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2 Oh Manhattan! 4 Manhattan Fun Map 6 Find Yourself in the Flint Hills 8 Get Outside 10 I Love Manhattan 12 Good Eats 15 Awesome Times in Aggieville 16 The Arts 17 Find Your Favorite Shop 19 Our History 20 Wander Around the Flint Hills 22 Kansas State University 24 Annual Events 27 Restaurants 43 Lodging

OH MAN! Whether your visit is a day or a week, you’ll be amazed at all Manhattan has to offer. Great food. Fantastic shopping. Family activities. There is so much to do, you’ll be shouting “Oh Man!”

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Freshly redesigned in 2019, Manhattan’s City Flag profiles the “Little Apple” with the colors green representing fertility and opportunity; blue for the Big Blue and Kansas Rivers and peace, plus white to celebrate Manhattan’s limitless future.

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AFTER DARK

When the sun goes down, Manhattan comes alive! Enjoy live music at Auntie Mae’s Parlor and The Hat in Aggieville. Go to the theater at McCain Auditorium on the K-State campus, or the Manhattan Arts Center on Poyntz Avenue. Savor hand-crafted cocktails at downtown’s 324 Speakeasy and Aggieville’s Hi-Lo. Fling an axe for fun at Manhatchet, downtown, or Axe to Grind near Manhattan’s Town East shopping district. Satisfy weekend, late night cravings Thursday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. at The Varsity Truck.

Enjoy the outdoors at Tuttle Creek State Park north of Manhattan, where more than 30 square miles of recreation area include hiking and biking trails, camping, horseback riding and off-road adventures. Visitors love the more than 50 campsites, cabins, birdwatching opportunities, hunting and other outdoor recreation. Plus, Tuttle Creek’s nearly 11,000 acres of water provide ample waterskiing and fishing fun. You’ll want to check out Wildcat Marina, which has watercraft rentals, bait and tackle and food options galore.

GREAT EATS

Enjoy fine food and sweet treats downtown on Poyntz Avenue at Harry’s where award-winning chefs present gourmet cuisine in the historic Wareham Hotel. For casual dining and socializing, there’s Manhattan’s Tallgrass Taphouse and Brewery with their own craft-brewed beer. Head to Bourbon & Baker for Midwest regionally-inspired small plates, cocktails and 80-plus bourbons. Enjoy a delectable dessert from the bakery in back of the restaurant. Manhattan’s newest downtown restaurant El Patron serves authentic Mexican cuisine. Locals love Coco Bolos in Aggieville for spicy Southwestern cuisine and margaritas.

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THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO EXPERIENCE

MANHATTAN, KS!

BRING THE KIDS The Flint Hills Discovery Center features fun, interactive children’s programming as well as exhibits designed to educate all ages on the wonders of the prairie surrounding Manhattan. Manhattan’s Sunset Zoo features all your favorite animals from an Amur leopard to a miniature zebu and the newest residents, hyenas. Hang Ten at Manhattan’s City Park Waterpark and the StingRay half-pipe wave machine. The Instagram-worthy Johnny Kaw statue of Manhattan’s legendary folk hero stands tall in City Park.

Wildcat Fans. ARE. YOU. READY?! That’s the battle cry of the Kansas State University Wildcats. Get your gameday vibe going dressed head-to-toe in purple, the Wildcats’ color. For your purple apparel, head to Rally House in Aggieville, the K-State Superstore on McCall Road and K-State’s Student Union. The Sudler Trophy-winning K-State Marching Band, known as the “Pride of Wildcat Land,” will get your feet stomping as they play Wildcat fan favorites in pubs throughout Manhattan the nights before football games. You won’t want to miss special game day donuts at Varsity Donuts. At either of two Donuts locations, find Manhattan’s best old-fashioned donuts. Do you love to tailgate? You’ll love the ribs, brisket and pulled pork at Cox Brothers Barbecue. Plan to celebrate post-game victories at pubs in Aggieville, Westloop or downtown Manhattan. Go CATS!

GAME DAY GIRLS’ GETAWAY Let your cares melt away during a relaxing weekend in the majestic Flint Hills. Take a refreshing, sensory stimulating walk on the Konza Prairie. Then treat yourself to a mani-pedi at Salon Essentials and a massage at Body First. Find home décor at 1419 Mercantile, Gatherings on the Prairie and Winged Lion, shop fine women’s clothing at The Boutique. Savor Manhattan’s multiple restaurants, and cap off your evening with a glass of Flint Hills wine around a bonfire at Liquid Art Winery. Restful stays include luxurious PrairieWood Retreat & Preserve and traditional lodgings throughout Manhattan. V I S I T M A N H AT TA N K S . O R G

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FIND YOURSELF IN A FUN, FRIENDLY COLLEGE TOWN GRAND MERE VILLAGE

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CICO Park fun includes rodeo, swimming, skate park, and sled hill.

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LIQUID ART WINERY

FRANK ANNEBERG PARK AND TWIN OAKS SPORTS COMPLEX

Liquid Art Winery was founded by Kansas natives, this 20-acre vineyard produces wine and hard ciders.

COLLEGE

BROWNING

HUDSON

KIMBALL

CICO PARK AND LEW LANE FIELD

CL AFLIN

WEST LOOP SHOPPING CENTER

RILEY COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

M IDWE S T DREAM CAR CO LLEC T IO N

WILDCAT CREEK GOLF COURSE

Pop into the Midwest Dream Car Collection and you’ll get up close to exotic cars such as a Lamborghini Aventador formerly owned by Mario Andretti.

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SETH CHILD

WARNER PARK AND DISC GOLF

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BLUE HILLS SHOPPING CENTER

Scenic Hill Overlook: A picturesque view of Manhattan, freshened up in 2019 by the Manhattan Kiwanis Club.

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IMAX FLINT HILLS DISCOVERY CENTER

FAIRMONT PARK AND DISC GOLF

The Kansas River is part of the National Water Trail System.

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Johnny Kaw got all spiffed up in 2019. Stop by and check out the new Johnny Kaw Plaza in City Park and be sure to take a selfie with the big guy!

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Just minutes from downtown Manhattan, visitors enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Flint Hills from sunrise to sunset.

FLINT HILLS FLAMES Since the beginning of time, prairie thunderstorms caused powerful lightning strikes igniting massive fires throughout the Flint Hills. These fires are Mother Nature’s way of cleansing the prairie of trees and brush, giving the native tallgrasses of the Flint Hills new life. Today, ranchers set controlled fires in the Flint Hills each spring. The annual burns ensure these native grasses get a new start. By late April, a fresh carpet of lush, green grass spreads for miles, signaling that spring has arrived.

PRAIRIE PLANTS PRAIRIE HIKES ON THE KONZA Hikers and nature enthusiasts marvel at the splendor of Konza while exploring one of the Preserve’s three nature trails ranging from 2.6 miles to 6.2 miles long. Wildlife living here includes more than 200 animal species, 600 species of flora, and a herd of approximately 250 bison. Jointly owned by Kansas State University and the Nature Conservancy and operated by the university’s Division of Biology, the Konza’s land has never been touched by a plow. Natural vistas are the same as those seen by pioneers and Native Americans hundreds of years ago when bison roamed the prairie. The trails are open daily and free to explore. Pets are prohibited. A $2 contribution is suggested. 6

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The rugged beauty of Flint Hills flora and fauna is on display during the Midwest’s four seasons. Dozens of flowering plant species unique to the Flint Hills are most visible during two peak periods, mid-May through June, and August through September. In the spring, the prairie’s rocky outcrops and ledges are covered in colorful blossoms. In May and June, look for the Missouri Evening Primrose in crevices of the flint rock outcroppings. Its attractive pink bloom closes in the evening and opens again in the morning. In the summer, spot Prairie Coneflower, a relative of Kansas’ state flower, the sunflower.


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FLINT HILLS DISCOVERY CENTER On average, nearly 80,000 visitors explore the Flint Hills Discovery Center each year!

