The lovely Nicole of Treasure Tromp let me share my thoughts about being a tourist in your own city last week on her blog. I wanted to also share the post here in case you missed it.
If you're like me, then your world has succumbed to the polar vortex. I wish I could throw off my parka and head to the nearest island to sip on tropical cocktails and lounge around in the sand. Alas, a trip is not in the cards for me right now. I have the next best thing for you to beat cabin fever and get out and about, though--becoming a tourist in your own town.
I don't know about you, but my husband and I have our routines that we rarely stray from. Our weekends consist of eating at the same restaurants and visiting the same stores. I'm a creature of habit, so I love it, but sometimes you just need to change your perspective a little and open your eyes around you to see what amazing things the city you live in already offers. Below I've listed some ways I've attempted to be a tourist in my own city and beat these winter blues.
I'm a sucker for a good vintage/antique store but had felt I had seen the majority of places around the city. I also love candy, so when I typed in "candy store", Bitterman's Eye Candy store popped up. A candy store and a vintage market?! How had I never heard of this place before?
#3: Get up close and personal to those places you pass by everyday from a distance-- Is there a shop or restaurant you pass by all the time and wonder what it would be like inside? Seize the day and go check it out! Whenever we go downtown, I see this statue in the distance. It's called The Scout and is a fairly well known statue, but even though I've lived here all my life I've never actually gone to see it up close. After visiting the candy/antique store, we drove around until we found the statue. It was more amazing up close than I had imagined, and the views of the city were unbeatable. It's one of those items to check off my list and one that I would suggest to anyone else visiting Kansas City.