When morning came, it was time to hit the road again. I quickly found myself in Manhattan, stopping at Arrow Coffee Co. for breakfast and pour-over coffee. I had read reviews on TripAdvisor® and was not steered wrong. (Coffee is an important part of my day.)
I worked a bit, and then met with Karen Hibbard of the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau. We walked the downtown area and discussed the changes Manhattan has seen in the growth of the area, before having a delicious brunch. The Chef, voted the best brunch in Kansas, didn't disappoint with it's renowned Buenos Dias Frittatas.
As I left Manhattan, I stopped to see the Kanza Prairie and give thanks for good travels. I unfortunately didn't make it to see the famous Auggieville area, so I see a trip back to Manhattan in my future.
On my way north again, I stopped to drive around the historic downtown of St. Joseph, MO, passing The Wyeth Tootle Mansion and the many lovely historic homes that make up the Hall Street and Museum Hill Historic Districts. (I’m drawn to art and history.)
As the sun began to set on another day, I headed for home. With just over 1,000 miles driven, in a little under three days, what I saw of Kansas was refreshing and fun. I can only imagine the adventures I could find if I stayed in one place long enough…but I don’t stay still too often.
Here are just a few small things I picked up on while in Kansas:
- A non-alcoholic ‘to-go’ cup is a courtesy! I have never experienced this anywhere else in my travels (Alcohol on Bourbon Street doesn’t count). In Kansas, I was offered a to-go cup at every restaurant I was a patron of. Whether water, iced tea, or soda, this added value was a nice and hospitable gem…especially when traveling.
- The best way to eat wood-fired pizza crust is as dessert. According to some Salina folks, this traditional non-tradition of topping pizza crust with honey for dessert was started at The Scheme way back when. Now other local pizza houses provide honey packets to customers who love to finish their meal this way.
- Almost every town is '20 minutes' from the next, according to locals. Kansas City is 20 minutes from Overland Park which is 20 minutes from Lawrence, etc, etc. It is interesting and quaint.
If you are ever 'Blown into Kansas,' just ask a friendly local at the CVB to point the way of the nearest adventure, you won’t be disappointed.