Mine and my husband’s birthdays are exactly two weeks apart from each other. With neither of us being much for self-celebration, we typically utilize the weekend in between our birthdays to travel and do something fun together. This year we spent a day and a half in Kansas City, Missouri, primarily to enjoy a scenic country drive across the state to eat KC barbeque and explore downtown.
After a long stretch of driving across Missouri, our first stop was a caffeinated one. My husband quickly searched for coffee shops near our hotel and found Messenger Coffee Co. + Ibis Bakery. If I were a local, I’d be a regular at this coffee shop. The shop spans three stories in a beautiful brick building downtown. The ground floor serves as the coffeeshop and on-site bakery. The middle floor is where the roasting action happens, and the top floor offers a cozy rooftop overlooking downtown.
Any coffeeshop that offers honey lavender lattes are a big win with me. After sipping on coffee and acclimating to downtown, we checked into our hotel and took a late afternoon stroll around the Kansas City Power & Light district.
After dinner we returned to the Power & Light District. I recently purchased a new diffusion filter and the neon signage at night would be the perfect test subjects.
The following morning we enjoyed a short walk to Mildred’s Coffeehouse for coffee and breakfast. We enjoyed the guacamole toast and the chipotle breakfast wrap before heading out for the day.
Before checking out of our hotel to return home, we spent a few hours walking around downtown to appreciate Kansas City’s beautiful architecture. Throughout our trip we noticed several different “heart” statues around the city. The Parade of Hearts exhibition is a public arts experience featuring original works of art to show support for those affected by the events spanning 2020 and 2021.
We opted to take the longer, but more scenic, way home by by taking U.S. Route 50 across the state. Route 50 connects Kansas City to St. Louis by way of Lee’s Summit, Sedalia, and Jefferson City. Along the countryside drive we stopped by Sedalia, MO to explore their downtown district. We found ourselves stopping by Craft Beer Cellar for refreshment, then across the street to enjoy a light lunch at the Tacos El Arca food truck.
This was a fun weekend getaway with gorgeous weather and sights to compliment the long drive across Missouri!
Technical: Fujifilm X-T4 and XF 33mm f/1.4 R LM WR lens, Fujifilm X100V and 50mm TCL