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    The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

    Kansas City, United States


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    Taste of Kansas City Food Tour
    417 East 18th Street
    Kansas City, United States
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    Sample Kansas City's Finest
    By Stephen Himes

    If you want to sample several of the Crossroads Arts District’s best eateries with a group of friends, try the Taste of Kansas City Food Tour. Covering about one and a half miles in three hours, the Tour includes stops at upscale restaurants, delicious dives, a wine shop, and an artisan chocolate shop with enough food for lunch (tours are Thursday through Sunday at 11am). Tour guide Rebekah Dykstra not only knows her food, she’ll tell you about downtown KC’s art deco architectural landmarks, KC’s role in prohibition during the gangster era, and what’s on tap for the future. I’ve had a couple visitors tell me this was the most fun they had, leaving full, buzzed from a few cocktails, and thoroughly entertained.

    Image courtesy of Taste of Kansas City Food Tour/Facebook.

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    The Crestwood Shops
    251 E 55th St
    Kansas City, United States
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    A Touch of Class in the Brookside Neighborhood
    By Stephen Himes

    A little farther south than the Plaza, but easily accessible off of Brookside Boulevard in the sought-after Brookside neighborhood, the Crestwood Shops are almost entirely local, high-end design stores. Charlecote, The Pear Tree, and O’Home are interior design shops, and Salon Latifa and Salon Crestwood are great for spa days. If she needs a work outfit or something for a night on the town, Hudson and Jane or Frankly Basic will have something stylish. After shopping, sit at the coffee bar and patio at Axios—a French restaurant with a great view of the green space surrounding the Trolley Trail.

    Image courtesy of the Crestwood Shops.

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    The Westside Local
    1663 Summit Street
    Kansas City, United States
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    From Farm to KC's Hippest Neighborhood
    By Stephen Himes

    Talk about local: Once near closing time, Chef Nina Gann came out of the kitchen to offer the table a honeysuckle ice cream she just whipped up using flowers picked from across the street. A farm-to-table restaurant just up the 17th Street hill on Summit in Kansas City’s hip West Side, the best gourmet comfort food meal in Kansas City can be found here: Local Pig Burger on a pretzel bun from the Farm to Market Bread Company in the Waldo neighborhood, with meat from The Local Pig, an outstanding butcher in the East Bottoms that uses humanely-raised meat from farms near Kansas City. On the lighter side, try the Crispy Skin Trout; the fish is shipped fresh from Troutdale Farms near Lake of the Ozarks in mid-Missouri, and the brussels sprouts are locally sourced as well. For drinks, ask to sit in the beer garden, out the door to the left of the bar.

    Image courtesy of The Westside Local/Facebook.

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    Michael's Fine Clothing-Men
    1830 Main Street
    Kansas City, United States
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    KC's Most Dapper Clothier for Over a Century
    By Stephen Himes

    There are very few places like Michael’s Fine Clothes for Men in the Crossroads District. Since 1906, Michael’s has outfitted the men of Kansas City in timeless-but-fashionable fine pants, ties, jackets, and suits. If you or the man in your life needs to look good for a big occasion, third generation owner Keith Novorr will help you create a look, measure it right, and turn around alterations in no time. It’s not just locals: Keith fits hall of famers, current ballplayers, actors, politicians, and other celebrities who go to Michaels when they’re in town. The last time I bought pants and tie there, the mayor was getting fitted. Don’t forget to check out the hat rack past the counter near the back wall to add the final piece to your new look.

    Image courtesy of Michael's Fine Clothing/Facebook.

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    Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
    1616 East 18th Street
    Kansas City, United States
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    Buck O'Neil's Shrine
    By Stephen Himes

    The 18th and Vine District is a testament to one of the most revered figures in Kansas City history, Buck O’Neil, who gained fame in Ken Burns’ documentary Baseball. Buck helped establish the nation’s only Negro Leagues baseball museum, which pays tribute to an oft-forgot history of the national pastime. The NLBM could rightly be called the Cooperstown of the Negro Leagues, full of artifacts that tell the story not just of great players like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and “Cool Papa” Bell, but the history of segregation. Follow in the footsteps of baseball superstars who tour the museum on road trips to Kansas City, then pay tribute to the history of Kansas City Jazz next door at the American Jazz Museum and the Blue Room jazz bar, near the famed “12th Street and Vine” of the song “Kansas City, Here I Come.”

    Image courtesy of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum/Facebook.