Bitter winds. Blanketing snow. Raging fire. Violent storms. Stampeding buffalo. Sights, smells and sounds of the prairie are re-created with stunning authenticity at the immersive theater experience “Tallgrass Prairie: Tides of Time.” These life-like, theatrical simulations introduce visitors to the prairie as do the center’s engaging exhibits, multi-media films and interactive children’s programs explaining the region’s geology, animal habitats and rich history. Learn about prairie conservation initiatives, the tallgrasses’ sprawling root system, native wildlife, indigenous wildflowers, Native American prairie culture, historic railroad towns and pioneer wagon trains that traversed the Great Plains of Kansas. Visitors relax on the roof garden landscaped with native prairie grasses and wildflowers.

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5 FLINT HILLS FUN FACTS

• Humans have lived in the Flint Hills for 13,000 years. Fossils show signs of sea and plant life more than 250 million years old when the Konza was covered by a shallow sea. • Just 4% of the world’s tallgrass prairie remains, and most of that is in the Kansas Flint Hills. • Grasses in the Flint Hills can grow 10-feet tall, and their roots may extend 15-feet into the soil. • Manhattan is known for its white stone buildings made of the region’s native Cottonwood Limestone. Riley County Courthouse on Poyntz, completed in 1906, is a fine example of Manhattan’s signature stone architecture. • Flint Hills sunrises and sunsets can’t be beat. V I S I T M A N H AT TA N K S . O R G

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Colbert Hills Golf Course celebrates 20 years with many special events!

ZIPPIN’ AROUND Thrill-seekers head to Wildwood Adventure Park to zip high above plunging limestone canyons. Some zipline runs stretch a quarter-mile and are joined by tandem runs. Finish in a guide-monitored, free-fall back to the ground.

HIT THE LINKS

GET OUTSIDE TAKE A HIKE

Wildwood Outdoor Adventure Park.

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Manhattan’s rolling landscape offers many biking and hiking trails, challenging golf courses and easily accessed waterways for boating and fishing. The Linear Trail along the Kansas River and traverses the eastern, western and southern portions of the city. Walking trails at City Park and Anneberg Park offer changing scenery and varying elevations.

Golfers of all skill levels discover challenges at Manhattan’s public courses. Undulating fairways and large, manicured greens welcome players to Colbert Hills, ranked by several golf publications as Kansas’ Best Public Golf Course since it opened in 2000. Wide fairways lead to stunning Flint Hills views. Former PGA pro and K-State alum Jim Colbert was instrumental in the course design. Stagg Hill Golf Course, off Kansas Highway 18, flanks the Kansas River and demands precision shot-making. Be ready for tricky dogleg holes and tight fairways lined with towering oaks and cottonwoods on this pretty, 80-year-old course. The scenic 9-hole course at Wildcat Fitness and Fun also features foot golf.

GREEN APPLE BIKES Visitors join locals pedaling throughout town on Green Apple Bikes, a free bike-share service offering single-speed bicycles at 18 pick-up and drop-off stations throughout town. Let’s ride!


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Experience the serene beauty of the Kansas River, called “The Kaw” by locals, while paddling a canoe or kayak. There are several boat ramps around Manhattan. Bring your own boat or rent your gear at Kansas State University, Tuttle Creek State Park or Konza Kayaks.

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WATER PARKS LINEAR TRAIL Whether on foot or riding a bicycle, Linear Trail offers users an unparalleled view of Manhattan, with natural sights and diverse wildlife. Hop on the nine mile trail at any of eight access points and enjoy the outdoors!

Families flock to Manhattan’s three water parks spread throughout the city. City Park Waterpark’s lazy river, wave machine, slides and diving boards are fun for all ages. Cico Pool and Northview Pool each offer a variety of water features including twisting slides, splash zones and lazy rivers. Refreshing and free, City Park Splash Park and Blue Earth Plaza Splash Park guarantee hours of family fun and frolic.

SUNSET ZOO The 48-acre Sunset Zoo is home to more than 200 animals, including gibbons, chimpanzees and red pandas. Enjoy treats at the Expedition Café, open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on weekends until October. Play areas, picnic spots and the Safari Outpost gift shop make this a great family outing. In 2020, Sunset Zoo begins construction of a $3.2 million Expedition Asia exhibit where a tiger, sloth bear and leopard will live.

THE GARDENS The Gardens at Kansas State University promise a peaceful stroll among one of the area’s finest collections of roses, irises, daylilies and peonies all blooming against the backdrop of the old Dairy Barn. Volunteers and faculty at K-State’s Department of Horticulture and Natural Sciences oversee three specialty gardens called Cottage, Butterfly and Native/Adaptive Plants.

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I LOVE MANHATTAN!

FIND OUT WHAT LOCALS LOVE ABOUT MANHATTAN, KANSAS.

JIM COLBERT

LINDA COOK

Professional Golfer and Founder, Colbert Hills

Chief of Staff Kansas State University

K-State alumnus Jim Colbert has seen the world as a professional golfer and golf commentator on the world’s top golf courses. Manhattan is home for Colbert, the architect of the city’s acclaimed Colbert Hills Golf Course. Golfers enjoy Colbert Hills, with its links style and 92 white sand bunkers that tie seamlessly into the Flint Hills topography. It’s challenging, yet affordable — and that’s just what Colbert envisioned when he began planning the course, ranked by several golf publications as Kansas’ Best Public Golf Course since it opened in 2000. The 18-hole golf course is home to K-State’s golf teams and hosts an APT Tour professional golf event, Colbert Charity Classic, annually since 2012. Manhattan’s culture, entertainment and relaxation opportunities are why Colbert has lived here since 2001. Colbert says, “I want people to see the golf course, try our restaurant and experience what a lot of people don’t know Manhattan offers.”

Manhattan’s entertainment, diverse food culture and art scene drew Linda Cook to Manhattan in 2010. That’s when she became Chief of Staff at K-State, leading the university’s Landon Lecture Series. She’s also a liaison between the university’s president and several campus and Manhattan community organizations. “There are so many things to do here and such a variety of activities and places to go that are on par with a larger community, but without the hassle of bigger cities,” she says. Cook loves the entertainment options in Manhattan. She attends shows at the university’s McCain Auditorium, exhibits at the Beach Museum of Art and art openings at Strecker Nelson West Art Gallery. Cook enjoys dinner at Harry’s and walks on the Konza Prairie. According to Cook, Manhattan — surrounded by natural beauty — has all the assets of a small town, such as safety and comfort of knowing fellow residents, but she says it feels much more cosmopolitan.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPOT TO WATCH A SUNSET?

THE PATIO OF

COLBERT HILLS CLUBHOUSE, JUST OFF TO THE WEST SIDE, HIGH ON THE HILL. OUR SUNRISE IS ALSO SPECTACULAR FROM THIS SPOT.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS IN MANHATTAN?

LIQUID ART WINERY IS GREAT. PEOPLE GO THERE AND THINK ‘WOW. THIS IS

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CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY.


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ALAN PARKER

DENNIS COOK

CADELL BYNUM

Co-Owner Borck Brothers Men’s Clothing

Director Aggieville Business Association

Executive Chef Harry’s Restaurant

Borck Brothers Men’s Clothing and Formalwear, co-owned by business partners Fred Borck and Alan Parker, has been the premier menswear provider in northeast Kansas for more than 40 years. As Manhattan’s legacy haberdasher, Parker feels it’s a privilege for their highly-trained staff to work with multiple generations of clients. “We’ve sold them their very first suits, confirmation suits, interview suits and wedding tuxedos,” Parker says. Manhattan’s vibrant yet laid-back community offers loyal customers and visitors plenty of opportunities to dress for, such as enjoying restaurants downtown for that special celebration, drinks with friends at Mr. K’s or a sundowner cocktail at Colbert Hills, says Parker. “There’s always something to do in Manhattan, like a relaxing walk on the beautiful K-State campus and Konza Prairie. I like to play golf at Colbert Hills, Stagg Hill and the Manhattan Country Club,” he says.

