The end of summer is a perfect time to get out of town … but where to? Guest blogger Lysa Allman-Baldwin shares her recommendations on what to see and do outside of Kansas City, Missouri.
There are many advantages to living in and visiting the KC area—the Heartland of America. And one of them is the close proximity to several cities that have a great deal in the way of culinary, history, artistic and recreational diversions—making them great day trips.
You may have been to, or just driven through, these three spots, and are familiar with what they have to offer. But within each one are a few surprises guaranteed top delight and inspire.
Located just 40 miles west of Kansas City, Lawrence has been listed as one of 12 distinctive U.S., destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as among “The 10 Best Small Arts Towns in America,” due to its large percentage of professional artists in the work force here.
More than three decades after it began, this year’s Great Lenexa Barbecue Battle Kansas State Championship will take place on June 21 and 22. And what a battle it is. Guest blogger Lisa Waterman Gray walks you through this delicious battleground.
The Great Lenexa Barbecue Battle has grown from 12 contestants to 185 contestants in 2012. When the weather is good, upwards of 25,000 people attend the two-day event. The lucky ones find parking nearby, while others forgo a fruitless search and hop onto free shuttle buses that depart from several locations.
As Friday evening begins, the rolling terrain in Lenexa’s Sar-Ko-Par Trail Park becomes a sea of multi-colored tent tops where addictive aromas of grilled and smoked meats permeate the air as live music gears up for a bustling evening. There’s every variety of cooking apparatus on hand, from trusty round charcoal grills to tall, egg-shaped smokers and handcrafted custom equipment that resembles a pink pig or an antique train engine. Read more
The fall calendar is blanketed with food festivals like an autumn lawn piled with leaves. Here are some golden ones.