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Posts for September 2011

Come for the comfort food at Carriage Crossing in Yoder, Kan.

Experience cooked-from-scratch flavor in Amish-influenced restaurant

Large restaurants capable of serving tour bus guests and motorcycle groups often cut corners to save time and expense. But when Mike Miller and his father, Joe, opened Carriage Crossing Restaurant and Bakery in Yoder, Kan., in 1994, they drew from the Mennonite faith’s penchant for thoroughness and quality.

Posted on September 30, 2011 8:28AM by admin

A Flair for Celebrating History: Medicine Lodge

Medicine Lodge celebrates Kansas history with a spectacular flair. Of course, since it is hometown to the flamboyant and tempestuous Carry A. Nation, it might not be surprising that the town knows how to get a point across.

Posted on September 28, 2011 9:17AM by Karen Ridder

Unusual Sandwich Earns A+ at Lindsborg’s Ol Stuga

School is back in session and one thing I’ve learned is that college towns have some of the best places to eat. My homework revealed the Ol Stuga in Lindsborg was a finalist last November in Good Morning America’s “Best Bites Challenge: College Edition” to find the best college town hangout with great food and a cool atmosphere. One of the reasons for the Ol Stuga’s high marks was the Brent Nelson Sandwich, so my assignment was to give this concoction a taste test.

Posted on September 23, 2011 10:48AM by Cecilia Harris

It IS an adventure: Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure

Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, west of Salina, is a unique combination of zoo and museum that gives you an up close and personal look at rare and endangered species. The facility started with one man’s mission to house unusual animals and provide education to the local community. It has grown to a large wildlife “experience” with conservation programs and a menagerie of animals you probably won’t see in most local zoos. It is a great day-trip, or if you are just passing through Kansas on I-70, it is close enough to the highway to make an easy detour if you have a few hours to spare.

Posted on September 21, 2011 3:25PM by Karen Ridder

Found on the Web: Film star and travel writer Andrew McCarthy hankering for Kansas

You probably remember Andrew McCarthy from his starring roles in such feature films as “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “Pretty in Pink.” For the past few years, though, McCarthy has been hosting video travelogues and writing articles from around the world for AFAR, National Geographic Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. He was even named the 2010 Travel Journalist of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers.

Posted on September 19, 2011 4:00PM by Becky Blake

Fun in My Backyard

On this trip, my family’s third Faces & Places Tour as a Roadie, we were excited to go on a trip closer to our home. I think that’s what I’ve enjoyed most about the 2011 Faces & Places Tour –discovering amazing attractions and fun “right in my own backyard,” whether that be a trip across town on a Thursday evening, or a weekend getaway down the Kansas Byways to the other side of the state.

‘Start your engines ... ’

Posted on September 13, 2011 3:05PM by Roadies

Enjoy the best in bluegrass at Winfield’s Walnut Valley Festival

Pick and grin, or just tap your toes, at this popular Kansas music event

Recognized as the “Bluegrass Event of the Year,” the Walnut Valley Festival annually attracts bluegrass fans and performers from around the world. The family-friendly atmosphere offers high-caliber contests, workshops, world-class performances and enough spontaneous music-making to satisfy even the hardcore enthusiast. And true Festival aficionados pack their instruments and sleeping bags since camping is encouraged on the grounds.

Posted on September 12, 2011 8:45AM by Becky Blake

Pinky’s Bar & Grill serves up “gossip, grub and beer”

Come for food and drinks in Courtland, Kan. – and stay for the camaraderie

Pinky’s Bar & Grill in Courtland, Kan., has a long history of serving up what new owner Betty Fyfe describes as “gossip, grub and beer.” Over the years the business has undergone changes in ownership and emphasis but, Fyfe says with pride, “We’re continuing the tradition of positioning Pinky’s as a central place to get together with friends and family and have a blast.” She also adds, “The menu has stayed the same, but we’ve added some new things.” So, like a fine wine, Pinky’s Bar & Grill just gets better.

Posted on September 9, 2011 3:29PM by admin


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