Sunday, March 26, 2017

Flint Hills Discovery Center/Rieger Hotel, KC

On March 23rd, we checked out of the StoneHouse and headed to the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan.

The pretty mug I bought at the stone house, made by a local artist

We learned a lot more about the grasslands and felt proud to be Kansans! =)

Fun miniature display with a train

Everything was so detailed!

Oh, this little poser...

Fun play area

Giant, wooden "Mr. Potato Head-ish" things

I also tried my hand/voice at auctioneering with this audio thing that gives you a script and you have to read it and follow along at a certain speed.   It was hilarious and I sold a few head of steer! =)

We had lunch at Noodles and Company (yum!)  If you've never been, you should go!    I especially love their tomato basil bisque!!

On the drive to Kansas City, we saw a LOT of grasslands that had been burned, just like we learned about!

Not a great picture, but it gives you an idea of the line between burned and not

We got to Kansas City before check in time, so parked close to our rental and walked half a mile to the hotel where Philip's conference was so he could check in.   The Michigan basketball team was in town and actually staying at that hotel!    We had just missed them, but the lobby was full of more Michigan fans than I'd ever seen outside of Ann Arbor before! =)

When we got back, the guy met us to check us in and give us a tour of the historic Rieger Hotel that we were staying in!

Here's a little blurb from their website:

The Rieger Hotel’s rich history dates back to its opening in 1915. Built by the founding family of J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey, the three-story brick building was home to many traveling salesmen, railroad workers, and passersby during Kansas City’s formative years. The Rieger family’s whiskey empire grew to become one of the largest in the country before Prohibition and the Volstead Act closed their doors. But the Rieger name lived on at the hotel, and we’re proud to have preserved this important landmark of Kansas City history.
The Rieger Hotel Building is owned and managed by Dugan Fine Properties, a local Kansas City Real Estate company, focused on preserving and maintaining the integrity of historic properties. The hotel is listed on the National Registry for Historic Properties.

The website didn't do it justice, since the space is so big (three stories really) and is situated in a way that is hard to show in pictures.    We were soo excited to get to stay here for five days!

My picture taking started in the rooftop room:

This is such a bright, beautiful, fun space!

It also has a Great view of the city!

The massive and gorgeous kitchen

For all that cupboard space, it's awkwardly stocked (tons of pots and pans, but only one glassware cooking dish, no scissors, no plastic containers with lids, etc.)
The long hallway leads to our room at the back and the stairs up to the roof.  The laundry room is through the door at the end of the kitchen.

The living room

Another view

One of the two master suites
(This part was sort of it's own little apartment, so Philip's coworker who came with her husband and two kids stayed here)

Their own kitchen
(laundry room on the left)

Second sleeping area (with toilet and shower in the back)

Amy, another one of Philip's coworkers, stayed in this room

Scott stayed here

This was the room our family shared
(the boys slept on cots in here)

Moriah slept on this chaise lounge in the giant bathroom

We had dinner, and settled in and then I went to the grocery store to stock up while Philip and a friend watched the basketball game.  Michigan lost. =0/


Mom W. said...

Wow, interesting indeed!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! You guys find the coolest places to stay! And I love how many interesting and educational places you find to visit. Sometimes I feel like you should look up things in my area because I feel like I'm probably missing a lot! Haha. You're good researchers.
I'm glad you're having a good time away.
Rebekah :)

Wendi Kitsteiner said...

That place looks amazing!!!