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Best Weekend Getaway in Missouri for Couples: The Elms in Excelsior Springs

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While Missouri does have more than a few weekend getaways to explore, The Elms hotel and spa in Excelsior Springs is quite the hidden gem. It’s one of the most romantic places in the Midwest and history lovers will enjoy the vintage nostalgia of the hotel from days gone by. Most definitely makes my list of best romantic getaways and it’s a weekend getaway in Missouri that you do not want to miss out on.

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Best Weekend Getaway in Missouri for Couples: The Elms in Excelsior Springs

My husband and I were invited to take a weekend getaway in Missouri at the newly renovated Elms Hotel and Spa. And was it every amazing! The Elms is a historic hotel with modern amenities less than 4 hours west of St. Louis and just 30 minutes northeast of Kansas City. I highly recommend booking a romance package that is the Stay & Spa. Spa services always provide the ultimate in relaxation.

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History of The Elms Hotel

The small town of Excelsior Springs became a popular destination in the late 1800’s for those seeking the natural wonders of healing from the mineral springs found in the area. Destroyed by fire on two separate occasions, The Elms hotel has been rebuilt from the ground up three times and has had multiple renovations down over the years. It has a rich history of presidents, stars and even mobsters who have stayed on the property over the years. Not surprisingly you can even take a ghost tour of The Elms. (I went on one back in the spring when I was there for a girl’s trip.)

Today The Elms boasts luxurious accommodations, a full service spa with Grotto, beautiful gardens and grounds, fine dining and a destination to just escape from it all.

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All the attention to detail in this boutique hotel is amazing and large window abound in this romantic destination!

Weekend Getaway in Missouri

Accommodations And Luxurious Guest Rooms

Most of the suites have king size bed options, but there are also rooms with two queen beds available.

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Amenities at this weekend getaway in Missouri…

These come included with the destination fee!

European Lap Pool

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hot tub cold tub

Such a unique pool area! The European lap pool is amazing and there’s even a hot and cold tub. Outdoors (when in season) you will find another beautiful swimming pool and hot tub as well.

Fitness Center

Everything you need for a great workout is right there in the fitness center.

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Extras at The Elms


You can purchase day use access to the grotto for $75 per person. (Access to the grotto is included with any reserved spa service.) The dry sauna, steam sauna, exfoliation and mud bar, hot tub and steam shower are all amazing. There’s even a cold walk-in shower cold plunge shower. Such a great place to relax!

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So many wonderful spa service are available at The Elms Spa. Each guest is given a robe and sandals to wear while in the spa areas.

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We experienced a 50 minute couples massage and 2 hours in the Grotto during our stay at The Elms. Don’t we look all rested and rejuvenated?

What is there to do in Excelsior Springs?

With its historic inn feel, The Elms is situated in the perfect location to access the historic downtown district of Excelsior Springs. Just a short walk away and you will find the historic downtown that will remind you of a quaint little Hallmark Christmas movie town. East Broadway is lined with boutiques and shops to explore. And nature lovers will find the natural beauty of the surrounding forest park areas to be a must see. (Particularly the walkways to hike up to the serene setting of Siloam Mountain Park.) If you are looking for a golf course or other local attractions, The Elms has a great list of options in their area guide here. Most seem to be just a short drive away, but we found that we didn’t drive at all during our stay. Even walked over to Wabash BBQ one evening for dinner. The perfect place to get some smoked brisket!

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The Hall of Waters Museum

Staying at The Elms is truly the perfect getaway and we had the absolute best time. It’s a great way to celebrate a special occasion or just unwind from the day to day.

Book your stay HERE.

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Looking for more weekend getaway in Missouri ideas including family fun? You’ll find ideas for best family vacations here.


blog owner at Seeing Dandy Blog
A mom blogger for over 15 years, Tara Smith lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her audiologist husband and four kids. Her blog has been featured on local media television shows like News 4 Great Day and Show Me St. Louis, as well as in the Farmhouse Style Magazine for Country Sampler. She loves to travel, explore the Midwest, make crafts and read.

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