Kansas City, Here I Come
With the eighth annual Restaurant Week and the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, this is the perfect month to explore the city known for barbecue, beer and blues.
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Melt away the winter chill by watching the hot, hot, hot routines at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
For the first time since 1985, Kansas City is hosting the 2017 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, January 14 through 22 (2017uschampionships.com). The U.S. Championships serve as the final qualifying event to make the U.S. World Figure Skating Team every year. All junior and championship level events are at Sprint Center, and juvenile, intermediate and novice events are at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence. Single session tickets and packages are available. To see the best of the best, purchase tickets for the Championship Weekend (January 20 through 22) and Smucker’s Skating Spectacular. Tickets are available.
Kansas City has an array of fabulous restaurants, and there is no better time to try them than by going to the eighth annual Kansas City Restaurant Week, January 13 through 22 (kcrestaurantweek.com). Last year, a record 185 restaurants participated offering multi-course menus for $15 and $33 (think 417 Magazine’s Restaurant Month on steroids). This is your chance to not only try some famous venues like Hereford House, Bristol Seafood Grill and Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue, but also explore the city’s culinary landscape. Reservations are a must.
Sample the best of KC Cuisine, like the Sonoran Ranch Salad at Red Door Grill, at Kansas City Restaurant Week.
As the owners say, if you love European style, good conversation and places that are quirky then the Jefferson House (1728 Jefferson St., Kansas City, 816-673-6291) is for you. Peter and Theresa Robinson own this restored historic B&B situated in the Westside neighborhood of downtown Kansas City within walking distance of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Robinsons moved to Kansas City from the British Channel Island of Jersey and restored this 1896 neoclassical brick house, which is decorated in their European art and ceramic work by Theresa. A few perks during your stay include complimentary gourmet breakfast, Scottish shortbread in your room, a glass of complimentary Boulevard beer to welcome you and Kansas City–made Zum bath products. There are three bedrooms (two are suites), each with queen beds. Rates are $155 to $205.
Tuck in to the cozy and accommodating Jefferson House, which is owned by Brits Peter and Theresa Robinson.
Kansas City is home to nearly 20 breweries, the largest being Boulevard Brewing Company. The Visitors Center (2534 Madison Ave., 816-474-7095) offers free tours daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show up in advance to claim a ticket. Walking tours last an hour and include some beer tasting. To taste several breweries, head to the Crossroads Arts District and start at Torn Label Brewing Company (1708 Campbell St., 816-656-5459). Its flagship beer is Monk & Honey, a Belgian-American beer brewed with honey from Peculiar, Missouri. A five minute walk away is Double Shift Brewing Company (412 E. 18th St., 816-304-7028), a small batch brewery that opened in 2015 and is run by a firefighter. Check the Facebook page for variety of beer tastings and specials, including half-price growler fills on Wednesday. Next door is Border Brewing Company (406 E. 18th St., 888-320-5199), a small batch brewhouse and taproom (the name is a reference to the Missouri-Kansas border). Beers on tap range from a Blonde to a Nitro Chocolate Milk Stout. Visit KC is creating a Tap Tour on which visitors can pick up a passport, get it stamped at a participating brewery and redeem it for a Visit KC item—slated to launch first quarter of 2017.