Recently, my husband and I, realizing we were in need of a getaway, stayed at the Inn on Crescent Lake in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Barely thirty minutes from downtown Kansas City, the Inn on Crescent Lake felt like we were hundreds of miles from home. Extremely reasonably priced, I would recommend, no, encourage, any couple to fit in their schedule a night or two away at this beautifully scenic, historic mansion. The staff was friendly, warm, accommodating, flexible and did everything to make our stay romantic, comfortable and unforgettable. Upon check-in, Christina gave us a tour of the mansion (I would call it an estate) and reiterated several times to make ourselves at home. A collection of DVDs, books, games and complementary drinks (tea and coffee) and snacks are available in the main house.
There are eight rooms in the main house as well as a cottage with a two-story accommodation and a separate house by the pool with an accomodation. Of the eight rooms in the main house, the Garden Room, where we stayed, has a separate entrance which is also handicap accessible. The Garden Room also has a private hot tub on a private deck. There are benefits to each room which makes it a difficult choice where to stay. While our room had a private hot tub some of the other rooms have their own sitting rooms and are much larger, and a few have fireplaces.
Apart from these amenities, the estate is 22+acres. There are walking paths, a swimming pool and hot tub for all guests, and a pond with rowboat. Balancing relaxation and fun is challenging and while we did not incorporate the walking paths or rowboat experience, we most certainly will do so during our next stay which, if I have it my way, will be within the next couple months.
After making ourselves comfortable in our room we headed into Excelsior Springs for dinner at Ventana. Again, the most welcoming, customer-service oriented staff I've encountered in years! The owner chatted with us for at least 20 minutes, ensuring our experience was satisfactory and answering my husband's inquiries as to the interior and history of the restaurant. Let's just say my experience in Excelsior Springs has renewed my love for small towns.
Breakfast at the Inn on Crescent Lake is served between nine and ten. They were very accommodating to my vegan dietary restrictions. Since our room was not connected to the main house we entered the main house through the front door for breakfast the next morning, to be greeted by the owner, Beverly. She is a doll! She shook our hands, genuinely expressed an interest in our experience the night before, and engaged us in conversation while serving us breakfast. The food was good; french toast with a side of fresh fruit and our choice of juice.
I asked if she would show me the other rooms (for next time!) she told us to feel free to look at all the rooms at our leisure. The rooms are extraordinary. All have their own 'pluses' and all are unique.
Going to a bed & breakfast for a night or two is not only an amazing experience for couples, it is a great way to renew your friendship, spend quality time together, and let the romantic sparks fly. I'd highly recommend anyone, regardless of the stage of your relationship, take a night out for just the two of you, you owe it to yourselves and your relationship to do so.