A July 2005 trip
to Kansas City by zabelle
Quote: When we first decided to visit Kansas City on our way to Omaha I asked myself Why? Now I'm in love with this very charming and people friendly city.
Next morning we hopped on the Kansas City Trolley and headed for the Nelson Atkins Art Museum. Along the way we learned lots of trivia about KC and its promenent sons and daughters. (Walt Disney, Joan Crawford just to name a few). After a morning of glorious art we hopped back on the trolley and got off at Gates for some Kansas City Barbecue. Our next stop was Union Station and then finally the Hallmark Visitor Center. A very full day with a wide variety of activities.
Another thing I loved about KC was the many beautiful pieces of sculpture all over the city. We loved the penguins at Country Club Plaza and the wonderful statue of jumping children. While we were there they were having a cow parade. Different artist have painted cow statues that will be sold at a charity auctions but in the mean time they are all over town. We loved Vincent Van Coug and the Cowch in the Crown Center. For more information about the cow parade visit their website at link.
Hotel | "Westin Crown Center"
We were part of Crown Center, which includes lots of shops and restaurants and is attached through Halls Department Store to the Hallmark Visitor Center. Kansas City spread out before us, and we felt right at the pulse of everything. We had an unbelievable leisure rate of $89, plus $14 for valet parking.
Our room was stunning. It was on the 17th floor, which, if you took the right elevators, you got to ascend the outside of the building, which had spectacular views.
The king-size bed was covered in a crisp white-feather bed with more large white-feather pillows than we could have used. We are quite jaded really, but this was especially nice; it looked so clean.
We had a large bathroom with a great tub and loads of water pressure. The amenities in the room were good too, with nice aloe vera soap
and a terry robe in the closet. There was also fridge full of goodies (for a price of course).
My only grip is that they provide you with a coffee pot, but it’s $2 a pot to buy the coffee. Come on !!
Wait until you see the view from our room. We left the curtains open most of the time.
The hotel has two restaurants and a bar. We never ate there, though. Since the hotel is connected to the Crown Center with all its varied dining options, we choose to eat at the Crown Center.
This is a really nice hotel, and the staff was helpful and friendly. What they could use is a good map for the concierge to give out. The one he gave us to go to Swope Park was pitiful; it was a copy of a copy of a copy and left us stranded midtown.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2001
The Westin Crown Center, Kansas City
1 PERSHING RD
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
My husband had an appetizer of Calamari Fritti which turned out to be huge plate of truly tender squid with a light coating, perfectly cooked and served with a tasty marinara. I had an Insulata di Funghi which in case you can't guess was a lovely baby green salad with arugula and cremini mushrooms laced with a lemon dressing. Again excellent.
My main course was Agnolotti alla Crema Tartufo which was little pasta pockets (homemade) stuffed with fontina cheese in a creamy sauce made with asparagus, browned butter and white truffle oil. It was one of the most sinfully delicious dishes I've ever eaten, the sauce was a marvel, the combination of the browned butter and the asparagus was inspired. The portion wasn't large but it was perfect, more would have been too much, less not enough.
Joe had loin of pork with rosemary and garlic, with roasted vegetables and potatoes. He never stopped smiling. My one taste of his pork was yummy.
