If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that’s relaxing, historic and a little unusual (in the best way), plan a trip to visit some of the charming small towns in northwest Missouri. Establish a base of operations in Chillicothe and venture out to nearby towns for a unique retreat. In fact, it’s so great you might think it’s the best thing since sliced bread!
Downtown Chillicothe boasts 25 murals depicting the rich history of the area. Take a walking tour to familiarize yourself with the area and learn about the town’s culture. You’ll be blown away by the vivid, detailed masterpieces – all of which were painted by local artist Kelly Poling.
Browse thousands of bolts of fabrics and hundreds of quilt patterns to find inspiration for a quilt creation of your own at Missouri Star Quilt Co. in Hamilton – “Quilt Town, USA.” Quilting enthusiasts from all over the globe flock to Hamilton to immerse themselves in their favorite hobby. In addition to the 12 quilt shops – each featuring a different fabric theme – there is also a spacious sewing center for quilting retreats.
Take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy the quaint country atmosphere of Jamesport’s Amish community. Tours of the area give visitors a glimpse into the lifestyle practiced by the members of the Old Order Amish Colony. After your tour, shop at the local stores for art, antiques, homewares, homemade baked goods and more.
Nearly 10,000 square feet of exhibit space displays objects, images and exhibits telling the stories of the people who built the community and those that lived in the area long before. The museum recently opened the Bethel Black History Museum, which tells the story of Black citizens in Missouri and features an exhibit about the Underground Railroad.
Step into the exact building where, in 1928, the first commercially-sliced bread was produced. The Sliced Bread Innovation Center houses one of the original bread slicers that gave Chillicothe its claim to fame. Interactive exhibits and a documentary teach visitors about the town, the bread slicing machine and the story behind the phrase, “the greatest thing since sliced bread.”
Get an up-close look at the home where General of the Armies John J. Pershing – the highest ranking military officer in United States history – grew up. Prairie Mound School, where Pershing was taught before leaving to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, is also on the site and features exhibits about Pershing’s life.
It’s only fitting that the “Home of Sliced Bread” has a dessert to match – sliced bread pudding. This special dessert can only be found at Boji Stone Café. The café also serves breakfast and lunch made with high-quality local ingredients. It’s also a bookstore, so you can pick out a new favorite while you’re there.
Succulent smoked meat is what’s on the menu at Wabash BBQ. Located in a historic train depot, this restaurant serves up large servings of fantastic food – it’s best known for award-winning ribs and chicken. Wabash BBQ sauce and rub are available to purchase at the restaurant, so you can bring a taste of Wabash home with you.
What started out as a catering business expanded into a restaurant and quickly became a local favorite. Open Tuesday through Friday, the restaurant offers lunch, a Wednesday happy hour and a dinner menu that changes every quarter to keep things fresh. Reservations are required for Friday evening dinners.