Conveniently Located Hotel with Spacious Fireplace Suites
Money magazine ranked Overland Park #7 on its annual Best Places to Live list in 2010. One of the qualities that makes this Kansas City suburb such an appealing spot to settle down also makes it an appealing spot to visit: its decidedly family-friendly spirit. Tree-lined avenues and abundant green spaces lend Overland Park a friendly, small-town vibe in spite of its proximity to the city. At Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Overland Park, lodgers can easily explore both the 'burb and the metropolis. The hotel lies just a few minutes from attractions such as the 60,000-square-foot Overland Park Convention Center—home to a steady stream of bridal expos, golf showcases, and exhibitions of new technologies—as well as Kansas City offerings including the zoo and historical downtown.
Past the hotel's cream-colored lobby, a business center and boardroom await teleconference tête-à-têtes. In the courtyard outside, however, a jacuzzi tub bubbles beneath a wooden pergola, ready to steam away tension from furrowed brows and wrinkled dress shirts. In queen-bed suites, a crackling fireplace and overstuffed sofa create a cozy, homelike ambiance complemented by a full kitchen and dining area. A separate bedroom supplies space for spreading out. The next morning, the included breakfast spread tempts sweet teeth with piping-hot belgian waffles and fresh fruit, paired with savory servings of scrambled eggs, sausage, and bacon.
Overland Park, Kansas: Family-Friendly Community and Business Hub
Overland Park, which sits south of Kansas City, is regularly touted as an ideal place to raise a family, an attribute alluded to in the Money magazine rankings. But Kansas City has family-friendly charms of its own. Year-round, the Kansas City Zoo engages tykes with a Discovery Barn composed of a treehouse and two-story slide where kids romp alongside exhibits of lemurs and meerkats. The nearby historical downtown, marked by a looming brick clock tower, draws spectators of all ages with regular jazz performances and art markets.
As one of the state's major business centers, the city also attracts legions of suits for national conventions and casting calls for penguin stunt doubles. The lushly forested park of Corporate Woods shelters the headquarters of numerous Fortune 500 companies, and the Overland Park Convention Center hosts conferences as well as golf and boating expos.