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Kansas’s Flint Hills and Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: What to know

By A.G.,

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GETTING THERE

US Airways and Frontier Airlines fly nonstop from Reagan National to Kansas City, Mo., with June fares currently starting at $270 round trip.

WHERE TO STAY

The Cottage House Hotel Bed and Breakfast

25 N. Neosho, Council Grove

800-727-7903

www.cottagehousehotel.com

Restored 1867 Victorian prairie hotel with 37 rooms decorated with period antiques. Rooms from $60 to $190. Breakfast included.

WHERE TO EAT

Hays House 1857 Restaurant and Tavern

112 W. Main St., Council Grove

620-767-5911

www.hayshouse1857.com

Temporarily closed due to kitchen fire but scheduled to reopen in the spring. Serves such American cuisine as baked ham, skillet-fried chicken and steaks, with dinner entrees starting at $9.95.

Hays House Bakery

318 W. Main St., Council Grove

620-767-6629

www.hayshousebakery.net

Brisket, pulled pork and chicken platters are $7.50.

Grand Central Grill

215 Broadway St., Cottonwood Falls

620-273-6763

www.grandcentralhotel.com

Restaurant in the restored Grand Central Hotel, a few miles from the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, specializing in steak. Dinner entrees $14 to $32.

WHAT TO DO

Symphony in the Flint Hills

816-471-0400

www.kcsymphony.org

www.symphonyintheflinthills.org

June 9 in Lyon County, Kan. Tickets on sale by phone and online March 10; adults $72, children $40, plus a $3 handling fee.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Strong City

620-273-8494

www.nps.gov/tapr

Tours offered from last Saturday in April through last Sunday in October; call for availability. Free.

INFORMATION

www.travelks.com

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