Dennis Cook’s dream is that Aggieville, one of the oldest shopping areas in Kansas, returns to its roots as a vibrant retail, entertainment, residential and dining district in the greater Manhattan community. Cook, director of the Aggieville Business Association, works to attract visitors to the historic neighborhood. “We want to bring the next generation of young business people to Aggieville making it a more vital, energetic entertainment district,” he says. Exciting things for Aggieville are underway including a new hotel slated to open in 2020, more parking and plans to make the district more pedestrian friendly. Cook says Manhattan’s college town vibe and friendly people contribute to Aggieville’s renaissance. “How cool is it to have all this going on in town and all within five minutes of the country?” In addition to Aggieville, Cook encourages visitors to experience the K-State campus, Tuttle Creek Recreation Area and the Flint Hills.

Cadell Bynum came to Manhattan from St. Louis to attend college in the late 1980s and never left. Today, he is executive chef at Harry’s, one of Manhattan’s premiere dining establishments. How he got there is no surprise. “I didn’t realize until I got away from home that I had a lot of fantastic cooks in my family,” explains Bynum, honored by Best Chefs of America every year since 2013. As a student at K-State, Bynum cut his teeth in the food business working in Aggieville’s bar and grill scene. His work ethic and creativity earned him a job at Harry’s. Thirty years later, he is the executive chef at Harry’s and it’s sister eatery, Bourbon & Baker. Bynum has witnessed Manhattan’s food scene flourish and is proud of his contribution to it. He loves his adopted hometown. “I like the pace in Manhattan. I think that’s why we call living here Manhappiness.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SANDWICH IN TOWN?

THE PEANUT BUTTER BURGER AT

SO LONG.

OR THE PEANUT BUTTER STEAK TACO AT

TACO LUCHA.

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND VISITOR’S EXPERIENCE?

OBVIOUSLY, GO TO

AGGIEVILLE.

I WANT VISITORS TO EXPERIENCE THE ENERGY I FEEL THERE.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE VISITOR’S EXPERIENCE?

WE LOVE TO GO TO

K-STATE SPORTING EVENTS. K-STATE SPORTS IS HUGE FOR US. IT’S GREAT TO LIVE IN A

COLLEGE TOWN, WHERE THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO DO.

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GOOD EATS Manhattan’s diverse dining options and local eateries offer delicious choices for every appetite. From burgers to steaks, salads to seafood and doughnuts to gourmet pastries, your taste buds are in for a treat!

CASUAL EATS Retro joint Rock-A-Belly Deli is a local favorite for flavorful sandwiches including the cheese-stacked Belly Buster or the city’s best Reuben. A go-to place before and after college sporting events, JP’s Sports Grill on the K-State campus specializes in burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. You’ll love the exposed brick, loft-like space and small plates at Bourbon & Baker. The downtown restaurant is known for eclectic food and 88 bourbons, including Kentucky’s Best. In the mood for a brew? Enjoy one or more of the seven handcrafted beers on tap along with tasty pub grub at our 10-barrel brewpub Tallgrass Tap House.

This locally-owned, craft beer hot spot has a rooftop deck open in warm seasons. Little Apple Brewing Company in Westloop, is one of the state’s best beef restaurants frequented by Kansas State coaches and “Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet, a huge Wildcat fan and Kansas State University graduate.

With more than 200 eateries in Manhattan, there’s a taste for every palate.

COFFEE + DONUTS Enjoy the aroma of freshly-roasted coffee at the original Radina’s in The ‘Ville, and its sister shop Radina’s on Claflin Avenue, where you’ll find sweet and savory breakfast and snack pastries, plus homemade chocolates. Bluestem Bistro, in Aggieville, features flavor-packed coffee, cappuccino and espresso and freshly made sandwiches and pastries. Sparrow Coffee, on Anderson next to Manhattan Christian College, is a local favorite. Paramour Coffee on Kimball Avenue near Colbert Hills is the westside’s hot spot for artisan coffee and fresh-baked pastries. Arrow Coffee, at the corner of Claflin and Denison, makes Manhattan’s favorite pour-over brew. Chai Latte and Cold Brews are also house specialties. Varsity Donuts in Aggieville is Manhattan’s foremost gourmet donut shop. Try the Maple Bacon Bar and the blueberry Opal or luscious New Boston Cream donuts. 12

Donuts in Village Plaza and Blue Hills Shopping Center have the best old-fashioned donuts around!


BURGERS!

FINE DINING

• The mouthwatering Saloon Burger at So Long Saloon in Aggieville is their signature thick ‘n juicy burger, but you can customize your burger too. Don’t forget to order the chipotle raspberry and black bean dip appetizer!

Harry’s Restaurant, in the lobby of the elegant 1920s Wareham Hotel, anchors the downtown dining scene. Harry’s Chef Cadell Bynum has been honored six times by Best Chefs of America. The warm, cozy atmosphere makes Harry’s a perfect destination for a memorable gourmet dining experience.

• Family-owned and a vintage classic, Vista Drive In on Tuttle Creek Boulevard serves burgers, corn dogs and their signature dessert, the famous hot fudge brownie á la mode.

Wine Dive + Kitchen on Houston Street is as satisfying as the Canadian grilled salmon the restaurant’s regulars crave. Check out the extensive wine list earning high rankings from Wine Spectator.

• Fill up at Ana’s Burger Shack with the hefty, one-third pound burger sided with crispy, beer-battered fries or onion rings.

Five Restaurant on Poyntz Avenue pays homage to executive chef and owner Mariel Edwards’ grandmother’s passion for building a community around great food. You won’t want to miss the daily specials using locally sourced ingredients.

• Aggieville’s burger joint Kite’s has a long menu and delicious history of slinging specialty burgers, including the scrumptious Original Kite Burger and Mac N Cheese Stuff Burger.

BAKERIES & BREAKFAST The moment the aroma of fresh-baked bread hits you when you walk through the door at Radina’s Bakehouse in the Blue Earth Plaza, you’re in heaven. The bakery also makes fruity scones, muffins and handcrafted chocolates. A favorite downtown breakfast place, The Chef serves hearty plates of savory huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos and amazing sweet French toast with bananas and maple syrup. Hearty skillets. Sweet and savory breakfast dishes. Brunch and lunch options galore. With two locations in Manhattan, Early Edition is a premiere breakfast spot serving generous portions, bottomless cups of coffee and always cheerful service.

MORE SUPER TASTY EATS For hibachi-style Japanese head to Umi’s Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar. Enjoy a tableside show with chefs preparing your meal with knifewielding flair or choose to dine in the comfortable dining room. Baan Thai on Fort Riley Boulevard features pot stickers, pad thai and an assortment of curry dishes plus other Thai specialties like hot and cold Thai tea and coffee. The sweet rice with mango for dessert is the perfect way to end the meal. La Fiesta, just off Tuttle Creek Boulevard, serves huge margaritas, fresh chips and salsa and the best chimichanga in Manhattan.

