Kansas City, Here I Come – Valentine’s Day Trip 2016

Hello friends!

I wanted to share a little bit about the holiday weekend trip that my husband and I recently took to Kansas City, Missouri as our way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. We had so much fun re-exploring a city we already know and love, and just spending some quality, relaxing time together. We kept saying how it was one of the first trips we’ve taken where we didn’t feel rushed to squeeze every activity available into 48 hours.

If you’ve ever been to Kansas City before, you know that it has something to offer for everyone. The food is amazing, the shopping is amazing, the culture is amazing, and there are always special events going on. Growing up as a competitive dancer, Kansas City was typically where our studio traveled to for a convention/competition each year. This never left much time for exploring the city, but it was always a favorite destination of mine. KC remained a go-to for stay-cations and weekend getaways, one of which led to meeting my (eventual) husband. This city will always hold a special place in my heart for this reason and so many others.

Anyways, back to our trip! While I could never even begin to give a full run down of all the places you need to visit on your next trip to KC, I’ll do my best! Even during the almost 2 years that I lived in Kansas City, we didn’t come close to checking everything out. Plenty of time for that in the future 🙂

Friday, February 12:

My husband, who had the day off, picked me up from work around 4:30, and thanks to packing the night before, we were able to get on the road right away. We grabbed a quick dinner near Camdenton, Missouri, a small town on the banks of the Lake of the Ozarks. This is a beautiful area to drive through (in daylight), but I’ll warn you that the ever-winding hills can lead to a bit of an upset stomach if you’re not a fan of rollercoaster drives. My husband graciously agreed to make the whole 4-hour drive himself, since he knows I’m not big on driving through this area in the dark. Too many deer who don’t check before crossing the road.

We arrived at our hotel in the Briarcliff community, an area north of downtown Kansas City that has an upscale feel, around 9. After checking-in and getting freshened up, we made the quick drive down the road to one of my husband’s favorite hangouts: Argosy Casino. We used to love going to a couple of the casinos that Kansas City has to offer for the best people-watching, and they are a great place to catch a Royals game! We called it an early night so that we could be well rested for a full day of exploring the next day.

Saturday February 13:

Sleeping in is something we do not get to do. That being said, sleeping until 7:30 Saturday morning felt like a blessing! We finally got up, and got ready for a packed, but relaxed(!), day. We started out with breakfast at a highly recommended spot on the southern edge of the Country Club Plaza area: Eggtc. The place was packed when we arrived, but I’m so glad we stuck out the wait. We were actually seated in the neighboring restaurant owned by the same person as Eggtc, so we didn’t have to feel like we were stuck in the middle of a huge crowd.

We both ordered a cup of coffee, decaf for me, and waited somewhat patiently for our food to arrive. The portions were huge, and we both loved what we got. I had the Breakfast Tacos (left), and K had the Finish Line omelet (right). image2 (26)IMG_3685

 

 

 

 

 

 

After breakfast, we made our way to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, a place we’d always meant to visit while we lived in Kansas City, but never made the time. We loved taking our time wandering in and out of rooms with sculptures, paintings, and artifacts galore. I wish I had taken more pictures, but it is something you need to experience for yourself. I hope to make another visit in 2017 when they open up the new Bloch galleries.

When our feet were ready for a short break, we drove over to Westport, one of the most popular entertainment districts in Kansas City, and attempted to grab a table at a couple of our favorite locations. Beer Kitchen (a must-visit) and Westport Cafe (one we hadn’t tried before) were both packed with 45 minute waits, but our third try at McCoy’s Public House was a success. We’d only been to this restaurant once before, but like the laid-back atmosphere and enjoyed a plate of hummus while we warmed up from the cold wind outside. image6 (2)

This was our appetizer for our actual lunch which we got at Char Bar, one of the many many many amazing BBQ joints in Kansas City. You really can’t go wrong when selecting which restaurant you want to try out. This is one of the newer places, located in Westport, and we were not disappointed. I wasn’t all that hungry, so I ordered the Sunflower Salad with Smoked Chicken (left), and K had the Triple Crown sandwich (right).

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We decided to take a short break, and went back to our hotel for about an hour to rest, change, and freshen up before the next activities on our agenda. Around 4:30, we drove back down to the Country Club Plaza, and spent a few hours avoiding the windy weather by speed-walking from shop to shop. This is one of my favorite places to shop in KC, other than Zona Rosa, and it offers some higher-end designer stores that are fun to browse. I especially needed a dose of some serious shopping after being limited to Walmart and the PX here for so long…This shopping trip was what we had decided would be our Valentine’s gifts for each other this year. I love surprising people with gifts, but it was also fun to get to buy something for each other while we were there, too! Luckily, my husband is a good sport about letting me wander around the stores as long as I don’t take too long.

We finished out the day with our Valentine’s dinner at BRIO Tuscan Grille. The restaurant was extremely busy, but we had a 7:00 reservation so no waiting for us! I had the Pesto Pasta (left), and K had the Strawberry Chicken Salad (right). Soooo good.

After dinner, we caught the second half of the Iowa State basketball game at Argosy, and called it a night. A fun-filled day in our favorite city.

Sunday February 14:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We got met up with good friends at our favorite breakfast spot: Harvey’s at Union Station. I could spend hours hanging out in Union Station, admiring the huuuuge ceilings and architecture. Harvey’s sits in the center of US and has two open-air floors of seating. I love when we get to sit on the top level. Makes for some great people-watching! I had the Breakfast Quesadilla, which is my usual. image5 (3)

So as you can tell, this was basically an eat our way through Kansas City trip, but we really enjoyed ourselves. It was great to be “home”, and I can’t wait til we can make another visit in the future.

As I’m writing this, I’ve decided I’m going to do a second, separate post about the rest of our Valentine’s Day experience, which was so memorable and unique, so be looking for that post in the next few days! It involves caves, vows, and chocolate covered strawberries 🙂

Ta ta for now!

The Ginger Wife ❤

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