Choosing Your Journey to Cedar Crest Lodge from Kansas City MO

Once you have made the reservation for a getaway, how do you plan the journey to Cedar Crest Lodge from Kansas City, MO? Do you hop on Hwy 69 South and arrive at our peaceful resort as quickly as possible? Or do you take the time to unwind and plan a few stops along the way? Either gets you to your destination, but only you can choose which fits your mood and personality best.

Maybe you just can’t wait to get here, and reserved both our Foodie’s Package and Spa Services when you made your reservation. That way, you can check in as early as 1 pm, and have a mouth-watering Artisanal Cheese plate waiting for you, as well as a relaxing massage on your first full day!

Either Hwy. 69 or Interstate 49 will allow you to zoom along at 70 mph or more, but what can you experience and explore at those speeds? Here are some suggestions for stops that will make you get into the groove of your time away sooner.

Stop for Ice Cream in Belton

There is no better way to start a vacation than with ice cream! Although we have our classic ’60s style drive-in once you are here, who wants to wait until the end of the trip?

  • Hawaiian Brothers on 1112 E North Ave in Belton has, of course, Dole soft serve. (What else would you expect.) It’s fat-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
  • One More Scoop at 803 E North Ave in Belton serves homemade ice cream in about a dozen original and classic flavors, including Strawberry Rhubarb, Lavender Honey, and Peanut Butter Cup. There are also dairy-free and gluten-free options.

Once you have gotten your sugar rush, take your pick of the following specialty stops:

Shopping (New and Old Finds)

  • Louisburg Market Street, 1220 Amity St, Louisburg KS, has over 26,000 square feet of vendor boutiques with all kinds of treasures. There are free cookies and coffee every day and even classes!
  • Simply Selah, 5 S Peoria, Louisburg, KS, has vintage clothing, antiques, and a little bit of everything. You could spend an hour or two finding your perfect gift or item.
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If You are More into Farms and Sanctuaries

Here are a couple of fun and different farm stops:

  • YaYa’s Alpaca Farm, 30200 275th St, Garden City, MO, is the best stop if you need a shot of cuteness. You can arrange a private alpaca tour and wander through the farm shop.
  • Cedar Cove Conservation & Education Sanctuary for Endangered Big Cats, 3783 K68 Hwy, Louisburg, KS, is dedicated to providing a safe environment for displaced wild animals, particularly tigers and cougars. You can arrange a tour in advance.
  • Poplar Heights Farm, 5250 NE County Rd, Butler, MO, is a living history farm and nature conservatory. It offers trails to stretch your legs, an heirloom garden, and a recreation of MO farm life in the 1800s.
  • Skyview Creamery, 22722 E 800 Rd, Pleasanton KS is a micro-dairy creamery where you can see the cows that provide the makings for artisanal cheeses. You can also find a selection of local products, such as soaps, honey, and spreads that go perfectly with your cheese.

Stop into Wineries and a Cider Mill

Driving makes you thirsty, doesn’t it? Not far from us are winery stops and a Cider Mill.

  • Louisburg Cider Mill, 14730 K68 Hwy, Louisburg, KS, has cider, baked goods, and a complete farm store. In season, you can pick your own in their orchards or have fun in their corn maze.
  • Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery, 29725 Somerset Rd, Paola, KS, is a family-owned artisanal winery. It offers wine tastings, cocktails, and live music if you are lucky.
  • NightHawk Vineyard & Winery, 16381 W 343rd St, Paola, KS, not only has superb wines, but their venue has a butterfly garden with prairie walks, a café, and, sometimes, live music.
  • Isinglass Estate, 16241 W 381st St, LaCyne, KS, can quench your thirst but also features horseback rides and a menagerie of animals. These include Dwarf Nigerian Goats, a Yak, Kune Kune Pigs, and English Baby Doll Sheep.

Other Stops of Interest

Sometimes, there are fun places that just elude categorization!

  • Powell Observatory, 26500 Melrose St, Louisburg, KS, offers a chance to look into the stars. Some of the programs are projected onto an outdoor screen.
  • Mine Creek Battlefield, 20485 K 53, Pleasanton, KS, is the perfect stop for a history buff. It is the site of one of the largest calvary battles in the Civil War.
  • Byrd’s Pecan Delights, 115 S. Old 71 Hwy, Adrian, MO, just in case you didn’t get ice cream or a treat when you started your trip!

Join Us for Dinner

Once you have completed your journey to Cedar Crest Lodge from Kansas City, MO, check into your luxurious room or suite and take a moment to gaze out the window. Don’t you feel your anxieties just melting away? Isn’t that why you came to Cedar Crest Lodge?

Take a walk around the spacious grounds, and start to formulate a plan for the next few days of your getaway. Which will be first? The pool? A sauna or hot tub? Or maybe a stroll through the gardens, or a quiet moment at one of the ponds. But there is no need to decide now, because dinner will be calling.

If you are lucky, and it is a Friday in season, you can enjoy a wood-fired pizza. On all other nights, you may choose delicious options from our dinner menu. Either way, it won’t disappoint!

Plan your day for tomorrow. Sleep in. Enjoy a magnificent breakfast. Stroll the property and go fishing in the pond. Repeat.


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