Weston’s beginning still exist today. It’s a great place to shop, dine and explore.
Here’s how to spend a weekend in Weston, MO.
How to Spend a Weekend in Weston, MO
Map of Weston
When to Go to Weston
Late spring – early fall
For most people, a day trip to Weston is all the time they have, but I would encourage a weekend trip if possible. Missouri’s temperatures are a constant swing, so aim for the spring and fall for somewhat cooler, consistent weather.
Where to Stay in Weston
Most hotels are near or on Main Street. They’ll run anywhere from $139-$185 a night. Quite a few are family owned too.
If you prefer to be away from the action, hustle and bustle, I ended up staying about a 15-minute drive away in a historic Leavenworth apartment. It was probably haunted. I loved it.
How to Get Around in Weston
You’ll do a combination of walking and driving, depending on the distance. Most places are a walk through Main Street, while the creamery, state park and farm will involve a car.
Where to Eat in Weston
Tin Kitchen operates out of what was an 1840s hardware store. The tin ceiling has been artfully preserved, along with other little quirks that come with a historic building. Here you’ll find smoked BBQ meats and other sizeable dishes.
O’Malley’s Pub 1842
O’Malley’s is an underground pub that, as the name suggests, has been around since 1842. The speakeasy-esque bar has frequent musical guests and an adjoining restaurant that serves hearty Irish food. Oh, and on the back deck has what was once the world’s largest ball of string. Just cause.
I would highly recommend brunch at Avalon. Set in an 1847 intricately designed home, Avalon serves gourmet goodness every Sunday.
Green Dirt Farm Creamery
Green Dirt Farm uses sheep’s milk to produce high quality cheese. You can try it for yourself at their retail location on a sandwich or grab a pound for later.
Fascinated by a sheep farm? You can tour it and see how the cheese is brought to life!
Day 1 in Weston
The National Silk Art Museum
Far and away my favorite place I visited in Weston was the National Silk Art Museum. There’s a treasure trove of various prints that seem to come to life. There are three sections to the museum, each taking you through a different genre of the art.
Weston Historical Museum
If you’re curious about how Weston came to be, this museum is for you. It’s small, but full of well preserved historical artifacts that tell the story of this old town.
Weston City Park
This tiny but cute park is a great place to stop for an outdoor picnic or just to take a quick break.
I’m not even sure what to call Hiatt Motors. A preserved historic gas station? Plus an old pinball machine? It’s quite the mod podge, but very fun to explore.
Main Street Shopping
There are so many neat shops worth exploring while you’re in Weston. Plan some time for a little shopping. Some favorites of mine included Celtic Ranch, Renditions Polish and Pottery Shop and 1837 Emporium.
Depending on your preferences, you can visit the brewery on Main Street, or get a tour of the distillery near Weston Bend State Park. On the tour, you’ll get a taste (literally) of how this Missouri bourbon is made.
For just $5, you can taste five of the wines of the family-operated winery. The tastings are held inside a historic church and are lots of fun. If you’re looking for a post-tasting treat, we were big fans of the slushies.
Day 2 in Weston
Weston Bend State Park
With both paved and unpaved trails, this state park is fairly accessible. Hike to the overlook to get a stunning view of the Missouri River.
Weston Red Barn Farm
The Red Barn Farm is unreasonably fun. Walk around and say hello to the many, vocal animals (including one very loud rooster). Snack on the donuts and cider while you stroll to spot any baby animals (think goats, lambs and the occasional foal). Browse the country store for fresh produce. And if you’re not short on time, go big or go home with your standard farm activities; hay rides, corn mazes and apple picking.
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