Outdoor Fun!

Spring is just around the corner, and just like everyone else, Visit Clay is looking forward to some warmer weather! We think now is the perfect time to look ahead at Clay’s top five favorite outdoor activities that we think everyone should try their hand at this spring and summer.

1. Rent a kayak or paddleboard from Northland Outdoor Adventures at Smithville Lake! 

NOA’s season doesn’t begin until May 4th, but we definitely recommend planning ahead when it comes to these outdoorsy rentals, because they do make an awesome addition to any camping trip at Smithville Lake. We recommend making a weekend out of it, camping, and spending some time on the water with your NOA rental this summer!

Click here to learn more!

2. Find a disc golf course and learn a new sport! 

Clay is home to a variety of disc golfs courses and, better yet, most are free to play on! If you’re planning on getting out more this spring and summer, then there’s really no better way than learning a new sport while exploring your local parks! Disc golf courses can be found at:

  • Waterworks Park, North Kansas City
  • Stocksdale Park, Liberty
  • Paradise Pointe Disc Golf Course, Smithville
  • William Jewell Disc Golf Course, Liberty
3. Take a hike on one of Clay County’s numerous trails! 
From wildlife preserves to parks with paved trails, Clay County offers tons of different ways for you to get out and enjoy nature this spring and summer. For unique trail systems of varying difficulty, we recommend you visit Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary in Liberty. If you’re looking for paved trails with lake views, the trails systems at Smithville Lake and Watkins Mill are great for hiking and biking.
4. Attend a reenactment event! 
Since Clay is such an historic area, many of our sites and museums offer reenactment events throughout the spring and summer that we recommend you attend at least once! Shoal Creek Living History Museum has 1st Saturday events starting June 1st and running through September 7th. The Living History Farm Program at Watkins Woolen Mill operates weekly Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial weekend through early-August and is a great historic and interactive event for the whole family! Atkins Johnson Farm and Museum in Gladstone kicks off spring with a Civil War Spring Muster on April 13thClick here to learn more about Shoal Creek!

Click here to learn more about Atkins Johnson Farm!

Click here to learn about Watkins Woolen Mill!

5. Go camping at one of our local campgrounds! 

Clay County is a great place to visit for camping, especially in the spring and summer! Book a site at one of Smithville Lake’s campgrounds or at the Watkins Woolen Mill campground. We think camping is one of the best ways to make brand new summer memories!Click here to learn more about Watkins Mill camping!

Click here to learn more about Smithville Lake camping!

St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and we want to make sure everyone in Clay has the best chance to celebrate best they can in 2019!

 

Here’s a list of some of the top St. Patty’s Day celebrations in Clay, let us know in the comment what your festive favorite is!

 

1.Snake Saturday, North Kansas City

Enjoy Clay’s annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on March 16th with the Snake Saturday Parade and Festival! Click here to learn more!

 

2.Snake Saturday Celebration at Chicken N Pickle

Chicken N Pickle is celebrating Snake Saturday March 16th, it will be a great way to spend the afternoon after enjoying the parade! Click here to learn more!

 

3. Blanc Palette in Liberty

Blanc Palette has some festive art classes scheduled that offer a unique opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

 

March 7th: Shamrock String Art Class from 5:30 to 8:30

 

March 17th:St. Patty’s Day Painting and Mimosas from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

National Wine Day

National Wine Day was this week! Did you know that Clay County has several wine-themed activities and events that will make for a perfect addition to any trip to Clay? Here are just a few that we recommend…

CHAMBER TROLLEY WINE TOUR IN EXCELSIOR SPRINGS:

For an all-inclusive tour of the tasty wine options around Excelsior Springs, we recommend you book a one-of-a-kind tour on their Chamber Trolley! For a full exploration of Excelsior Springs’ culinary offerings, we recommend that you hop on to one of their All-Inclusive Wine & Dine Tours! Click here to learn more.

SIPPIN’ INTO SPRINGTIME IN EXCELSIOR SPRINGS:

This new limited ticket event features wine sampling a shopping throughout historic Excelsior Springs’ Downtown! The event is schedule for March 30th, 2019. Click here to learn more.

WINE FESTIVAL IN EXCELSIOR SPRINGS:

This annual event is one of the best ways to sample Missouri Wines and foods; it’s a great summer event! The festival is scheduled for June 15th, 2019. Click here to learn more.

