Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Tag - Abilene Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:49:46 GMT Riding the Rails: Taking a Heritage Train Ride in Abilene http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/23/Riding-the-Rails-Taking-a-Heritage-Train-Ride-in-Abilene/3033/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Abaline.jpg'/><br/> The railroad is so closely tied to the Kansas story of adventure, opportunity and progress that it only seems fitting those visiting the state should take the time to ride the rails. Amtrak service is limited in our state, but excursion trains to provide a unique and relaxing opportunity to enjoy this piece of history. Thu, 23 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/23/Riding-the-Rails-Taking-a-Heritage-Train-Ride-in-Abilene/3033/ Eco Friendly Art Draws Attention at Belle Plaine Festival http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/Eco-Friendly-Art-Draws-Attention-at-Belle-Plaine-Festival/3024/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Festival.jpg'/><br/> Winding my way down a path lined with bright orange tulips, I stopped under tall pine and redwood trees to peruse an artist's collection of watercolors featuring bright colored flowers when the sounds of a fiddle and accordian filled the air. The musicians were among a lineup of acts performing under a canopy of long-standing trees during Art at the Arb, an event at the&nbsp;Bartlett Arboretum&nbsp;in&nbsp;Belle Plaine&nbsp;that coincides with the city's annual Tulip Time Festival. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2013/19/Eco-Friendly-Art-Draws-Attention-at-Belle-Plaine-Festival/3024/ Humboldt’s Combine Demolition Derby A Smash Hit http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/18/Humboldt-s-Combine-Demolition-Derby-A-Smash-Hit/2656/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/Humboldt-Combine-Derby-hit-main.jpeg'/><br/> As sparks flew, the hits just kept on coming at the Combine Demolition Derby on a Saturday night in early September. Yes, you read it right&hellip;a demolition derby featuring COMBINES, the farm harvesters that typically peacefully gather in grain. At the Humboldt Speedway, these massive farm machines revved their engines and charged header-first, crashing into each other with a loud bang as metal crunched, the rear tires of both combines lifted off the ground and the drivers jolted in their seats. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/18/Humboldt-s-Combine-Demolition-Derby-A-Smash-Hit/2656/ The Cowtown Experience: Wichita’s past explored http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/24/The-Cowtown-Experience-Wichita-s-past-explored/1966/ Old Cowtown Museum&nbsp;sits in the middle of the state’s largest thoroughly modern city, but gives you the chance to walk back in time through a slice of our historic small-town beginnings.The ... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/24/The-Cowtown-Experience-Wichita-s-past-explored/1966/ So much more than books: the library at the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/24/So-much-more-than-books-the-library-at-the-Eisenhower-Presidential-Library-Museum/1612/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/eisenhower-ground-breaking.jpeg'/><br/> Fifty years ago, Dwight D. Eisenhower used a silver shovel to break ground for the presidential library in Abilene that would bear his name and hold his papers. He chose May 1st&nbsp;in 1962 as the dedication day for the new building because it would have been his mother&rsquo;s 100th&nbsp;birthday.&nbsp; Tue, 24 Jan 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/24/So-much-more-than-books-the-library-at-the-Eisenhower-Presidential-Library-Museum/1612/ Faces and Places Tour June 4 & 5, 2011 http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/9/Faces-and-Places-Tour-June-4-5-2011/585/ My family of “Roadies” was excited to load up the Faces and Places vehicle to explore Kansas last weekend. We set a course for Lawrence with three generations of my family, all of us enjoying varying parts of the trip.My favorite stop was downtown Lawrence. I’ve been to many farmers’ markets, but the Lawrence market had magically artistic flair that morning. Not simply trucks selling produce off a tailgate, these booths were festooned with tapestries, flowers and décor that made each purchase an adventure in temptation. I’m a fan of organic cooking and many displays offered treats I could fantasize feeding my family. My husband, son, and dear friend tried a vegan bacon-maple donut – a delicious first for them. Featuring savory food to eat on the spot, yummy produce and flowers to take home, and the music of multiple performers, the Lawrence farmers’ market is a delightful destination. We plan to go again when we have an entire morning to wander among the fun. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/9/Faces-and-Places-Tour-June-4-5-2011/585/ Enjoy Brookville’s Home-Style Tradition – and Famous Coleslaw http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/4/Enjoy-Brookville-s-Home-Style-Tradition-and-Famous-Coleslaw/569/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/brookville-hotel.gif'/><br/>Try a family-style chicken dinner in turn-of-the-century Kansas restaurantIn Central Kansas, the Brookville Hotel’s name has been synonymous with “family style chicken dinners” since 1915. Owner Helen Martin became famous serving the home-style dinners to World War II soldiers visiting Brookville from nearby bases. Sat, 04 Jun 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/4/Enjoy-Brookville-s-Home-Style-Tradition-and-Famous-Coleslaw/569/ Old-fashioned Outdoor Dining at Kuntz’s Drive-In in Abilene http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/22/Old-fashioned-Outdoor-Dining-at-Kuntz-s-Drive-In-in-Abilene/428/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/set-72157626429167373.jpeg'/><br/> As alfresco dining continues to grow in popularity, I’m reminded of a form of outdoor dining I’ve been enjoying since I was a kid - the drive-in. I live near one of these old-fashioned eating establishments, and now that the weather’s warmer I’m a frequent visitor to Kuntz’s Drive-In in Abilene. Music from the 1950s and 1960s plays as I enjoy the breeze coming through the open windows of my car parked in one of the dozen or so stalls under a low awning. A car hop takes my order: a Fat Lady Burger and a frosty mug of homemade root beer. And lots of napkins please. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/22/Old-fashioned-Outdoor-Dining-at-Kuntz-s-Drive-In-in-Abilene/428/ The Greatest Kansas Hero http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/23/The-Greatest-Kansas-Hero-/275/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/5553407037_72eac2412b_q.jpg'/><br/>In our family “Eisenhower” most often refers to the aircraft carrier where my husband spent six years in the Navy. We saw the ship this summer. So, it only seemed appropriate to take the boys to the place where the real Ike lived here in Kansas. Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Kansas boy who helped save the world. He was one of the greatest members of “The Greatest Generation” becoming Supreme Allied Commander during World War II and serving two terms as the 34th President of the United States. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/23/The-Greatest-Kansas-Hero-/275/