Sedalia Summer Getaway

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Sedalia is best known as the home of the Missouri State Fair. Since 1901, the central Missouri town has highlighted the Show-Me State’s rich history and agriculture traditions. Thousands of visitors fill the fairgrounds every August, but Sedalia offers many other spots that are definitely worth a stop.

Lodging and Dining

A. Hotel Bothwell & Conference Center

For decades, Hotel Bothwell has been a destination of choice for many travelers to Sedalia. Since 1927, the historic hotel has served as a center of social and business activity. Experience the glitz and glam of the 1920s in luxurious accommodations featuring American revival architecture.

B. Ivory Grille Restaurant and Lounge

Located inside Hotel Bothwell, the Ivory Grille is a perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two, a memorable meal with friends or a family gathering. Enjoy steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches as well as an extensive wine list, specialty drinks and a variety of spirits.

C. Kehde’s Barbeque

Try some great barbecue or a pork tenderloin sandwich at the railroad-themed Kehde's Barbecue. The restaurant also offers specialty burgers, Coney-style hot dogs and more. The side dishes – called baggage on the menu – include “My Grandmother’s Recipe Slaw.”  Request a table in the vintage dining car attached to the restaurant for a retro rail experience.

Museums and Historic Sites

A. Daum Museum of Contemporary Art

Nine galleries display modern and contemporary art at the Daum Museum, located on the campus of State Fair Community College. The museum’s collection features paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures created since the mid-20th century. Artists include Andy Warhol, Dale Chihuly, Louis Bourgeois and Betty Woodman.

B. Katy Depot and Railroad Heritage Museum

Hear the story behind the Katy Depot, a beautifully restored landmark, built in 1896 when the Katy Complex was the center of Sedalia. The Railroad Heritage Museum offer exhibits throughout the year. The location also serves as a full-service trailhead for the Katy Trail. You can rent a bike at Champion Bicycles to travel across the country’s longest rail-to-trail project. The shop also sells new and used bicycles and offers service and repairs, parts and accessories, and an assortment of refreshments and snacks.

C. Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

Tour a circa 1900 castle atop a towering bluff at the Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site, located six miles north of Sedalia. Built by local lawyer and politician John H. Bothwell, the 31-room Arts and Crafts style lodge was constructed over the top of three caves that provided natural cooling in the summer. Hiking and mountain biking trails and picnic areas are available on site.