Kansas City Getaway — A Delightful Surprise

September 28, 2006 at 11:16 am 5 comments

Who visits Kansas City by choice?
I’ve got to admit I wasn’t anticipating Kansas City to be a The Webster House in Crossroads Art District. Elegant antiques.“girlfriends’ getaway” city. But I found myself there for a four-day national conference on something near and dear to my heart – sterling silver jewelry. And I took that opportunity to explore a bit of downtown Kansas City. I found I was mistaken – KC offers a lot – much more than I had time to do.

Pam, Robyn and I cabbed it (about $36) from the airport to the Hotel Phillips, a stately hotel just a block from the KC Convention Center. Retro in style and service – it was exceptional at offering what people used to expect from a good hotel. We were wow-ed by its elegance and its people.

Art and Fashion Were Nearby
Skipping a few conference workshops, Robyn and I explored the burgeoning Crossroads Arts District about 5 blocks south. Still a work in progress, the area had trendy shoes, clothes, small art galleries, upscale décor and gift shops, an exquisite antique center and some working shops in which the artists make potions, clothes and scarves right before your eyes.

Nui Kai at 18th and Wyandotte was a great find. nui Kai showroom/workroomThe owner, Joscelyn Himes, designs and hand-dyes her own (predominantly silk) fabrics, and makes fashionable clothing to order. Bill Blass, Vera Wang and Colleen Quen are among the top designers who use her fabrics for their runway collections. Also tucked inside nui Kai was the workshop and sales room for Blooming Lotus, an incubator business that Blooming Lotus in nui Kaicreates organic body products. Yet another corner held a hairdresser to whom Kate Spade comes when she’s in her hometown. Everyone there was most gracious to us, even though we were “just browsing.” When we returned to our hotel, we were delighted to recognize the beautiful silk accent pillows on our beds as nui Kai originals.

Dining and Dessert.
Entertainment and food near the Convention Center was good. Blues with piano, harmonica and vocal entertained us at the very casual Phoenix. Then to the Mango Room for warm mango cobbler with homemade ice cream. A great little find was the Country Club Café – a niche on 12th and Baltimore with quick and well-made breakfast/lunch offerings. All within a few blocks of our hotel.

At departure, we ran into a number of new friends from the Silpada conference heading home (both east and west) on our airline to Boston, Pittsburgh, Newark and Los Angeles. The evening flight home was a “cookie flight.” Book a Cookie Flight Even though the trip to Milwaukee was short, flight attendant Terry and her crew found time to bake and serve those warm chocolate chip cookies to their guests. Who can resist?

Will I return to Kansas City? You bet! I totally underestimated that city! There’s a whole lot more I didn’t have time to explore on this trip. The people were friendly, service great and prices reasonable.

NEXT: A Second KC Getaway By Choice — More Fun Discoveries

TIPS:
1)Order the Discover KC Pass and Visitors Guide. Comes in about a week. The map inside the Guide is much better than anything I found online.
2) Hotel Phillips — Girlfriends Getaway Package. Mention this blog when you book your reservation.

What’s Your Take on KC?
Share any KC shops, districts, museums or restaurants you particularly liked and would recommend for a girlfriends’ getaway. Oh, yes — who has the best barbecue in town?

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  • 1. bonnie lehnen  |  September 14, 2006 at 1:44 am

    The Copa Room, around 35th and Broadway is a fun place to go to with a group of girls. it is a small, dim-lit italian restuarant and bar that is reminicent of the 50’s rat pack era. there is a very tine dance floor and a sinatra-style singer.

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  • 2. Sherry  |  October 31, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    I’ve found Kansas City to be one of the most beautiful and cosmoplitan cites of it’s size in the country. Incredible amount of history there and beautiful buildings abound. I had no ideal of the hisotry of this city and the amount of shopping and dining available.

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  • 3. Susan Rodriguez  |  November 14, 2006 at 9:21 am

    KC does have the best BBQ, next time try SMOKEHOUSE they have 3 locations the one closest to the airport is off North Oak Trafficway and they have one near Independence Center off 70 Hwy near the Royals and Arrowhead stadium! Great Beans and Ribs, I also worked there which I still love BBQ even though I got to eat it every day! Also try checking out Brookside area about 7 miles from the Plaza very cute little shops and eating places! Locals love it! KC is a great place to LIVE also!

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  • 4. Sue Loudon  |  November 14, 2006 at 8:53 pm

    Sorry you missed Jack Stack BBQ in the old freight house district,its between Union Station and the Crossroads art district just west of Main St. All the meat is lean and cooked well. They also have great beans and cheesy corn. There are other good restaurants in the area. There is a new walkway to this area from Union Station. Gates & Sons is another BBQ place that is also better than Bryants but not as good as Jack Stack. Need more info on K.C. email me! I live in the Brookside area and we have some new goodies!

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  • 5. tish  |  November 15, 2006 at 9:47 am

    Sue — Thanks so much for your BBQ information. I’ve received other comments recommending Jack Stack — so it must be good. Plus I appreciate the helpful information about where to find Jack Stack downtown. I’ll e-mail you before my next visit to KC to find out what other great things can be explored there.
    tish

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