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Trip List by Jennifer K

Relax in the Flint Hills

Aug 27, 2007  From England but currently living in Wichita, KS, and exploring the US at every opportunity
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A handful of things to do in the Flint Hills as I just spent a very pleasant day there with my husband, and tripadvisor is a little sparse on recommendations for this area.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Strong City, Cottonwood Falls
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Budget travelers
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Granada Coffee Company

    Been there, got the T-shirt!

    We arrived in Emporia at 9am on a Sunday morning in late August to find the main street almost deserted and feeling more like 6am. This was the first Mid-West 'small town' that I have ever visited so I was just excited to see somewhere so different. Our guidebook recommended this cafe so we called in for coffees and after spending half an hour chatting with the server we left with a hand-made greeting card, a bag made by the owner's mother and even a T-shirt! Kansas is such a friendly place!

    Address: 809 Commercial St, Emporia, KS 66801
    Phone: (620) 342-4001

  • 2. Emma Chase Cafe

    A step back in time...

    Having read about Cottonwood Falls and in particular this cafe in the Wichita Eagle last week, we called in for Sunday brunch. There's no menu but they 'do most things for breakfast except waffles'. We had the tastiest omelettes with ham, tomatoes and onions. The pancakes seemed popular. If you like going to places that are 'different', have character, and are family run you'll love it here. Although we didn't feel immediately welcome and the service wasn't fantastic, we just felt that added to the uncommercial nature of the place - by the time we left we felt more than welcome.

    There are lots of differently themed nights and live music every Friday night - we'll definitely be going back soon!

    There's a little gift store adjoined selling home-made goodies and things for the home. We made an early start on our Christmas shopping.

    Address: 317 Broadway, PO Box 309, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845
    Phone: (620) 273-6020

  • 3. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
    Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Strong City, Kansas

    A great way to spend a half-day - see my review for further details.

  • 4. Millstream Motel Resort and Campground

    We didn't stay here but we got the 'tour' as recommended by the owner of the Emma Chase Cafe. Apparently it's only $50 for a night and at that price we think it would be fantastic value. There are only 5 small rooms but they are full of character. The location is lovely - right next to the Cottonwood river and falls - would be perfect for families although small children would need to be supervised by the river. They don't serve breakfast but the Emma Chase Cafe is a short 5-minute walk, or you could prepare something in your room.

    Address: 401 Mill, PO Box 126, Cottonwood Falls KS 66845
    Phone: 620-273-8114

  • 5. Grand Central Hotel
    Grand Central Hotel, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

    We didn't stay here either but it looked very nice from the outside and would be worth looking into if you wanted to stay somewhere more upscale.