SPIRITS AND SPECTERS AT BELVOIR WINERY:

Presented by Strange Escapes, this haunted weekend offers a ton of paranormal fun that you won’t get anywhere else. In addition, the event includes a special edition ‘Strange Escapes’ labeled bottle of Belvoir’s Lucky Pierre wine. The event is scheduled the weekend of April 12th through April 14th, 2019. Click here to learn more.

TUESDAYS AT TREZO IN THE VILLAGE AT BRIARCLIFF:

This weekly event is $36 per person and includes optional wine pairings. This is a three-course culinary experience constructed by the talented chefs at Trezo Mare. Click here to learn more.

Interactive Destinations

Doers and makers looking for some fun activities in Clay need to look into some of these interactive destinations:

1. Sip & Salvage in North Kansas City

2034-2000 Fayette St, North Kansas City, MO 64116

https://www.sipandsalvagekc.com/

 

Enjoy an interactive crafting class with you friends! Participants will be supplied with the woods and tools to distress, stain, and assemble your own sign. Stencils and paints will be supplied as well! Sip and Salvage is BYOB, so make sure to take your favorite beverage with you.

 

2. The Brewkery brewing and tasting class in North Kansas City

1443 Swift St, North Kansas City, MO 64116

http://brewkery.com/

 

The Brewkery offers a couple options to enjoy a more hands-on experience. Want to learn how to brew your own kombucha at home? Then sign up for a brewing a tasting class. More interested in tasting then brewing? Then the kombucha led tasting will be perfect! Facility yours are available with both activities.

 

3. Pinot’s Palette in Kansas City

4165 N Mulberry Dr, Kansas City, MO 64116

https://www.pinotspalette.com/briarcliff

 

Enjoy a BYOB painting party with your family and/or friends at this Kansas City studio!

 

4. Blanc Palette in Liberty

17 E Kansas St Suite 100, Liberty, MO 64068

http://blancpalette.com/

 

Enjoy a BYOB painting party with your family and/or friends at this Liberty studio!

 

5. Grain to Glass in North Kansas City

1611 Swift St, North Kansas City, MO 64116

http://graintoglass.biz/

 

Along with kits for home beer brewing, Grain to Glass offers brewing themed classes and events on a monthly basis.

 

6. Duncan’s Berry Farm in Smithville

908 F Hwy, Smithville, MO 64089

https://www.facebook.com/Duncans-Berry-Farm-208827389155640/

 

This small family-run farm offers blueberry and blackberry picking June through July.

 

7. Woodchux Axe Throwing in Liberty

888 South, MO-291, Liberty, MO 64068

http://woodchuxkc.com/

 

Liberty’s first indoor axe-throwing range is the perfect place to plan a night out for every occasion!

National Pizza Day!

Today is National Pizza Day! Luckily Clay has tons of delicious pizza shops that will be perfect to visit to celebrate that day!

 

Leo’s Pizza

408 NW Englewood, Kansas City, MO 64118

Visit: http://leospizzakc.com/

 

Zios Pizza

4702 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/ziospizzakc/

 

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

8251 North Booth Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64158

Visit: https://oldchicago.com/locations/shoal-creek

 

Judge’s Pizza

5171 NE Chouteau Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64119

Visit: http://judgespizza.com/

 

Ikey’s Pizzeria

6950 N Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, MO 64118

Visit: https://www.ikeyspizzeria.com/

 

Giambalvo’s Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta

751 Watson Dr Ste H, Kearney, MO 64060

Visit: https://www.giambalvos.com/

 

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments where your favorite pizza place in Clay is.

Valentine’s Day With Clay

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we know a few of you are still trying to come up with the perfect unique date idea. Don’t worry, we’re happy to help and have a few ideas for some fun dates that we think may make for a truly memorable Valentine’s Day!

 

  • Take a trolley tour in Excelsior Springs…

Perfect for a gift idea, tickets to an Excelsior Springs Trolley Tour are sure to impress whoever you’re shopping for this Valentine’s Day. With numerous tour options including wine, brews, culinary, and more…there is sure to be a trolley tour for everyone!

 

Learn more: https://estrolley.com/

 

  • A tasting at The Brewkery…

Did you know that North Kansas City is home to a local kombucha brewery? They even have a taproom where you can order flights of their locally brewed kombucha. We think this would make for a one-of-a-kind date, and there are plenty of nearby dining options as well!

