There simply is no place more beautiful or romantic than Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza at Christmas. I’ve had the good fortune of seeing New York’s Rockefeller Center and Washington’s National Tree lighting ceremony.
But Kansas City’s one great contribution to Christmas is The Plaza. Photos just cannot capture the majesty of the place. And it’s not bad the rest of the year, too.
Last evening my wife & I along with our best friends decided we needed an upscale night on the town. There are plenty of entertainment and dining options in Johnson County, Kansas. But for romance and a truly world-class experience there is really only one place to go.
History & Flavor
The Country Club Plaza was first designed in 1922 to be the country’s first suburban shopping district. From the linked website comes the following…
The Plaza is an outdoor museum of romantic Spanish architecture and European art where people actually live and work every day amid its beauty. ~ Those who have traveled overseas might do a double take when they stroll past the statue of Sir Winston Churchill. Just steps away two of Spain’s landmarks–the Giralda Tower and the Seville Light — tower majestically on the horizon. Down the street in a quiet courtyard sits an original bronze of Pomona by Italian sculptor Donatello Gabrielli. Is this England, or maybe Spain, or could it be Italy? What a surprise to the traveler to find these magnificent European works of art in the heart of the Midwest — on Kansas City’s famed Country Club Plaza.
Today’s Plaza if filled with the finest shops you would expect to see in Paris, New York and San Francisco. Visitors from out of town on their first visit to Kansas City, are always amazed at the experience they are filled with upon first arriving at The Plaza.
International level hotels from big names and boutiques are closely located to and within the boundaries of this magnificent destination. National chain restaurants and local fair are intermingled with the shopping, fountains and street experiences. Pedestrians have the right of way on The Plaza. Really. With only a couple of stop lights interfering with the charm drivers are instantly educated to the fact that this place is one of a kind. Park the car and walk. No matter the weather.
Romance is easily discovered. Carriage rides of all shapes and sizes are available. And in the warmer months gondolas meander up and down Brush Creek. Or you can just stroll up and down the streets window shopping or admiring the beautiful fountains.
The Country Club Plaza in Kansas City is truly our area’s pride and joy. The proper balance of condos, close by homes and big business all work together to make this a spot you must visit during your lifetime. Don’t shy away from a visit to Kansas City. You will leave with a smile on your face.