Staycation Kansas City: Five Hot Spots to Discover this Summer!
Written by: Callie Spear
Feet are up, head back, sunglasses on, you feel the summer's heat taking a hold of you, pulling you into its warmth. Your body finally relaxes after months of tedious work, you hear the ocean breeze.....WAIT. REWIND. REALITY CHECK. That thought just came to a screeching halt. You WISH you were on a luxury vacation visiting a private island in the middle of nowhere. But instead, you are here. Home...in Kansas City. And there is not a vacation in your sight for months!
It is time to switch gears my friends! Change it up! It is summer 2017. Step out of your bubble and discover what our city has to offer you and/or your family in these next sizzling months!
Kansas City has continued to renovate itself over the years and has become a favorable entertainment district for both tourists and its own community. We offer only a few hot spots to begin your next adventure--take advantage and come along for the drive!
#1: The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center: Located in the heart of downtown, the Westin will take you on the Staycation you need! One hour here and home is far away. This upscale hotel is accommodating to both individuals and families. Walk across the street to Union Station and visit their one-of-a-kind exhibits, or explore Hallmark's Crown Center passing through the hotel's climate-controlled walkways, boutique shops, LEGOLAND Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium. But the hidden gem in this hotel remains on the outside balcony located off the fourth floor. The panoramic views of downtown'sold and modern architecture make it a premier location for events and photography.
#2: The W Bar: A narrow wooden door marked by the number 6 1/2 is the only visible sign of this new cocktail bar's existence. Located at 6 1/2 SW 3rd Street in downtown Lee's Summit, The W is hidden amongst three hair salons, a barber shop and an antique shop all covering one block. A knock on the door and the requirement of a reservation will get you in once you climb the dark, steep staircase leading to an exclusive lounge, where your crafted cocktail will be waiting for you.
#3: Hotel Sorella: A charming blend of neo-rustic Italian style and classic features makes this boutique hotel picturesque for a weekend down on Kansas City's Country Club Plaza with your significant other. The aroma of the hotel's signature scent will have you craving more amongst the contemporary handblown Venetian glass chandeliers that glam the lobby's entrance.
#4: Boulevard Brewing Company/The Roasterie Tours: Sample some of the city's best crafted ales and lagers at the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest, Boulevard Brewing Company. Tours run 365 days a year for friends and family that frequent the buildings modern event space. Need a cup of joe? The Roasterie is one of the most renowned coffee roasters in the nation, standing itself apart from other direct trade coffee companies. Book your tour today and experience the taste of The Roasterie's signature blend.
#5: RoKC: Tap into your inner Rocky Mountains! KC is bountiful with rock climbing facilities to keep you in shape this summer and out of the heat. RoKC offers a $15 one-day pass that includes custom climbing walls, 5,000 square feet of standalone bouldering, fitness classes and more! The Cave Bouldering Gym, Ibex Climbing and Apex Climbing Gyms, also offer a series of programs to help you learn the ropes!
Callie Spear is a personal trainer by day, creative entrepreneur by night, Callie has spent nearly the last two decades backing high profile brands in Kansas City's sports marketing industry! In the past year, she has turned the tables now backing her clients with luxe wellness and lifestyle programs (LUXE Wellness with Callie), providing customized activity and personal development action plans through out-of-the-box VIP events and rewards with the help of luxury partners, ATHLETA and New Balance to name a few.
Two years ago, Callie began the non-profit, Kicks for Kansas City, providing gently used (and new) athletic shoes to those in need through the assistance of the organization's beneficiaries, Kansas City Rescue Mission (KCRM) and Mission Southside. The nonprofit works with a variety of corporations and schools in the area aiding the social programs that are the driving force in helping "lace our communities together."
When she's not planning her fall wedding and spending time with her two new daughters, Callie dreams of meeting Carrie Underwood and working with the celebrity's fitness clothing line, Calia.