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Sedalia MO | Hotel Bothwell and the Best Holiday Events in the Midwest!

The midwest town of Sedalia, MO has one of the best holiday events in the Midwest! Since 1927, The Hotel Bothwell has maintained a presence in the small town of Sedalia, Missouri. Gracing a corner in the historic city center, the hotel recreates a time when staying in a hotel felt like an ultra-luxurious, memorable event.

Everything about the hotel is aesthetically beautiful. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the building’s architectural details have earned it a place on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sedalia MO | Hotel Bothwell and the Best Holiday Events in the Midwest!

In the summer, The Hotel Bothwell becomes a hotspot for cyclists touring the Katy Trail. However, when winter arrives, guests have the opportunity to kick off the holiday season in the most special way possible.

The Hotel Bothwell adorned in its holiday best.

Arriving at the Hotel Bothwell, you can’t help but notice all the details that have made this elegant hotel an architectural icon since its creation in 1927. For example, the lobby features an original crystal chandelier, beautifully restored telephone booths, and crafted marble finishes.

We decided to visit The Hotel Bothwell as a memorable way to celebrate Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season.

Upon entry, guests are immediately surrounded by lavish finishes that make up its signature historical decor. Consequently, anyone coming for a celebration will discover a magical ambiance which is a perfect backdrop for any special event.

Thanksgiving Brunch at The Hotel Bothwell

Dining among the Christmas trees and holiday lights make their signature Thanksgiving lunch a real treat. Specialties include prime rib, roast turkey, and rotisserie Cornish hen accompanied by tasty sides like sweet potato casserole and southern green beans with bacon.

The lobby is lively and festive.

Soft piano music fills the air adding to the festive ambiance. The brunch typically lasts from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Rooftop Fireworks Show at The Hotel Bothwell

As night falls, the energy around Sedalia grows as couples, friends, and families gather in the Town Square to enjoy one of Missouri’s most fantastic annual events. On Thanksgiving evening, The Hotel Bothwell hosts a remarkable rooftop fireworks display that marks the official countdown to Christmas.

Typically, folks begin gathering around 6:30 p.m. to claim their spot. Many sip on hot chocolates in front of the county courthouse. Some folks take the opportunity to snap photos or selfies with the beautifully decorated Christmas trees inside the hotel’s lobby.

At 7 p.m. sharp, the lights dim and the magic begins. In unison, the crowd counts down signaling the hotel to turn on their holiday lights. Next, the firework show begins. The colorful flames coming off the top of the seven-story classical revival building makes for one stellar light display.  Some guests can even enjoy the opportunity to experience the show in 3D with the special glasses provided by the hotel.

Shop the Trees at The Hotel Bothwell

Guests love shopping the trees to find a special ornament for their collection or as a lovely gift.

Are you an ornament collector? Many folks love finding that special ornament to give as a gift or add to their Christmas tree. It’s a great way to remember that special memory or treasured destination year after year.

The Hotel Bothwell is truly one of the most festive hotels in the Midwest.

The Hotel Bothwell offers guests and visitors the chance to ‘Shop From Their Trees’ to find that perfect addition to any ornament collection. Folks come from around the world to admire and purchase the ornate Christmas treasures which fill the trees around the hotel.

The Rooms at The Hotel Bothwell

After a long day of touring and celebrating, we appreciated the huge, cozy bed. Pure luxury!

One of the most alluring aspects of The Hotel Bothwell is its cozy rooms. We can attest that this accommodation has the most comfortable beds that we have ever slept in. They offer numerous, fluffy pillows, fine linens, and nice mattresses. Free WiFi, robes, and high-end toiletries are also provided.

Best Attractions Around Sedalia

While in town for holiday events, there are many attractions to explore in and around Sedalia. The following attractions and activities are some great ideas for ways to spend your days.

1. Explore Downtown Sedalia

Sedalia is one of the most charming towns in Small Town America.

Roam around the flag-lined streets of Sedalia to enjoy 120 architectural sites that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. All of the buildings were constructed between 1890 to 1940.

2. The Spa at The Hotel Bothwell

The Spa at The Hotel Bothwell offers the opportunity to escape and relax all in a historic, serene environment. They offer a complete list of services including massages, body treatments, facials, and nail services.

3. Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

This beautiful lodge sits perched high on a hill just north of town.

Seven miles north of Highway 65, the Bothwell Lodge State Park was constructed between 1897 and 1928 by one of Sedalia’s most notable residents, John Homer Bothwell. Bothwell played a significant role in Sedalia’s history and development, including organizing the Missouri State Fair, a regional medical center and school, and The Hotel Bothwell. The lodge sits on top of a scenic bluff and offers tours and walking trails. Admission costs $4 per person.

4. Trails End Monument

Zombie pppooooooSuch a great photo opportunity here in Sedalia. Sitting on the edge of the Missouri State Fair Grounds, this massive, colorful monument pays homage to the history of the region’s cattle drives, cowboys, and railroads. Interestingly enough, visitors can call 660-202-1156 to access an audio guide narrated by Country Music Hall of Famer, Leroy Van o.

5. Daum Museum of Contemporary Art

The museum offers nine galleries of contemporary art exhibitions on three levels with some rotating exhibits on display. The collection was a private modern art compilation that was donated to the museum. Admission is free.

6. Sedalia Parks

Sedalia offers many green spaces to enjoy some fresh air, exercise, and outdoor fun.

Around town, Sedalia offers three major parks to get outdoors to enjoy some activity and fresh air. These include Liberty Park, Centennial Park, and Clover Dell.

Centennial Park is worth a stop for the picturesque red-covered bridge which makes a great backdrop for holiday photos. Check out the calendar of events for fun holiday activities such as a candy cane hunt and the Little Miss Christmas Pageant.

7. Katy Trail and Katy Depot

The Katy Trail offers over 240 miles of trails for hikers, cyclists, and outdoor enthusiasts. The trail runs from Machens to Clinton
along the original Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway Lines. Sedalia has two trailheads available:

  • The Katy Depot located at 600 East Third at mile marker 227.
  • The Missouri State Fairgrounds at mile marker 229.

The Katy Depot is Sedalia’s official welcome center. Visitors can stop by for trail information, overnight parking, souvenirs and gifts, and some local historical exhibits many of which explain the importance of the railroad to the town.

Looking for a much-needed romantic rendezvous or a place to celebrate the holidays in the Midwest?  The Hotel Bothwell is the perfect destination for wedding nights, honeymoons, babymoons or any romantic getaway! Inspired to visit this lovely piece of history in Sedalia, Missouri? Visit The Hotel Bothwell website to learn more.

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