Nestled in the Flint Hills region of north-central Kansas, Manhattan is centric to the last expanse of tallgrass prairie in the country. While the Kansas prairie gives Manhattan its aesthetic beauty and charm, economic expansion has rapidly jettisoned Manhattan into a textbook example of financial growth. One big facet of expansion has taken place on the Kansas State University campus. Here, a $1.2-billion price tag accompanies the National Bio and Agro-Defense construction. The facility is set to open in 2021 and complements $1 billion of more university construction projects. K-State is one of the largest public research universities in the Midwest and attracts 25,000 students to Manhattan. Meanwhile, nearby Fort Riley encompasses 10,000 soldiers plus 12,000 family members, and provides 4,000 civilian jobs to the area economy. Fort Riley and Kansas State University help to distinguish Manhattan as a truly unique and diverse community.
With continuing growth since 2000, Manhattan's hotel lodging, attractions, and local dining establishments have radically reshaped the landscape of The Little Apple®. Manhattan has received a dramatic, exciting facelift and positively transformed the city's image. Few industries have benefited as much as local hoteliers. As more than 40 percent of total guest room inventory has been constructed since 2009, most of Manhattan's hotels still have that "new car smell". As new hotels flourish here, this has brought a shift in meeting and convention capabilities. At the forefront of the momentum, hotels in the Blue Earth Plaza sprang to life in 2012 and continues to grow. The plaza's most recent addition, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, adds to a robust selection with Fairfield Inn, Candlewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn/Manhattan Conference Center. Central to this new development area, the $25-million Flint Hills Discovery Center opened in 2012 and has attracted 150,000 visitors. The Discovery Center lends the city a true definition of the region and also plays a role in the meetings landscape. This area is located two blocks from the recently revitalized historic downtown and features a multitude of shopping and dining possibilities.
Blue Earth Plaza and historic downtown constitute one of the city's three distinct areas. Just a few minutes away is situated another: K-State's campus and proximate Aggieville entertainment district. Adjacent to both campus and Aggieville rises the plush new Bluemont Hotel, designed with classic limestone appearance to match the K-State campus. Also quickly accessible to campus is Holiday Inn at the Campus, and the Alumni Center and K-State Student Union with respective ballrooms and meeting spaces. The third area is Westside Manhattan, anchored by Four Points by Sheraton as the meeting and conventions hub. This area also features a large variety of shopping destinations. The boutique Parkwood Inn & Suites (built in 2010) very recently cut the ribbon on a small meeting room ideal for board or corporate retreats. Manhattan also has an abundance of limited service properties to serve your overflow needs.
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Liquid Art Winery
When it comes to the climate and topography for a winery, David and Danielle Tegtmeier of Manhattan saw the Flint Hills as every bit the ideal setting to match the Midwest version of Napa Valley or Tuscany, Italy. Liquid Art Winery and Estate is located just a few miles west of Manhattan, and makes easy access for groups to meet in the city and make a quick jaunt to capture the essence of a unique and memorable reception.
Liquid Art Estate includes a full production winery, tasting room and events center with accommodations for as many as 375. A pair of meadows, surrounded by miles of vineyard, forms the epitome of a Midwest outdoors setting … with cooperation from Mother Nature.