Kansas City Vicinity

December 2019

Sizing Up Some History – Missouri State Museum

By |2019-12-16T20:33:51-06:00December 13th, 2019|Jefferson City, Kansas City Vicinity, Midwest, Missouri|

Whenever we visit a state capital, we try to include a stop at the state museum, as well. While each city and town will usually show a local perspective, these state-sponsored destinations have an overarching view. The unusual thing about the Missouri State Museum is that it resides inside of the capitol building. Since we had already determined that we would see this historic dome from the inside, now we could tackle two stops in one. Once we cleared the security checkpoint, we were prepared for sizing up some history in the "Show Me" state. As we approached the capital, we noticed that [...]

November 2019

Storied History At Jefferson Landing

By |2019-12-16T20:41:12-06:00November 29th, 2019|Jefferson City, Kansas City Vicinity, Midwest, Missouri|

On August 10, 1821 Missouri officially became a state. At that time the capital was in St. Charles, but plans for a new state capital were in the works. From what we could ascertain, Jefferson City was the only place specifically created to serve as the capital of a state. After the Missouri state legislature commissioned the new capital in 1821, it was ready for occupancy in 1826. Many in the state of Missouri did not like the new location and worked to get the capital changed. Our visit to Jefferson City would help us gain a better understanding of the storied history [...]

July 2019

The Burger Stand at The Casbah – Delicious Lawrence Eats

By |2019-07-15T14:23:34-06:00July 26th, 2019|Destinations, Kansas City Vicinity, Lawrence, Midwest|

It feels like there is never enough time to do all the things we enjoy. For years, we have made quick trips to Lawrence, Kansas for a variety of reasons. Our daughter worked at the university for four years, which provided us with lots of exploring in this college city. These days, we make the occasional excursion from Kansas City, when a chance to see something different arises. One of their Final Friday art events looked interesting, so we headed out after work, to start our weekend with a little fun. During our visit, we picked The Burger Stand at The Casbah for [...]

May 2019

Couples Escape In Parkville, Missouri

By |2020-03-13T06:58:59-06:00May 31st, 2019|Daytrips, Guides, Kansas City Vicinity, Parkville|

Kansas City developed much like other large metropolitan areas. Its expansion often came from incorporating nearby towns and neighborhoods, as it pushed its borders out from the urban core. Some of these townships retained their identity, even as the city limits pushed beyond their borders. We find that each has its unique history and local flavors that are fun to explore. A weekend outing offered a couples escape in Parkville, Missouri. This river town has plenty to offer visitors, so lets look at some of our favorites. We want to thank Main Street Parkville for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our [...]

Eye Opening Discoveries In Fort Scott, Kansas

By |2019-05-27T05:20:55-06:00May 27th, 2019|Fort Scott, Kansas City Vicinity|

While long vacations can be fun to plan, there are plenty of times we are just looking for a short getaway. Whether it's a day trip or an overnight stay, taking an excursion to a close by destination can add an air of excitement to any weekend. With a drive from Kansas City that can be covered in around one hour, we were ready for some eye opening discoveries in Fort Scott, Kansas. We timed our visit to arrive on a Friday afternoon, with a goal to see as much as possible in around 24 hours.  We want to thank the Fort Scott [...]

Get Active In Downtown Parkville

By |2019-05-24T06:02:41-06:00May 24th, 2019|Kansas City Vicinity, Parkville|

We feel that we are making a solid case for a couples visit to Parkville, Missouri. Of course, that doesn't mean that it isn't a family-friendly location, as well. There are actually a variety of options for all ages to get active in downtown Parkville. Within a few block area we found about half a dozen things that can be enjoyed by a family, and we included one nice couples spot near the end of this article. With all of this fun just waiting to be had, let's jump into it. We want to thank Main Street Parkville and the local business for [...]

The Power of Positive Change – Unsung Heroes

By |2019-05-20T06:57:23-06:00May 20th, 2019|Fort Scott, Kansas City Vicinity|

We are always on the lookout for unusual sites when visiting a new destination. It is amazing what you can find when you dig deep enough into a city's attraction. Fort Scott may seem like an unlikely place to learn about the worlds most unheralded heroes. A stop at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes opened our eyes to some people we had never heard of, prior to our trip. This incredible facility helps students learn the power of positive change through student driven projects. We were amazed at the role models that had been uncovered by students during their research. We [...]

Frank’s Italian Restaurant – Cozy Parkville Dining

By |2019-11-21T07:42:47-06:00May 17th, 2019|Italian, Kansas City, Kansas City Vicinity, KC Dining, Parkville|

There is certainly something to be said for longevity. When we saw that Frank's Italian Restaurant had been in the same Parkville, Missouri location since 1931, it sparked our interest for a visit. While we were sure that the ownership has definitely changed hands, the fact that the business has survived, speaks volumes for customer loyalty. We dropped into Parkville on a Friday evening for a little miniature golf, followed by a quiet dinner for two. We want to thank Main Street Parkville and Frank's Italian Restaurant for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own.  Going Green Frank's Italian Restaurant offers [...]

Keeping The Peace Frontier Style – Fort Scott

By |2019-05-13T06:55:41-06:00May 13th, 2019|Fort Scott, Kansas City Vicinity|

When we planned our visit to Fort Scott, Kansas our itinerary included a variety of sites to see. The one site that had to be top of our list is the actual fort from where the city gets its name. One of a chain of forts built in the mid-1800's, it was designed for keeping the peace frontier style. With many tribes being resettled to the west, it was imperative that these new "promised" lands be kept free of settlers. Today, this free site has been renamed the Fort Scott National Historic Site and offers an educational opportunity for visitors. We want to thank [...]

Looking At Parkville Shops With Fresh Eyes

By |2019-05-10T06:31:40-06:00May 10th, 2019|Kansas City Vicinity, Lifestyle, Parkville, Shopping|

It amazes us to see the trends repeat themselves over the years. Much like clothing styles that refresh every few decades, we are witnessing a resurgence of the smaller boutique style shops. For many years, the big box stores were pushing these locally owned businesses out of the way. These days you can find more than a few of the mom & pop style stores throughout the city. There are even a few places where there is a collection of these unique destinations, such as Main Street Parkville. This happens to be one of our "go to" places when we want to spend [...]

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