Start it with a trip out of town to one of greatest cities for shopping, Kansas City, MO. Yes you heard right Kansas City,MO. When you travel to KC this time of year, the best time is to travel Thanksgiving Day, and arrive Thanksgiving Afternoon. That will put you and your party there in time for the annual lighting of Country Club Plaza that kicks off the start to the holiday season with some great entertainment to boot.
If you are looking for a great place to stay that is convenient to Country Club Plaza, and you remember to book a month before you are set to leave, then the Homestead Studio Suites at 4535 Main Street is the place to stay. Don’t forget when you check in to pick up the mini weekender news letter it will tell you who is open for thanksgiving, and what events are going on around the city.(In addition you might want to down load the VisitKC app, if you have a smart phone.)You are within a 5 to 10 minute walk by foot, when you can manage to get across the traffic that is going into the plaza.
After you get a good night’s rest, and get up on Black Friday, you might be looking for a great breakfast, brunch, or lunch, you might enjoy Eggtc at 5107 Main Street. They have a great menu that includes a breakfast pizza, and breakfast burrito. The drinks are just as great. The pumpkin spice latte and hot chocolate are the way to go. You can find them open from 6:30 am to 2:30 pm , and their website at http://www.eggtc-kc.com .
After your first stop at eggtc, you can hit the shops that make Country Club Plaza famous.(Stores like Michael Kors, Ann Taylor, Halls, Topsy’s, Jos. A Banks, etc…)
When you need a lunch or dinner break and you are in the Plaza and craving some of the best BBQ, make sure to stop by Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue at 4747 Wyandotte Street. If you can’t get into the restaurant, try their take out, it’s just as wicked good. ( the quarter chicken with potato salad, and beans are awesome, and for dessert the carrot cake is the bomb!)You can find their site on the web at JackStackBBQ.com .
Once you have the meal from Jack Stack’s, you can get back to your shopping, and burn some calories off. But if you work it off, you may crave a snack later, and the best snack stop is Topsy’s off Central Ave in the Plaza.You can find their website at http://www.topsyspopcorn.com/(They have the best cinnamon popcorn on earth, it is the best!) Once you get your snack, and if you have four legged children, don’t forget to stop by the Three Dog Bakery at 602 48th Street, to pick up some love to bring back. You can find them online at http://threedog.com . If you are looking for a unique gift then stop by Halls in Country Club Plaza across from Jack Stack’s. You can find the Halls website at http://www.halls.com .
If the plaza is not your speed you can always venture out towards the Westport section of KC for some worldly shopping at the World Market on Westport Road. You can find their site on the web at http://www.worldmarket.com .
Don’t think all the chocoholic’s have been forgotten. When it comes to satisfying your craving, and you are in KC, stop by the Russell Stovers at 10100 Frontage Road. You will think you have died and gone to chocolate heaven when you enter the store, with all of the selections they offer. You can find them online at http://www.russellstover.com .
If you are missing your local farmers market or bakery, tool on down to the City Market at E 5th Street. You will be able to find a selection of produce, while also finding some homemade products. Plus if you are there around lunch time, you have a couple places to get lunch, or stop by the Bloom Baking Co. for a great selection of bread and pastry, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar, etc…
If after a full day or two of shopping and exploring, if you are craving something simple, and delicious, stop by Winsteads on Brush Creek Blvd. Pick up a single Winstead fully dressed with grilled onions and cheese(it cuts down on the gerks vs. the fresh onion), and if you are craving a dessert after the burger, try the apple dumpling or butterscotch Sunday with whip cream and a cherry on top. ( Delicious does not do it justice, it is the bomb!)
So if you are looking for a great small get away in your own backyard, popping in on Kansas City, MO is a great way to kick off the holiday season and get you in the holiday frame of mind, and place the holiday in your heart.