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AWESOME TIMES IN

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We call it The ‘Ville. Always keeping tradition yet ever-changing, Aggieville has been the neighborhood to hang out in for more than 100 years. ROCK OUT TO LIVE MUSIC Manhattan’s music scene rocks at The Hat with performers such as Reckless Kelly and Kansas’ own Logan Mize, plus many more headliners on stage. Aggieville’s favorite lil’ speakeasy Auntie Mae’s features up-and-coming artists. Exciting live music acts at Bluemont Hotel, Coco Bolos, and O’Malley’s entertain visitors year-round. Hot dance bars are Dirty Dawgs, Johnny Kaw’s, Kite’s and Tubby’s. BOWLED OVER BY BOLOS & ROCKIN’ AT THE BELLY Spicy, colorful and satisfying, Coco Bolos dishes fabulous twists on south-ofthe-border fare. You won’t push away from the table hungry. Menu favorites are bacon-wrapped, grilled shrimp and tasty taters las cruces. Top-notch deli Rock-A-Belly packs a delicious punch. Try the roast beef, ham and cheese melt sandwich called The Western. You’ll love the peanut butter tacos at Taco Lucha which shares a kitchen with the premiere burger joint in town, So Long Saloon. JOIN IN ‘VILLE TRADITIONS Tradition lives in The ‘Ville through the neighborhood’s annual road races, parades, sports bar gameday gatherings and Kansas State victory celebrations. Year-round, you can’t go wrong wearing purple in Aggieville, the Wildcats’ color. The university’s annual homecoming parade through The ’Ville always draws big crowds, as does the marching band leading off Spirit Night when they play rousing renditions of the “Wabash Cannonball.” Moro Street is the place to ring in the New Year. Revelers gather outside Rally House for the countdown as Manhattan’s signature red apple descends from the Wildcat spirit gear store’s rooftop. VISIT THE ’VILLE’S SHOPS If it’s edge, fashion and fun finds you’re after, shop The ‘Ville. Acme Gift showcases eclectic Manhattan and Kansas State merchandise. T-shirt shop Thread creates imaginative, graphic designs. Sisters Of Sound Records is Manhattan’s popular indie music shop. Book enthusiasts get lost inside the newly renovated Dusty Bookshelf. PICNIC IN THE ‘VILLE At Triangle Park picnic tables, munch on delish carryout from Aggieville restaurants. It’s one of several Aggieville Community Vision green-space initiatives coming to life in 2020.

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In 2020, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art celebrates 24 years as home for the Flint Hills region’s cultural achievements. Called “The Beach” by locals, this campus museum displays collections by Kansas natives such as paintings by John Steuart Curry and the photography of Kansas native, Jim Richardson. Most exhibits illustrate traditional and contemporary artworks that capture the essence of Midwest life.

The Wareham Opera House was Kansas’ second motion picture movie house. Located in one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the Wareham now stages live music, local theatrical performances and entertaining special events. At Manhattan Arts Center on Poyntz Avenue, dramatic theater and musical productions abound, many featuring local talent for spring and fall productions. You’ll soak up local art exhibits and live music at this Manhattan treasure. McCain Auditorium at K-State hosts an annual performance series which features major entertainment acts such as Travis Tritt, and critically acclaimed productions including RENT, Legally Blonde and Anne of Green Gables.

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Strecker Nelson West Gallery downtown is the state’s oldest commercial gallery and features paintings, sculptures and jewelry by Kansas artists. During 2020, you’ll discover new public art in unexpected places appearing throughout our community. Downtown at A.J.’s New York Pizzeria look for a dazzling mural created by Brazilian artists Douglas de Castro and Renato Perrieria.


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One-of-a-kind treasures for your home, fine fashion for everyday or a special night out, plus jewelry, furnishings and so much more. Manhattan’s shopping scene is everything you’ve imagined!

AGGIEVILLE Aggieville is a vibrant stretch of eateries, shopping and entertainment venues adjacent to the K-State campus. Pick up the latest bestsellers and find gently used books at the recently refurbished Dusty Bookshelf. Fall in love with the sound of vinyl at Sisters of Sound record store. At Rally House, find the perfect apparel to get you in the mood for Wildcat athletic events. Take a Manhattan memento home with you from Acme Local, a one-of-a-kind gift shop in Aggieville.

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Manhattan Town Center has three anchors: Dillard’s, JCPenney, and the AMC Dine-In Manhattan 13’s IMAX movie theater. More than 50 local and national storefronts offer something for everyone at Manhattan Town Center. Find the latest in fashion at H&M, The Buckle and Pink by Victoria’s Secret. Fill up at Blue Moose Restaurant and many more area restaurants. Manhattan Town Center hosts countless community events throughout the year, including the Manhattan Senior High School Prom, visits from Santa Claus and numerous music and dance activities.

POYNTZ AVENUE Shopping is a breeze around the downtown district on Poyntz Avenue. You’ll discover home furnishings, fine jewelry, chic clothing and gallery artworks. Steve’s Floral creates tasteful botanic arrangements for every occasion. Stop in The Pathfinder for rugged outdoor gear for your Konza Prairie Nature Trail hike. Pick up stylish K-State cowboy boots at Yee Haw Country Outfitters. Novelty stores highlight specialty “Manhappiness” and Kansas State University merchandise. The Winged Lion home décor store features an amazing collection of fine gifts and décor items, as does Gatherings at 313.

WESTLOOP Some of Manhattan’s favorite eateries are in Westloop, between Anderson and Claflin Avenues and adjacent to Seth Child Road. Little Apple Brewing Company, one of the state’s best steakhouses, serves daily specials and only the finest Certified Angus Beef entrees. Pamper yourself with a manicure, pedicure and new hairstyle at Salon One & Spa. The folks at Manhattan Running Company will help you find the activewear you need to stay in shape to run one of Manhattan’s many races.

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At Seth Child Commons, visit established Manhattan shops such as Borck Brothers Fine Men’s Clothing and Formalwear, where Manhattan’s men have shopped for 40-years. Pfeifley Jewelers carries beautiful rings, jewelry and timepieces.

VILLAGE WEST More than ten shops and fun attractions draw locals and visitors to Village West. Opened in 2019, Midwest Dream Car Museum displays more than 50 restored vehicles, plus special car exhibits. Visit eclectic home furnishings shop 1419 Mercantile for personal gifts and statement decorative items. Powercat Sports Grill serves delicious dishes paying homage to K-State sports greats such as the signature Coach Snyder burger decked with gouda cheese, guacamole and pico de gallo. V I S I T M A N H AT TA N K S . O R G

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RILEY COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM Begin your tour at this museum, where you’ll discover Manhattan’s past through changing exhibits and priceless artifacts on permanent display. Among the exhibits are an original theater seat from Wareham Opera House, World War I-era U.S. Army wool uniforms and a hand-carved sunflower clock made for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Open daily. GOODNOW HOUSE STATE HISTORICAL SITE Abolitionists Isaac and Ellen Goodnow founded Manhattan on the common principles of freedom and education. Their home built in 1861 is located next to the Riley County Historical Museum. It contains Victorian-era furniture and is open for tours. HARTFORD HOUSE Pre-fabricated homes were often cargo aboard 1850s steamboats carrying passengers West. This home located at 2301 Claflin Avenue was originally assembled near 5th and Colorado Streets, then donated to Riley County Historical Museum about 50 years ago. Hours vary.

OUR HISTORY PIONEER LOG CABIN The cornerstone for this pioneer cabin was laid in 1915 and incorporated stone from the first building constructed at what is now Kansas State University. Built using walnut logs, the cabin illustrates a typical Riley County pioneer period home. It’s located in City Park and is open seasonally. WOLF HOUSE MUSEUM Built in the 1880s, this two-story, limestone home was originally used as a boarding house and then a private dwelling owned by the Wolf family before it became a museum in 1983. FORT RILEY Fort Riley opened in 1853 as a frontier Army installation to protect pioneers traveling on wagon trains across the Flint Hills. Today, Fort Riley’s workday population exceeds 20,000 military and on-post, private-contract employees. The post contributes $2 billion to Manhattan’s and Kansas’ economies. The museum is closed for remodeling until mid-2020. Until then, enjoy the temporary museum located at 247 Cameron Avenue.

