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Posts for May 2011

Try Oakley’s old-fashioned drive-in – and classic car show

Hankering for a good, juicy burger served up in a classic, 1950s-style drive-in atmosphere? There’s no need to dress up. Rain or shine, pull your vehicle up under the red-and-white-striped awning at Don’s Drive-In Café in Oakley, Kansas. Here, you’ll find a friendly carhop delivering fine, made-to-order fast food to your vehicle window.

Posted on May 27, 2011 3:07PM by admin

Vast Vista's Greet you on the Byway

Monument RocksVast is the word that strikes a traveler on the Western Vistas Historic Byway. It is very nearly the only way to describe the open plains that greet you along this 102-mile road in the furthest stretches of western Kansas. A mix of natural archeological, architectural, cultural and historic sites line this first historic byway in the state providing enough variety to guarantee each traveler a unique reward.

Posted on May 25, 2011 7:01PM by Karen Ridder

May 27, 2011Rest Area - TBDJune 4 – 5, 2011Lawrence – Lawrence Farmer’s MarketBaldwin – Midland Railway Day Out with ThomasBaldwin – John Brown’s Battle of Black JackAbilene – Brookville HotelAbilene ...

Posted on May 24, 2011 5:06PM by admin

Join Kansas’ “Faces & Places Tour!”

This summer we’re kicking off the great Kansas “Faces & Places” tour – your chance to help promote Kansas tourism through social media and learn more about our state’s events and attractions.

Posted on May 23, 2011 5:07PM by Becky Blake

Smoffee’s More Than Coffee Shop in Colby

The colorful, arty sign above Smoffee’s gave me a preview of what’s inside this former motion picture theater. Starring a fun and inviting atmosphere and homemade food, this inventive bakery, bistro, and coffee/smoothie shop is the happening place in Colby! A cast of local characters gathers here daily to leisurely sip gourmet coffee while conversing about the world’s problems. Friends connect over a lunch of green chili or apricot chicken. This is the community gathering spot owners Shawn and Mary Larson hoped it would be. And visitors are welcomed as family.

Posted on May 20, 2011 2:17PM by Cecilia Harris

Meeting a real Lawman in Dodge City

A visit to Dodge City was like a dream come true for my older son. At home, my husband makes it a special treat to watch old Western movies when they have a “guy’s night.” So, my six-year-old had a pretty good John Wayne impression down by the time he was four. To say the child “likes” cowboys and gun-slinging is a bit of an understatement.When we arrived at the Dodge City Visitor Information Center, we were met by a real-life-honest-to-goodness Deputy U.S. Marshal. I thought my son would go over the top with excitement. Who needs Disney anyway?

Posted on May 18, 2011 3:04PM by Karen Ridder

Enjoy live music in historic Shirley Opera House

When canned music no longer sets your toes tapping, you can find live music on the Great Plains that will. Come to the historic Shirley Opera House (formerly the Aberdeen Steakhouse & Pub) in Atwood, Kan., where independent singer/songwriters – performing original material – entertain audiences in an intimate, dinner-theater atmosphere.

Posted on May 13, 2011 1:47PM by admin


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