48 Hours in Kansas City

This past weekend I flew to Kansas City to attend the Go Blog Social Workshop. I used to travel to Kansas City often for one of my customers, but I hadn’t been back in nearly 3 years. I love traveling and eating alone, so this was a great opportunity to explore new areas of town, spend some quality time with my blog, and learn from some inspiring women.

The Go Blog Social Workshop was a great opportunity to meet other bloggers, learn styling and instagram tips from some experts, and absorb all of the inspiration around me. The keynote speakers were Carrie and Morgan from Ampersand Design Studio, and I loved how frank and honest they were about their path to making their dream a reality. It was so relatable and made me want to grow up to be just like them. Or at least get to a place where I can live my dream, too. I am just getting to going through all of the cards from the great women I met, and I cannot wait to read all of their blogs/see what they are up to!

Kansas City and the Go Blog Social Conference

so many inspiring women!


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Go Blog Social Workshop at the River Market Event Place

Now for some travel tips for KCMO. Below are some of the places I went on this trip or on others, and some recommendations. Thank you, Jess, for some of these recommendations!


As an SPG Loyal, I don’t really stray off brand any more, so my hotel recommendations are not often going to stray from a Westin or Sheraton. I liked the Westin I stayed in on this trip, and would recommend it. It was a great location between the Country Club Plaza area and Downtown/River Market, so convenient if you have a car. You cannot really walk from there to anything if you are looking for a quick walk, but overall, the hotel experience was positive. I would recommend that you go on a weekend on which there is NOT an International Folk Alliance event. I felt like I was dropped onto the set of a Mighty Wind. Not OK.
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As you know, eating is my travel specialty. I love trying new foods and sampling different coffee shops and local specialties. This trip was no different.

BrunchFarmhouse – The Omelet of the Day I had was out of this world! Chock full of the veggie and ham goodies and topped with a very generous helping of cheddar cheese. It was excellent! Also, their super crispy hash browns are right up my alley. The ambiance was great and the menu was diverse with a leaning towards southern comfort food. So good looking!
Brunch at the Farmhouse Kansas City

Brunch at the Farmhouse Kansas City

DinnerThe Local Pig – The wings and the tamale I had at the Local Pig were amazing. It looks like this is a newer restaurant, but contrary to usual expectations of a new restaurant the food did not disappoint and the service was great. Honestly, I am still thinking about the BBQ-Buffalo Wings. The bartenders were nice and my “Negroni Blanco” was excellent. I liked the “butcher shop” feel of the place and it seemed like a great place for a group. Loud atmosphere and shareable food with a wide range of beverages.
Negroni Blanco at The Local Pig

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Other dinner places to tryThe Westside Local, Bristol Seafood Grille, Blue Koi, Bo Lings.

BBQ places to hit upFiorella’s Jack Stack, Arthur Bryant’s, Gates BBQ, Joe’s Kansas City.


City Market – This was so cool. An indoor massive farmers market with spices, fresh vegetables, and a host of little cafes and coffee shops along the outer wall. It was really neat. I wish we had something like this Madison.
Spices at the City Market in Kansas City

Country Club Plaza – Great shopping around there. The Halls Department Store is great. I really loved shopping there when I was in Kansas City for work. Bad for the wallet.

Steamboat Arabia Museum – If you are looking for some history, here is a great dose of it. This is a museum of the excavated remains of the Steamboat Arabia that crashed in the Missouri river in the 1850s. Honestly, I didn’t even know that was a thing, but the pre-civil war relics they found in the boat are quite a sight to see. All of these random things that were on there way to general stores but never made it. Can you imagine riding on a boat with two of those big wheels? CRAZY!?
Arabia Steamboat Museum

Arabia Steamboat Museum

Arabia Steamboat Museum

Power and Light District – A great area to walk around during the day, go out to the bar at night, and people watch.

Westport – This is a great little district. Very busy at night and lots of things going on. I would love to have stayed closer to here to walk around a bit. Also looked like a lot of cute antique shops.

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  1. Shea says:

    I’m so glad I met you at GBS Workshop! I love what you said about the Ampersand gals–I want to be them when I grow up too 🙂 And I loved the KC food highlights–I live here but there are still a few on your list that I still haven’t checked out!

    March 2, 2015