It’s the most wonderful (and STRESSFUL) time of the year! How are you holding up? If you’re like me, you could use a break from the decorating, excessive spending and endless gift wrapping… and what better way to kick back and relax than by:
1. Unwinding at a local coffee shop.
There is nothing in this world more relaxing than sipping a freshly brewed cup of coffee while being serenaded by Norah Jones. (Pictured is Union Station Coffee & Roasterie in Hays.)
2. Taking in Kansas’s natural beauty without taking out your cell phone.
Live in the moment... your Instagram followers will understand. (Pictured is Pillsbury Crossing in Riley County.)
3. Pampering yourself at the spa.
A day at the spa is the poster child for relaxation... and for good reason! I could totally go for a 1 1/2 hour massage, facial, and pedicure right about now! (Pictured is the Beau Monde Spa and Boutique in Wichita.)
4. Sipping a cocktail while listening to live jazz.
Let the sounds of the smooth saxophone take you away from all your worries and cares... or is that the martini? Either way, you can never go wrong at a Kansas jazz club. (Pictured is Uncle Bo's Blues Bar in Topeka.)
5. Driving the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway.
I can already picture myself cruising down this gorgeous road, surrounded by nothing by rolling hills as far as the eye can see... Ahh.
Want to make your problems seem smaller? Stare up at the clear Kansas night sky, with its billions of bright stars!
7. Sampling the (fermented) fruits from a local vineyard.
Did you know that Kansas is home to several delicious vineyards, including the Holy-Field Winery in Basehor (pictured)? What better way to unwind after a long day then sampling a variety of locally made wines!
8. Taking a hike.
No, seriously; take a hike! Kansas is home to several scenic areas just waiting to be explored! (Pictured is Table Mound Hiking Trail.)
9. Unplugging and simplifying your life.
The Amish settlement of Yoder (located 10 miles southeast of Hutchinson) offers wholesome family fun including shopping, a petting farm, and much more.
10. Strolling through a fragrant and colorful garden.
This may be a little harder to do this time of the year, but come spring, you will have your own little oasis to visit. (Pictured is the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine.)
11. Staying the night in luxurious accommodations.
...and waking up to an incredible breakfast like this one from Simple Haven Bed and Breakfast in Wilson!
12. Sharing a bottle of wine under a Kansas sunset.
Did you visit a local winery yet? Good! Now grab your honey and your chilled bottle of wine, and go unwind under one of our stunning sunsets!