Midwest Living Review
Two lane and gravel roads lead through rolling hills in this area. Named by an Italian missionary, during the 1850s, Paola incorporated in 1855. Neighborhoods are well kept, with mostly moderate sized homes. Paola's beautiful Park Square began in 1858, whenBaptiste Peoria, Chief of the Confederate Tribes, donated the park and said no building should ever be placed there. A large fountain, gazebo and gas streetlights followed. Today's Park Square is nicely landscaped but quiet, with a beautiful little antique store and a thriving emporium, in addition to several other shops and a small art gallery. A handful of restaurants and the county's historical museum also operate on or near here. Some of Paola's most popular destinations lie far beyond the square. Boating and fishing bring hundreds of people to the 4,500-acre reservoir called Hillsdale Lake, in addition to RV and tent campers, and beach-lovers. As part of the Somerset Wine Trail, Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery often draws large weekend crowds who enjoy live music while sipping wine on the veranda. Farm dinners at Fire Lake Camp and luxury Italian-villa-style accommodations at Casa Somerset Bed & Breakfast also attract urban dwellers seeking rural relaxation. Paola is a small town with a lovely though sleepy town square and some terrific rural attractions.