A little guide to Kansas City (airport code: MCI) for our out-of-town guests.


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn on the Country Club Plaza for a discounted rate of $119 per night. This rate is good for a room with a king-size bed or two double beds Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24, 2012.

To make a reservation, call 866-280-6326 and ask for a room in the Farris-Hopkins wedding block at the Holiday Inn on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, MO. Or, use this link.

Availability is not guaranteed, and this rate is only good until October 23, 2012, so book early — especially because it’s Thanksgiving weekend on the Plaza. If you’d like to book additional dates on either side, please call the hotel directly at 816-753-7400, and speak with Nikki Lawrence or Sydney Smith.

Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza
One East 45th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

View a map of the hotel to the wedding and reception venue.

If you choose to book elsewhere (hey, some people prefer the suburbs and/or spending lots of money on fancy hotel rooms) and would like the wedding and reception venue as a geographic reference, it is:

Alexander Majors Barn
8201 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO 64114


Below are some of our favorite bars and restaurants should you need more than what our whole pig can provide for you. For more suggestions, you can visit the Kansas City-centric food blog that Kyle and Emily write along with their friend, Jeff the Creepy Chef (who will be making a cake for the wedding).

The Rieger
1924 Main Street
Kansas City, MO
This Crossroads restaurant is a favorite of ours for lunch or dinner. They buy whole pigs and make an amazing pork soup. Emily says their pork tenderloin sandwich is the best she’s ever had. Before or after dinner, head downstairs to the speakeasy Manifesto (if you can get in) where we had one of our early dates. Our favorite drink there is the Smoke ‘n Choke.

Beer Kitchen No. 1
435 Westport Road
Kansas City, MO
Right down the street from our house, Beer Kitchen is a great example of American Food done right. They also have an extensive beer list, but because they have so much, they often run out of what we really want.

Eden Alley
707 W 47th Street
Kansas City, MO
For our vegan and vegetarian guest(s?), this Plaza cafe is going to make you very happy and full. We couldn’t even finish our delicious meals — and you know how good we are at eating! [Emily says: Skip the desserts.]

The R Bar 
1617 Genessee Street
Kansas City, MO
This restaurant in Kansas City’s industrial-turned-hip West Bottoms is where we had our first date! We love the cocktails — especially the Elder Hombre — and small plates, but tend to skip the main dishes. They often have great live music, too. [Emily says: Be sure to use your GPS to get there and back.]

Sad news: The R Bar Closed in April. 


Let’s just say if we were going to be staying in a hotel in a strange city, we’d stock up on a few supplies.

Gomer’s Midtown
3838 Broadway Street
Kansas City, MO
Head a few blocks northwest of the Holiday Inn to this boozy standby — just lock your car when you get there. The staff is super knowledgeable about everything from $5 wine to $50 whiskey.

4300 Main Street
Kansas City, MO
Not as great a selection (or staff) as Gomer’s but it’s very close to the Holiday Inn and will absolutely do the trick.


Ugh. We hate to tell you, but getting around Kansas City without a car is a pain in the ass. Emily tried to do it for the first four months she lived here, with just a bicycle and sensible shoes; she about went crazy.

Anyway…. once you get into the airport, there are very few options for getting to the hotel. Super Shuttle will get you there for about $20 (one way). There is a bus system, but as Emily learned one day after work, many of the buses — even in the middle of the city — stop running after 6 or 8 p.m. There are also cabs and car services you can call to pick you up wherever you are. They’re not cheap, but they’re available. Your best bet is to rent a car from one of the many companies located at the airport. You’ll be glad you did.

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