Monday, March 10, 2014

Let's Play Ball! Kansas City Royals 2014 Opening Day

It’s spring training in Arizona and only three weeks until the Kansas City Royals, our boys in blue, return home to Kansas City.  Check out the Royals schedule online and make plans to see your favorite team match up. 

Hawthorn, a Bed & Breakfast is located less than 10 minutes from Kauffman Stadium and is the perfect place to relax after the big win.  Opening day is Friday, April 4th 2014 – Royals vs White Sox.  Preview each of our elegant guestrooms on our website and take advantage of our convenient online booking system.

If you have another day in Kansas City, the Negro League Baseball Museum  is a great way to round out your baseball travel theme.  Don't miss having lunch at Arthur Bryant’s BBQ (just around the corner) serving up some traditional Kansas City barbeque!

Jim and Wendy Allen
Innkeepers at Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast, our
Bed and Breakfast in Independence MO

Friday, January 17, 2014

Imagine your wedding in an elegant historic mansion

Many couples started their married lives together at
Hawthorn in 2013.  We truly enjoy our wedding weekends
with our brides’ and grooms’ families.  From arrival on
Friday afternoon until checkout  Sunday morning,
families and friends laugh, reminisce and talk about
their hopes and dreams for the bride and groom. 
Anticipation builds with the rehearsal, set up and
decorating, hair and makeup,culminating in an intimate,
personal ceremony of commitment.  The perfect
balance of delectable food, beverages, music and dancing
round out an exciting wedding day.  Breakfast Sunday
morning is a lively blend of replays from the wedding day,
new friendships, family reminiscence and well wishes
for the happy couple. Hawthorn is the ideal setting
for your intimate, personal wedding.  Check our website
for details of the services we offer for you, your family
and friends. 

Jim and Wendy Allen
Innkeepers at Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast, 
Bed and Breakfast in Independence MO

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

When the cat’s away, the mouse works his tail off…

Wendy left this morning to visit her mother for a few days in Vermont.  We’re a team, you know.  We both do a little bit of some things and a whole lot of everything, but our strengths and loves are well defined.  I cook; Wendy takes care of the gardens.  We double-team when it comes to taking care of our guests and cleaning the B & B.  You’ll find us both hustling about at events and weddings.

Before she left for the airport, Wendy prepared her fabulous fruit parfait.  Some habits are difficult to change!  Our usual Sunday has us both serving our guests but today I had the pleasure of being both cook AND server.  I do both tasks during the week but on Saturday and Sunday I focus on kitchen duty while Wendy chats with and serves our guests.

It’s been a challenge doing both this weekend, but I managed.  I just had to reserve the casual conversation, questions about the mansion and life as an innkeeper/chef until after breakfast had been served.

Weekends are extra special and slightly more relaxed with both Wendy and I providing our usual Hawthorn hospitality.  Today the guests are the ones who are relaxed, as it should be, and I hustle a little more to ensure the best possible bed and breakfast experience.  Based on their comments and the clean plates, I think I achieved our mission!

I already miss my dear wife – for several reasons – but mostly I miss being able to enjoy a relaxed Sunday breakfast……ah, there is always next weekend…

Jim and Wendy Allen
Innkeepers at Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast, our
Bed and Breakfast in Independence MO

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

They're not annoyed, they're transported...

At night when the sounds of a busy suburb have finally been quieted, you can hear the occasional blast of a train whistle in the distance.  Staying in a 112 year-old house means memories of long-ago are around every corner, so when the train comes through the neighborhood our guests aren’t annoyed, they’re “transported.”  They comment that it reminds them of a time when life was lived at a slower pace, or of a special vacation they took, or of a historical event.

Independence, Missouri is rich with American history stretching from the early 1800’s through the dynamic presidency of Harry S Truman.  Many of our guests are here because they wish to revisit that history.
The trains coming through Independence rumble by the Missouri Pacific/Truman Depot which was built in 1912 – one hundred years ago!  According to the Independence Missouri Historic Landmarks Walking Tour the depot “is significant as an example of model depot construction, and for its rich associations with President Truman. Truman, a frequent passenger on the Missouri Pacific Railroad, became famous for his 1948 "Whistle Stop" campaign against presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey.”  Still in use today, the depot was restored by the City of Independence in the 1990s and houses the Amtrak station and genealogy library.  The Truman Depot is just one of the many historic attractions drawing visitors to Independence every day.
When you’re planning your trip to visit the sights and sounds of historic Independence, Missouri, make your lodging arrangements with us through our website,  We’d love to share some Hawthorn Bed & Breakfast history with you, too.

Jim and Wendy Allen
Innkeepers at Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast, our
Bed and Breakfast in Independence MO

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

We were sold out!

