Located in historic Independence, the mansion, built in 1900 and fully restored/renovated in 2000, sits on a two acre estate with several beautifully landscaped gardens. Six extra large guestrooms, all with private baths, are exquisitely decorated.
4.6 on September 12, 2016
Nice birthday get-a-way for my wife and I. Breakfast was awesome. Room very comfortable and roomy. Treated as special guests. Would definitely go back.
5 on August 24, 2016
Chris and Teri
4.4 on August 07, 2016
My husband and I live in the KC Area and decided to get out of the house for a couple nights. We are having our second baby in October and were able to get family to watch our daughter for a few nights so we could enjoy some much needed alone time. Jim and Wendy were great hosts. They were happy to have conversations with you if you welcomed it, but just as happy to leave you with privacy. We stayed in the Bibler suite. The bed was very comfortable and they provided plenty of pillows (which was super important since I am pregnant). The bathroom was a little small, but the heat and pressure in the shower were fantastic and made up for the size. Complementary drinks and snacks were a welcome luxury. Between the bedroom, living room and kitchenette, we had more space than we could even use. The breakfasts each morning were delicious and well balanced. We especially loved the baked goods- muffins one morning and pancakes the next. During the days, we went to the city and found that though the B&B is tucked away in a beautiful little neighborhood, it was very close to the highways. It was a very welcome escape.
5 on July 28, 2016
This was my husband and I's first Bed and Breakfast experience and we are totally in love! The room and mansion were incredible clean. The bed was very comfortable. The owners were very accommodating and we will be back!
5 on July 24, 2016
My wife and I just wanted to get away for a couple of days, so we decided to go down to Independence and stay at Hawthorn. We are so glad we did. The innkeepers were great, the room was very clean and comfortable, and the breakfasts were outstanding. I would definitely consider this trip again.
5 on July 01, 2016
It was a great 'jumping off' point to appreciate the historical city of Independence and enjoy the artsy and historical parts of Kansas City.
4.4 on June 20, 2016
Hawthorn is a hidden gem in Independence, MO. The owners are extremely personable and focused on guest comfort. The house itself is a beautiful example of early 20th century upper class living. It was a wonderful weekend.
5 on June 15, 2016
Hawthorn provided fantastic service and excellent food. Jim and Wendy are so attentive and just wonderful hosts! I highly recommend this B&B.
5 on June 05, 2016
This is the first B&B we have stayed in and we were pleasantly surprised. The owners great you at the door and show you around and take you to your room. Wendy is so polite and makes you feel welcome. The grounds and house are impeccable! Coffee is made in the morning and boy oh boy, the breakfast in UNREAL!. A wonderful, wonderful experience for our honeymoon. We will be back! the attention to detail is like no other!
5 on May 31, 2016
We absolutely loved this gorgeous B&B. The place was clean, quiet and a peaceful relaxing getaway. The innkeepers are warm and welcoming and the breakfast was simply amazing. I would definitely recommend staying at this beautiful place.
Escape the hectic pace of a hurried world for a time in the comfortable accommodations of the Evans Room at Hawthorn – a Independence, Missouri bed and breakfast. Named after previous Hawthorn owner, L. Fred Evans, this guestroom is richly decorated in dark olive green and purple, gold, and cream accents. Our most masculine accommodations, this room also features a plaid duvet, chair, and window coverings, instead of floral. Personal touches in the Evans Room include Wendy’s father’s high school graduation picture, our grandfathers’ and fathers’ shaving mug, brushes and razor, and father’s engraved whiskey flask.
The Bibler Suite, is named in honor of Pat and Fred Bibler, the inspiration and creators of Hawthorn, A Bed & Breakfast in 2000. Step back to a time when the pace was slower and life was simpler. The innocence of Norman Rockwell is the theme of the Bibler Suite, casually furnished and decorated with accents of rustic red and sunny yellow. Jim and Wendy’s family heirlooms are the ideal complement, adding just the right personal touch. The two-room suite is comprised of a master bedroom, large living room and private bathroom. The only king bed in the mansion is nestled between the dormers of the third floor. A daybed and fold-out futon provide sleeping accommodations in the living room. A refrigerator, microwave and sink with ample counter space round out the convenience of the suite.
