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A Kansas City Girls Weekend Getaway

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This post is sponsored by the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association.  Our hotel room and King Tut Exhibit tickets were compensated, but all other eats and treats were paid for on our own.

I grew up going to Kansas City.  My aunt lives in the KC area so it was not out of the norm for my family to make trips there on an annual basis.  I have fond memories of visiting Worlds of Fun, attending Royals baseball games (when they were playing the Sox!), and going shopping.  Unfortunately, now that I am a working adult, it has been several years since I have made it to the Kansas City area.  But that all changed this past weekend when Erin, Joanna, and I took a trip down to KC for a girls weekend!

Living in Omaha, Kansas City is the perfect city to visit when you just want to get away- for a day, a weekend, or the whole week.  The drive was just about three hours and we spent the entire time chit-chatting and laughing, so naturally it flew by!

kansas city 20Once we arrived in downtown Kansas City, we checked in to the Holiday Inn Aladdin hotel.  This was definitely not your normal Holiday Inn.  We were loving the bright colors and the great hospitality that we received from the moment we stepped inside.  Plus, the hotel was in the perfect location because we were within walking distance of so many restaurants, bars, and shops, and all of our other adventures were within a five minute drive.  When it comes to a great girls weekend, the hotel location is key!

kansas city 2We were treated to a bottle of champagne when we checked in.  There is nothing quite like starting a girls weekend off right than with a champagne toast, am I right?

kansas city joanna champagneJoanna tackled opening the champagne…

kansas city 5…and we toasted to a great weekend together!

kansas city pbr bar collageWe ended our first night with a trip to the Power and Light District, including the PBR Big Sky Bar.  The weather was gorgeous, the drinks were refreshing, and we had an awesome time.  Plus, it was only a two block walk to get there.  You can’t beat that!

kansas city 6After our night out, we slept in a bit and then headed out in the city.  I was kind of in love with these flowers outside of our hotel.

kansas city 7After a quick breakfast at Panera Bread, we headed to Union Station.

kansas city 8We were there to check out King Tut (in his Chiefs jersey) and his exhibit.

kansas city 9It was a gorgeous morning but it was set to be a very hot day.  Let’s just say, we were excited to be spending much of the day indoors!

kansas city 10I, however, was not near as excited about the fact that a Bacon-Fest was also being held at Union Station.  No surprise there!  But the event was being held to raise money for charity, so I really couldn’t be mad about that.

kansas city king tutWe went on an audio and visual tour of the exhibit, which included a short movie as well.  All three of us learned a lot and I absolutely loved looking at all of the replicas of what was found in King Tut’s tomb.

kansas city 15Oh you know… just hanging out with my new friend! 😉

kansas city westside localAfter our adventures with King Tut, we ate lunch at the cutest restaurant, The Westside Local.

kansas city 18I ordered the Sweet Potato Quinoa  Burger with a side of Fennel Slaw.  Both were absolutely delicious and I cleaned my plate.  Not only did I love the taste, but I loved that both were made with fresh and local ingredients.  Farm-to-table restaurants are definitely some of the best around!

kansas city 19After lunch, we explored some local shops and then headed to Polished to treat ourselves to pedicures.  I chose OPI’s Miami Beet polish.  We all thought it was rather fitting since I am a hardcore veggie lover!

kansas city 21We left with pretty toes, relaxed bodies, and happy souls.  There is just something about a good pedicure that makes me feel like a brand new person!

kansas city 22After about an hour of relaxation back at the hotel, we headed to Country Club Plaza for shopping and dinner.  We ate at Brio Tuscan Grille and had a wonderful time together with an absolutely delicious meal.

kansas city 23I am fairly certain we ate about three of these baskets of bread.  I was really loving the crispy flatbread and the sourdough bread was delicious with their sundried tomato dipping sauce.

kansas city 24For my entree I ordered the Fettuccine with Roasted Tomato Campote & Kalamata Olives.  I really enjoyed this dish.  It was spicy and had a bit of a kick to it, but I was loving the flavors.  I wish I could have eaten the entire bowl, but I was stuffed to the brim about three quarters of the way through.

kansas city kates kitchenAfter a Saturday night of watching Dateline NBC, eating popcorn, and sleeping for well over eight overs (yes, we are old), we found the perfect spot for a Sunday morning breakfast: Kate’s Kitchen.  Full bellies before the drive home were a necessity!

kansas city 27I ordered the Breakfast Sandwich plate with an egg, cheese, and avocado sandwich on a croissant, a side of breakfast potatoes, and a cup of fruit.  Everything was absolutely delicious, but I have to say that I was slightly sad about how small the fruit cup was.  They must not have understood my love for melon!

I am writing this up on Sunday night and I am quite exhausted from our weekend getaway.  We had so much fun exploring, shopping, eating, relaxing, and learning on our Kansas City adventure.  Now that I know how close Kansas City is and how much they have to offer for a weekend getaway, I imagine that I will definitely be back with the girls and with Jeremy in the future.

Have you been to Kansas City?

What is your favorite location for a girls weekend getaway?

