From Ice Skating to Guayaba Cheesecake – Celebrating a 50th Birthday in Platte County

We have a tradition in my house – if it is your birthday, you decide the day. My husband recently celebrated his 50th and he decided to make it quite the day!

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To begin, we went to The Rink at Burlington Creek for ice skating. It has been several decades since ice skates were on my feet and my ankles had to remember how to keep me upright. The Rink is a perfect place to ice skate as they offer great food and beverages for those of us who don’t want to spend hours trying not to fall! Fire pits are the perfect companion on a chilly day or night. I had to put a reminder in my phone to return another evening for s’mores by the fire pit.

From The Rink we walked over to Swirl Wine Bar which offers wines on tap. Not being a huge wine connoisseur, I was a little skeptical about wine being dispensed from a tap. I was told that this method provides the freshest glass of wine you can get as the wine never comes in contact with oxygen. The gas that pushes the wine through the tap is a specific blend of 75 percent nitrogen and 25 percent CO2 which preserves wine quality and freshness. Not only did I get to sample some great wines, I also got a science lesson as well! My favorite was the Troublemaker Blend; my husband enjoyed the Wine Flight, which allowed him to sample four different varieties.

For the non-wine drinkers, Swirl also offers a Beer Flight, which is a sampling of four different beers. Another personal favorite of mine was the Yummy’s Trio of Hummus. We also sampled their empanadas and cheese trays.


From Swirl, we literally walked across the street to Luna Azteca, a local Mexican restaurant that offers fabulous food and drink specials. My husband immediately went for the $1.50 tacos to pair with his margarita. I am a breakfast fan and notice Luna Azteca offers breakfast all day. A breakfast burrito topped with homemade guacamole was an easy choice and definitely did not disappoint. As the waitress knew it was my husband’s birthday, she brought him a slice of their famous Guayaba cheesecake which is cooked on a corn husk. A quick glance on my cell phone showed that “Guayaba” is guava. It is pure heaven!


Not wanting to end his special 50th day, we then drove to Union Station in downtown Kansas City (a short 20-minute drive) to check out the Christmas decorations. No matter the time of year, a visit to Union Station is a guaranteed good time. Huge decorated Christmas trees with the vast ceilings of Union Station plus a toy train fantasy land makes for a perfect holiday destination. We then took the walkway over to Crown Center to see even more holiday decorations plus the Mayor’s Christmas tree. Lots of walking and Christmas decoration overload made for a perfect ending of his birthday.

Written by Jennifer Goering the executive director for the Platte County Convention and Visitors Bureau. VisitMO on Pinterest Missouri Travel Guide

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