Restore Your Soul
Escape to a secluded cottage in Chase County and wake up to songbirds and breathtaking sunrises over gently rolling hills. Look out over the waves of grasslands and see no trace of man. Let the Cottonwood River or a whispering breeze lull you to sleep at night. See the stars as they are meant to be seen, unfiltered by artificial light.
Dine at restaurants known across the state and nationally. Get inspired by nature, or commune with local artists and musicians.
Most importantly, forget the idea that Kansas is flat. The Flint Hills have captivated travelers since the days of horses and wagons. A prehistoric ocean once covered the area, and the rolling waves of lush grass still resemble a rippling sea. Chase County has the largest undisturbed swath of the Flint Hills, including the federally protected Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
The Flint Hills are a sacred place. When exploring the countryside, please take care to keep the area beautiful. Remember:
- Please don’t litter
- Stay on the roads – don’t venture onto private land without permission
- Keep a safe distance from wildlife
- Leave the Hills as beautiful as you found them: don’t destroy or remove plants, rocks, architecture, or other objects
- Have a map with you
- Some roads are low-maintenance and may be rough
Can’t wait to visit again
"Had wonderful evening in the town listening to the live music and meeting the locals – all that after a wonderful hike on the prairie. Something tells us we will be back!! ...Cozy place to stay!"
Lovely weekend getaway
"What a perfect stay. We could walk to Friday night music or just hang out ... and watch the world go by."
Escape from New York
"Our brief holiday was idyllic...The people were friendly and the setting was restful."
"A picture perfect day in The flint Hills. We rode horses at a nearby ranch. The horses were 'fresh' in the morning but by afternoon, horses and riders settled in for a relaxing ride. Thanks for creating such a wonderful place to stay during our visit."
Perfect place to escape
"Wonderful weekend in a comfortable relaxing place. We loved all the nature we experienced. The beautiful Flint Hills on our hikes, the wide variety of birds seen while sitting on the patio, the fox family out past the time building, and rocking on the porch [of our guesthouse] enjoying the chimes."
Will return every year
"Second visit to Cottonwood Falls... This year I brought one of my daughters and her 2 children. The five of us had an enchanting time – Riversuite dinner on the bridge – Symphony on the Prairie and Folk Life Festival activities and of course the turtles on the bridge – so comfortable here!"
Love from California
"Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! We spent hours just porchin’ on the rocking chairs [at the LarkInn Guesthouses] listening to the prairie winds and rain on the tin roof. Great place for a 'City Slicker'"
Pictures don’t do the Flint Hills justice
"...we went for a scenic hike through the nature preserve, and later drove out to Flying W for a horse trail ride. Pictures do NOT do any of it justice. I guess we will just have to come back to relive it all again!!"
"We enjoyed every moment of our stay in this truly special place . . . after getting unpacked, we took a walk into the historic part of [Cottonwood Falls] to catch the most beautiful pink light reflected off of the courthouse . . . There must be something very special about this place, because moments later, my special man asked me to marry him! It was easy to say yes!"
"We are touring the US and Canada for 7 weeks and this was a lovely spot to draw breath and relax before we hit the road again."