By Ken Mink KANSAS CITY – Once a dusty cow town serving as a major stockyards shipping point for cattle en route to Chicago packing plants, Kansas City has become a modern city that in recent years has earned the title of “The Midwest’s Hottest Fun Spot.” Tourists by the tens of millions continue to pour into the city annually to view the hundreds of beautiful fountains, sample the world-class barbecue, ride the world’s tallest water slide, speed along a NASCAR race track at 165 mph, enjoy the top-n...

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Unique KC Inn Lets Guests Live Out Their Fantasies — From Pirates or Safaris to Royalty or Banditos

  By Ken Mink KANSAS CITY – If you have ever wanted to be a pirate, or perhaps a castaway on a beautiful Pacific island, or maybe even a great hunter exploring the wilds of the Serengeti – well, you can be all that and more at a unique fantasy theme inn here. Chateau Avalon is a beautiful stone structure …

Venerable Pinehurst Still One Nation’s Top Golf Meccas

By Ken Mink PINEHURST, N. C. – Earlier this summer the golf world was focused on this little village in the Sandhills of North Carolina, with hundreds of thousands of people showing up to watch the best golfers from around numerous continents – the U. S. Open championships for men and women. For consecutive weeks golf fans were treated to …

Pinehurst, N, C., Is More Than Golf: Beauty, Charm and History Abound

 The Magnolia Hotel in Pinehurst By Ken Mink PINEHURST, N. C. –  Golf is king in this picturesque little village nestled in the heart of the North Carolina Sandhills, but it is worth taking a trip here even if you don’t know a four-iron from a sand wedge. The village is much like what many small towns are like in …