With a seat in Jasper County, Carthage is a small Missouri town of less than 15,000 residents. Positioned on historic Route 66 and dubbed the Maple Leaf City, the town boasts temperate weather that follows the classic pattern of the four seasons. Most days are quite breezy in Carthage, as the winds roll down the hills and ruffle the trees of the inner city.
Most of the things to do and sights to see in Carthage are either natural or historic. And there are over a dozen restaurants and eateries, each serving up something delicious, homemade, and classic. Rumor Has It, for instance, is an all-American restaurant that strays into Italian cuisine on specific nights of the week. Their menu includes a mash-up of homemade favorites, like spaghetti and meatballs, chocolate peanut butter pie, super-cheesy mac and cheese, and chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes, gravy, and loads of garlic-spiked butter.
Carthage showcases their rich history
History buffs and nature lovers should take a stroll through the Battle of Carthage State Historic Site. Located on West Chestnut Street on 7 acres of beautiful state-owned lands, the park is broken into two sections—a nature preserve with nature paths and hiking trails, and a historic section with plaques, old-fashioned buildings, and history-rich artifacts. Not only will you learn about the interesting history of the Carthage battles, but the park is ever-green and gorgeous, with well-groomed lawns, tall trees, and plenty of shaded benches for rest and relaxation. If you find the Battle of Carthage intriguing, take a trip to Grant Street to the Battle of Carthage Civil War Museum. Small but informative, the beautiful museum towers in a church style, but with hundreds of war-era artifacts inside.
If you want a quirky taste of the Carthage arts scene, take a stroll through Red Oak II—an open-air museum that is similar to an old-western ghost town. Dubbed an art installation, the town is home to an antique schoolhouse, gas station, sheriff office, and an adorable diner. There is also a miniature petting zoo, where kids can meet goats, chickens, horses, ponies, and lots of food-loving ducks. The artist of Red Oak II lives on the premises, so feel free to ask questions and explore their artworks. After your stroll through a ghost town, head over to the famed, old-fashioned Carthage Deli for a sweet treat, like a towering ice cream sundae with rainbow sprinkles, whipped cream, and a cherry on top.
Stay in one of the best Carthage, MO hotels!
If you decide to stick around for a night or two, here's a list to point you in the direction of great hotels in Carthage. Book one of the following hotels for a positive experience with comfortable rooms and excellent customer service—Quality Inn & Suites, Econo Lodge, Super 8 Carthage, and Grand Avenue Bed and Breakfast.
Quality Inn & Suites
Located on Hazel Avenue the top-ranked Quality Inn & Suites Carthage, with over 200 positive reviews from past guests on TripAdvisor. Ranked either excellent or very good, the hotel sits just 4 miles from the main roads. Possibly a bit out of the way for business professionals, it's perfect for couples that want a bit of peace and quiet. For families, there are connecting rooms available, and a continental breakfast is offered in a small eatery next to the lobby. Plus, the Quality Inn & Suites hotel is pet-friendly so bring along Spike. Pets are accommodated for $10 nightly, maximum of $50 and 2 pets per room.
Described as patient, courteous, and polite, the staff offers superior customer service with quick, speedy check-in and check-out, as well as on-request accommodations, such as extra toiletries, warm towels, and more blankets and pillows. The rooms are comfortable and clean, decked out with plush beds, bathroom toiletries, and a small kitchenette with a fridge and microwave. Take a walk to Big Ben’s BBQ Station for a spin on classic southern cuisine, like pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, and homemade barbecue sauces.
Located on West Central Avenue, the Econo Lodge is an old-fashioned hotel with new interior renovations and updates. With both excellent and very good reviews, the hotel offers simple but great amenitie. There's an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, free high-speed wireless internet, free parking for guests, a continental breakfast, and a business center with meeting rooms for business professionals. Room-wise, the hotel offers comfortable, clean accommodations, with a well-equipped, modern kitchenette, queen-size beds, and free cable access. The Econo Lodge offers pet-friendly lodging.
Head over to Old 66 Boulevard for an old-fashioned movie experience at the 66 Drive-In Theatre. Park, get comfortable with popcorn and soda from the on-site concessions stand, and sit back for a double feature of new releases.
Super 8 Carthage
The Super 8 Carthage, seated on West Fir Road, is a Carthage favorite with clean rooms, dependable service, and reliable 3-star accommodations. The continental breakfast is a big deal for many past guests, according to positive online reviews. There are breakfast favorites like biscuits and gravy, waffles, fresh-brewed coffee, fresh-squeezed juices, cereals, grab-and-go muffins, fresh fruit, and bagels with herb-infused cream cheese. Other amenities include room service, free parking for guests,complimentary high-speed wireless internet, a business center and meeting rooms, and a luxurious hot tub. Two pets are allowed with a $10 non-refundable fee per night. Dogs over $50 pounds are $20 per night.
Precious Moments Park, located moments from the Super 8 Carthage, features a gorgeous chapel with 52 Precious Moments murals, old-fashioned stained glass windows, and several surrounding gardens with nature paths and rest benches.
The Grand Avenue B&B
The Grand Avenue Bed and Breakfast on, you guessed it, Grand Avenue, is a beautiful play to stay, especially for romantics and newlyweds. The house is historic and gorgeous, with renewed accommodations in a Victorian atmosphere. The hostess is polite, courteous, and knowledgeable about the house and the area, while each room is comfortable, well-equipped, and modern for all of your home-away-from-home needs. Breakfast is served fresh on the dining room sideboard in the mornings, and guests have the luxury of classic rocking chairs on the front porch.
This is definitely a bed and breakfast where you want to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the Carthage inner city. The house is an antique filled with antiques, so you simply have to walk around for a bit of old-school entertainment. Take a stroll in the front gardens if you want fresh air among well-tended flowers that are especially pretty in the springtime.
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