FAMOUS FOLKS FROM THE PAST • Entertainers Bill Murray, Chris Farley, Vince Vaughn and dozens of other A-Listers all were mentored by Manhattan’s Del Close, a teacher, writer and actor who attended Manhattan High School and Kansas State University. • Earl Woods, father of golfer Tiger Woods, was the first African American athlete in the then Big 7 Conference playing catcher for the Wildcats baseball team. • Fred J. “Tex” Winter, author of the Triangle basketball offense that won nine NBA basketball titles, coached at K-State for 15 seasons. • Playwright Damon Runyon, writer of Guys and Dolls and a prolific newspaper columnist on subjects from Broadway to baseball, grew up in Manhattan. His boyhood home at 400 Osage Street is listed on the National RegisterV Iof Historic Places. S I T M A N H AT TA N K S . O R G 19


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WANDER AROUND THE FLINT HILLS REGION Fun day trips from Manhattan include visiting Wamego where you will find the historic Columbian Theatre, Dutch Mill and OZ Museum. Continue your journey throughout the Flint Hills on the Native Stone Scenic Byway. ABILENE Boyhood home, presidential library, museum and burial place are all together on the campus-like grounds honoring the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Listed on Smithsonian’s 20 Best Small Towns to Visit, Abilene is 30 minutes west of Manhattan on Interstate 70.

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COTTONWOOD FALLS Located one hour south of Manhattan on Flint Hills National Scenic Byway, Kansas Highway 177, this town features Kansas’ oldest still-operating courthouse, the Grand Central Hotel and Grill and Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

COUNCIL GROVE Tucked into the Flint Hills and straddling the Neosho River, Council Grove was one of the last places travelers could stop for supplies on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and New Mexico. It is home to 24 nationally registered historical sites, easily accessible via a walking tour of the town. Council Grove Lake and Council Grove City Lake combine to offer hundreds of acres of water fun. Council Grove is located 40 minutes south of Manhattan on Kansas Highway 177.


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FORT RILEY Although the Fort Riley museums are closed for renovations until mid-2020, there is a temporary museum open for visitors. Ten minutes west of Manhattan, Fort Riley is home to the 1st Infantry Division called “The Big Red One.” It is the U.S. Army’s oldest division created during World War I, and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017. History and stories of victories led by General John “Blackjack” Pershing are told in 1st Infantry Division Museum exhibits. Military buffs also love the U.S. Cavalry Museum. Visitors must present photo ID to enter post at Henry Gate off of Interstate 70, Exit 301. Pre-approval for day-pass access is available online (recommended to avoid long wait times on-site).

WABAUNSEE COUNTY Visit the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church built in 1862. This church supported abolitionists during Bleeding Kansas’ skirmishes in the town of Wabaunsee, conflicts that preceded Civil War battles. Wabaunsee is 10 minutes east of Manhattan on Kansas Highway 18. From there, head south 15 minutes on Kansas Highway 99 to Alma to experience lovely, turn-of-thecentury limestone buildings and Alma Creamery, a family-run artisan cheese plant that’s been crafting cheddar and jack cheeses since 1946. A few minutes southwest of Alma, is the Volland Store known for its Midwest-inspired art exhibits held in a refurbished, two-story brick general store. Open weekends.

JUNCTION CITY Home to the Buffalo Soldier Memorial, Civil War Monument and state of Kansas Vietnam Memorial, Junction City is located at the confluence of the Smoky Hill River and Republican River, 20 minutes west of Manhattan on Interstate 70.

WAKEFIELD Located 35 minutes west of Manhattan on U.S. Highway 24 and Kansas Highway 77, this town on the banks of Milford Lake offers outdoor activities including great fishing, birding and boating. WAMEGO Follow the yellow brick road to the Land of OZ on Lincoln Avenue at Wamego’s OZ Museum. Walk through the Haunted Forest exhibit viewing original movie posters, a first edition “The Wonderful Wizard of OZ” book, painted character masks and flying monkey miniatures. More than 20 statues of Toto, Dorothy’s Cairn Terrier puppy, adorn Wamego’s quaint streets. This small town on Kansas Highway 24 also hosts many weekend festivals and Kansas’ biggest Independence Day celebration called “Celebrate Freedom” in Boomtown USA.

MARYSVILLE Home Station No. 1 on the Pony Express was situated at Barrett Hotel on Broadway Street, the first stop west from Saint Joseph, Missouri. The Express’ pony stable barn is now a museum open April through October. Visitors enjoy the Doll Museum’s collection of antique and modern toys. Marysville is one hour north of Manhattan on Kansas Highway 77. PAXICO Antique stores abound in this tiny town of preserved Victorian-era buildings located 20 minutes east of Manhattan off Interstate 70. In September, Paxico hosts an annual Blues Festival.

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“EMAW!” One of the most popular phrases among Wildcats fans is “EMAW,” or “Every Man a Wildcat.” A battle cry for decades of K-State athletics’ history, fans unite behind the slogan, which declares they are part of the Wildcats nation.

KSU TRADITIONS • Purple – and plenty of it. It’s been the official color of Kansas State University since 1896. • Call Hall Ice Cream Parlor on the north side of K-State’s campus, is home to K-State’s scrumptious “Purple Pride” blueberry ice cream and dozens of other flavors. Plus, there is K-State-made cheese, meats and more. • Why we Wabash! K-State’s Marching and Pep Bands play “Wabash Cannonball” loud and often at athletic contests. ESPN named it the “best pre-game tradition in the Big 12 Conference.” • Who’s Willie? He’s KSU’s #1 sports fan, mascot and K-State ambassador. Willie the Wildcat is a student who wears the uniform and over-sized Wildcat head. • Hall of Fame Coach Bill Snyder, who came to Manhattan in 1989, resurrected one of the nation’s worst college football programs transforming it into one of its best. He retired in 2018 after winning 215 football games and being named to the College Football Hall of Fame. 22

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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY Memories and tradition align for generations of graduates from Kansas State University, the top choice for college among Kansas high school graduates. K-State is the nation’s first land-grant university, and the state’s first public university established by the Morrill Act of 1862.

MORE ABOUT KSU The nation’s first Land-Grant University occupies 668 acres within Manhattan’s city limits. Beautiful historic buildings, botanic gardens, an art museum and mature oak and elm trees flank manicured lawns and flowerbeds. A walk across campus will have you exclaiming, “Oh Man!” More than 22,000 students attend K-State’s main campus in Manhattan. Additional Kansas State campuses are in Salina and Olathe.

WHAT IS NBAF? In 2022, the Kansas State University campus will open the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) operations on 47 campus acres. The NBAF facility will be an integral part of the university achieving its goal to reach the prestigious, top-50 national research institute status by 2025. NBAF will help position Manhattan as one of the world’s preeminent scientific research cities.


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ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE AND FUN RUN March 14, 2020 Now in its 42nd year, choose between the 10K and 2-mile runs and walks at Manhattan’s oldest running event. Check in online at stpatsmhk.com FLINT HILLS FESTIVAL May 9, 2020 At Blue Earth Plaza located next to Flint Hills Discovery Center, celebrate the Flint Hills at this annual Flint Hills Festival, a fun-filled day of live music, good food and children’s activities. Standard daily admission rates apply. BILL SNYDER HIGHWAY HALF-MARATHON May 23, 2020 After 13 heart-pumping miles through the Flint Hills, downtown Manhattan and K-State campus, race to finish line cheers on the 50 yard line at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Race proceeds are directed to Manhattan charities. Bill Snyder presents award winners after the finish. Race fees apply. THIRD THURSDAYS Enjoy a slice of the Little Apple’s art and eats on Poyntz Avenue, the third Thursday of each month from May to September. A street festival with art, music, food and entertainment, Third Thursday is a great way to meet and greet your favorite artists.

