Best Afternoon Escape

Weston

We love our big river city, but every now and then we have to step outside it — for perspective, for an adventure, for a reminder of why we haven't moved away. So one Saturday this autumn, we recommend that you do what we do: Hop over to Weston (population 1,641), a smaller river burg north of Kansas City that sits a little west of Interstate 29 and U.S. Highway 71. The community recently marked its 175th year in existence, and Weston's downtown has been carefully groomed with boutiques to cater to the curious. Drink beers in the cellars of O'Malley's 1842 Irish Pub or try some Missouri mead in the former church that now houses Pirtle's Winery.

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