Soothe holiday stress with a quiet weekend getaway at the best Kansas City bed and breakfast spots.
Theresa Robinson’s 2008 ceramics residency at Red Star Studios convinced her and her husband, Peter, to leave England for Kansas City. Since September, they have shared their lovingly restored 1890s Westside home with admiring guests, where contemporary art and modern private baths juxtapose with vintage woodwork, European antiques and Theresa’s ceramics. Two guest rooms have attached sitting rooms, and one offers a small deck with a stunning Kansas City skyline view.
This B&B is only one-and-a-half blocks from eclectic Westside restaurants and shops, and two blocks from the vibrant Crossroads Arts District. Mouthwatering multi-course breakfasts combine local and seasonal ingredients with Scotch eggs, tarts and other European entrees. From $145.
Not far from K68 Highway lies a massive Tuscan villa where luxurious accommodations meet gourmet fare. A longtime dream of co-owners Michael and Christine Hursey, this welcoming and comfortable B&B offers a romantic, cherub-infused Raphael Room; the stately Presidential Room; the cozy, ADA-accessible Winery Room; and the elegant Godfather Room with its own sitting area. Sip wine before the fire or view the young vineyard, pond and gorgeous sunsets from broad verandas.
Guests love Hursey’s cinnamon- and nutmeg-infused, thick French toast made with heavy cream and other hearty dishes. Stay here while exploring the Somerset Wine Trail, Holiday Open House events at Louisburg Cider Mill or Paola’s Christmas homes tour. From $135; dinner for $25.
Southmoreland on the Plaza
A tasty “Pie Fest” amid lush holiday decor on Thanksgiving night and outdoor Christmas breakfasts (weather permitting) are two ways this B&B celebrates the holidays. The award-winning urban oasis occupies a 100-year-old home near the Country Club Plaza. Lodging options include the outdoorsman-inspired Leroy “Satchel” Paige room, the Clara and Russell Stover room with brass headboard and the cozy carriage house with crimson wood stove.
Wood-burning fireplaces warm some rooms, while private decks offer treetop views for others. Sweet and savory entrees alternate between breakfasts offered in the cozy sunroom or antique dining room, or on the massive deck where wine and hors d’oeuvres are offered each evening. Winter rates from $135.
Oak Street Mansion
Since Dr. Roland and Marcia Sabates purchased this lovely Georgian Revival-style home, it has undergone a stunning transformation to become an “art hotel.” Managed by their son, John, the house showcases the Sabates’ expansive art collection where each guest room portrays a different theme. Brilliant-hued graphics fill the Street Art Room, while vibrant pieces by artists such as Alicia Leal and Jose Maria Mijares decorate the Cuban Room. Or sleep amid soothing Impressionist pieces after viewing the nearby Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Impressionist exhibit.
Breakfasts typically include fresh pastries, and guests rave about John’s fresh berries with yogurt and mint. In the evening, savor wine and light hors d’oeuvres before a roaring fire, surrounded by additional art. From $175.
Ranked the No. 2 boutique hotel in the Midwest by AAA Best of the Midwest 2012, this 61-room French chateau is situated near Legends Outlets Kansas City, Sporting KC, the Kansas Speedway and Hollywood Casino. There’s a jetted tub in every room with jungle plants and pyramid murals decorating the Mayan Rainforest Adventure Suites and log cabin details in the Colorado Frontier Suite.
Ultra-modern architecture characterizes the New York Penthouse Suite, while massive wine barrels, a suit of armor and an arched “stone” wall decorate the stunning Camelot Suite. In-room breakfasts ensure a lazy wakeup; the bar offers cocktails, appetizers or desserts; and in-house spa treatments melt away stress. From $189.
Minutes away from the Country Club Plaza, Westport and the Mayor’s Christmas Tree and ice skating at Crown Center, Loose Mansion’s Carriage House sits amid large, elegant, vintage homes.
Reserve the lower level with two bedrooms, a spacious bath and a bright, airy living/dining area; savor the deep colors and dark woods throughout three bedrooms upstairs, which surround a light-filled living/dining room with tin ceiling; or rent the whole house for a seasonal family getaway. Each level has a TV with DVD player, a mini fridge and microwave, pampering robes and full-length mirrors to help you look your holiday best.
Complimentary breakfast and snacks make this B&B feel like home. From $200 (discount for extra nights.)
Story by Lisa Waterman Gray