May 25, 2021

Welcome to our new blog. It has been a long year and a few months since the pandemic shut down America and the world. Here at Higher Ground Hotel, we have managed to stay open and avoided getting Covid-19.

Business came to a standstill for months and it was hard to stay optimistic about the future of the travel industry.  It is with much gladness that we report that tourism is returning to Independence, Missouri.  It began in March and has been increasing each month.  May has been busier and busier every weekend. It has truly been a blessing to see repeat guests returning to the hotel and see that they also have overcome the pandemic, without sickness.  Most report that they are tired of being stuck at home and have decided to take a road trip to end the boredom.  

It is a great help that several of our historic sites in Independence have opened back up. The Valle Mansion and the Bingham-Waggoner Estate are open Thursday through Saturday.   The Truman Home will open the last weekend of May and the Truman Library should open soon.   This is great news as most of our guests come to visit the Truman Library or other historical sites.  Also, the Royals have announced that their stadium will be open to full capacity starting with the next home game. Fans that are vaccinated do not have to wear masks or social distance inside the stadium. Hooray, we are finally returning to normal. It was a long cold winter and now we have finally come out into the sunshine of normalcy.   I’m sure that all of you feel the same. Time to get back to living our lives as before the pandemic.    We are looking forward to a happy and healthy summer season.  Stop by and say hi when you are in our area.  

Until next time,

Moreta - Owner



​ June 21, 2021

Wow, what a week!  We had some of our favorite guests return. Most come every year and were unable to travel due to the pandemic last year.  We had guests that we had not seen for two years.  Everyone was happy that things are returning to normal, like being able to go to a baseball game.  The Royal’s have been winning, so that adds to the happiness level.  Restaurants are beginning to open up as they can find the staff to do so.

There was something wonderful that happened this week.  We became the #1 Traveler Rated Hotel on TripAdvisor for Independence, MO hotels.  We are up against some heavy hitter franchises and still came up at the top. What a great feeling!  We are so proud that our guests enjoy their time with us and we will keep doing our best so that it stays that way. We could not do it without you.   

Currently, we are still looking for more staff.  The business world really needs the workforce to return to work.     

Hope you are enjoying your summer so far. Come see us! We would love to cater to your needs.

Until next time,

Moreta - Owner



​ July 8th, 2021

"Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow”.  Well, our garden is coming along nicely.  We think it is the most beautiful ever.  I ordered some moss on the internet, from the Appalachian Mountains, and have applied it to our waterfall hoping that it will take root and grow. So far it is still alive. We have been watering it a lot and babying it along. We are still hoping for the best.  I have included a picture of our moss project. Moss on waterfalls is the best. I will keep you posted on its progress.

I also dug up some wild moss in our parking lot after a long rainy period and put it in our terrarium.   It is doing great.  Much better than the stuff from the Appalachians. And it was free. Who knew!!

Hooray, the Truman Library is open after being closed for a year and a half.   The new exhibits are said to be wonderful.  You can tour the new Library and Museum Wednesday through Saturday, 9 am through 3 pm and on Sundays, noon to 5 Pm.  Also, the Truman Home is open for free tours from Wednesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm and this includes the Noland Home, next door to the Hotel.

Things are beginning to return to normal in Independence, post Pandemic.   We are ready for guests to return and tour our historic sites.  We have made more improvements in our facility, like painting bathrooms and new furniture.   The Hotel is looking really good.   Hope to see you here soon.

Until next time,

Moreta - Owner