Although we live in an RV, we are not on a never-ending vacation…….sorry…… But I still try to find new things to see everywhere we go, this blog is my way of sharing those things with you! So, let’s look around southwestern Iowa and northwestern Missouri. The first stop on this tour will be the lovely drive from Iowa south…….yes, there are lots of corn and soybean fields, but there are also farms with big barns, huge grain silos at co-ops, and wind farms.
Weston, Missouri is a little river town with a wonderful history, quaint shops, distillery, winery, brewhaus, and historic old homes and cemetery. At one time, it was the largest city west of St. Louis with a thriving river business; however as the Missouri River flooded over time, the channel moved 2 miles west and Weston was left “high and dry”. The residents have embraced their history though and the town remains charming and a flurry of tourists visit on the weekends. Warning: most of the shops are closed on Monday-Wednesday!
Across the river from the Lewis & Clark State Park is Atchison, Kansas. The Missouri River left Weston and Atchison was founded on the western banks. It is a sleepy town with high river bluffs whose claim to fame is the birthplace of Amelia Earhart. We just missed a big birthday festival in her honor. There is a beautiful Benedictine College campus up on the river bluffs and, of course (!), a Lewis and Clark marker on the river. We found a wonderful small grocery/meat market with wonderful food as well as a great breakfast spot, Paolucci’s, with some of the best freshly baked Italian bread French Toast I have ever eaten!
The McCormick Distillery property is just outside Weston. Holladay bought them and produces all the spirits here under the Holladay/McCormick label. We enjoyed a private tour (Monday!!) and were able to see the process. We have visited many distilleries and this one is nice and historic, but small; the whiskey is not our favorite…..sorry.