We love our guests! It has been a tremendous pleasure to be your hosts in the Flint Hills. I must tell you that the hills are exceptionally green right now. After "the burn" they new grass is springing up lusciously and there are many happy beef cows now grazing in this beautiful part of the earth.
We do serve our customers all year long and want you to know that the Tallgrass Preserve is open year around and we are too. As well as the merchants, galleries, and restaurants on Cottonwood Falls main street and Strong City. It is my hope that all our guests will enjoy each season and so to encourage your Weekend Getaway we want to offer a free Weekend Getaway for your fourth visit. Who doesn't need time to rest, reflect and recharge and Spring Street, Cottonwood Falls and the Tallgrass Preserve is the perfect place!
Excitement is high for the upcoming round of special events, but every weekend is peaceful and special in Cottonwood Falls. And, Prairie PastTimes artists cooperative is also open with so many creative and multi-media gifts and treasures for your home. You will love taking some time to see this amazing collection as well as enjoy the Flint Hills Gallery on main street.
The first guestroom or Wildflower guestroom is my favorite to offer our guests in the winter and spring with it's cozy electric fireplace and the warm winter sunshine in the windows. It is a perfect place for cozy rest and relaxation.
Spinach Tortellini Soup (in large soup pot)_
1-2 head of garlic sautted to golden and soft in Tbsp. olive oil and mash
1-2 large onion chopped and then softened
1 -2 Tbsp. Basil
1/2 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 large can of crushed tomatoes ( plus 2-3 cans of water)
1 bag of fresh chopped or box of frozen spinach
Cheese filled tortellini's added when ready to cook and eat
Variations: Fresh herbs, peppers, kale, red lentils, barley, sausage, beef, chicken.
Part of the vision for Spring Street Retreat are gatherings of family and friends for weekend visits. We provide all the comforts of home and breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings. Our five guest rooms with king size beds accomodates 10 people and we have 3 additional single mattresses. Our living room is a comfortable place to gather to knit or play games or have a special speaker. We also have a craft room and table space for sewing retreats. Lunch can be arranged and catered meals. To schedule your weekend retreat please email at email@example.com.
This weekend is our weekend to decorate the Christmas trees. And, continue our celebration of the seasons in the Flint Hills and of course Christmas. We celebrate family love and gatherings of friends. When we were Country Christmas hosts the vision came to realization with a Thanksgiving tree for the breakfast room and seating for 10 and the summer tree decorated with flowers, grasses, and cowboy ornaments and a table for 6 in our family room. And, the winter tree next to the front door and our entry table has seating for 6 so a total of 22 places for a holiday dinner. We provide a clean home, place settings, all the comforts of home, 5 guest rooms with king size beds, and 3 extra single beds. A wonderful local chef can provide a smoked turkey and all the sides, or your family gathering could each bring a side dish. Florence Bakery just announced they are accepting orders for their Butterhorn rolls. We will be offering a second night free for your weekend gathering. Our trees will be twinkling through the Valentines Weekend. Please call me to book your winter weekend getaway. So please make plans now to enjoy a country Christmas gathering this winter in the peaceful beauty of the Flint Hills.
What a great weekend! Calico Rose Fabric and Quilts organized another weekend for three days of sewing with friends. I met quilters from Marion, HIllsboro, Emporia, Topeka, and Saffordville to name a few.
The community center is spacious, clean, well lit, cool/warm, restrooms
and a banquet table for each sewer with extra table space as well. Sue Smith has plans for a December and January retreat. She is excited to provide a time for people to finish up their Christmas gifts in December.
This past weekend we enjoyed the doors open and the sounds of the Friday night football game and the children playing at the park next door all weekend long.
One of our rewards for all our hard-work are excursions to the delicious snacks that everyone brings. And, meals provided by the famous "Emma Chase". Pork loin, green beans, spaghetti, cinnamon rolls, quiche and breakfast each morning.
We loved hosting quilters this weekend at Spring Street and were happy to provide a convenient place for rest for weary quilters. Please follow our FB page to see pictures of some of the completed quilts. I hope you and your friends will join us sometime and hope to see you next weekend at Spring Street Retreat. It is a beautiful time of year for hiking the Tallgrass Preserve and anything outdoors.
