Sunday, July 11, 2010

KS Adventures

First off I want to recommend a book series - Day Trips from (you fill in the city) by Shifra Stein. They aren't available for every city of course but I've seen them for quite a few (Austin, Baltimore, Phoenix, K.C., Minneapolis, etc.). I love them because they are full of places you can go for one day (or longer if you want) within a short drive from your house (in today's blog exactly 50 minutes from my house) that are a little off the beaten path.

Anyway, we headed out yesterday morning to the Moon Marble Factory in Bonner Springs, KS (a place not in the book but it started us off). This is a great place to visit because it's free, houses one of the best toy stores I have ever seen (not huge but great variety of classics and bizarre offerings) and is in the business of keeping an old world trade and game alive. Bruce, the demonstrator, is not only a great marble craftsman but also the owner. It's worth the drive.
(This shopping tote boasts the phrase "First Lady of Fabulous")

After that we headed off to the Holy-Field Winery, which in the Day Trips book boasted 10 varietals. It was a quaint vineyard with a storefront that had tastings, so we partook in that. We purchased a bottle of their driest red - a Chambourcin. The best part about the winery is that they let people help harvest grapes every late summer/fall - the only drawback is that they only do it on Sunday mornings.
The lady at the winery gave us a restaurant recommendation which led us to Kelley's (in Basehor, KS). A friendly, local bar and grill where the guy answering the door greeted every guest (except for us) by name. Our waitress was friendly and attentive and the food was good. They even had veggie burgers!

After that we decided that our trip needed one more stop to wrap it up and we headed to the Grinter House - a historic mansion that was built by a couple in the 1850's. The site marks the first ferry crossing on the Kansas River (all 100 feet of it).
So, that about wraps it up. If you are ever looking for some foreign adventures in your own backyard, K.C., check some of these out. If you don't live here, consider looking for a guide for your city or pick up a book for a city you'll be vacationing in. We have had some unique adventures courtesy of this book. Ciao!


  1. Needless to say, this was miles more entertaining than what I was doing (work). Please call us again; we would love to join in another adventure!

  2. LOL sounds like more fun than the hair museum!

  3. Sounds like a lot of fun - I'd like to take a gander at that book sometime, we're always looking for fun things to do!