Salina Journals

Wine, Rock, and Relaxation on the Prairie

A travel journal to Salina by Casual Tourist

Rock City Photo, Salina, Kansas More Photos
Quote: A day visiting a Kansas winery, exploring geological formations, and relaxing beside a lake.

Wine, Rock, and Relaxation on the Prairie

Overview

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What a marvelous way to begin a day -- tasting a myriad of wines at Smoky Hill Winery and enjoying the great snacks they provided free of charge. Then, with a bottle of wine in hand, we headed out for Rock City to settle back for some exploration time in this strange geological formation on the Kansas prairie. We took turns sitting in the Giant's Chair and posing for photos among these chunks of Dakota Sandstone. Then it was back to Salina for a quiet afternoon at Lakewood Park, relaxing by the water and sipping wine before exploring the Nature Center and the butterfly garden located there.Quick Tips: Plan this trip for a day when you want a combination of a minimum amount of hiking, climb...Read More

Western Sizzlin Steak House

Restaurant | "Western Sizzlin' Steak House"

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I've eaten at the Western Sizzlin' several times and the food has always been very good. It is a buffet setting, with a good variety of selections. The salad bar has fresh fixins and the hot food buffet tables are always well stocked with hot (as opposed to luke-warm) items. Their rolls are fresh; the sweet rolls are especially delicious. Beverages are served by a waitress and used dishes are usually cleared in a timely manner.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2000

Western Sizzlin Steak House
1708 W Crawford Street
Salina, Kansas 67401
(785) 827-5078

Rock City

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Attraction

Rock City Photo, Salina, Kansas
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Here on the plains (think flat) of Kansas is an area of huge sandstone concretions, considered to be a geological wonder and designated as a National Natural Landmark. There are nearly 200 of these formations of Dakota sandstone. Many of the sandstone formations look like giant rounded mounds and several bear names descriptive of their appearance. One of my favorite rocks here is the Giant's Chair -- which provides a wonderful place for a photo op. It's like sitting in a nature-made throne. The park is probably about an acre in size and is a wonderful place to allow your kids and yourself to explore. There is a gift shop on the premises that is open daily from 9-5 from May to Augus...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2000

Rock City
1051 Ivy Road
Salina, Kansas

Smoky Hill Winery

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Story/Tip

Smoky Hill Winery Photo, Salina, Kansas
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Just north of Salina on 9th Street we found a wonderful winery. Who would have thought -- a Kansas Winery? My favorite wines are sweet dessert wines and Smoky Hill Winery offers a plethora of these. I absolutely abhor buying wine at a liquor store because I believe it's best to sample what you are going to buy before you make a purchase and Smoky Hill Winery allows you to do this. Not only can you sample wines, but they also often serve snacks -- for free -- along with their wine sampling events. The winery produces and sells a marvelous Christmas wine -- sure to be the hit of any holiday gathering -- designed to be served warm for those cold December nights.
Lakewood Park Photo, Salina, Kansas
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If you're up to a bit of hiking or simply into nature watching, Lakewood Park Natural Area in Northeast Salina is the place to go. The park was developed around an old sand quarry. There is a wonderful butterfly garden here also, but don't bring your net -- they're not for catching, just for watching.

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Rock City Photo, Salina, Kansas
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We continue to visit Rock City as it is a great place to have a picnic and a peaceful place on the prairie to spend a day. No matter how many times I see these boulders I am always fascinated by them. Each one is a unique piece of art just waiting to be discovered here in the middle of Kansas.