About Lysa Allman-Baldwin

For almost 20 years, Lysa has fed her wanderlust for "everything the world has to offer" by writing passionately about travel, cuisine, historic sites and attractions, cultural events, spas, festivals and other subjects for numerous print and online publications. She is also the Publisher and Editor of Amazing Escapades: Adventures for the mind, bod and belly (www.AmazingEscapades.com), designed to offer a wide array of domestic and international feature destinations, articles, themed travel ideas, travel resources, photo galleries, ways to give back through travel and more.

The best cocktail bars in Kansas City

Barbecue, fountains, baseball and jazz. All of these are touchstones that people associate with Kansas City. But there’s another that serves as a bridge between the city’s historic past, present, and future: cocktails. Kansas City is, after all, the city where Tom Pendergast, the infamous … Continue reading

Kansas City jazz: a neighbourhood guide to 18th and Vine

Charlie Parker, Big Joe Turner, Ella Fitzgerald, and Orin “Hot Lips” Page. These internationally renowned musicians are forever linked to Kansas City‘s 18th and Vine neighbourhood, the place they became some of history’s greatest jazz icons. Kansas City’s Charlie Parker Memorial © VisitKC Kansas City’s rich … Continue reading

Native American Pow Wows in Oklahoma and Kansas

For centuries, Native American tribes have played an integral role in the history of North America, and their languages, lifestyles and traditions are still very much a part of the cultural landscape. Well before the arrival of European immigrants, tribes held sacred gatherings that gave meaning … Continue reading

Kansas City: America’s Next Great Culinary Destination?

There are two things that can unify people across all cultural boundaries, and that’s music and food. In Kansas City, the latter has grown immensely from simple Midwestern fare centred around meat and potatoes and homemade comfort foods, into an expansive, rich culinary palate peppered … Continue reading

Kansas City Nightlife: Best Cocktail Bars in Town

In many major U.S. cities you’ll find a multitude of expensive, splashy cocktail foreplay in hip, swanky, A-List lounges. Yet Kansas City cuts right to the chase by focusing on what’s inside these sexy concoctions.   Sunset orange cocktail © Luca Francesco Giovanni Bertolli This … Continue reading

City of Fountains: A Beginner’s Kansas City Guide

“Best U.S. City for an Affordable Getaway.” “The City of Fountains.” “America’s Next Great Culinary Destination.” These are pretty impressive accolades for a former cowtown that started out as a major thoroughfare for pioneers travelling west along the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails. Discover the … Continue reading