{ 32 comments… add one }
  • Jessie August 25, 2014, 5:17 am
    I've never seen a Holiday with such bright colors. Absolutely gorgeous!! I really appreciate you sharing all these restaurant recommendations as I have family in the KC area. I'd love to see if they've tried any of them or not.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 25, 2014, 9:09 am
      Well now you know some of the great places to eat if you ever visit them in KC!! :)
  • Heidi August 25, 2014, 7:50 am
    Impressed you finished such a comprehensive piece after being so busy all weekend. Sounded like a fun trip. Heidi recently posted...Hide Your Face(book): Installment 1My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 25, 2014, 9:09 am
      Trust me... it doesn't always happen! But I had so much fun that I wanted to share it right away :)
  • Martha Auge August 25, 2014, 8:23 am
    So glad you had a fun weekend. Sorry it was the hottest weekend of the year. I have also eaten @ Westside Local. I think I had the heirloom quinoa. If you come again perhaps I could meet you for a meal.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 25, 2014, 9:15 am
      Yes, it was VERY hot! Luckily we were inside for most of it! And I REALLY liked Westside Local. I'll definitely be wanting to go back sometime!
  • Jamie | Jamie's Recipes August 25, 2014, 9:29 am
    What a fun weekend! The quinoa burger looks delightful! Jamie | Jamie's Recipes recently posted...Stovetop PopcornMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 25, 2014, 9:56 pm
      It was amazing! It was definitely my favorite meal of the weekend.
  • Elise @ Harvey Ever After August 25, 2014, 10:02 am
    My favorite KC place is Oklahoma Joe's for BBQ. It's literally in a gas station, but it's amazing. It's been forever since I've been out in Kansas City though. I'd like to visit the Power & Light District soon! Elise @ Harvey Ever After recently posted...8 Unique Chore Charts & Chore SystemsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 25, 2014, 9:57 pm
      Power and Light District was SO much fun. I am excited to go back to explore more of what it has to offer.
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul August 25, 2014, 10:52 am
    I had such a fun weekend with you guys!! Omg that magically refilling bread basket was so good and so dangerous! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Our Stay at the Kansas City Aladdin HotelMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 25, 2014, 9:58 pm
      So dangerous.. but so, SO good!!!
  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes August 25, 2014, 11:40 am
    I haven't had a girls' weekend getaway in a long time but this sounds like the perfect city to do it in! How fun! I think the last time I did one was in Niagara Falls which is only about an hour drive from where I live. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes recently posted...Cinderella’s Royal Table, Magic Kingdom ReviewMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 25, 2014, 9:58 pm
      Girls weekends are SO needed and so much fun. It is great to escape somewhere, even if it is just a few hours away or only for a day or two.
  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables August 25, 2014, 12:41 pm
    That looks like a fun Holiday Inn!! :) And it looks like you ladies had a wonderful weekend. (I love OPI Nail Polish!)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 25, 2014, 9:59 pm
      We had SO much fun!! And yes, OPI is the best! Not only are their colors great, but I love the names they come up with. They have some creative people working for them.
  • Becky @ Olives n Wine August 25, 2014, 12:46 pm
    I love visiting KC! I was there for a girls' weekend this fall and it was seriously the perfect location. Lots of shopping and things to do and SO many good restaurants. I'm so glad you had a blast! Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...50 States In A YearMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 25, 2014, 10:00 pm
      It is SUCH a great place for a girls weekend... shopping, food, and drinks. Could there be anything better? ;)
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes August 25, 2014, 1:49 pm
    Sweet potato and quinoa burger - that sounds really good! I went to KC a few years ago for a conference and I ate some really good food at the different places we went. I was super suprised! But it is definitely on my list of places to visit again! Glad you guys had fun. :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 25, 2014, 10:01 pm
      I was definitely not disappointed one bit when it came to the food. The sweet potato and quinoa burger was my absolute favorite part!
  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health August 25, 2014, 2:54 pm
    You girls are so cute! It looks like you had a blast and as always, I love all of your food choices. That burger looked amazing! I had to laugh at the picture of you next to the Bacon-fest sign too, haha. I feel exactly the same way but if a charity was involved then I suppose it's not all thaaaatt bad. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health recently posted...High-Protein Zucchini WafflesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 26, 2014, 4:16 pm
      Yes, I didn't dislike it QUITE as much since I knew it was for a good cause!
  • Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate August 25, 2014, 7:41 pm
    Wow, this sounds like such a fun weekend! That burger sounds sooo good. Ive never been to Kansas City, but Id like to make my way there someday!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 26, 2014, 4:18 pm
      You definitely should! It is a great place for a weekend getaway with lots of delicious restaurants, great bars, and awesome shopping. It's really quite perfect!
  • Missy August 26, 2014, 8:39 am
    This is an incredibly random comment but I gotta say it -- Your hair lools amazing!!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 26, 2014, 4:19 pm
      Aww, thank you!! I appreciate that :)
  • Lisa Trudell August 27, 2014, 11:29 pm
    Kansas City is a great place for a girls weekend! We have been many times to KC and there are so many restaurant choices. We had not been to any of the ones that you went to. I think I might have to check out that Kate's Kitchen. It looks like our kind of place for breakfast.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 29, 2014, 7:37 am
      All of the restaurants we went to were SO good! You should definitely check them out the next time you go!
  • Brittany @ kitchen::candid August 29, 2014, 5:39 pm
    That sweet potato quinoa burger looked amazing! Looks like y'all had a great time!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 30, 2014, 12:47 pm
      We sure did and it was SO good! I hope to eat there again the next time I am in KC.
  • Gretchen Garrison August 30, 2014, 4:45 pm
    You managed to do A LOT in one week-end! Wow! Gretchen Garrison recently posted...Guest Post: “Exploring Western Nebraska” by The Walking TouristsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 30, 2014, 8:32 pm
      We sure did! We had a GREAT time! :)

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