I was glad that my portion hadn't made me too full for dessert because the menu was interesting. I had a great decaf cappucino and berry sorbet but the hit of the night was the Lemoncello Panna Cotta which was a lemon and real vanilla bean custard served with mixed berries and candied lemon peel on top. And as if the food wasn't enough, the service was perfect. Never intrusive but always there when we needed it. If you have the chance I recommend you eat and taste how great Italian food can be.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2001
2405 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
+1 826 426 1130
Restaurant | "Gates Bar B Q"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 18, 2001
Kansas City, Missouri 64127
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2001
Einstein Bros. Bagels
2450 Grand Boulevard, Suite 121
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
6601 Swope Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri 64132
+1 816 363 7827
Attraction | "Nelson Atkins Museum of Art"
for your trip to the upper floors. This is an outstanding museum. They have 58 galleries and 11 period rooms. They have works by Cranach,
Titian, Caravaggio ,
Reubens, Monet, Tiepolo , Sargent, Viger LeBrun
and two Frans Hals Portraits
( one on loan from St Louis).There is also a nice display of American Furniture and a wall of paintings by different members of the talented Peale family. The works are displayed in small galleries where you can really enjoy them instead of these huge intimidating rooms. Also the guards were very friendly and helpful offering information and advise to the young people who were visiting. We saw more families and children here than anywhere else on our trip in an art gallery. This museum is also well know for its Asian collections. They have rooms of chinese porcelain and furniture. This museum can be seen in an hour but it will be an hour well spent. There is also a sculpture garden where modern sculpture is on display.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak St
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
+1 816 751 1278
is one of the busiest stations in the country. At its peak in 1917, more than 79,000 trains passed through. In the 1930s it was the scene of a mob massacre where five FBI agents were killed as well as the mobster they were after. The bullet holes are still visible on the exterior granite of the building.
Inside, the building has undergone a $250 million restoration and now houses Science City, a hands-on children’s science museum; a theatre complex; several restaurants; and a planetarium. We got off the Trolley Tour here and enjoyed an hour of just browsing. The building itself is beautiful, and the chandeliers and ceiling are magnificent.
We had to stop for a chocolate fix at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company, and there is a huge science museum gift shop. Right now, they have a Titanic Exhibit going on, which you can visit for $12; some of the objects are on display in the terminal.
This building has loads to offer, especially to families and can be visited in an hour or 2, depending on whether you visit the science museum. There are also tours offered of the Station. The station is open 6am to midnight. The station is connected with the Crown Center by the Link.
30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
We drove through Country Club Plaza where there are no parking meters and no stop signs, which makes people a bit more polite as they drive. There are three stops in the Plaza. The Trolley is scheduled to run every 30 to 40 minutes, we found this not to be the case. We spent quite a bit of time waiting for the next trolley and if we had more time and if it hadn't been so hot , we would not have minded. As it was we were pretty annoyed by the time we finished rushing through lunch so we could wait half an hour more than we should have. None the less it was fun and I would recommend that you get on the trolley and ride it all the way through its 2 hour tour and then get off and see more of what interests you.
Since there is extensive construction around the art museum, they are shuttling people to parking lots away from the museum so it was still worth it to wait for the trolley. Trolley stops all over town including both the Nelson Atkins and the Kemper Art Museaum, 3 stops in Country Club Plaza, Union Station, Crown Center, Westport, Gates BarB Q, Hallmark Visitor Center, Toy and Minature Museum, City Market, Arabia Steamboat, Town Pavillion and several hotels.
The Trolley runs 10am to 6pm daily and you can get on and off as often as you like.
Kansas City Trolley
Kansas City, Missouri
When I found out the house where "The Dirty little coward, who shot Mr Howard and laid poor Jesse in his grave" was within visiting distance, I just had to go. It was like grabbing back a piece of childhood.
It is a small house by any standards,
and the James Family, Jesse, his wife and 2 children, had only lived here for a few months when Jesse short on cash decided to plan another robbery. He recruited the Ford brothers. Obviously he wasn't a good judge of character because the reward on his head was just too great a temptation and Bob Ford shot him in the back as he hung a picture in his living room. He was only 33. The bullet hole is still in the wall in the parlor.
Rumors have surfaced in recent years that it wasn't Jesse who was killed here in St. Joe. A DNA test was done on the remains and it was verified that is was indeed Jesse James who was shot that day. While they were removing the remains , they salvaged some items from the burial. These items, the original handles from his casket and the cuff links he was wearing are on display in the house.
While we were there a woman who was also touring told us that her grandma was a second cousin to Jesse. We were delighted to meet her.
This will be a fun stop for any 50-somethings. We certainly enjoyed ourselves.
Jesse James House
1202 Penn St.
St. Joseph, Missouri 64503