Laclede County is an important part of the Fort Leonard Wood Region and is home to a number of manufacturing companies, as well as some great shopping and entertainment, especially during the holiday season. The entire county makes a great day trip for anyone in the region and a fun getaway for those in larger cities who are looking for a relaxed weekend with great entertainment, food, and hospitality.
If you’ve never been to Laclede County or don’t know where to start to plan your trip, we can help you out. We’ve included details and helpful tips in this blog post. We encourage you to visit any time of year, but we’re including some special holiday events, too.
If you’re planning to make a weekend out of your trip, we encourage you to make your lodging reservations first. You can find a variety of standard chain hotels in the Lebanon area, but we also encourage you to check out some of the bed and breakfast inns like the Manor House Inn. The Manor House Inn was built in 1903 and provided lodging to those traveling along Route 66 until the mid-1970’s. Recently, the inn was purchased and renovated to restore it back to its former glory.
For those wanting to visit over a weekend and enjoy some of the holiday festivities, we suggest the weekend of November 9-10, 2019, for the Christmas Wonderland. Vendors will pack the Cowan Civic Center for two days with hundreds of vendors offering handcrafted items for everyone on your Christmas list. Admission is FREE!
Once you’ve spent time at the Christmas Wonderland, check out Lebanon’s other great shopping, including the Russell Stover Chocolates store, the Shepherd Hill Factory Outlet, or the Heartland Antique Mall.
If you’re looking for a break from shopping and if you want to take advantage of the great fall weather, we recommend checking out NRO Zipline, the Route 66 park, and the Bennett Spring State Park. Bennett Spring is famous for its fishing, but it’s also just a beautiful park to enjoy when the weather is nice. If you like Bennett Spring, we definitely recommend coming back to visit the park during different times of the year and taking advantage of many of the free events offered at the park from March through October.
Now we know what you’re thinking…you’ve slept and shopped and now it’s time to eat! Don’t worry – the entire county has you covered! Though there are many great restaurants in Laclede County, we’re listing our top four here:
Though this awesome, locally-owned brewery doesn’t technically serve food, you can walk across their garden to visit Boondocks Kitchen where you’ll find delicious smoked meats, fries, salads, and more. They’re known for their Perficle, but you can also find other varieties of beer and barrel aged barley wines. This is a great place to enjoy a drink with a friend and you can also grab some of their libations to take home with you.
If you’re a fan of pizza and pasta, we suggest a night at Da Vinci’s. This family-friendly restaurant offers a wide-variety of Italian food that can please everyone in the family. Their menu includes classic favorites like pizzas, fettuccine alfredo, and calzones, as well as seafood entrees and strombolis.
If you’re looking for a classic Missouri meal, look no further than Dowd’s! You’ll find yummy fried catfish, barbeque dishes, and classic meals like burgers and steaks. With a fun Southern Bayou atmosphere, kids and adults alike will be entertained and feel like they took a quick trip down to the Mississippi Delta for the night.
Our favorite place to grab breakfast in Lebanon is Elm Street Eatery! Though you can enjoy their food all day long, their huge cinnamon rolls and a good cup of coffee always help start the day on the right food. We appreciate their small town feel and menu variety and we hope you will, too!
Now that you have quite a few tips on how to enjoy a daytrip or weekend in Laclede county, we hope you’ll take advantage and start your planning now. Leave us a comment below if you’ve visited or once you spend some time in Laclede county, let us know what you thought and what other restaurants, stores, or experiences you enjoyed.