BUT I didn't want to completely forgo the new tradition of babymooning, so we decided to travel a few miles and visit Lawrence. I left my Tiger heart in Kansas City and showed Matthew what little I knew of the Jayhawk town- mainly Mass St.
We stayed at the historic Eldridge hotel, and it really was beautiful. It's small but our room was spacious, and it's the perfect location for anyone wanting to stay downtown. The rooms were also very reasonable priced.
Once we checked in that afternoon, we made our way down Mass St. First stop, lunch at Free State Brewery. Great food and a great beer selection. Matthew got an IPA while I had my own tasting glass of a pale ale.
|Matthew's beer: Northern Lights IPA|
After lunch we hit up a few shops. One of our favorites, was Made. It reminded me of an Etsy store filled with local, handmade gift items. We also really liked Hobbs, which had a great selection of men's clothes; Matthew was in heaven!
|handmade leather wallets at Made|
The only thing we actually purchased on Mass St. ended up being a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Hey, this was a "babymoon" and all that shopping made me hungry!
That evening, we had dinner a few blocks from our hotel at Panchamamas. The dinner was good. I had wreckfish and Matthew got the ribeye. We liked it, but I'm not sure I'd go back. The ambiance was a little dated, and we knew Lawrence had to have some cooler places to discover.
After dinner we ventured closer to our hotel and stopped in 715. Now, this was what we were looking for. We sat at the bar and Matthew had a few cocktails, me a great mocktail. We were so envious of everyone around us eating. The menu looked insane! Our bartender said the steak and grilled porkchop were the best things on the menu, but I was eyeing the goat gnocchi. We're talking about going back to Lawrence just to have a meal at this place. It seriously looks worth the drive.
|my mocktail at 715|
|view of the bar at 715|
|Matthew's cocktail, the Hog Wash Sazarac, made with rye infused pork fat!|