Having never stayed at a B&B before, my wife and I weren't sure what to expect. I must say we were pleasantly surprised.
The inn is about 30-45 minutes northeast of Kansas City, and it's just far enough out so that you don't feel like you're in the city, but close enough so that you can get back if you need to.
On check-in, Ed gave us the tour and some historical information about the property. The grounds appeared to be impeccably kept, and from the moment of our arrival we felt like we were visiting family. The interior of the main house is accented with rich mahogany, and thin wood slat floors (apparently a sign of wealth back when it was built).
Of course, one of the true tests of a bed and breakfast is its morning meal offering, and they didn't disappoint. The first morning we were served french toast with some type of glazed banana, which was excellent; the second was an omelette with sides of bacon, cantaloupe (or maybe it was honeydew, I get those confused), grapes, and freshly sliced kiwi.
We didn't get the opportunity to get a great look at the inside of the main house or its rooms firsthand (other than the first floor), since we stayed in the pool house, or the Cabana Suite as they call it. The pool house gave us an opportunity to feel like we had our own private pool; we were there for 2 days and we were the only ones who used it. There is a sliding glass door that opens directly from that suite onto the pool deck.
The pool itself looked almost brand new; crystal clear sparkling water that was the perfect temperature when we were in it, and it had a tasteful "Inn on Crescent Lake" logo painted on the bottom, giving it the feeling of a private resort.
There were a couple minor things that reminded you that you weren't at a resort and instead were definitely in a wooded area, though: we encountered a curious black racer snake crossing the walkway while we were on the way to the pool house from the main house. It quickly disappeared into the bushes though, and that was the last we saw of it.
Bring bugspray - especially if you're planning on taking one of the paddleboats or the fishing boat with an electric trolling motor out on the lake. The "lake" isn't incredibly large, and it's about the width of a typical Missouri river. It even winds around a bit like a river. However, it's surrounded by trees and there is virtually no wind, so the water is relatively stagnant. Translation: lots and lots of bugs. There were fewer mosquitoes than I expected when we actually got on the lake; mostly dragonflies and water skimmer bugs skittering on the surface.
However, insects really only seemed to be overly annoying at night (attracted by lights). If you stay inside you won't have a problem at all.
If you're looking for a somewhat secluded hideaway within a reasonable distance of Kansas City, I highly recommend giving this place a try. Ed and Irene (the proprietors) have done a great job keeping it up and making feel like a home away from home.
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- Inn On Crescent Lake Hotel Excelsior Springs