A quick weekend girls trip is such a fabulous way to get away and relax with some of your closest girlfriends. Visit Overland Park invited myself and a friend to Kansas City to see all of the amazing activities and food the city has to offer.
The flight was very quick and my plane landed at Kansas City International Airport in no time! I was super excited to explore a new place and could hardly wait to get the itinerary rolling the next day. The airport was approximately 45 minutes away from Overland Park, so as soon as Leah and I checked-in to our room at Hyatt Place, we grabbed a bite to eat at Stroud’s and returned back to the hotel to rest up for a full day.
Morning Bite from McLain's Market
Just a breeze away from our hotel, we started our morning at McLain’s Market for a quick bite to eat before our spa appointment. Can’t enjoy spa services on an empty, growling stomach! There were so many freshly baked pastries to choose from, but I settled on the avocado toast and Sunrise juice which were both so delicious. It gave me just the boost I needed!
Serenity at Sunlight Day Spa
Sunlight Day Spa had the most serene environment that made me wish I could slip away to the spa every single day on my lunch hour. Leah received a customized 60-minute facial which included steaming, masks, extractions and everything else needed for a holiday glow.
Afterwards, we were both able to hop in one of Sunlight’s mPulse chromotherapy saunas. They’re actually available to purchase upstairs at the spa and would definitely make the ultimate “gift to self”. We relaxed and chatted in the sauna for about 30 minutes with the company of YouTube, Twitter, Netflix, Pandora and more. It was the real deal.
Mini Holiday Shopping Spree at Oak Park Mall
Following our spa visit, we were whisked away via Uber to Oak Park Mall. I love a trip with good shopping and this mall had all of the stores I love such as Nordstrom, Lush and Sephora.
Kansas City's Most Coveted BBQ from Q39
After our first full girls day out, we spent time at the hotel watching Christmas classics before heading to dinner at one of Kansas City’s hottest BBQ spots. When we asked friends on social media where we should visit and eat, Q39 was one of the top named restaurants. We were encouraged to try it out, but with a reservation. Being from Texas where BBQ lives, we were a little skeptical at first.
This newly opened location was completely packed with diners ready to feast their tastebuds on burnt ends and Q39’s special barbecue sauces. Luckily, we did have a reservation! We each ordered a drink and started with the bacon wrapped shrimp before indulging in a plate with our choice of two meats, apple coleslaw and fries. Leah and I were completely stuffed! Our minds were blown by the sauces and the meats were all cooked to perfection. From two Texas girls, we approve!
Weekend Brunch at Room 39
On our final morning in Overland Park, we awoke from our foodie comas for brunch at Room 39. I’m always down for a hearty breakfast or brunch!
I skipped on mimosas for this one, but we each ordered the challah french toast topped with a mixed berry compote and cinnamon whipped ricotta with a glass of fresh orange juice…and it was delicious. It was served with crispy potatoes and bacon. If I’ve learned anything from my visit to Kansas City, it’s that there are lots of potatoes in every form, and they’re tasty.
Blend Your Own Beauty
After breakfast, we blended our own fragrances at Blend! I live for customized beauty and thought this concept was so neat. You can choose from several notes in essential oils to create your own fragrance, shower gels, lotions, and more! If you know what types of scents someone loves, this would be the perfect holiday gift. You can even recreate some of your favorite designer fragrances.
Leah prefers clean scents, so she chose rain/shower essential oils; my own preferences vary, but I was in the mood for something tropical to remind me of my summer trip to Kauai, so I chose Monoi de Tahiti (one of my favorite floral scents) and Hibiscus Passion.
Ditch Your Diet | Indulge in Decadent Delectables
It’s the holidays and probably the last time to indulge in those sweets you said you’d give up last New Year! Decadent Coffee and Dessert Bar was the happy place we stumbled upon at Prairiefire Shopping Center. Initially, it caught my eye because the shop was pink…and then I spotted a sign outside with hot chocolate and other treats! Once we got inside, there was classic holiday music playing, it was warm and there were desserts galore. Leah and I were SOLD.
She got the pecan pie à la mode and I picked the apple turnover drizzled with icing. As if that wasn’t already enough, we both sipped on hot chocolate so rich that we were ready to take a nap right in Decadent’s plush pink chairs.
Evening Wine Dive
On our final evening in Overland Park, we Ubered to Louie’s Wine Dive for cocktails and bites. There’s nothing like wine, girlfriends and lots of laughs to end a good trip! We ordered The “Overland Park” which was Louie’s version of a classic Old Fashioned and the Sinatra Burger. We thoroughly enjoyed our cocktails and they were crafted with tons of flavor — no watered down drinks here! For dessert, we ordered the beignets with a rum butter sauce.
Overland Park has plenty to offer whether you’re traveling with girlfriends or family! It’s a quick weekend destination especially from Dallas and, from what we’ve seen and heard, is growing rather quickly. There were so many more spots I wanted to visit, so I can’t wait to journey back to Kansas City to explore again. Planning a girls trip to Overland Park? Definitely visit some of the places from our itinerary!
This trip was sponsored by Visit Overland Park.