I wanted somewhere cheap to stay, and like I said, I wanted to do something different than your average commercial hotel. I opted to do Airbnb (Air-B-N-B, yes it's a word). Essentially, this is an app, or website, where people can book a place to stay for dirt cheap. What's the catch you might ask? Well, you are renting out a room, or floor in someone else's home.
Yes, this sounded sketchy to me too at first, but I will add that the creators of this service have really outdone themselves. The app has thousands of places to chose from, especially in major cities. Each place is listed with messages from the owners, as well as a very strict review policy. Not only do you have to approve of the owners, but the owners have to approve of you.
Don't believe me, check out my photos below. We were able to stay in the attic of an charming home in Westport. For only $66, we were accommodated with a living space complete with wifi, Netflix, Hulu and HBO-Go, a king sized bed, a full bath with a clawfoot tub, and a kitchenette that included complimentary water bottles, coffee, tea, a full dish set, and microwave. Between the two of us, this was only $30.
Talk about a steal. Should you find yourself in K.C., and want to use this app, I would HIGHLY recommend "Bonnie's Place." If you want to know more about Airbnb, or you yourself is looking to travel cheaply and have more questions, feel free to go to my contact page to talk to me about it!
As I said, we were in town for a concert, and a night like that isn't complete without going out to dinner beforehand. While dodging in and out of a very busy rush hour, we looked all over for a place to eat and finally settled on an italian place called "Extra Virgin." We chose outdoor seating for the view, and we knew we were in for an experience when we looked at the menu.
So, Extra Virgin, is true italian with a twist. Each menu item comes in what I would call "appetizer size," and our waitress advised us that we order multiple dishes to share. We asked her what she recommended, and went from there. There were multiple dishes we tried, but the portabella mac and cheese, and the meatballs were my favorite. If we are being honest, I have a picky palate, so I stuck with the basics, but the menu has tons of options for adventurous foodies. Click on any of the photos below for their full menu and website if you're looking to try something new.
At last, the moment I had been waiting for, the Chainsmokers. I have been a huge fan of them for years, and jumped on this opportunity to see them live. If you like light shows and loud music, this show is for you. If you dislike electronic music, this is not the concert for you.
The show went on for two hours, and was well worth the money. While the voices of the lead singer were not grammy-winning, they made up for it in production. This show had pyroglyphics, laser shows, smoke, confetti, streamers, you name it and they had it. You could tell production had been well thought out for months. They had a dj booth that moved up and down, lights that spun around to make staircases and incredible screen graphics. While I will probably only see them this one time, if you like their music, or like to dance non-stop, I would recommend seeing them.
Because Kansas City is a hop-skip-and a jump away from Omaha, we decided it would be fun if we spent the day after the concert exploring. However, we couldn't stop in K.C. without visiting our favorite location of "Union Station." Except this time, we were able to stop and enjoy lunch at the restaurant inside. If you visit, go to "Harvey's." For the location, and quality of food this restaurant is very very affordable. It should be noted that they have odd hours and are only open from 8am-3pm so plan accordingly.
Now talk about lunch with a view! Harvey's has upper and lower seating, and naturally we chose to sit up top. We were lucky and got the whole second floor to ourselves! If you guys remember, or want to scroll back to my Christmas in K.C post, this place was beautiful during the holidays, and it is still just as gorgeous in the spring time. It was cool because we were in town during mid-week so the station wasn't as busy as it is on the weekends. The peace and quiet of our afternoon was wonderful, and the view wasn't half bad either.
For those of you that didn't know, Kansas City is also known for their fountains. These landmarks can be found almost anywhere in town. We drove past countless fountains on our drive in and out of the city. On our second day we walked around a business park just to enjoy the nice weather and these were everywhere! I love fountains so this was for sure my cup of tea as we enjoyed the weather and the scenery.
So fellow travelers, what did I miss? Comment other cool things to do in K.C., because I will definitely be going back.
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