Weston is a small city in Platte County, Missouri, within the Kansas City metropolitan area, on Missouri River. The town was a major starting point for the Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail and the California Gold Rush.

Weston was, at one time, the second largest port on the Missouri River. Holladay was founded in 1856. Pirtle Winery is located in a former Lutheran Evangelical Church. Weston Bend State Park is a 1,133-acre public recreation area on the east bank of the Missouri River. TerraVox is an estate vineyard and winery dedicated to growing American Heritage Grapes.

1. Holladay Distillery

Holladay Distillery
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Visiting Holladay Distillery is a true trip into the past of distilling in the States. The distillery was founded in Weston, Missouri in 1856 by Ben Holladay and his brother, Major David Holladay, on land originally charted by Lewis and Clark in 1804. The Holladay brothers recognized that the limestone springs on the property were ideal for making bourbon. The stillhouse they used can still be seen in the distillery. Holladay Distillery changed ownership and names a few times but it is producing great bourbon again. Come and see the aging barrels stacked in the warehouse, a modern bottling facility where different distillery brands are bottled and labeled. You will also be able to taste, smell and enjoy real Missouri bourbon the way it used to be made 160 years ago.

1 Mc Cormick Ln, Weston, MO 64098, Phone: 816-640-3056

2. Pirtle Winery

Pirtle Winery
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Pirtle Winery was established in July of 1978 in historic Weston, Missouri. The winery is small and family-owned, focusing on quality and personal attention to every bottle. The winery building is located in a former Lutheran Evangelical Church built by German immigrants in 1867. The ground floor houses the press house, where true wine production takes place. The elegant tasting room is on the second floor. The winery offers picnic baskets with delicious snacks to enjoy with your favorite wine. The building is surrounded by magnificent vine-covered garden, a lovely place to sit in the shade and enjoy a glass of house wine. Pirtle Winery is very popular destination for weddings and other big celebrations.

502 Spring St, Weston, MO 64098, Phone: 816-640-5728

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3. Weston Bend State Park

Weston Bend State Park
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Weston Bend State Park is a 1,133-acre public recreation area near Weston, Missouri, on the east bank of the Missouri River. The park's include three-mile long hiking and biking trail that wind through shady wooded area full of maple trees, cottonwood and sycamore, picnicking facilities, and a campground and has a wonderful view of the river. Five tobacco barns located within the Park are a reminder of the thriving tobacco industry in this river community. There is an interpretive display In front of one of the barns that tells the story of the area tobacco production past. Another tobacco barn has been converted into a picnic shelter.

16600 MO-45, Weston, MO 64098, Phone: 816-640-5443

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4. Weston Red Barn Farm

Weston Red Barn Farm
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Weston Red Barn Farm is a replica of a turn of the century working farm created in 1989 by Steve Frey, who wanted every kid to have the experience he had as a kid on his uncle’s farm. He restored old farm buildings and made new ones using old materials, planted apple orchard and created an unique experience for the families. Visitors can learn how a real farm worked a century ago in different seasons. They can take a hayride, enjoy a bonfire, visit country store and buy fresh farm produce, pick pumpkins and apples and enjoy a pure fun and a day under the sun

16300 Wilkerson Rd, Weston, MO 64098, Phone: 816-386-5437

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5. Vox Vineyards

Vox Vineyards
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TerraVox is an estate vineyard and winery located in Weston, in the heart of the Midwest, just outside of Kansas City, Missouri. The winery is dedicated to growing American Heritage Grapes, showing the great potential of North America’s native grape varieties. The winery’s focus is on producing food-friendly, dry style wines that is already winning awards. The TerraVox Tasting Room is located at the Green Dirt Farm Creamery in a quaint country setting. The wine can be purchased by the glass or by the bottle. The winery expert staff is there to help you decide the best food pairing options with your wine.

1099 Welt St #9549, Weston, MO 64098, Phone: 816-386-2156

6. Noah's Cupboard

Noah's Cupboard
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Located on the ground floor of a tiny shotgun-style two-story brick house in Weston, Missouri, Noah’s Cupboard is an upscale restaurant where chef and owner Nick Martinkovic plays with locally sourced seasonal ingredients to create delightful dishes that do not belong to any particular cuisine but show chef’s global influences. The dining room is small, seating only 17 guests, including four seats at the chef’s counter. The menu changes weekly ad with seasons but if you are lucky you will find Maltagliatti - KC Cattle Company Wagyu Osso Bucco, San Marzano Tomato, Gremolata Bread Crumb and Parmigiano-Reggiano or Butternut Squash Soup with Roasted Butternut, Coconut Milk, Local Apple, House-made Chai Spiced Marshmallow and Toasted Walnuts. The wine list is small but interesting, with wines from Old and New world. The best deal in the restaurant is the prix fixe four-course menu that includes a starter, pasta, entrée and dessert.

521 Main St A, Weston, MO 64098, Phone: 816-645-5999

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7. National Silk Art Museum

National Silk Art Museum
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Coming across the National Silk Art Museum is an unexpected treat for visitors to Weston. Here you can spend an interesting hour or two learning all there is to know about the fascinating word of silk art. The museum has an amazing private collection of more than 700 articles of silk art which form the basis of their regular rotating exhibitions. There are galleries dedicated to silk art masterpieces from various other countries including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the US, and the works cover many hundred years from the 15th century to modern times. You can find a selection of souvenirs in the gift shop.

National Silk Art Museum, 423 Main Street, Weston, MO 64098, 816 536 5955

8. Weston Historical Museum

Weston Historical Museum
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Located in what was once the local Baptist Church, the Weston Historical Museum first opened in 1960. The museum is on a mission to collect, preserve and showcase anything and everything which tells the story of the early days in Platte County. The exhibits are diverse to say the least and include Native American items from the pre-settler days, Civil War artifacts, and many everyday household items which date back to the pioneer days in Weston. A few highlights of the museum’s collection include vintage clothing, a working gramophone and many documents which throw light on the events around the Civil War, the Abolitionist Movement and more.

Weston Historical Museum, 601 Main Street, Weston, Mo 64098, 816 386 2977

9. Historic Weston Orchard and Vineyards

Historic Weston Orchard and Vineyards
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Located on a bucolic 50-acre farm, the historic Weston Orchard and Vineyards offers a great day out for families. Here you can see exactly where some of the best Missouri apples and other fruits are grown and harvested. The whole family can enjoy picking their own farm-fresh fruits – depending on when you visit you can take home apples, strawberries, peaches, cherries or blackberries. In fall you can come and pick your own special Halloween pumpkin. The children can have fun on the bounce pillow and zip line while adults enjoy a wine tasting or farm-fresh cider. The orchard and vineyards are open from May through November and on weekends in December.

Historic Weston Orchard and Vineyards, 18545 Co Rd H, Weston, MO 64098, 816 640 4013

10. Snow Creek Ski Area

Snow Creek Ski Area
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The Snow Creek Ski Area is located just 35 minutes drive from Kansas City, where it offers convenient winter recreational facilities and accommodation. The resort boasts more than 60 snowmaking machines, which means you can enjoy your favorite winter sports even if there has been little or no snowfall. The mountain offers a 300 ft vertical drop, and 12 trails served by five ski lifts. About one third of the trails are perfect for beginners while expert skiers can enjoy 2 terrain parks as well as 10% of the trails. Everyone in the family can also enjoy the Tornado Valley Tubing Park. Ski and snow-boarding lessons and rentals are available on site.

Snow Creek Ski Area, 1 Snow Creek Drive, Weston, MO 64098, 816 640 2200

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