This weekend two of my closest college friends and I flew to Kansas City for a long-overdue girls trip. Let me tell you, Kansas City is a great time (maybe too great?) and I highly recommend it. Here are our weekend highlights:
I flew directly from Newark to MCI (I found an awesome Newark parking coupon here!) on United. United has never been my favorite airline becausethe planes are always older and the staff is inattentive (especially compared to JetBlue- which is my #1). Our first flight that should have left at 8am was cancelled for “weather”. There was no weather. After 45 minutes on the phone with United I finally got a ticket on a 12pm flight. Caroline couldn’t get onto the same flight, so she got on a flight to Arkansas and drove up to Kansas City with Courtney. It was stressful for a couple of hours but it all worked out!
We stayed at the Sheraton Suites right in Country Club Plaza, which is a very cool area in KC (map here). It reminds me a little bit of West Hartford on steroids. There was tons of shopping, food, and nightlife all within walking distance of our hotel, which had a bar and indoor/outdoor pool in it.
Since we arrived later than expected, we didn’t get our anticipated pool time in. Instead we got dressed and went out to explore the town. We went to happy hour and then dinner, although none of us could resist popping into a few stores to preview them for tomorrow’s shopping day. The happy hour was outside on the new patio of McCormick and Schmick’s and we had great weather for it!
We followed happy hour with dinner at Brio which was delicious Italian food. We all split the spinach artichoke dip, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, chicken milanese, and pasta pesto. The pasta pesto was my favorite! It was beyond delicious and the pasta tasted so fresh! After dinner we went to O’Dowd’s Little Dublin for a couple of beers. We didn’t stay long because we were all exhausted from traveling and excited for a big day the next day.
On Saturday we woke up early because of the one hour time difference and because we were so excited to explore this cool little city (and all the shops!). The day started at the local coffee shop called Kaldi’s Coffee. The coffee was delicious- it almost beat Blue State in my mind- almost.
Then we shopped. Did I mention Kansas City has dangerous shopping? Country Club Plaza has just about everything you need, H&M, Anthropologie, Blue Mercury, Sperry, Vineyard Vines, Kate Spade, Lululemon, Kendra Scott, etc. etc. etc.
For a refuel, we had brunch at the Classic Cup right in country club plaza. This was definitely not our favorite meal. Courtney got breakfast which looked like it was much better than the lunch Caroline and I chose. It was a very cute restaurant, and the prices were good, but the food definitely could have been better.
After lunch it was back to shopping! I needed a new Mascara, so we popped into Blue Mercury thinking I could just pick one up. We ended up spending 3 hours there getting makeovers from the Laura Mercier rep. We had a lot of fun (even though the makeup was a little more dramatic than any of us are used to).
Saturday night we had dinner at Gram and Dun. This was by far the best meal we had in Kansas City. It was beyond delicious. I would go back just for this place, and the drinks were equally great. Look out for another post on this place soon- it was just THAT good. I highly recommend this place if you are ever in Kansas City.
After dinner we went to the Power and Light district. Power and light is basically a massive shopping mall with bars instead of stores. First we went to a bar called Big Sky- read mechanical bull, girls in chaps dancing on bars, and bachelorette parties, LOTS of bachelorette parties. I watched my worst nightmare come true in the form of a penis balloon and “Bride to Be” sash.
We still had a great time, and of course there was fabulous people watching! After Big Sky we went to one of Courtney’s favorites, Shark Bar- read 90s music, bartenders in bathing suits, and lots of black lights. Another wild party!
Back at the hotel at 230am we ordered a pizza from KC pizza, one of the only places open at that hour. It was $35 and Kansas City isn’t quite known for Pizza. Dorothy I’ve a feeling we’re not in New York anymore.
On Sunday we were all still exhausted from the night before, so we decided to head out to another area of Kansas City called Overland Park. Courtney has a problem in the form of a Lily Pulitzer addiction and we just had to go to the Lily store.
After shopping a little bit more we had brunch at a place called Urban Table nearby. The brunch was delicious!! We realized after the fact that it is owned by Bread and Butter, the same group that owns Gram and Dun, so it was no surprise that it was so good.
After brunch we had mani/pedis and then Caroline and I had to head to the airport for our flights back home.
The weekend was great but way too short! I highly recommend Kansas City for a girls trip or an easy weekend getaway, just make sure you have a good pair of flats for all the walking!
I hope you all had a great weekend!