Winter temperatures can strike early in the Midwest, but that is no reason to go into hibernation. With tons of attractions, restaurants, and events offering indoor venues, visitors can find plenty to see and do.
Winter in the Midwest can be a mixed bag of surprises. The old saying about Kansas is that if you don’t like the weather just wait five minutes and it will change. While it may not be that drastic, we can experience a wide variety of temperatures in one week. After a couple of months of these fluctuations, we were ready for a break, but wanted to stay close to the hometown. No problem with that, since there are plenty of places to escape to right here in Kansas City, Kansas.
Over time we have become less enamored by Black Friday, and now prefer the Shop Small Saturday events. This year we chose downtown Bonner Springs for our shopping trip, and what we found was truly enjoyable.
On a beautiful Fall morning, we headed off to see what the day held. We needed a caffeine fix to get us started. This made the decision of our first stop simple. We had seen a lot of social media buzz about a new coffee shop in the Strawberry Hill district. As we exited I-70 onto Central Avenue, we could already see the cars lining the street in front of Splitlog Coffee.
Kansas City, Kansas has the distinction of being known as "The Melting Pot of the Midwest". My wife and I traveled to the far eastern edge to learn the history of the Strawberry Hill area. Originally named Splitlog Hill after the wealthy mill owner, Mathias Splitlog. He parceled out the land to emigrant families from Eastern Europe.