Family-Friendly Lodgings in Downtown Jefferson City
Just steps from Capitol Plaza Hotel is the Missouri State Capitol Building, which resembles an ancient Roman basilica. Ornately carved 40-foot columns mark its entrance, and on top of its massive white dome is a statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of grain and agriculture. It’s a fitting symbol for Jefferson City, which began as a series of gristmills along the Missouri River. A stay at Capitol Plaza Hotel puts you in the heart of historical downtown Jefferson City and a stone's throw from the area’s nature trails, prime fishing locales, and rolling prairies.
For dinner, you can lounge in your room and enjoy takeout from the onsite Park Place, a family-friendly restaurant, or head downstairs for a light meal and a cocktail at the Fountain Court Lounge. After a day out, feel free to unwind in the hotel's indoor heated pool.
The guest rooms and executive suites offer wireless Internet and cable TV amid warm hues and simple decor. In the two-room executive suite, there's an additional sleeper sofa.
Jefferson City, Missouri: Rich History and German Heritage on the Missouri River
Many postcards of downtown Jefferson City spotlight its domed Capitol Building and the Missouri River, the two landmarks that reflect the Missouri capital’s historical and natural spirit. On the third floor of the Capitol Building is a three-wall mural, Thomas Hart Benton’s A Social History of Missouri, which tells the story of Missouri’s pioneer days up to the rise of St. Louis and Kansas City. The Capitol Building itself is perched on a bluff that Lewis and Clark passed under during their historic afternoon beer run.
On Jefferson City’s south side, the neighborhood of Old Munichburg looks like Old-World Germany. It has historical churches, Bavarian-style brick buildings, and pubs that serve schnitzel and other traditional dishes. Steps from Old Munichburg is the Missouri River, which draws visitors looking to canoe and catch catfish. Near the boat-access point, signs indicate how far other cities are down the river, from Rocheport (43 mi.) to Three Forks, Montana (2,197 mi.). Another popular spot for fishing is nearby Binder Lake, which is filled with bass and bluegill.
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