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Our story

We invite you to come and experience The Historic Browning. We’re located in downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri; one of the top 100 cities in America. We think a big reason why people love us is because we represent the simplicity and charm of small town living. We’re the kind of place where neighbors still have annual block parties, festivals are held downtown for every holiday and you can walk into a store and everyone knows your name.

The Historic Browning was originally built in 1889 by the Browning family. The Browning family owned a Mercantile known as Browning and Duncan’s. Today, the Historic Browning honors the roots of the Browning Family by being professionally designed in the Farmhouse Style by two local stores: Cameron’s Home Furnishings and Very Violet Boutique. Each of the three rooms have their own private bath. The home has a beautiful centralized living and dining room, a shared deck and patio space, an expansive front porch and is located within walking distance of Downtown Lee’s Summit and the Amtrak Station. The Historic Browning provides you with the beauty and charm of a small town with close access to the Kansas City Metro Area.

What We Believe

At the Historic Browning, we believe your hospitality options should delight and surprise you.  This is why we are obsessed about creating a guest experience that rivals any others.  This passion is reflected in so many ways, but here are a few reasons our guests tell us we're different:

  • We believe local is better:  That's our mantra.  We support our Lee’s Summit/Kansas City area businesses by sourcing locally when possible. We know our neighbors and our local business partners and they’re extremely talented & innovative people. They deliver high-quality products you won’t see in a regular hotel/motel. From our coffee being sourced by Whistle Stop Cafe to our toiletries by Natural Farm Soap Company and Embers Candle Bar, we know local is better. When something is local, we’ll let you know, so you can purchase items in our little consignment space or visit their store.
  • We believe you control of the guest experience you want: We want to create a hospitality experience that is personal to you.  Some people want high interaction with our hosts when visiting our Inn.  We're happy to chat your ear off about local recommendations and even take multiple photos for you.  Or, if you prefer to only have necessary interactions with our hosts, we know how to disappear and let you enjoy your privacy.  
  • We believe memories, adventures and stories are made through simple experiences: At the Browning, we invite you to experience the simple things. Enjoy a cup of hot coffee while sitting in our front porch rocking chairs, walk downtown and order a homemade pie at Main Slice or join us for a special event weekend.

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202 SW 3rd Street
Lees Summit, MO 64063
1(816) 226-7405


At the Historic Browning, we believe your hospitality options should delight and surprise you.  This is why we are obsessed with creating a guest experience that rivals your most memorable travel moments.   We like to describe ourselves as part boutique hotel/part home.  Our professionally designed space provides inspiration seasonally with all the comforts of home.