Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summertime in Kansas City

Jenee Osterheldt is one of my favorite local columnists, a transplant from the South, who loves Kansas City. This is Jenee's column from today's "Kansas City Star", entitled "Your KC Summer Bucket List", which describes a few of the many interesting summer activities in Kansas City.

"Kansas City may not have any ocean beaches, but summer is something our city does well.

Think about it. We’ve got frosty treats (Hello, Murray’s), Shakespeare in the Park and water parks (try Schlitterbahn). Seriously, we have enough aquatic playgrounds to almost make up for the fact that we’re landlocked.

And some things we do, like First Fridays, are simply better in the warmer weather. But don’t count on sunny days to last forever.

Fourth of July is upon us, and if we don’t enjoy the season now, autumn will fall on our heads before we know it.

I don’t consider us a cowtown, but we have to milk this summer for all it’s worth. Here are a few things to add to your summer bucket list:

•Ice cream — There’s been talk of Popsicles being the new cupcake. But I say nothing can replace my favorite baked treat, especially if you’ve ever been to Babycakes. Still, with all the ice cream boutiques popping up in the metro area, I’d say ice cream is on a mission.

Christopher Elbow’s gourmet ice cream shop GlacĂ©, 4960 Main St., wants to take taste buds on an adventure — French lavender, salted pretzel and caramelized banana are just a few of the flavors. Go to www.glaceicecream .com to figure out which sweet escapade is for you.

•Outdoor movies — Of course “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” is mandatory for some of us. But Ink’s dating diva, Pamela Spencer, says a new summer romance could be off to a bright beginning with an outdoor movie. It’s free, fun and as simple as a couple of lawn chairs and your crush. Our city offers a variety of venues, from Crown Center to the City Market to the Central Library. Our pick? “Pretty in Pink,” this Friday at Crown Center (www.crowncenter .com). Showtime at 9 p.m.

•Theatre in the Park — Whether you’re more of an Annie or a Cinderella, Theatre in the Park has it all. Michael Wimbs, a Kansas City Realtor, knows all about what the metro has to offer in the way of entertainment. He says this is a summer must.

“It’s one of those laid back, fun, simple times,” he says. “You can enjoy the best of summer — picnics, great performances under the stars, family and friends.” Visit www.theatrein for a performance schedule.

•Eat local — This should be a year-round goal. But summer is the season of farmers markets. And some things, like peaches and watermelon, are meant for these hot days. I like to get Shatto milk and fresh gerbera daisies at the City Market. But there are dozens of farmers markets in the metro, like the recently opened Gladstone farmers market, 525 N.E. 70th St., open 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. For a list of more farmers markets, visit"

Great column, Jenee. You have confirmed what I have been saying all along - Kansas City is both a fun and interesting place to live - and to visit. So, what lodging accommodations can best allow you to enjoy all that Kansas City has to offer as well as comfortable rooms with lots of amenities, fresh baked goods every afternoon, a luscious breakfast, spacious parking area, a swimming pool, a movie theater and a beautiful county lake right around the corner? That would be Su Casa B&B, of course.

Lois Hoover, Innkeeper
Su Casa Bed and Breakfast
Kansas City, Mo.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Guest Computer Center Available at Su Casa Bed and Breakfast

Su Casa B&B has recently added a guest computer center as an amenity. We are amazed at the popularity of this guest convenience. The inn already offers free WiFi throughout the inn, and the majority of guests bring a laptop or a cell phone with internet capabilities. Yet almost every guest since the computer center was installed in February, has been unable to resist the urge to sit down at the desktop computer for one reason or another. Even guests who are loyal to their laptops may need to print something out. Documents that may need to be printed incude airline boarding passes, directions to one of Kansas City's many wonderful attractions, or even listings for houses if guests are considering moving to the Kansas City area. So while guests may seek us out because our setting is one which gives the feeling of being in the country, but is just minutes from the many great attractions and events, none of that seems to negate the need for electronic conveniences.

Lois Hoover, Innkeeper
Su Casa B&B
Kansas City, Mo.