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SYMPHONY IN THE FLINT HILLS June 13, 2020 This breathtaking concert on the prairie performed by Grammy-winning Kansas City Symphony is one of the hottest cultural events in the Midwest. About 7,000 concert goers listen to classical music as the sun sinks into the Flint Hills. This two-hour performance’s location changes each year to a different Flint Hills ranch. This year it is in Wabaunsee County, Kansas. Admission charges apply. LITTLE APPLE PADDLE July 11, 2020 Little Apple Paddle one-day event attracts more than 300 paddlers from across the state for a 10-mile, downriver excursion docking at the quaint little town of Saint George. Boaters launch in Manhattan on the Big Blue River at Linear Park Trailhead located at the Kansas Highway 24 boat ramp by the Big Blue River bridge. After lunch, bus rides are provided back to Manhattan. Event fees apply. Third Thursdays

KAW VALLEY RODEO/RILEY COUNTY FAIR July 23-27, 2020 This Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned event at Wells Arena is the highlight of each summer’s Riley County Fair. A stellar opening-night picnic salutes our nation’s military. Events during the weekend rodeo competition include bareback riding, steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding. Also see the judged 4-H competitions and take a spin on traditional and new, thrilling Ottaway Amusement rides at Riley County Fairgrounds. Free fair entry. Admission charges apply for rodeo and fair rides. FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS November 27, 2020 Cheery crowds gather in Blue Earth Plaza to kick off the holiday season when Santa Claus flips the switch and lights a 65-foot tall Christmas tree. The entire plaza area and downtown stores are awash in holiday splendor. Free admission. MAYOR’S HOLIDAY PARADE December 4, 2020 Start the Holiday Season off right with Manhattan’s festive parade, featuring bands, floats and Santa Claus, of course! LITTLE APPLE NEW YEAR’S EVE December 31, 2020 Aggieville cranks New Year’s festivities up a notch for the one-and-only Little Apple New Year’s Eve. Partiers pack “The Ville’s” bars and count down the last moments of 2020 as a giant, faux-red, fiberglass apple descends from atop Rally House campus apparel store on Moro Avenue. Free admission.


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Aj’s NY Pizzeria 301 Poyntz Ave 785-587-0700 Authentic Manhattan style pizza Blue Moose 100 Manhattan Town Center 785-370-3010 Multi-cuisine good for all sized groups Bourbon & Baker 312 Poyntz Ave 785-320-4959 Small plates with bakery in the back The Chef 111 S 4th St 785-537-6843 The BEST breakfast in Manhattan Five Restaurant 405 Poyntz Ave 785-532-9000 American cuisine with an adventure. Early Edition 600 S 4th St 785-537-0000 A downright good breakfast in MHK El Patron 429 Poyntz Ave 785-320-7385 Cantina-style eats in heart of downtown Harry’s 418 Poyntz Ave 785-537-1300 Fine dining located in historic Wareham Hotel Pool House Kitchen and Bar 219 S 4th St 785-537-2135 Handcrafted cocktails & gourmet hot dogs

Radina’s Bakehouse 227 Blue Earth Place 785-320-2253 Artisan breads and locally roasted coffee

Hunam Express 1112 Moro St 785-537-0886 Chinese available all day and late night

Tallgrass Tap House 320 Poyntz Ave 785-320-2933 Spacious brew pub features Tallgrass beer

Kite’s Bar & Grill 615 N 12th St 785-776-4300 Top college sports bar in the Nation

Wine Dive & Kitchen 121 S 4th St 785-712-2413 International selection of wines, dinner & weekend brunch menu

Radina’s Coffee House 616 N Manhattan Ave 785-537-2345 Freshly roasted coffee and homemade food

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Bi Bim Bap 702 N 11th St 785-537-2888 Sushi bar/authentic Korean & Japanese

Rock-A-Belly Deli 718 N Manhattan Ave 785-539-8033 Serving up Belly Busters ‘n more

Bluestem Bistro 1219 Moro St 785-587-8888 Made from scratch food, local coffee

So Long Saloon 1130 Moro St 785-537-9292 Home of the Cowboy Challenge and raspberry black bean dip

Coco Bolos 1227 Bluemont Ave 785-537-4700 Wood fired grill & cantina Cozy Inn Hamburgers 1109 Moro St 785-320-7766 Just like the original in Salina, KS Gordo’s 1116 Moro St 785-370-8383 Aggieville’s only rooftop bar Green Tea Sushi 1120 Laramie St 785-539-9888 Japanese restaurant & sushi bar

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Ana’s Burger Shack 2024 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-410-4991 Big-n-juicy specialty burgers Arrow Coffee Co 1800 Claflin Rd 785-775-1800 Great coffee & tea selection

Bob’s Diner 1103 N 3rd St 785-537-7776 Local diner with home cooked food Chens Chinese 2704 Anderson Ave 785-539-8888 Dine-in or drivethrough

Baan Thai 1709 Fort Riley Blvd 785-320-5990 Authentic Thai dishes & cuisine

Colbert’s 5200 Colbert Hills Dr 785-776-6475 American cuisine with views of KS No.1 golf course

Bluestem Grill 1880 Kimball Ave 785-712-2100 Specialty burgers overlooking Snyder Stadium

Cox Bros BBQ 223 McCall Rd 785-539-0770 MHK style slow smoked, genuine BBQ

Donuts of Manhattan 2307 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-320-7727 3035 Anderson Ave 785-320-6058 Melt in your mouth pastries Early Edition 3210 Kimball Ave 785-539-3255 A downright good breakfast in MHK El Tapatio 2605 Stagg Hill Rd 785-539-7272 Authentic Mexican & festive atmosphere Golden Wok 3003 Anderson Ave 785-587-9111 Chinese buffet with a-la-carte take out

Taco Lucha 1130 Moro St 785-320-5255 Taqeria with ode to Lucha Libre Tasty China House 1120 Moro St 785-320-7768 Chinese bites & tapioca milk tea The Thai Noodle 1126 Laramie 785-320-2899 Best Thai noodles in Kansas Varsity Donuts 704 N Manhattan Ave 785-539-7654 Fat, fluffy donuts with late-night food stand V I S I T M A N H AT TA N K S . O R G

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Houlihan’s 1641 Anderson Ave. 785-776-5909 Pub fare, steaks & pasta JP’s Sports Bar 2000 Tunstall Cir 785-532-0844 Bar bites, pizza & burgers K-State Dairy Bar 144 Call Hall 785-532-1292 Popular ice cream, meat & dairy products La Fiesta 2301 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-587-5258 Authentic Mexican cuisine Little Apple Brewing Co. 1110 Westloop Pl 785-539-5500 Featuring certified angus beef, hand-crafted beers The Little Grill 6625 Dyer Rd 785-323-0112 Island-themed Jamaican cuisine, reggae music Los Burritos 2273 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-844-2208 Authentic Mexican with seafood twist Mr. K’s Café & Bar 3901 Vanesta Dr 785-338-5296 American café cuisine

RC McGraw’s Bar & Grill 2317 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-776-9588 American style bar & grill with music Radina’s on the Hill 2809 Claflin Rd 785-320-5226 Freshly roasted coffee & sweet treats Sparrow Specialty Coffee 219 S 4th St 785-320-2542 Slow pull bar Subs-N-Such 1816 Claflin Rd 785-537-2411 Home of the Kitchen Sink sub sandwich UMI Japanese Steakhouse 900 Hayes Dr 785-320-7788 Japanese cuisine, hibachi grills & sushi Union Station by JPs 918 N 17th St 785-532-1114 Locally sourced menu, best BBQ and pizzas, local craft brews Vista Drive-In 1911 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-537-0100 Manhattan based hamburger joint since 1964 Westside Bamboo Buffet 2304 Stagg Hill Rd 785-539-8299 Buffet-style Chinese

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Powercat Sports Grill 3011 Anderson Ave 785-320-4226 Purple primed sports bar minutes from stadium

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Cold Stone Creamery 1225 Moro St 785-539-5336