Spend a memorable Missouri vacation or weekend getaway with your friends in the Gillmor Room at our Independence bed and breakfast. Named after Lottie Gillmor, a former owner of Hawthorn whose portrait hangs in the room, this cozy room is decorated in dark green with rose and white floral print accents. A large brass bed sits in the bay window, beckoning you to cuddle up with a good book. The private bathroom has a tub with a sliding glass door, as well as generous sized towels, a hair dryer, an assortment of soaps, shampoo, lotions, and makeup remover towelettes. The Gillmor Room also features a sitting area with a small writing table and chairs and two armchairs, and a wardrobe for hanging clothes.
Our Westminster Suite is ideal for a romantic Missouri getaway, honeymoon, or anniversary celebration. Named after the Westminster Presbyterian church, this elegant guestroom is decorated in serene shades of sage green, cream, and gold and accented with rose floral prints. The bedroom has a beautiful wardrobe with a mirror and features a sitting area with a dresser, TV, and armchair. A queen-sized sleeper sofa in the living room can accommodate another two guests…perfect for a family or friends travelling together.
The private, spacious bathroom is original to the mansion when it was built in 1900. It features the original tile on the floor and walls, a marble sink, and spacious shower.
For a truly relaxing Missouri getaway, make reservations to stay in our Gallagher Room. Named after John Gallagher, who built Hawthorn in 1900, this inviting guestroom is decorated in Victorian style, featuring rose walls and floral and dark green accents. Some of the owners’ childhood belongings, a christening dress, baby shoes, and teddy bear, lend nostalgic charm to the room. The carefree innocence of childhood is depicted in artwork throughout the Gallagher Room as well. Another distinguishing feature of this room is its full closet; closets were taxed extra back when the house was built in 1900, so the other rooms have wardrobes.
Need some time away? Discover a private hideaway just for you in our Elliott Room. Nestled on the third floor, this quiet, private, cozy room is the perfect place to rest your body and mind and rejuvenate your spirit. The Elliott Room is a peaceful retreat decorated in soothing taupe and lavender and accented with Wendy’s favorite flowers, pansies, as well as seaside items reflecting Jim & Wendy’s New England roots.
Kansas City, MO (MCI) 26 miles
Direction from the East, West & South. For Directions from the North see Direction under "From Airport" below. From the East (St. Louis)…take Interstate 70 west to I-435 and head north (toward Des Moines) to Exit 60 (Truman Road). At the end of the exit, turn right and “go up the hill and down the hill” to your first traffic light (intersection of Truman Road and Winner Road). Turn right onto Winner Road and proceed approximately ½ mile, watching for Hawthorne Place on your right. Turn onto Hawthorne Place and you will see the stone mansion set back on the estate. Park along side the mansion in our parking lot. From the West (Topeka)…. take I-70/670 east (into downtown Kansas City) proceed east on I-70 to the Truman Road Exit 4A. At the end of the exit, bear/turn right onto Truman Road heading east. After crossing under I-435, “go up the hill and down the hill” to your first traffic light (intersection of Truman Road and Winner Road). Turn right onto Winner Road, and proceed approximately ½ mile, watching for Hawthorne Place on your right. Turn onto Hawthorne Place and you will see the stone mansion set back on the estate. Park along side the mansion in our parking lot. From the South (Wichita)…take I-35 north to I-435 East/North (St. Louis/Des Moines) to Exit 60 (Truman Road). At the end of the exit, turn right and “go up the hill and down the hill” to your first traffic light (intersection of Truman Road and Winner Road). Turn right onto Winner Road and proceed approximately ½ mile, watching for Hawthorne Place on your right. Turn onto Hawthorne Place and you will see the stone mansion set back on the estate. Park along side the mansion in our parking lot.
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Night life, Truman Home & Presidential Library, Community of Christ World Headquarters, National Frontier Trails Museum, Mormon Visitors Center, Performing Theater, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, Tours, Zoo
Amenities Basket, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Private entrance, Walk to mass transit, Wedding Facilities
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Board games, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi
Golf, nearby, Shopping, Sight-seeing
We are known for our breakfast potatoes and fresh baked muffins