Curio Local Guide

Kansas City

Authored by Amanda Watters
Amanda Watters
Stay at home mom and Blogger

A perfect day in Kansas City would start in the River Market buying a big bouquet of wild flowers and filling up a market bag with goods from local gardens. I would hop over to Happy Gillis for brunch and order their biscuits and gravy before heading to The Nelson-Atkins for an afternoon at the museum. Taking a stroll through the Loose Park rose gardens would be next on the agenda before heading to Westport for dinner to have oysters, charcuterie, and rosé on Ca Va’s patio under the bistro lights.

 

We sent Yodeler Amanda Watters to Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton to experience the iconic Art Deco hotel, in the heart of the Power and Light District, shoot some photos and create a Curio Collection Travel Guide Kansas City. It’s full of unique tips and local secrets, just for you.

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The cultural community here is vibrant and growing, but there’s also a slower and more mindful pace here that makes for easy living.

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A perfect day in Kansas City would start in the River Market buying a big bouquet of wild flowers and filling up a market bag with goods from local gardens. I would hop over to Happy Gillis for brunch and order their biscuits and gravy before heading to The Nelson-Atkins for an afternoon at the museum. Taking a stroll through the Loose Park rose gardens would be next on the agenda before heading to Westport for dinner to have oysters, charcuterie, and rosé on Ca Va’s patio under the bistro lights.

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Where to Stay

Hotel Phillips, Curio Collection by Hilton

As someone who appreciates interior design and hospitality, I could not stop admiring the thought and warmth put into our stay. The décor really appealed to our aesthetics and made us feel like we were truly on vacation.

We dined at Tavernonna, the hotel’s modern Italian restaurant, and enjoyed the delicious homemade cacao e pepe and seared scallops. We are big fans of homemade pasta, and we were very happy with the quality of food we ordered.

The location of the hotel was also really nice as we walked everywhere and even rode the KC Streetcar on several occasions. Everything was a delight and we left our staycation feeling refreshed and inspired without having to board a plane or pack for an extended stay.

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From the moment we walked in, it was clear that every single detail was considered throughout this classically decorated hotel. It felt as though we were stepping back in time with the beautiful and historic Jazz Age features, such as old-school lighting, the emerald velvet couches, and the claw foot tub in our room. The intentionality in each space made our whole experience truly magical and a breath of fresh air.

The food and live music scene here is incredible, but the best thing about Kansas City is how proud everyone is to live Midwest. There is a genuine, good-natured spirit and approachability that flows throughout the city that makes being here really special. The many new farm-to-table restaurants opening up each month provides a seasonal fair that is fantastic.

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