I am a local and my Husband wanted to get a way but not travel for his birthday. I researched bed and breakfast places and found this lovely and quaint Beach cottage in the heart of Independence Mo. A short 35 minute drive from home and I felt a though we were in our own private cabin in the woods. The Beach cottage does not come with water or sand or any of the things associated with the beach...but it does have the total feel of a beach cottage once you take in all the decor and details the owners put into making it surreal.
My regret is not getting up early enough for the breakfast. They did offer to save some for us but we reclined and slept in until we have to get up and check out. Great weekend and Cafe Verona Italian Restaurant (recommended by the Owner) was an excellent dinner choice.