“Staycations”

Getting away is great. But with a little imagination, the best vacation can be a “staycation.”

You know you’re curious. The cute and gorgeous homes near the Plaza? The trendy lofts overlooking downtown? Or visit other parts of the city. Here’s an idea. Create your own packaged weekend getaway by renting a residence for a performance at the Kauffman Center. Or choose a place that lets you walk to nearby Plaza restaurants you’ve always wanted to visit, or just one that makes you and your family feel special. Hundreds of possibilities! We went to Airbnb and checked out a few. Prices vary widely depending on date. You can save a lot if you’re flexible.

Beautiful Plaza Condo 1 — Just off the Plaza, this tastefully decorated two-bedroom condo has four beds, two baths and room for eight. Spacious and immaculate, this condo boasts a balcony, a large patio with a gas fire pit, a 12-foot fountain and industrial-grade grill. www.airbnb.com/rooms/834984

European-Style Luxury Townhouse — Bring a little luxury to your life by renting this entire Prairie Village townhouse for a staycation for up to four guests. Marble, glass, crisp and colorful appointments, too many decorator touches to mention. Guest comments range from “great eye for detail” and “breathtakingly beautiful” to “tasteful,” “immaculate” and “perfect.” www.airbnb.com/rooms/13731412

KC Nest — Guests say this affordable, newly-remodeled bungalow is sparkling clean and within walking distance to the Plaza and Westport. With hardwood floors, two bedrooms, three beds and one bath, it can accommodate up to six guests. www.airbnb.com/rooms/27106959

Historic Mansion — In the heart of the Scarritt Renaissance District you’ll find this newly renovated 8,000-square feet stone gem built in 1897. Five bedrooms provide space for up to eight guests with touches you’ll find in few other homes. High ceilings. Mahogany walls and doors. Parlor with piano. Curved double staircase. Seven fireplaces. www.airbnb.com/rooms/15787703

Downtown Loft — This two-bedroom, two-bath loft with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and a gorgeous view of the heart of downtown offers the perfect place for up to four guests to explore downtown KC right outside your door. Walking distance from the convention center, Power & Light, River Market, The Sprint Center, Quality Hill Playhouse, The Midland and much more. www.airbnb.com/rooms/630888

Beautiful Historical Home — All the comforts of home for up to 12 guests. Large, gorgeous and welcoming with architectural detail throughout, all near downtown attractions. Great for family get-togethers. www.airbnb.com/rooms/15407925

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