KC Weekender: Relax and Recharge

Step out of the routine and check into Kansas City.

Story by Sarah Lee

If summer vacation seems a long way off and you need a break from routine right now, plan a long weekend in the celebrated city that beckons at your doorstep. No planes to catch or the jostling synonymous with modern-day travel—just three days to unwind, be pampered and discover what’s so darn cool about Kansas City.

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Check into the historic Hilton President-Kansas City (1329 Baltimore), located at the downtown intersection of some of the area’s best entertainment, dining and shopping. Completed in 1926, the hotel was built during the same boom that also saw construction of the Kansas City Power and Light Building and Midland Theatre. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the President is a boutique hotel known for well-appointed surroundings, an elegant ambience and attentive service.

The best part of your in-town respite? Experience a traffic-less weekend: Park your car on Friday and over the next three days, explore downtown on foot.

Photo courtesy of Kansas City Power & Light District

The hotel’s central location in the heart of the vibrant Power and Light District, and on the edge of the Crossroads Arts District, offers plenty of distractions. See a flick at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, buy tickets to an event at Sprint Center or enjoy a show at the Midland. Savor dinner in the President’s restaurant, Providence New American Kitchen, or wander down the street for from-scratch Irish fare at The Dubliner (forget the Guinness pint, the interior is worth a trip on its own), a steak at the posh 801 Chophouse or a charcuterie board at the butcher-driven gourmet gastropub Cleaver & Cork, the latest KC original to open in the P&L District. Dance the night away with Champagne and craft cocktails at Mosaic Ultra Lounge, listen to live music at The Kill Devil Club and order a nightcap back at the hotel’s Drum Room Lounge. There’s also plenty of retail therapy in The Garment District KC, a collective of some of Kansas City’s most unique, cutting-edge boutiques.

Photo courtesy of Crossroads Community Association

Walk a short distance to the nationally recognized Crossroads Arts District and stroll the galleries featuring local and regional artists, or catch a performance at the world-class Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, home to three of KC’s premier organizations—Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Kansas City Symphony. Refuel at Anton’s Taproom with the juicy house burger, contemporary German dishes at Affäre or combine cocktails and appetizers with shopping at The Webster House.

End your weekend with a tasty finale—Sunday brunch at Bristol Seafood Grill—and return home, satiated and satisfied, ready to face Monday with a mellow state of mind.