In 2008, expert equestrian Jeff Strahle decided to launch Show Me Trail Ride Outfitter, a business that leads inexperienced and seasoned riders alike on scenic rides through the Missouri wilderness. While blazing trails within easy reach of Kansas City—such as the Katy Trail, the Big River Ranch trails, and Lone Jack Civil War Trail—riders follow Jeff atop competent, fit horses that sneak glances at GPS devices when nobody's looking. Jeff also organizes hayrides and crafts custom leatherwork that includes saddlebags, holsters, suspenders, and ammo belts.
For more than 20 years, Carolyn and Buddy Raasch have been coaxing plump pumpkins out of the soil of their 80-acre working farm and sharing the harvest with guests. Visitors can hop aboard the hayride and meander through the 50 acres of pumpkin patch, seeking out the perfect gourd for jack-o'-lantern features or fitting atop a middle-school principal's head. Rabbits, goats, peacocks, and mules extend heads and paws for a good scratching at the petting farm, and speedy swine entertain onlookers during Uncle Lester's pig races. After skirting down giant slides and navigating a mind-bending bale maze, pintsize patrons can foster fall-time creativity by crafting scarecrows and enrolling them in art school. Families can celebrate fall weekends with the hard-rock anthems of Cousin Herald and his music show. To take a taste of the farm home with them, guests can swing by the country store to pick up fresh produce, cookbooks, and household items, or stop at the Red Barn Cafe to enjoy cider slush and homemade fudge or sample fine wines.
Amid 20 acres of pastures and trails, the three barns and century-old home of Linden Hill Stables perch in the shade of mature trees, granting an idyllic setting for horse-riding lessons, birthday parties, and children's day camps. Property owner Lisa Hillmer tends to the horses each day, calling upon a lifetime of experience in training and showing American saddlebred horses. Through individually tailored riding lessons, Lisa helps students achieve personal goals, such as riding comfortably for enjoyment or participating in competitions. Her helpful staff also assists in boarding horses and monitoring kids at day camp. Students are required to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes while atop one of Linden Hills' well-trained steeds, their own horse, or a 1,000-pound housecat.
The B&B Windsor 10 entertains moviegoers with cinematic shrines to elegant art-deco-inspired design, modern cinematic technology, and cushy seating. Wall-to-wall screens flood the eyes with even the most minute plot points and DTS digital surround sound in select auditoriums ensures that every car chase, merchandise-friendly catchphrase, and doomed love affair set in space is clearly heard. Select theatres embrace viewers with high-back rocker seats, arranged in stadium-style seating for optimum screen-seeing abilities.
The Polished Edge Salon's team of experienced stylists sculpts hairdos with artistic precision and enhances treatments with products from top industry brands such as Bed Head, Schwarzkopf, and Paul Mitchell within a softly lit space accented by floor-to-ceiling windows. Following a thorough consultation, mane masters snip and style head threads to match a client's detailed description or a manifestation of their favorite Sunday comic. Delving deep into follicles with reckless abandon, deep-conditioning treatments saturate weary strands with vitality enriching formulas, which allow full highlights to vibrantly accentuate facial features. Appointments may take between one and three hours depending on the package purchased, although complimentary WiFi and recordings of President Roosevelt's fireside chats ensure that clients remain entertained.
Each autumn, friends and families meander through the twists and turns of the 25-acre Liberty Corn Maze, whose GPS-precision-cut design changes every year. This year?s design, which commemorates the 2013 Major League Soccer (MLS) soccer champions, Sporting Kansas City, is actually composed of four separate mazes, each dotted with nefarious twists and turns. Visitors set off down 50-inch-wide trails lined with tall, swaying stalks, armed only with a map, their wits, and a lion sidekick whose fear makes them strong. Along the way, bridges lift travelers above the stalks and give them a bird?s-eye view of their surroundings. Friendly staffers keep guests on the right trail and help locate lost friends and family members. For young ones, a separate three-foot-high soybean maze provides entertainment while keeping kids within view at all times.