September 2018

Abilene, Kansas – Presidents, Residents, and Plenty Of Chicken

By |2020-03-13T07:00:38-06:00September 5th, 2018|Abilene, Daytrips, Destinations, Guides, Kansas|

We enjoy visiting destinations that can be reached in just a couple of hours. Living in the Midwest, we tend to space our cities a little farther apart than what is found on the coasts. Fortunately, the miles between are filled with some beautiful landscape. Abilene, Kansas makes a perfect day trip from the Kansas City area, but on our visit we spent the night. This allowed us to add a couple more stops to our itinerary. Being the northern end of the Chisholm Trail meant that the rowdy and rambunctious cowboys couldn't wait to arrive. Much like them, we were ready to [...]

August 2018

War and Peace – Eisenhower Presidential Library

By |2018-11-22T05:55:32-06:00August 29th, 2018|Abilene, Kansas|

Our trip to Abilene, Kansas would not be complete without a visit to the site that honors one of the most famous Kansans. The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Boyhood Home is a top destination for travelers from all over the country and world. They come to Abilene to pay homage and learn more about the man who served as the 34th President of the United States. We want to thank the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Abilene Visitors Bureau for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions are our own. Exploring The Grounds We arrived at opening time and made our way to the Visitors Center. After getting our [...]

A Taste Of The Islands At Three One One

By |2018-11-22T05:55:44-06:00August 22nd, 2018|Abilene, Kansas|

I mentioned in a previous article that we found some surprises in Abilene, Kansas. Wherever we travel, we always look for some of the locally owned restaurants to visit. After all, we all have to eat, so uncovering some great dishes served up by the locals is a welcome treat. Imagine our surprise when we found Three-One-One, an eatery designed to present a relaxed cuisine in an island style setting. Since the fall of 2012, Chef John Shaft and his team have been serving up inventive plates for their customers. We want to thank the Three-One-One and Abilene Visitors Bureau for their hospitality. Rest assured all opinions [...]

Cowboys, Calls, and Carousels – Dickinson Heritage Center

By |2018-11-22T05:55:55-06:00August 15th, 2018|Abilene, Kansas|

On a warm summer day we rolled into Abilene, Kansas. We arrived from the south, much like the cattle drives of old. The first destination on our itinerary was the Dickinson Heritage Center. This multi-subject museum is a good spot to learn the background of the area, as well as some extra informational tidbits. The museum is located in a section of the city that has a collection of historical sites and specialty museums. It was nice to find that many of the places we would be touring were all within walking distance of each other. The Dickinson Heritage Center begins with a [...]

The Quick and The Dead – Old Abilene Town

By |2018-11-22T05:56:06-06:00August 8th, 2018|Abilene, Kansas|

There is something engrossing about seeing history come to life. At Old Abilene Town visitors have the chance to witness this happen each weekend during the summer. This place is family friendly and includes a mix of static museum style displays with interactive action. We dropped in on them on a Saturday afternoon and found that they even had a concession truck available for those needing a snack. The Town Our arrival was made in time to give us the leisure of walking around the town, before the afternoon performance was scheduled to begin. The buildings are laid out like an old street, but [...]

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner At Brookville Hotel

By |2018-11-22T05:56:19-06:00August 1st, 2018|Abilene, Kansas|

Abilene, Kansas held a few unexpected surprises for us. Some of you may have heard of the Brookville Hotel, which originated in Brookville, Kansas in the late 1800's. In those days, cowboys were driving Texas longhorns north up the Chisholm Trail. The town of Brookville sprang up along the route, and quickly grew in population with the aspiration of attracting a railroad center. When Union Pacific settled on nearby Junction City, it was a crippling blow for the town of Brookville. Even though the population dwindled, the Brookville Hotel continued with business as usual. At the end of the century, the Magnuson's purchased [...]

July 2018

All Aboard The Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad

By |2019-12-12T12:54:14-06:00July 25th, 2018|Abilene, Destinations, Kansas, Midwest|

Growing up neither of us had much opportunity to travel by train. The heyday of this mode of transportation had passed and most families navigated the countryside by automobile. Recently, we had the chance to take a lunch train ride that piqued our interest in experiencing more of this form of travel. When we laid out the plans for our visit to Abilene, Kansas, a stop at the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad was high on our list. We arrived at the Rock Island Depot, which was built in 1887, with time for a tour of the facility before our journey. We want to [...]