Applebee’s Grill +Bar 3rd & Poyntz 785-537-0408 Arby’s 405 McCall Rd 785-537-0990 326 Southwind Rd 785-537-3436 Baskin Robbins 320 N. 3rd St 785-537-3136 Blue Moose Town Center 785-370-3010 Bombay Bites 716 N. Manhattan Ave 785-473-7341 Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar 1231 Moro St 785-323-9464 Burger King 1328 Laramie 785-537-1045 401 McCall Rd 785-537-5170 Caribou Coffee 601 N. 3rd St 785-587-8609 Carlos O’Kelly’s 622 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-537-4688 Chens Chinese Restaurant 2704 Anderson Ave 785-539-8888 Chick-fil-A KSU Student Union 785-537-3139 636 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-537-2130 Chili’s Grill & Bar 213 Fort Riley Blvd 785-537-1250

Cozy Inn Hamburgers 1109 Moro St 785-320-7766 Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 1015 N. 3rd St 785-776-4117 Dairy Queen 3116 Anderson Ave 785-539-5389 Denny’s 204 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-587-5219 Domino’s Pizza 2020 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-776-7788 Dunkin’ 409 McCall Rd 785-539-4993 Fat Shack 1131 Moro St Firehouse Subs 501 N. 3rd Pl 785-473-7346 Five Guys 518 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-565-9000 Freddy’s Steakburgers 229 McCall Rd 785-320-2300 Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs 900 A Hays Dr 785-320-6076

Hy-Vee Market Grille 601 N. 3rd Pl 785-587-8609

Papa John’s 2615 Anderson Ave 785-537-1400

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Insomnia Cookies 1319 Anderson Ave 785-268-6877 Jimmy John’s 2707 Anderson Ave 785-320-7755 1212 Moro St 785-539-7454 KFC 901 N. 3rd St 785-776-9031 Little Caesars Pizza 1150 Westloop 785-539-3333 LongHorn Steakhouse 505 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-532-9061 McAlister’s Deli 427 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-539-0610 McDonald’s 800 N. 4th St 785-776-6751 1011 Westloop Pl 785-539-1672 Noodles & Company 705 Third Pl 785-539-5373 Old Chicago 2001 Clock Tower Rd 785-537-3322 Olive Garden 715 Tuttle Creek Blvd 785-587-2445 Panda Express 501 McCall Rd 785-770-8888

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KSU Student Union 785-532-3022

Gyroville 712 N. Manhattan Ave. 785-320-2648

Panera Bread 315 Southwind Pl 785-539-7500

HuHot Mongolian Grill Town Center 785-320-7320

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen 1115 Bluemont Ave 785-539-5597

Pizza Hut 2931 Claflin Rd 785-539-7447 1005 Hostetler Rd 785-776-4334 Pizza Ranch 511 McCall Rd 785-537-2200 Pretzelmaker Town Center 785-565-9113 Qdoba 320 N. 3rd St 785-537-2444

KSU Student Union 785-532-0600 Taco Bell 1155 Westport Dr 785-539-1225 1009 Limey Pl 785-539-8020 Taco Johns 214 Leavenworth St 785-675-1732 Texas Roadhouse 200 Manhattan Town Center 785-537-7427

KSU Student Union 785-539-5599

Vikings Grille 910 Commons Pl 785-560-2988

Raising Cane’s 329 E. Potntz Ave 785-539-8862

Wendy’s 3004 Anderson Ave 785-539-0155

Scooter’s Coffee 407 McCall Rd 785-370-0044

100 Goodfood Pl 785-537-0308

Smoothie King 1228 Westloop Pl 785-712-2111 Sonic Drive-In 800 N. 3rd St 785-539-7007

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A&W/Long John Silvers 705 N. 3rd St 785-320-7996

2711 Anderson Ave 785-539-5597 Starbucks 1219 Bluemont Ave 785-320-4662 130 Sarber Ln 785-776-9285 1101 Westloop Pl 785-539-7631 800 Commons Pl 785-770-3643 2700 Anderson Ave 785-587-1888 Subs-N-Such 1816 Claflin Rd 785-537-2411

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A X E T H R O W I N G Corporate Events DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN 316 POYNTZ AVE.

MANHATCHET.COM 785-775-0101

Date Night Leagues

DON’T MISS THESE EXCITING

2020

WAMEGO EVENTS

33rd Annual Tulip Festival April 18th-19th Celebrate Freedom in Wamego July 4th OZtoberFest October 3rd Season of Lights December 13th

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223 McCall Rd in Manhattan

Mon: 11am-10pm | Tue-Sat: 11am-12am | Sun: 10am-10pm

Sun-Thu: 11am-9pm | Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm

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RENT Spring 2020 highlights

The Color Purple

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020

Finding Neverland 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

Bobby McFerrin: circlesongs

7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

Chris Thile, mandolin 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

One Night of Queen

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020

Piff The Magic Dragon 6 p.m. Sunday, April 5, 2020

Beautiful — The Carole King Musical 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2020

Kool & The Gang

7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2020 For a complete list of shows, visit mccain.k-state.edu

Bleeding Kansas Gravel Duro Bike Race (photo: Dave Mayes)

MHKPRD.COM MANHATTAN’S PROVEN #1 REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL

LINDA B. WEIS

ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, PMN, BROKER/OWNER

BROKER AND TEAM LEADER WEIS REAL ESTATE TEAM EXPERIENCE. INTEGRITY. RESULTS. VOTED MANHATTAN’S #1 REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONAL 2019, 2018 & 2017

We are committed to your success. That’s why you will nd a friendly staff and great amenities including: • Large contemporary suites • Premium bedding • Free hot breakfast • Free high-speed Internet • 100% smoke-free • MHK airport shuttle service

MANHATTAN MERCURY READERS’ CHOICE “BEST OF THE BEST” AWARDS

www.LindaWeisRealty.com • 785.313.0567 Professional Place 2316 Anderson Ave. Manhattan, KS 66502 LindaWeis@RealtyExecutives.com WEIS REAL ESTATE COMPANY

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Made from scratch menu with delicious low-calorie options Expansive wine list featuring 10 bottles of wine for $10 each every Tuesday Exclusive weekly food & drink specials Large private event space perfect for paties of all sizes

1 0 0 M A N H AT TA N T O W N C E N T E R 785-370-3010 thebluemoosebarandgrill.com/manhattan

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Quality of Life

Convention and Visitors Bureau

www.junctioncity.org

1.800.528.2489

OPENING SPRING 2021

CORNER OF BLUEMONT AND N 12TH ST

Bistro Restaurant Rooftop Bar Meeting Space McNeill Hotel Company | mcneillhotels.com

DISCOVER the Flint Hills

Captivating culture, enchanting ecosystems & lavish landscapes. Explore the Flint Hills through interactive & immersive exhibits! 315 S. 3rd St. | MANHATTAN, KS 66502

FLINTHILLSDISCOVERY.ORG

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“History comes alive” Riley County Historical Museum

RileyCountyKS.gov/museum 2309 Claflin Rd 785-565-6490

Boa Slipst

Boat s l Renta

Rehearsal Dinners • Weddings • Receptions • Corporate Retreats Family Reunions • Game Weekends • 8 min from Stadium

785-776-6831

www.ScenicValleyInn.com

610 South Scenic Drive Manhattan, Kansas 66503

10% OFF BOAT RENTAL coupon must be presented valid 5/01/2019 thru 9/15/2019 8220 Spillway Marina Rd, Manhattan, KS 66502 (785) 776-3113 wildcatmarinaks@yahoo.com Open Seasonally April - October

Seats up to 80 guests On & Off Site Catering Social events Conference Corporate events

Event Space

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Manhattan Country Club • 18-Hole Golf Course • Banquet Rooms • Meeting Facilities • Swimming Pool • Fitness Center • Casual/Formal Dining

ieDiscoveries is a unique space that inspires learning through play. In our indoor play space, we encourage children of all ages to engage with one of a kind materials, solve problems, think creatively and have fun!

1531 N. 10th Street • (785) 539-7501 themanhattancountryclub.com

Available for drop-in play, classes, camps and parties.