Generally those words strike fear in the hearts of men and women.  But for us, as Hawthorn Innkeepers, it’s a thrill!  This past weekend we had sixteen overnight guests each night.  Some were here for the KC Royals Home Opener games, some for a wedding, a ladies get-together and the others were here just for a leisurely weekend.   No matter what the occasion, it’s always great for Hawthorn to be sold out! 

We serve our guests breakfast on the sun porch, in the dining room or parlor.  We even serve our guest’s guests!  It’s not uncommon for our out-of-town guests to ask us if they can invite local family or friends to join them for one of Jim’s incredibly delicious breakfasts.  Just let us know when you’re making your reservation with us and we’ll help you plan an extra special breakfast gathering for your Hawthorn weekend!

Hawthorn, A Bed & Breakfast, has six guest rooms, all with private baths.  Of those six, two are two-room suites, meaning they can accommodate four guests each overnight. Some of our guests book the whole house to accommodate their entire family for special events and family reunions.

Hawthorn is also a great home base for everyone traveling to the area whether it’s for an event at one of the Independence sites -- Truman Library, Community of Christ International Headquarters, the Mormon Center, Independence Event Center, KC Royals and Chiefs Stadiums, or at one of the great Kansas City venues -- the Sprint Center, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Music Hall, Power & Light District, Crown Center, University of Missouri, Nelson-Atkins Museum, and the Country Club Plaza; we’re only minutes away from your KC entertainment destination.

Call us directly at 816-252-2607 or contact us via this website,, to help plan your stay in the area.  If you use another website to reserve your overnight accommodations, you’ll miss out on all the personal attention we give our guests! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Jim and Wendy Allen
Innkeepers at Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast, our
Bed and Breakfast in Independence MO

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Royals' Opening Day

Friday, April 13th, is the Kansas City Royals’ Home Opener game against the Cleveland Indians.   As season ticket holders, we’re looking forward to all the pre-game festivities.  In spite of our team’s recent history, there is a sense of anticipation and renewed enthusiasm for our Boys of Summer.  It’s a new season with some new talent and generally high hopes.
As you enter Kauffman Stadium, you see that the celebrating starts in the parking lot...before the first pitch is ever thrown.  Tailgating sets the mood for the day.  Everyone is jovial and willing to include baseball fans of all shapes, sizes and allegiances in their pre-game customs.  Once you’re inside the stadium, the familiar sounds and smells remind you why this annual ritual is repeated in ball parks all over America.  The stands become the backdrop of a summer theatre creating comedy, drama and intrigue for all who participate.  With new merchandise in the shops, new menu items to experience and, of course, the old standards - cold beer, peanuts and popcorn, there’s something for every person attending!

Following the obligatory welcome and introductions, the sold-out crowd gets on their feet with hands to heart to sing the Star Spangled Banner and then -- the most thrilling part of the day -- the fly-over by the amazing US Air Force and their awesome planes from Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster, Missouri.

Opening Day at the ballpark…it just doesn’t get any better than this…although a win would certainly boost our happy factor and just possibly increase our team loyalty!

When you’re coming to the Kansas City area for a Royals’ baseball game or just a leisurely weekend in historic Independence, Missouri, overnight accommodations will affect your happy factor, too!  Call us now for your advance reservations; we’d love to share Hawthorn, A Bed & Breakfast, with you!

Jim and Wendy Allen
Innkeepers at Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast, our
Bed and Breakfast in Independence MO

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Social Networking then and now...

When Mrs. John Gallagher, original owner of Hawthorn, started her social network back in the 1900’s, she began it with her closest personal friends, extended family and her husband’s business acquaintance’s wives.  She was very active in her community in Kansas City, and when she and her family “summered at the farm” in Independence, Missouri, she continued to socialize with several prominent ladies in the area and those she met through St. Mary Parish.

This age of technology has dramatically altered the definition of social networking in nearly every aspect of life.  Between Txt, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Cafemom, to mention only a few, we are never more than a second away from one of our groups of “friends.”

At Hawthorn, A Bed & Breakfast, however, time can move at a much slower pace.  We have two groups of ladies who still “chat” over a lovely luncheon or a cup of coffee and dessert while enjoying a weekly bridge game with their own “social network of friends.”  Nothing electronic is involved, however, only genteel conversation with classical music playing in the background.  The elegantly decorated one-hundred twelve year-old mansion invites everyone to experience a social network that evokes memories of bonnets and bows, gloves and hankies.

Why not invite your BFF’s to join you for a private luncheon or afternoon tea party at Hawthorn, A Bed & Breakfast, in historic Independence, Missouri.

Jim and Wendy Allen
Innkeepers at Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast, our
Bed and Breakfast in Independence MO