Southmoreland – An urban inn near Kansas City’s Plaza

By far, my favorite urban inn, (city speak for B&B) is Southmoreland in Kansas City, Missouri.

Southmoreland Urban Inn

When you drive into Southmoreland Urban Inn You won’t need your car again until time to go. Photo PBH

Southmoreland is between the Nelson Atkins museum of Art and the Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza. When you arrive, park your car and walk everywhere. Walk westward to find the Plaza. Enjoy lunch, stroll through the 15 block shopping district, or pause at a sidewalk cafe while you enjoy the Spanish architecture. You are in the city of fountains where there are free summer weekend concerts in the courtyards on the Plaza.

Walk east of Southmoreland and spend an afternoon at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, free every day (closed Mon and Tues.) Take a free daily walk-in tour of the collection, or join a special member-only tour. There are free audio-guided tours such as Museum Collections, Stone and Feather: A Tour of Two Buildings (Architecture Tour) and the Kansas City Sculpture Park.

Bring a book and find a shady bench in the Sculpture Park or wonder though all the amazing art.

The William Rockhill Nelson Room named for the founder of The Kansas City Star. He donated his estate (and home) for the establishment of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Photo PBH

The Southmoreland rooms are spotless and beautifully decorated with a nod toward notable Kansas citians reflecting the décor of their personal history or the era in which they lived. There are a dozen different guest rooms, plus a luxury Carriage House.

We stayed in the Thomas Hart Benton room which is decorated with Mission era furniture, including a queen-sized oak and copper four poster bed to create an historic context for select Benton works in a warm, comfortable guestroom with a private deck and full bath. I loved the peaceful private deck for reading and coffee.

Your stay at Southmoreland begins with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres in the late afternoon and, in the evening hot beverage service with sweets. (Yes, we might have had an extra cookie, or two.) A gourmet breakfast in the morning, is served indoors or out on the courtyard deck. All breakfasts are elegant and tasty but the reservations that include the Saturday morning BBQ fill first. Friday’s guests are treated to a barbecue breakfast on the Courtyard Deck.  Chef Mark prepares your meal at the stone BBQ and serves you right off the grill.  There is high demand for participation in this seasonal offering. (This is the BBQ breakfast you may have seen on Bobby Flay’s food TV show.)

Breakfast guests:  If you are staying at Southmoreland overnight and would like to invite a guest for breakfast, prearrange this with the staff — a breakfast charge will be added to the guest’s bill at the time the request is authorized.
Children:  The Inn does not meet the needs of children (including infants) less than 13 years of age.
Pets:  Southmoreland is unable to accommodate pets.
Accessibility: This home is more than 100 years old. It was not built to the standards of modern day accessibility. Please call if you have questions.

Attractions within an easy walkof Southmoreland.

Nelson Atkins Art Museum and the Sculpture Park are just a block away from Southmoreland.

The Details: Southmoreland on the Plaza – An Urban Inn, 116 East 46th Street, Kansas City, Missouri  (MO) 64112, For Reservations: 816-531-7979, Fax: 816-531-2407 Southmoreland on the Plaza Inn Keepers, Mark and Nancy Reichle email. innkeeper@southmoreland.com

Read more Striped Pot about Plaza Live! Courtyard Concerts and dining outdoors. 2012
Check the Plaza Live! Schedule.

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art  admission to the Museum is FREE for all visitors.
Rozzelle Court Restaurant – The restaurant is excellent. Featuring sit-down service, live music and extended hours, Rozzelle Court is the perfect destination. Call 816.751.1ART for questions and reservations.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111-1873
phone: 816.751.1ART

As beautiful as the rooms are inside, enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds. This container of pansies and lettuces lead the parade of seasonal garden accents. A similar photo was featured in Missouri Gardener Magazine. Photo: Patsy Bell Hobson

 

 

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