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    Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
    1601 Broadway
    Kansas City, United States
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    KC's Masterpiece of Architecture and Music
    By Stephen Himes

    Completed in 2011, the Moshe Safdie-designed Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is the most visually stunning and acoustically perfect music venue in the country. The Center is a glass and stainless steel shell over two distinct theaters, with a glass wall facing downhill into the Crossroads neighborhood—creating the impression that you’re not inside the venue as much as standing in the city. As the New York Times wrote, no performing arts center “seems to relish its location so much, to be so proud of the city it shows off.” My friends and I once shared drinks with a tenor flown in for the solo in Beethoven’s 9th, and he told us that, inside the industry, Kauffman is where the best musicians in the world are clamoring to play.

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    Harry's Country Club
    112 East Missouri Avenue
    Kansas City, United States
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    Quintessential Kansas City Joint
    By Travel Types

    Stumble into Harry’s Country Club and you'll find a pure honky-tonk establishment with a classy mahogany bar fully stocked with scotch, whiskey, and beer. Enjoy some good food and a drink like Rye on the Rocks while listening to country crooners such as Johnny Cash on the old-school jukebox. Check the calendar for live entertainment.

    Happy hour is Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m.; and Saturday, 11-7 p.m.

    Image courtesy of Harry's Country Club/Facebook.

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    Taste of Kansas City Food Tour
    417 East 18th Street
    Kansas City, United States
    Show Map
    Sample Kansas City's Finest
    By Stephen Himes

    If you want to sample several of the Crossroads Arts District’s best eateries with a group of friends, try the Taste of Kansas City Food Tour. Covering about one and a half miles in three hours, the Tour includes stops at upscale restaurants, delicious dives, a wine shop, and an artisan chocolate shop with enough food for lunch (tours are Thursday through Sunday at 11am). Tour guide Rebekah Dykstra not only knows her food, she’ll tell you about downtown KC’s art deco architectural landmarks, KC’s role in prohibition during the gangster era, and what’s on tap for the future. I’ve had a couple visitors tell me this was the most fun they had, leaving full, buzzed from a few cocktails, and thoroughly entertained.

    Image courtesy of Taste of Kansas City Food Tour/Facebook.

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    The Westside Local
    1663 Summit Street
    Kansas City, United States
    Show Map
    From Farm to KC's Hippest Neighborhood
    By Stephen Himes

    Talk about local: Once near closing time, Chef Nina Gann came out of the kitchen to offer the table a honeysuckle ice cream she just whipped up using flowers picked from across the street. A farm-to-table restaurant just up the 17th Street hill on Summit in Kansas City’s hip West Side, the best gourmet comfort food meal in Kansas City can be found here: Local Pig Burger on a pretzel bun from the Farm to Market Bread Company in the Waldo neighborhood, with meat from The Local Pig, an outstanding butcher in the East Bottoms that uses humanely-raised meat from farms near Kansas City. On the lighter side, try the Crispy Skin Trout; the fish is shipped fresh from Troutdale Farms near Lake of the Ozarks in mid-Missouri, and the brussels sprouts are locally sourced as well. For drinks, ask to sit in the beer garden, out the door to the left of the bar.

    Image courtesy of The Westside Local/Facebook.

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    College Basketball Experience
    1401 Grand Boulevard
    Kansas City, United States
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    Pay Homage to the Greats and Get a Workout of Your Own
    By Stephen Himes

    During the madness of March, downtown Kansas City is a festival of college basketball. At two different venues, downtown KC hosts five different tournaments and is on the regular rotation of NCAA tournament host sites. This is why Kansas City is the national capital of college basketball and home of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Basketball Experience, both attached to Sprint Center, a cool, glass-encased arena that’s one of the best in the country. Even if there aren’t games when you’re in town, the CBE is an interactive exhibit that lets you call the greatest moments in college basketball history, feel what it’s like to shoot free throws in a sold out arena, or just find a pick-up game on its full-size court.

    Image courtesy of the College Basketball Experience/Facebook.

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    The Crestwood Shops
    251 E 55th St
    Kansas City, United States
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    A Touch of Class in the Brookside Neighborhood
    By Stephen Himes

    A little farther south than the Plaza, but easily accessible off of Brookside Boulevard in the sought-after Brookside neighborhood, the Crestwood Shops are almost entirely local, high-end design stores. Charlecote, The Pear Tree, and O’Home are interior design shops, and Salon Latifa and Salon Crestwood are great for spa days. If she needs a work outfit or something for a night on the town, Hudson and Jane or Frankly Basic will have something stylish. After shopping, sit at the coffee bar and patio at Axios—a French restaurant with a great view of the green space surrounding the Trolley Trail.

    Image courtesy of the Crestwood Shops.

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