Back in the spring when we were planning our trip to Kansas, the question of where to stay popped up. This is our third trip to the midwest in recent years, and the last hotel was awful.
My older brother lives in a very small town, and my dad assured me the local inn was state of the art back in the sixties. Sometimes old and rickety can be charming, but my dad is a simple man. If it was too rustic for him, perhaps we should skip it.
I decided to check out AirBNB and VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner). We could have rented a whole camp with bunkhouses and fishing, but we were going for a wedding, and it’s nice to stay close. I have to remind myself to remain focused.
I saw some studio apartments online, but you never know… My dad was headed back for a basketball tournament (one of my nephews towers over the MR and another one’s headed that way) and was able to tour the properties. He did not wax poetic about them, but he shook his head and said they were nice. I’d say that’s pretty enthusiatic praise from him.
So I went ahead and booked one for my younger brother and his family, one for my dad, and the last one for us. It was a little tight with the four of us sharing a studio apartment, but it was light years better than the hotel 20 miles down the road.
We stayed in the heart of downtown within walking distance to the local restaurants and coffee shops. The owners had a desk filled with coupons from the local businesses, so we enjoyed free coffee and chocolate on our tour of main street.
The owners are experts in historic rennovation using an eclectic mix of old and new furnishings and materials. We laughed at the clever use of pipes in the bathrooms and for the dining table.
We enjoyed access to a full kitchen. It worked out great for storing leftovers and making coffee and oatmeal in the mornings—it may be a trip to Kansas but we’re still calling this a vacation.
The Edison bulb chandelier over the bed added lots of charm.
Our sweet girls shared the pullout bed. Don’t you love this old wood art? Most people would just throw that stuff away, but they’ve made it into something fun.
The apartment featured masculine grays and blues with pops of cheery red to keep it light. I love the mix of plaid down-home goodness with Swedish florals. This wall clock just makes you smile.
This style might not work in our house, but we can all enjoy a little whimsy and a little color. And next time I’m headed somewhere, I’ll have to check AirBNB to expand my options. Who wants to stay in a dingy hotel when you can enjoy some old time charm?
Have you checked out other options when traveling?