 

Learn more: http://brewkery.com/

 

  • A painting party at Pinot’s Palette or Blanc Palette…

Want a keepsake to take home from your date? Take a painting class with your significant other and take back something to remember the day by! These classes are BYOB too, so make sure to bring your favorite beverage along.

 

  • Dinner at Trezo Mare…

Grab a romantic dinner at this local favorite and consider strolling around The Village at Briarcliff while you’re there!

 

Learn more: https://www.trezomare.com/

 

  • A tasting at The Brewkery…

Did you know that North Kansas City is home to a local kombucha brewery? They even have a taproom where you can order flights of their locally brewed kombucha. We think this would make for a one-of-a-kind date, and there are plenty of nearby dining options as well!

Learn more: http://brewkery.com/

 

  • A tasting at Belvoir Winery…

Historic, spooky, and scenic, Liberty’s Belvoir Winery is the perfect spot for a date! Taste their wines and tour their grounds with your boo on this date and you’re sure to have a Valentine’s Day you’ll both remember!

 

Learn more: http://www.belvoirwinery.com/

 

  • Catch a 4D movie at Liberty 12 Cinema…

Liberty’s brand new theatre has tons of screens designed to make your movie-going experience all the more enjoyable. The theatre’s MX4D experience is a fully immersive motion EFX experience that includes seat poppers, rumblers, water blasters, scents, fog, and more…Their Grand Screen offers a wall-to-wall premium large format viewing experience…And, to top it all off, you can get dinner here too!

 

Learn more: https://www.bbtheatres.com/location/liberty-cinema-12

New Adventures for 2019!

The start of a New Year means that it’s the perfect time to try some new things and explore some unique locations in Clay! Here’s a list of some of our favorite hidden gems in the area…let us know in the comments what unique local destinations you’d recommend for someone in the New Year.

 

 

  1. The Brewkery

1443 Swift St, North Kansas City, MO 64116

 

http://brewkery.com/

 

Ever wanted to try fresh, locally brewed kombucha? Then The Brewkery is the place you need to visit in 2019.

 

 

  1. Wildflower Dreamz General Store, Kearney

16800 NE 128th St, Kearney, MO 64060

 

https://barhamfamilyfarm.com/general-store/

 

This local grocer offers a supply of unique products sourced from local suppliers. Their lineup of homemade goods and food that will make a great addition to your 2019.

 

 

  1. The Laughing Place Bakery, Gladstone

504 NE 70th St B, Gladstone, MO 64118

 

http://www.thelaughingplacebakery.com/

 

Fairly new to Clay, The Laughing Place Bakery is the perfect place to try freshly baked goods. Their menu changes daily based on what’s in season and what they’re in the mood to bake, so it’s a great place to try freshly baked pastries this year!

 

 

  1. Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, Liberty

407 N La Frenz Rd, Liberty, MO 64068

 

https://www.naturesanctuary.com/

 

Apart from a massive track of scenic trails, Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary is home to an educational Nature Center that is perfect for the whole family. This outdoor adventure is perfect to add to your 2019 plans.

 

 

  1. Hall of Waters Ghost Tours, Excelsior Springs

201 E Broadway St, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

 

https://visitexcelsior.com/index.php/annual-events/paranormal-tours/

 

Explore history with just a dash of the paranormal this year by scheduling a ghost tour through the Hall of Waters. There are several prescheduled tour dates available online now, so visit them online and book yours soon!

 

 

  1. Smithville Lake Nature Center, Smithville

18001 Smithville Rd, Smithville, MO 64089

 

https://www.claycountymo.gov/departments/public-services/parks/nature-center

 

For another unique look into nature, call the Nature Center at Smithville Lake and schedule a visit! The Nature Center is home to over 15 live species of animals and numerous educational exhibits, making it the perfect new experience for 2019!

 

New Year, New Restaurants

 

We’re still in the middle of Kansas City’s Restaurant Week, and although several Clay favorites are featured, we thought now was the perfect time to highlight some new Clay restaurants that you should try in 2019!

