There’s no place like home, said Dorothy in the famous movie, The Wizard of Oz. But when Janis and I visited Wamego recently to tour the Oz Museum, the owners of The Victory Inn Bed and Breakfast certainly made us feel right at home during our Girlfriend Getaway “Oz” weekend.
We began our adventure with a fun lunch at Toto’s Tacoz, where we were surrounded by colorful Wizard of Oz murals. I ordered the hearty Yellow Brick Buro’d and Janis had an equally delicious Wizard’s Quesadilla.
Nearby at the Oz Museum, the author in me was thrilled to see a first edition of the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum. It inspired 40 other children’s fantasy books, Broadway plays, and several motion pictures including the infamous 1939 MGM version starring Judy Garland. I learned Dorothy’s shoes were silver in the book, but were changed in the movie to bright ruby red slippers to contrast with the Yellow Brick Road on the newly-developed Technicolor film. While I was into all the movie’s special effects - like the muslin tornado stitched together with piano string - Janis admired the hundreds of Oz-related memorabilia and collectibles that included everything from paper dolls to Barbie™ dolls and lunch pails to tin cans of peanut butter featuring Oz characters. It was a Toto-ally enjoyable experience!
Next stop was the Oz Winery in a historic building with a tin ceiling, chandeliers, and rustic color palette creating the perfect setting in which to unwind. We sampled a number of wines before determining a semi-sweet white Yellow Brick Road and a fruity semi-sweet red called Squished Witch were our favorites. And ladies, you even can schedule private group parties here complete with hors d’oeuvres!
Retiring to The Victory Inn Bed and Breakfast, we paused to enjoy the water fountain near the gazebo in the beautifully landscaped yard and then sat on the swing on the Victorian home’s wraparound front porch. I chose the No Place Like Home Room displaying Wizard of Oz memorabilia, while Janis slept just down the hall in a canopy bed in the larger Bistro Room, reminiscent of the sidewalk cafes in Paris. The home, which also has two suites with luxurious bathrooms, is a showplace of fine period furniture, antique glass and collectibles, and unique historical items. Yet it is warm, inviting and comfortable, just like home.
And breakfast was certainly a treat…a hot egg, ham and cheese casserole, homemade blueberry muffins, waffles, fresh fruit, and the delightful company of owners Margaret and Francis Feyh, whom we asked to join us.
Where’s your favorite Girlfriend Getaway destination in Kansas?Cecilia Harris is a professional freelance writer from Abilene who enjoys discovering fascinating attractions, events and people that reflect the arts, culture and heritage found in Kansas. She has been a longtime regular contributor to KANSAS! magazine and also has written for such publications as Midwest Living, Sunflower Living, Kansas Heritage and The Greyhound Review to inspire others to explore and appreciate her home state. She also has authored two books, “Historic Homes of Abilene” and “Abilene’s Carousel.”