2017 Vanesta Pl, Suite 118 • 785-320-2636 iediscoveries.com

WolfMUSEUM House

Free Admission

Experience 1880’s boarding house life

630 Fremont • Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. By appointment (785) 565-6490 • www.rileychs.com

5800 A River Pond Road, Manhattan, KS 66502 (785) 539-7941 • kdwpt.tuttlecreeksp@ks.gov

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2333 Oak Street Manhattan, KS 66502 785-587-2737 SunsetZoo.com OPEN 360 DAYS A YEAR • MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE One-time use. Expres 12/31/20.

Rick A. Fulton, D.D.S. Angela J. Martin, D.D.S.

1133 College Avenue Suite D 202 Mahattan, KS 66502 Manhattan Medical Center Professional Offices

785-539-7401 dentalassociatesofmanhattan.com

dasofmanhattan

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Bourbon & Baker

Mr. K’s Café & Bar

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Sodexo Catering Servicing Manhattan, Topeka, Junction City and Surrounding Areas

Have you selected your caterer for your wedding reception, corporate event, or business luncheon? Choose Sodexo and prepare yourself for unparalleled service and superior cuisine. From exotic light hors d’oeuvres and traditional buffets to formal dinners, our chefs delight each of our guests’ palates with remarkable custom creations. Let Sodexo do all of the work and we will fully staff your event including: bar set-up, bartenders, and all attendants. Choose the drop-off option and we will bring your food directly to you, or swing by the K-State Football Stadium and we will happily load your order into your vehicle. From hotdogs to lobster tails, Sodexo can do it all! Contact us today to book your event.

Sodexo, open for business. 785-395-8122

Sodexo at K-State

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AUTOMOBILE LEGENDS AROUND EVERY CORNER 3007 Anderson Ave. • 785.236.5501 • midwestdreamcarcollection.org

coordinators stay for free

AT ROCK SPRINGS RANCH conference & retreat center

As a group coordinator, stay free of charge during your event when you bring 100 guests or more. *Must have at least 100 paying guests to receive discount. Offer valid per 100 guests. JUNCTION CITY, KS | ROCKSPRINGS.NET | 785.257.3221

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COURTESY AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION

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HOTELS BEST WESTERN 785-537-8300

601 E. Poyntz Ave. bestwestern.com

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BLUEMONT HOTEL 785-473-7091

1212 Bluemont bluemonthotel.com

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CANDLEWOOD SUITES 785-320-7995

210 Blue Earth Place candlewoodsuites.com

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COMFORT SUITES 785-539-9449

1020 Hostetler Dr. choicehotels.com/hotel/ks142

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COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT Opening Spring 2021

Bluemont and N. 12th St.

FAIRFIELD INN BY MARRIOTT 785-539-2400

300 Colorado St. fairfieldinn.com

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON 785-539-5311

530 Richards Dr. fourpoints.com/manhattan

HAMPTON INN 785-539-5000

501 E. Poyntz Ave. manhattanks.hamptoninn.com

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HILTON GARDEN INN & MANHATTAN CONFERENCE CENTER 785-532-9116 410 S. 3rd, manhattanks.hgi.com

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HOLIDAY INN AT THE CAMPUS 785-539-7531

1641 Anderson Ave. holidayinn.com

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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES 785-320-7454

115 Blue Earth Plaza holidayinnexpress.com

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PARKWOOD INN & SUITES 785-320-5440

505 S. 17th parkwoodmhk.com

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QUALITY INN & SUITES 785-770-8000

150 E. Poyntz Ave. qualityinn.com

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SUPER 8 785-537-8468

200 Tuttle Creek Blvd. super8.com

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BED & BREAKFAST ANDERSON 785-539-4994

1719 Fairchild Ave. andersonbnb.com

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MOORE HOUSE 785-776-5603

500 Denison Ave. moorehouse-bnb.com

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SCENIC VALLEY INN 785-776-6831

610 S. Scenic Dr. scenicvalleyinn.com

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ABNER ALLEN GUEST HOUSE 785-456-9201

7280 Zeandale Rd. RCFBobMary@gmail.com

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ACORNS RESORT 785-463-4000

3710 Farnum Creek Rd, Milford acornsresortkansas.com

BLUE VISTA 785-236-8802

8399 Secrest Rd, Randolph bluevista.info

LIVING WATER RANCH 785-468-3594

4122 Living Water Rd., Olsburg livingwaterranch.org

PRAIRIE VIEW GUEST HOUSE 785-537-9727

2101 Zeandale Rd. lazytranchadventures.com

PRAIRIEWOOD RETREAT & PRESERVE 785-537-9999

1484 Wildcat Creek Rd prairiewood.com

ROCK SPRINGS 4-H CENTER 785-257-3221

1168 Hwy K-157, Junction City rocksprings.net

THE STONEHOUSE AT PRAIRIEWOOD 785-537-9999

5020 Anderson Ave. prairiewood.com

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SUNSET COTTAGE 785-537-9999

727 Sunset Ave. vrbo.com/1254589

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Four unique properties assembled to exceed expectations and create a truly memorable experience. Visit prairiewood.com for more information. 92+

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CAMPGROUNDS Full-service camper hook-ups and modern log cabins available year round at Tuttle Creek State Park. Located four miles north of Manhattan on Highway 24. Park permits and camping information obtained at Tuttle Creek State Park Office. 785-539-7941 • kdoutdoors.com V I S I T M A N H AT TA N K S . O R G

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HOTELS & MOTELS 1 Best Western, 601 E. Poyntz Ave., 785-537-8300 (T8) 2 Bluemont Hotel, 1212 Bluemont, 785-473-7091 (O8) 3 Candlewood Suites, 115 Blue Earth Plaza, 785-320-7454 (R11) 4 Comfort Suites, 1020 Hostetler Dr., 785-539-9449 (R8) 5 Courtyard by Marriot, Bluemont & N. 12th, Coming Spring 2021 6 Fairfield Inn by Marriott, 300 Colorado St., 785-539-2400 (Q11) 7 Four Points by Sheraton, 530 Richards Dr., 785-539-5311 (J13) 8 Hampton Inn, 501 E. Poyntz Ave., 785-539-5000 (S9) 9 Hilton Garden Inn & Manhattan Conference Center, 410 3rd St., 785-532-9116 (Q11) 10 Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave., 785-539-7531 (M9) 11 Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 115 Blue Earth Place, (785) 320-7454 (R11) 12 Parkwood Inn & Suites, 505 S. 17th St., 785-320-5440 (M11) 13 Quality Inn & Suites, 150 E. Poyntz Ave., 785-770-8000 (R10) 14 Super 8, 200 Tuttle Creek Blvd., 785-537-8468 (R10)

B&B / GUEST HOUSE / RETREATS 15 Abner Allen Guest House, 7280 Zeandale Rd., 785-456-9201 (V20) 16 Anderson Bed & Breakfast, 1719 Fairchild Ave., 785-539-4994 (M10) 17 Moore House Bed & Breakfast, 500 Denison Ave., 785-776-5603 (L9) 18 Prairie View Guest House at Lazy T Ranch, 2103 Zeandale Rd., 785-537-9727 (U11) 19 Prairiewood Retreat & Preserve, 1484 Wildcat Creek Rd., 785-537-9999 (A8) 20 Scenic Valley Inn Bed & Breakfast, 610 S. Scenic Dr., 785-776-6831 (B13) 21 The StoneHouse at Prairiewood, 5020 Anderson Ave., 785-537-9999 (A7) 22 Sunset Cottage, 727 Sunset, 785-537-9999 (L8)

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Rest easy. WELCOME TO THE BEAUTY OF SIMPLICITY™ Whether traveling for business or leisure, you can count on us for a consistently friendly, relaxed and comfortable stay. From our modern décor to our welcoming staff to The Fairfield Guarantee , we ensure that you experience warm hospitality and trusted amenities with each and every stay. ™

Book your next stay today! Fairfield Inn by Marriott ® Manhattan 300 Colorado Street | Manhattan, KS 66502 785.539.2400 | www.marriott.com/mhkfi

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