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One of the best ways to get out of town for a moment is by taking a daytrip to Weston, a historic community just 40 minutes north of Kansas City. There you’ll find Green Dirt Farm—a dairy that churns out sheep’s milk cheeses and products—as well as Green Dirt Farm Creamery, a great lunch and dinner spot that utilizes the dairy’s fresh cheeses to make unparalleled sandwiches and charcuterie. Grab a drink at O’Malley’s 1842 Pub, an Irish bar serving up Weston Brewing Company beer, plus live music and tons of Celtic fun.
While you’re in town, take a tour of Holladay Distillery, home of McCormick Distilling Co., the oldest distillery west of the Mississippi River on its original site. Get an inside look to see how the distillers use limestone spring water to craft vodka, bourbon and more on this interactive excursion. Then, swing by Pirtle Winery to sample Weston-made wines and mead, plus cheese and summer sausage (among other snacks) for the perfect drink accompaniments.
Head south of the metro and you’ll find Miami County, Kan., a veritable paradise for big city escapism. Travel along the Somerset Wine Trail, featuring four area wineries, including Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery. Get up close and personal with big and little cats at Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary & Education Center, a non-profit organization devoted to endangered large cats (and great for guests young and old). Locals love Louisburg Cider Mill for its apple drinks, annual events and tons more.