After checking in to our fabulous hotel (that had mahogany walls and crystal chandeliers and light fixtures everywhere...including the elevators and our room!), we headed out to the Country Club Plaza to have our first taste of Kansas City. Our first stop was Blanc Burgers + Bottles.
They had delicious drinks (I've been on a cherry limeade kick lately) and all kinds of yummy burgers. Always up for trying something new, Jon had the bison burger and loved it. My non-adventurous self stuck with the classic and enjoyed it as well. But aside from the yummy eats and fun, modern atmosphere, this place also got points for food presentation. Look at the little cart our sweet potato fries came out in!
On Saturday we hit up our first museum, the National World War 1 Museum. Since pending storms were in the forecast we thought it'd be a good day to explore inside.
I'm normally not a big fan of history (Jon is the one who watches The History Channel in our home), but I loved this museum! We spent hours there learning all of the interesting stories of World War 1 and seeing the thousands of artifacts they had showcased. The museum was very hands on, informative and interactive. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area.
While at the museum, we also got to capture some great shots of downtown.
Up next was the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. We spent hours here too and still didn't get to see everything it had to offer before closing hours came. My favorite part was sprawling lawns and sculpture gardens.
One thing that surprised us both was how beautiful and green the city was. There were parks at every corner and people (and their dogs) always out for a walk or run. From what we saw, it was a very active city with beautiful landscapes and stunning turn of the century homes all around. We enjoyed the city so much we even made mention of what it would be like if we lived there one day. Who knows if that idea will come to fruition or not, but that's how much we enjoyed it!
Sunday we ate at a place recommended by Elle Decor called Cafe Europa. It was both charming and delicious. Tucked away in one of the older neighborhoods, it boasted as much charm as the stone brick Presbyterian church across the street. And the antique salt and pepper shakers gracing each table made me love it even more.
The last order of business on our trip was eating our 1-year old-wedding cake. We kept it in the mini fridge in our room until Sunday, when we unwrapped it from its many layers of foil and plastic wrap. And I have to say, a year later it still tasted good! Great job on the wrapping, mom.
Thanks for "going" on our trip with us! We hope you check out Kansas City soon and fall in love with it as much as we did!
Oh, and in case you're wondering, the bad weather held out for us (just like it did on our wedding day). It didn't rain on us until we were leaving town on Monday!