One of the things I love about being a Christian is that I am growing in my knowledge of God and His word through a daily Bible reading plan, attending church, listening to the many wonderful seminarians and pastors, and experiencing the love and kindness of other believers. People who have studied God's Word and have experienced God, and the love of Jesus Christ in their own lives. In the past few years beginning with Spring Street I encountered the power of prayer in a whole new way. I have now come realize through this wonderful book about prayer that God's power can be released through prayers that agree with His word. Including God's word in my prayers is very powerful. This book helped me to realize that God's Spirit is also dwelling in me and every believer and we need to be obedient to this Spirit. Gal. 5:22 tells us that His spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against these things there is no law. Many other scriptures teach about being courageous and have a lot of other beneficial guidance for life on earth. I pray this daily for all believers to experience and enjoy the Spirit of Christ in their own lives. It would please me greatly if there are more people who will take this journey and I would welcome any group who desires to begin their prayer journey at Spring Street Retreat.
I am so sorry the Dream Ride had to cancel plans this year.
We have a lot of weekend availability and would love to help host. Thank you for sharing Spring Street information plus the ranches where people can board their horses and enjoy riding in the Flint Hills this fall.
Please fan our FB page to know what is happening each weekend in CWF. We have five guest rooms. Each room accommodates 2.
Typically our breakfast menu is breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruit and yogurt, French toast, bacon, sausage and fruit salad. Also happy to offer eggs cooked to order. It is an old home, but renovated with the modern amenities, and we are doing everything possible for our guests comfort. Seasonal clothing is very helpful.
It is a family home and we look forward to your stay.
Besides rest and relaxation:
Prairie PastTimes Artist Cooperative
Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
Scenic 177 and Matfield Green
Pioneer Bluffs Historic barn, home and gallery
Chase County Historical Museum
Chamber Courthouse Tours (Saturday afternoon)
Chase County Fishing Lake and dam hike to falls
Main Street galleries and shops
Roniger Natural History Museum and afternoon hours
Saturday morning library hours
Strong City Clark's Hardware
Country roads for biking and driving
Ad Astra Restaurant
Grand Central Restaurant
Keller's Feed and Wine
Wagon Wheel Café
At this time Wifi is available at the library (just to the east of Spring Street a block or two)
See you then!
Covid 19 alert: If running a temperature or not feeling well we ask you to postpone your visit for your health, safety of our home and other guests. There is currently a state request for the wearing of a mask in public areas. Thank you.
What a wonderful Friday evening. We got our dinner and enjoyed it on our backboard at the Tallgrass Preserve. Beautiful evening as the sun was setting. We could see fresh evidence of the buffalo but no sight of them. We were looking for Neowise the recently discovered comet. We were looking to the NW. We looked and looked to the northwest sky as the sun set and the stars came out. We eventually got comfortable viewing the stars. A multitude of stars eventually appeared. There was a little cloud cover right in the area we were looking, and we eventually saw it, up next to the cloud we finally saw a bit of star with a longish glow in the northwest sky below the big dipper. Just one other couple had come back for their second viewing claiming it was really great the previous night and we would soon see it and pointed the way over the northwest horizon. Every time we visit the Tallgrass Preserve at sunset we hope we will be back soon. It is a wonderful place.
Ok. so here we are. Trying to be sure our medical care does not get overwhelmed with sick people as we all experience the most unusual time of no one on earth having immunity to a new virus. For possibly 20% of the population the virus can be especially dangerous as pneumonia may develop and be life threatening. I have had a cough and congestion for a couple of weeks and now Bob is experiencing the same so we're thinking we may be part of the 80% so far. We are in quarantine. Bob is working from home and we don't really feel like going anywhere anyway. This is my second week. Symptoms seem to be a little less each day. We sleep well with our Mucinnex and night time relief. We take a daytime to try to keep the congestion at bay, So far we are ok.
We have enjoyed several batches of chicken and noodles now. One with homemade noodles and the other with store bought homemade. We like the home made the best.
We enjoyed curb-side when we were last in CWF a couple of weekend ago. And, a beautiful evening on the back deck.
It is wonderful to be a gallery for Cher Olson and Dr. Eric Dyck. I proudly get to share the highlights of the area in the Spring Street living room thanks to Eric's capturing of these iconic places at especially unique and beautiful times. Eric and Margie (a native) have been in this area all their lives. They are multi-talented people and we are the beneficiaries of wonderful photography, sewing, knitting, crocheting and all kinds of hand-work that can be seen at PrairiePastTimes.
Please plan to visit us soon and see our wonderful gallery!
Writing this with weekly updates about what is happening at Spring Street and the places I love in the beautiful Flint Hills.