Thursday, May 31, 2007

Village West (Kansas City, Kansas) - Lodging

(This entry continues a series on the Village West area in Kansas City, Kansas)

I already mentioned the Great Wolf Lodge in a recent posting. That would have to be the number one option for families in this area.

Of course, the Kansas City area has dozens of hotels within a short drive of Village West, but if you’re looking specifically at this area, there are four to choose from.

In addition to Great Wolf, there’s a Holiday Inn Express, a Hampton Inn and Chateau Avalon, featuring 62 luxury suites styled after a French chateau.
I stayed at the Hampton Inn with a large king room featuring a spacious bathroom, free internet and a complimentary breakfast.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Village West (Kansas City, Kansas) Dining

(This entry continues a series on the Village West area in Kansas City, Kansas)

Well, I already mentioned Ted’s Montana Grill a few days ago, but when it comes to dining, this area is loaded with options.

There are some national chains – like Applebee’s, Hooters and Outback, but you’ll be much better off sampling a variety of other options.

For barbecue, there’s Famous Dave’s and Arthur Bryant’s. You can check out the Louisiana Jazz Kitchen or the Saddle Ranch Chop House. Sushi or hibachi, covered at Stix. Other options include Dave & Buster’s, Cheeseburger in Paradise, T-Rex CafĂ©, Caliente Cuban Restaurant.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Village West (Kansas City, Kansas) Entertainment

(This entry continues a series on the Village West area in Kansas City, Kansas)

What do you want to do this weekend? If you’re at Village West, the options are numerous. Pick the right weekend and you can head to Kansas Speedway, home to NASCAR Truck, Busch and Cup races as well as Indy Cars and more. The track also offers several driving schools where you can take your own high-speed laps around the 1.5-mile oval.

From June-September, the Kansas City T-Bones, an independent professional baseball team, play here. Tickets are just $10 and parking is free at the 4,300-seat stadium.

The open-air mall includes a 14-screen theater, T-Rex restaurant where kids can dig for dinosaur bones, and much more.

Covering both the entertainment and lodging category is the Great Wolf Lodge, one of about a dozen around the country. In addition to upscale accommodations in a northwoods-themed retreat, the lodge features a 49,000-square foot indoor entertainment area, including a 2000,000 gallon waterpark.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Wyandotte County, Kansas (Overview & Shopping)

(This entry continues a series on the Village West area in Kansas City, Kansas)

Visit this county that includes Kansas City, and you won’t feel like you’re in Kansas anymore.
Wyandotte County is thriving, and home to quite a few attractions. Village West, located at I-70 and I-435 encompasses 400 acres of shopping, dining and entertainment options.

In today’s blog, I’ll take a look at the shopping option with more to come on some of the other area attractions in the coming days.

The shopping at Village West entails just about anything you could imagine. The two biggest stores, attractions in their own right, are Cabela’s and Nebraska Furniture Mart. Cabela’s has 180,000 square feet of outdoor gear while Nebraska Furniture Mart sells furniture, electronics, flooring, appliances and more on an 80-acre site. The Legends at Village West, complete with fountains and open-air corridors for strolling, has 90 stores and restaurants. You’ll find Cavendar’s, a large Western store, among the many specialty shops. I did my shopping at Sports Nutz, where they have gear and memorabilia from many professional and college teams.