Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Posts Sun, 21 Dec 2014 02:34:53 GMT All Roads Lead to Kansas (and coffee) http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/30/All-Roads-Lead-to-Kansas-and-coffee-/2113/ It's human nature to be curious about what your fellow travelers do on the Kansas roads. Fortunately, curiosity is less dangerous for humans than cats, and Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks &amp; Tourism decided to get some answers through social media. (All results shown are direct recommendations Kansas Tourism Facebook fans and Twitter followers.) Wed, 30 May 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/30/All-Roads-Lead-to-Kansas-and-coffee-/2113/ Celebrate the season by giving these five top gifts from Kansas http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/1/Celebrate-the-season-by-giving-these-five-top-gifts-from-Kansas/1390/ Share the Kansas experience with family and friends!Looking for a unique gift that carries a hint of heartland home? Share the Kansas experience with the special people on your holiday shopping list by giving a gift from Kansas.You name it – good things come from Kansas. From homemade&nbsp;jams, jellies&nbsp;and&nbsp;soaps&nbsp;to homegrown&nbsp;alpaca sweaters,&nbsp;Native American fine art&nbsp;to handcrafted&nbsp;cheeses&nbsp;and&nbsp;wines&nbsp;– you’ll find just-right gifts to suit every fancy. Plus, you’ll likely find ideas to pad your own holiday wish list! Thu, 01 Dec 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/1/Celebrate-the-season-by-giving-these-five-top-gifts-from-Kansas/1390/ Come for the comfort food at Carriage Crossing in Yoder, Kan. http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/30/Come-for-the-comfort-food-at-Carriage-Crossing-in-Yoder-Kan-/1174/ Experience cooked-from-scratch flavor in Amish-influenced restaurantLarge 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. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/30/Come-for-the-comfort-food-at-Carriage-Crossing-in-Yoder-Kan-/1174/ Pinky’s Bar & Grill serves up “gossip, grub and beer” http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/9/Pinky-s-Bar-Grill-serves-up-gossip-grub-and-beer-/1035/ Come for food and drinks in Courtland, Kan. – and stay for the camaraderiePinky’s Bar &amp; 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 &amp; Grill just gets better. Fri, 09 Sep 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/9/Pinky-s-Bar-Grill-serves-up-gossip-grub-and-beer-/1035/ Lawrence breweries multiply beer enthusiasts’ pleasures http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/12/Lawrence-breweries-multiply-beer-enthusiasts-pleasures/878/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/erica1.gif'/><br/>Today we’re spotlighting two Lawrence, Kan., breweries, each with a reputation for excellence in award-winning, uniquely handcrafted beers. We’ll hear from Brian “Bucky” Buckingham, head brewer at 23rd Street Brewery, and Chuck Magerl, owner of the Free State Brewing Co. Tour, taste and choose your favorite brews!23rd Street Brewery&nbsp; Fri, 12 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/12/Lawrence-breweries-multiply-beer-enthusiasts-pleasures/878/ Lyons Restaurant serves cinnamon-rich poached pears http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/5/Lyons-Restaurant-serves-cinnamon-rich-poached-pears/846/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Screen-shot-2011-08-02-at-12.07.50-PM.png'/><br/>Sample this dish, then visit the elegant Lyons Twin Mansions in Fort Scott, Kan.Since 1989, the Lyons Twin Mansions Bed &amp; Breakfast in Fort Scott, Kan., has been treating visitors to a comfortable stay in plush surroundings. Guests also enjoy complimentary breakfasts, including Eggs Benedict, omelets and Signature Sausage burritos. Now, you needn’t spend the night to enjoy the Bed &amp; Breakfast’s finely prepared foods, because the Lyons Restaurant has been recently opened to the public. Fri, 05 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/5/Lyons-Restaurant-serves-cinnamon-rich-poached-pears/846/ Tuck into fine food at Kansas’ Café on the Route http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/29/Tuck-into-fine-food-at-Kansas-Caf-on-the-Route/815/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Cafe-on-the-Route.jpeg'/><br/>The Food Network highlighted Baxter Springs restaurant along Route 66 *CLOSED - January 6, 2013* In the extreme southeastern corner of Kansas lies Cherokee County, the only county in the state that can lay claim to 13.2 miles of Old Route 66. Established in 1926, the two-lane road originally stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles and became famous for the unique communities along “Route 66.” Fri, 29 Jul 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/29/Tuck-into-fine-food-at-Kansas-Caf-on-the-Route/815/ Visit Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Paola, Kan. http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/15/Visit-Somerset-Ridge-Vineyard-Winery-in-Paola-Kan-/773/ Tour the grounds and taste the vineyard’s 18 wines for freeStroll through a thriving vineyard with a glass of wine in your hand. Somerset Ridge Vineyard &amp; Winery in Paola, Kan., invites you to experience its grape-growing and winemaking processes firsthand. We recently spent time with Somerset representatives who are eager to share their winery’s story and details on their award-winning, handcrafted Kansas wines. Fri, 15 Jul 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/15/Visit-Somerset-Ridge-Vineyard-Winery-in-Paola-Kan-/773/ Lindsborg offers all things Scandinavian, including Swedish pancakes http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/8/Lindsborg-offers-all-things-Scandinavian-including-Swedish-pancakes/746/ This month we’re featuring a recipe from Swedish Pastries &amp; Emporium in Lindsborg, Kan. The biker-friendly restaurant serves breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday. The menu includes Swedish pancakes, meatballs, pastries and sandwiches, plus daily specials. You can also browse the gift shop featuring paintings of cats by local artist Beverly Barbo. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/8/Lindsborg-offers-all-things-Scandinavian-including-Swedish-pancakes/746/ Family-Style Meals in a Mansion B&B http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/24/Family-Style-Meals-in-a-Mansion-B-B/674/ Photo credit: Holton House Bed &amp; BreakfastVisitors often stay for the Victorian décor, plush bedding and spacious bathrooms at the Holton House Bed &amp; Breakfast in Holton, but they usually come for the restaurant and fried chicken dinners served family style. “You don’t have to be an overnight guest to enjoy our meals,” say owners Shaun and Tara Sheegan in our interview, “just come hungry.” Fri, 24 Jun 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/24/Family-Style-Meals-in-a-Mansion-B-B/674/