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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

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

Succulent Steaks at Samy’s in Garden City

Photo credit: Samy's Spirits & SteakhouseThis month we’re featuring three recipes from Samy’s Spirits & Steakhouse in the Clarion Inn and Conference Center. The Garden City restaurant specializes in Certified Angus Beef, and all steaks are hand-cut in house. Samy’s also offers an extensive wine list and serves such international dishes as hummus, korma, lasagna and enchiladas.Try the delicious entrée and two side dishes below, then visit Samy’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. 

Posted on May 6, 2011 9:46AM by admin

Water, Wings, and Wonder

Every two years in Great Bend, migration meets attraction with fantastically fine-feathered results.We are talking about the Wings and Wetlands Birding Festival, which was held April 29-May 1 and featured guided birding tours of Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. The weekend brings to Kansas nearly 200 birdwatchers from across the country, all in passionate pursuit of rare and unusual bird sightings.

Posted on May 4, 2011 10:24AM by Dennis Toll


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