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 agri-tourism industry.

YEAR-ROUND FESTIVALS
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)
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)

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 Isinglass Estate and Middle Creek Winery at New Lancaster General Store.
Plan your own day trip to the many agricultural destinations in the area. There are also two seasonal farm tours with stops throughout Miami County. (May and October)

LODGING AND CAMPING
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.
Casa Somerset Bed & Breakfast is a Tuscan manor set on 6 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 

The volunteers of Paola Pathways recently installed about 10 miles of trails throughout Wallace Park and Lake Miola. This family-friendly, non-motorized trail system is designed for walkers, runners and bicyclists.

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 surrounding area includes the Miami County Historical Museum as well as a variety of restaurants, shopping destinations and festivals throughout the year. Surrounded by businesses housed in buildings 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 Park Square Emporium, One Block West Antiques & Collectibles and Town Square Antiques & Gifts.

SPECIALTY SHOPS
For all your printing, design, shipping and custom creations, JK Custom Communications is a one-stop shop. All Dog’s Paws is a pet boutique with a focus on grooming and pet health needs. For unique soap, candles, gifts and other skin care items, Firelake Soapery is the place to go. 

WEDDINGS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
In a beautifully restored downtown building, Town Square Event Center has been celebrated as “The Best of Weddings” in the Kansas City area with The Knot three years in a row. The Paola Country Club, and Paola Community Center, in a landmark building, host dinners, wedding receptions and meetings. For smaller gatherings, Little Town’s quaint space or Cafe Latte in the renovated Historic Jackson Hotel are ideal.

TASTY TREATS
We B Smokin’, located at the Miami County Airport, has dinner and a show! Watch small aircraft take off and land while you enjoy your meal. Beethoven’s #9 has expanded into a larger space and 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.
Local favorites are offered at Spudleys Family Restaurant, where the potato rules. Grandstand Burgers features grill-to-order fresh Midwest ground beef patties that are more than 1/3 pound each. Emery’s is home of the biggest pork tenderloin. If you are looking for an authentic Mexican food experience, Paola has two options, El Potro and Casa Grande.
The Paola Eatery offers comfort food at its finest with fresh cinnamon rolls served while you wait.