I was recently invited on a press trip to explore the Kansas side of the KC metropolitan area. This part of town, on the other bank of the river, is often overlooked by visitors to the region. But, after a charming few days spent exploring KCK, Leavenworth and Bonner Springs, I can confidently say it’s an ideal weekend getaway destination from Omaha. After all, it’s roughly a three-hour drive away and contains all of the ingredients for a fun, relaxing, Kansas City girls’ getaway. Here are my favorites for a weekend of fun!
A Kansas City Girls’ Getaway Weekend of Fun
As one of KC’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods, Strawberry Hill brings a ton of charm to the table along with its enviable skyline views. It’s home to the delicious Slaps BBQ, the perfect low key lunch spot to enjoy KC’s most famous export. Just be prepared to line up early, as this joint sells out nearly every day.
There’s also the trendy Splitlog Coffee, which serves up specialty brews and local favorite Hana’s donuts daily from their cozy, but minimalist shop. But my favorite stop in Strawberry Hill was surely Voler – Thieves of Flight. It’s located in a beautifully renovated former church turned apartment and aerial studio. I was able to experience an aerial silks class that was both fun and challenging. It’s a great activity for a girls’ weekend to get some exercise in.
Pizza Cooking Class
Another great activity for a girls’ getaway is a cooking class. Luckily, KCK has the ideal space for such an experience: 1889 Pizza Napoletana. Simply call ahead or book a private class online for your group. You can expect to enjoy a variety of appetizers and vino, plus a lesson on kneading dough. Then, walk through the prep line to add toppings to your personal pizza, and place it in the custom pizza oven. The end result is a tasty afternoon spent exploring Naples’ culinary past in a modern and inviting space. It’s a definite winner to add to a weekend itinerary.
Next up, no girlfriends’ weekend would be complete without a wine tasting. Kansas City, Kansas and the surrounding areas offer a number of viable options to satisfy this. One scenic spot is Rowe Ridge in KCK. They offer a Seyval Blanc, Chardonel, Norton, Apple Pear, St. Vincent, Concord, and Blackberry Bliss varietals. The price point sits around $15 for a bottle, or a tasting flight is $8 and includes a wine glass. And, Rowe Ridge was actually the first vineyard in Wyandotte County, Kansas.
Additionally, the small town of Leavenworth, Kansas has a downtown winery spot. Z&M Twisted Wines was founded by a Sicilian gal and a military guy. Z&M offers inventive twists on classic favorites like a watermelon chardonnay, Sicilian white, and country lemonade options.
Board & Brush
Another idea for a weekend itinerary hits the artsy mark. Leavenworth is home to a cute wood sign studio called Board & Brush. Visitors can pick their project of choice ahead of time then create some craft magic in the cute downtown studio. They offer a Boards & Bagels class option as well, which means it’s a good breakfast time activity to start the day.
For those searching a more adventurous weekend, Zip KC in Bonner Springs delivers. Different packages vary in time from an hour and a half adventure up to three hours in the sky. I especially suggest a Sunset Tour as a fun way to close out a day of activities on your girls’ trip.
For a perfect pampering afternoon, consider a visit to Bella Vita Spa in Leavenworth. They offer manicures, pedicures, massages, hair care, and tons of custom facials. Plus, travelers can bring in their own wine and snacks to enjoy as well.
As you can see, there’s so much to do in Kansas City, Kansas and beyond. From a zip line adventure to a boozy wine flight to an historic neighborhood, KCK is the perfect destination for a girlfriend’s getaway.
Please note: As previously stated, I was hosted on a press trip to the Kansas City, Kansas area. All opinions remain my own.
A Minnesota native, Katy is a freelance travel, food, and lifestyle writer currently based in Omaha, Nebraska. Besides contributing to the LifeDoneWell brand, Katy is a contributing writer and content creator for a variety of other print and digital outlets including Travel Awaits, The Reader, google’s Touring Bird, Matador Network, and Modern Mississauga. She was also a popular Bridal Blogger for Wedding Essentials Magazine, an Omaha World Herald publication.