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