 

Looking for something fresh and locally sourced to try this year? Then Feed Supply Market & Deli in Gladstone may be right up your alley! Feed Supply Market & Deli is healthy, gourmet, and urban and is a great local spot to add to your menu this year. http://www.feedsupplymarket.com/

 

Or if you’re looking for somewhere with tasty food and local brews, than you need to try Dubious Claims Brewing Co. in Excelsior Springs. Along with a great menu of food that includes freshly made pizza, Dubious Claims offers a varied tap of beers brewed onsite! https://www.dubiousclaimsbrewingco.com/

 

We suggest people with a sweet tooth plan a trip to the newly opened Pie Time in Liberty. The shop offers a wide variety of pie flavors and even has mini-pies ready for purchase! All of the pies are based on family recipes and are sure to be a treat for any dessert lover. https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Dessert-Shop/Pie-Time-296051791018914/

 

Don’t forget to stop by some of the restaurant’s featured in this years’ KC Restaurant Week too, the event ends this Sunday, so time’s running out! 2019’s restaurants include:

 

  1. Cascone’s Italian Restaurant https://www.cascones.com/
  2. Chicken N Pickle https://chickennpickle.com/
  3. CONRAD’s Restaurant & Alehouse https://www.conrads816.com/
  4. Piropos https://www.piroposkc.com/
  5. Smokehouse BBQ https://www.smokehousebbq.com/
  6. The Sandbox http://www.sandvolleyballkc.com/
  7. Trezo Mare Restaurant https://www.trezomare.com/

 

Bittersweet Chocolate Day

 

Did you know that today is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day?

 

Apart from Halloween and Valentine’s Day, this seems like the perfect holiday all chocolate lovers should be able to get behind. Luckily there are plenty of ways to celebrate National Bittersweet Chocolate Day in Clay.

 

Here are a few:

  • Visit Classy Chocolate in Liberty

Savor handmade candies and chocolate treats at this local Liberty favorite!

  • Visit Nellie’s Sweet Shoppe in Smithville

With homemade chocolates, fudge, and more, Nellie’s is the place for local candy.

 

And lastly, all chocolate lovers need to add this event to their calendar if they’re really looking for the chance to savor some sweets. Excelsior Springs’ annual Chocolate Tour is scheduled for February 2nd, 2019. The Chocolate Tour lets participants shop throughout the downtown historic district of Excelsior Springs while sampling delicious chocolate.

 

Unfortunately this event has already sold out for 2019! Chocolate lovers need to make sure they remember this event for next year if they want to attend, the tickets sell-out fast!

KC Restaurant Week

It’s a new year, which means now is the perfect time to start trying some new tastes around Clay! Here’s a list of some of the top seven restaurants in Clay, as featured in this year’s KC Restaurant Week.

 

Kansas City’s annual restaurant week is January 11th through the 20th.

 

The restaurants:

 

 

  1. Cascone’s Italian Restaurant

 

Savor this delicious local favorite, offering authentic Italian cuisine.

 

3737 N Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64116

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/cascones-italian-restaurant-0

 

 

  1. Chicken N Pickle

 

Offering a tasty menu featuring clean, locally-sourced chicken and much more, Chicken N Pickle is the perfect stop for local eats and lots of fun!

 

1761 Burlington St, North Kansas City, MO 64116

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/chicken-n-pickle

 

 

  1. CONRAD’s Restaurant & Alehouse

A local favorite featuring a diverse food and drink menu, CONRAD’s Restaurant & Alehouse is the place to eat and drink local.

 

 210 North State Route 291, Liberty, MO 64068

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/conrads-restaurant-alehouse

 

 

  1. Piropos

Piropos is a truly unique restaurant in Kansas City serving authentic Argentinian cuisine.

 

4141 N Mulberry Dr., Kansas City, MO 64116

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/piropos-briarcliff

 

 

  1. Smokehouse BBQ

No tour of tastes in Clay is complete without a trip to Smokehouse BBQ!

 

6304 N Oak Trafficway, Gladstone, MO 64118

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/smokehouse-bbq-

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  1. The Sandbox

The bar and grill at the Sandbox offers a wide selection of tasty food and 35 taps of craft and domestic beers.

 

509 NW Barry Rd., Kansas City, MO 64155

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/sandbox

 

 

  1. Trezo Mare Restaurant

The perfect setting for a dinner date, Trezo Mare offers Italian American cuisine options including fresh seafood and wood-fired steaks.

 

4105 N Mulberry Dr., Kansas City, MO 64116

 

Learn more: https://www.kcrestaurantweek.com/trezo-mare-restaurant