Kansas City Vicinity

Back To Nature – Weston Bend State Park

It appears that the key phrase for 2020 will be "social distancing". While it certainly poses some new hurdles for travel bloggers, it also challenges us to find some new ways to explore our world. This travel season will be filled with some places that allow us to get back to nature. On a recent trip to Weston, Missouri we included a stop at Weston Bend State Park. Located along the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, this natural sanctuary is the perfect destination for some tranquil solitude. Famous Navigators In earlier times, the native tribes were drawn to the region for its rich [...]

By |2020-06-26T03:54:50-06:00July 3rd, 2020|Kansas City Vicinity, Weston|0 Comments

Take It Outside – Avalon Cafe

With the lockdown restrictions beginning to ease, we decided to experience our first dine-in lunch at Avalon Cafe. As we explored Weston's downtown, we spotted the huge outdoor deck floating above the landscape. With our lunchtime hunger tugging at us, it was decided to dine at a place where we could take it outside. This upscale eatery seemed to be the perfect solution, as it combined delectable dishes and amazing views in one stop. Empty Spaces As we stepped through the doorway, we were greeted by the hostess. She informed us that they were offering dining inside or out on the patio. Looking [...]

By |2020-06-18T03:59:40-06:00June 26th, 2020|Missouri, Weston|0 Comments

A Stitch In Time – National Silk Art Museum

Visiting Weston offers a mix of new and old. This somewhat sleepy little river town holds its secrets close to the vest. Those who take the initiative to explore will be rewarded with unexpected finds. A good example is the National Silk Art Museum. This local treasure is situated squarely on the main drag and even has the denotation of 'Museum' on the front of the building. Even with that, it still seems to be overlooked by the majority of visitors. We popped in on a bright sunny morning to find out what we would find inside and to learn about this particular [...]

By |2020-06-06T07:10:52-06:00June 12th, 2020|Missouri, Weston|16 Comments

Sizing Up Some History – Missouri State Museum

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 [...]

By |2019-12-16T20:33:51-06:00December 13th, 2019|Jefferson City, Kansas City Vicinity, Midwest, Missouri|8 Comments

Storied History At Jefferson Landing

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 [...]

By |2019-12-16T20:41:12-06:00November 29th, 2019|Jefferson City, Kansas City Vicinity, Midwest, Missouri|14 Comments

The Burger Stand at The Casbah – Delicious Lawrence Eats

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 [...]

Couples Escape In Parkville, Missouri

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 [...]

By |2020-03-13T06:58:59-06:00May 31st, 2019|Daytrips, Guides, Kansas City Vicinity, Parkville|0 Comments

Eye Opening Discoveries In Fort Scott, Kansas

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 [...]

By |2019-05-27T05:20:55-06:00May 27th, 2019|Fort Scott, Kansas City Vicinity|4 Comments

Get Active In Downtown 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 [...]

By |2019-05-24T06:02:41-06:00May 24th, 2019|Kansas City Vicinity, Parkville|0 Comments

The Power of Positive Change – Unsung Heroes

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 [...]

By |2019-05-20T06:57:23-06:00May 20th, 2019|Fort Scott, Kansas City Vicinity|0 Comments
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