Trip Ideas: Wine, Dine and Tour KC
Kansas City, also known as The City of Fountains, is home to a large downtown and metropolitan area that features a variety of things to do and places to see. Feel at home in the Heart of America in Kansas City.
Morning
The museum recreates the look, sounds and feel of the game's storied past. The Negro Leagues were established in 1920. Video presentations and memorabilia in the 10,000 square-foot multimedia exhibit chronicle the history and heroes of the Negro Leagues, from the origin to the 1960s. Co-located with the American Jazz Museum in the Historic 18th and Vine District.
1616 E. 18th Street, Kansas City MO 64108, 816-221-1920
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Located in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form. The American Jazz Museum is co-located with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
1616 E. 18th St., Kansas City MO 64108, 816-474-8463
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Tour the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a mega-modern, state-of-the-art facility encompassing two awe-inspiring performance venues: The Muriel Kauffman Theatre and the Helzberg Hall.
1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City MO 64108, 816-994-7200
Hours: Tour times vary; admission is $5. See the Kauffman Center website for details.
Afternoon
From Kansas City, head north to Platte City and Jowler Creek, which produces wines that are fun to drink and easy to pair with foods. Due to its sustainable practices, Jowler Creek is considered Missouri's first "green" winery.
16905 Jowler Creek Road, Platte City MO 64079, 816-858-5528
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Award-winning barbecue and the historic Freight House make a gorgeous combination. Jack Stack serves quality hickory-smoked meats, fresh seafood and sides.
101 W. 22nd St., Kansas City MO 64108, 816-472-7427
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Evening
Chef Peter Grnauer, along with members of his Kansas City and Vienna-based family, serves Germanic cuisine in the historic Freight House in the Crossroads Arts District. The menu focuses on authentic representations of classic Austrian and Continental European cuisine.
101 West 22nd Street, Kansas City MO 64108, 816-283-3234
Hours: Mon.-Thur., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
At Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa, you find a gaming floor that rivals the fun and excitement of Las Vegas, a hotel with luxurious amenities, five dining choices, and an indulgently rejuvenating spa.
777 N.W. Argosy Parkway, Riverside MO 64150, 800-270-7711
Hours: Open 24 hours
A circa 1913 Colonial, two blocks from The Plaza, with12 guestrooms, plus a carriage-house suite.Accommodations include, among other amenities: private baths; sherry in your room; a full breakfast; complimentary afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres; evening hot beverages with sweets; and 24-hour innkeeper services.
116 E. 46th Street, Kansas City MO 64112, 816-531-7979
Hours: Office: 24 hours
This one-of-a-kind boutique hotel is patterned after Europe's fine small hotels. The Raphael is designed to offer a uniquely Kansas City experience, combining the intimacy and charm of a locally significant landmark with highly individualized service. Located less than a block from the famed Country Club Plaza shopping, dining and entertainment district.
325 Ward Parkway, Kansas City MO 64112, 816-756-3800
Hours: Front desk: 24 hours