Located on the Plaza in Kansas City, Southmoreland has had various owners before the current owners, Nancy Miller-Riechle and Mark Riechle, purchased it in 1998. Every detail is perfectly manicured, and the ambiance so welcoming that you just can’t wait to stay.

It’s a unique alternative to a hotel — a Bed and Breakfast. Not just any B&B, but an extraordinary, historic, 4,400 square-foot home built in 1913.

Located on the Plaza in Kansas City, Southmoreland has had various owners before the current owners, Nancy Miller-Riechle and Mark Riechle, purchased it in 1998. Every detail is perfectly manicured, and the ambiance so welcoming that you just can’t wait to stay.

Everyone needs to unplug, and what is better than to enjoy a comfortable bed and the most delectable breakfast ever? Nancy makes sure there is a fresh decanter of sherry, as well as fresh flowers and fruit, in your room. Mark prepares a three-course breakfast that competes with any five-star restaurant. He’s often seen up early on Saturday morning grilling pork chops for his famous outdoor Saturday breakfast.

Once you have left your room, you can smell the freshly-brewed coffee and the aroma of a gourmet breakfast to be served in the beautiful sun room. And by the way, you have your own chosen time for breakfast so you can receive the personal service Southmoreland offers, where there is absolutely no rush.

Each room is a destination. You learn about a famous person or a significant KC landmark. We have stayed in the Ella and Jacob Loose room, named after Jacob and Ella Loose, owners of the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company. The beautiful Loose Park was purchased by Loose’s wife in 1927 and dedicated to her husband who had passed. There are 75 acres of Loose Park to see, just under a mile from Southmoreland.

My husband and I recently stayed over the weekend to celebrate our anniversary. It was our fourth visit. You don’t feel like guests as much as part of the family. Each time we have visited, there has been a new area of the city we have not seen.

The Nelson Art Gallery is a short walk and shopping in the Plaza is a must. Nancy suggested Café Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum for lunch, which was outstanding. The History of Art display on the walls was fabulous. The Kauffman Gardens was just coming into bloom … all within walking distance.

To make your trip more exciting, you can travel by train to Union Station and then grab a taxi. It’s less than $10 one-way. The home is located on 46th street, so if you drive, there is parking.

If you call now, you might be able to get a room for Thanksgiving when they turn the lights on at the Plaza. Southmoreland has an annual Pie Fest during the holidays. It’s just their way to involve the guests and family in enjoying a selection of more than 40 homemade pies spread across the tables in the dining area. It’s one of those things that should be on your bucket list.