Paola Area

Whether you are looking for a day-trip or an extended weekend, there is something for everyone in and around Paola.  This historic town hosts a variety of festivals for family fun throughout the year and is the hub for a burgeoning agritourism industry. 

Year-round Festivals
The highly popular Roots Festival is Paola’s biggest attraction, annually bringing in thousands of fans from around the Midwest to the 100-year-old Historic Paola Park Square.  It includes live music from premier acts, crafts and a sanctioned championship BBQ cook-off.  (August)

The Paola Heartland Car Show is a family-friendly, free community event displaying hundreds of classic cars and trucks, a pin-up girl contest, as well as various activities and celebrity guests. (June)  

Paola is also host to the Miami County Fair.  Come see the live rodeo, carnival, mutton bustin’, parade and demolition derby.  (July)

Day-trips

Paola is home to award-winning wineries, including Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery and Nighthawk Vineyard & Winery.

Take a wine tour in a safe and fun environment on the Miami County Trolley, offering weekend wine tours with additional stops at Middle Creek Winery plus the New Lancaster General Store in neighboring Louisburg. 

Plan your own day-trip at the many agricultural destinations in the area. There are also two seasonal farm tours throughout Miami County (May and October). 

Camping, "Glamping" and Other Accommodations
Lake Miola in Paola offers 725 acres of camping, boating, skiing, swimming and fishing.  Campgrounds feature a new bathroom and shower house, as well as expanded electrical and sewer hookups for larger campers.  

If you’re looking for a more luxurious camping experience, check out Hoot Owl Hill.  This private campground offers “glamping” — a.k.a. glamorous camping — in spacious canvas tents, complete with real mattresses, comfy quilts and more.

Casa Somerset Bed & Breakfast is a Tuscan manor set on six acres of spacious grounds.  The four stately rooms all have private entrances and private baths.  Or stay at Canaan Oaks B&B, a secluded home located just minutes east of Paola, for a peaceful getaway.

Families and corporate travelers also enjoy the more traditional lodging amenities offered by Paola Inn & Suites. 

Walking Trails 
Paola Pathways has recently installed walking trails throughout Wallace Park (3.5 miles) with an expansion adding more than six miles at Miola Lake.  This family-friendly non-motorized trail system is designed for walkers, runners and bicyclists of all ages. 

Historic Downtown 
Get a feel for the America of yesteryear by strolling the Historic Paola Park Square.  More than 100 years old and recently renovated, it still retains its quaint character. The Square hosts the Miami County Historical Museum as well as a variety of restaurants, shopping destinations and festivals throughout the year.  Lined with businesses that date back to the mid-1800s, you’ll also find a picturesque fountain and Victorian gazebo, originally built in 1867.

Looking for antiques, collectibles and other treasures on the Square?  Be sure to stop by Lucy Locket’s, Park Square Emporium, Prairie Legends, One Block West Antiques & Collectibles and Town Square Antiques. 

Weddings and Special Events
The Paola Country Club hosts dinners, wedding receptions, etc. The recently renovated Historic Jackson Hotel is perfect for smaller gatherings and is home of the Boardroom Brew, a coffee shop and wine bar.  Town Square Event Center has been celebrated as “The Best of Weddings” in the Kansas City area with The Knot two years in a row.

Tasty Treats
The BBQ Shack, previously featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri, has been doing hickory smoked BBQ for 30 years.  We B Smokin’, located at the Miami County Airport, has dinner and a show!  Watch small aircraft takeoff and land while you enjoy your meal.

Beethoven’s #9, is one of the few restaurants serving authentic German fare in eastern Kansas. Save room for a wide variety of homemade desserts.

Want a truly Kansas dining experience?  If you’re in town for Friday lunch, then stop by the Café at the Paola Livestock Auction and sit in on the livestock auction while sampling homemade pie and hearty pork tenderloins.