Discover the Historical Charms of Marion: A 3-Day Kansas Getaway Itinerary

June 16, 2023 | All Posts

Discover the Historical Charms of Marion: A 3-Day Kansas Getaway Itinerary

Exterior view of Historic Elgin Hotel in Marion, Kansas

Searching for a unique travel destination steeped in history, shopping, and nature? Look no further than the Historic Elgin Hotel in Marion, Kansas. A Kansas travel gem, we've curated a three-day itinerary that will transport you back in time, satisfy your shopping cravings, and allow you to connect with the beautiful Kansas landscapes. So, pack your bags for a Kansas getaway like no other.

Exterior view of Marion County Courthouse

Day 1: A Taste of Kansas History

Begin your Kansas vacation by savoring a delectable breakfast at our in-house restaurant, Chef’s Plate at Parlour 1886. On weekdays, Kari’s Kitchen, another local favorite, awaits. Energized, embark on a tour of the Historic Elgin Hotel, where Victorian charm meets modern luxury, a staple in Marion, Kansas tourism.

Couple smiling as they go shopping in Marion, Kansas

Day 2: Shop Till You Drop

Today is reserved for retail therapy in our unique small-town boutiques. Kickstart the second day of your Kansas getaway with breakfast from CB Baked Goods—we can arrange it for you!

Sun setting over the lake in Kansas

Photo credit: Kevin Freuchting

Day 3: Fun in the Sun

Prepare for an exciting Kansas outdoor adventure on your final day. Begin with breakfast at Kari’s Kitchen, then head to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve with a picnic in the park package from us.

  • Here, you'll experience a significant part of the Kansas landscape—the prairie—and see free-roaming buffalo. Don't miss the historic mansion, barn, one-room schoolhouse, and outbuildings on your Kansas tour.
  • Visit Chase County Lake and, if conditions permit, hike to the waterfall.
  • Enjoy some lake fun at the Marion County Lake. Rent kayak equipment from us for an exciting day on the water, a quintessential Kansas outdoor experience. If you're a fishing enthusiast, we have poles for rent too.
  • After your day of Kansas adventures, treat yourself to a delightful dinner from Taco’s Food Truck at That One Place.

Elegant guest suite at Historic Elgin Hotel

Book Your Kansas Getaway

Pack your bags and get ready to explore the historical charms of Marion at the Historic Elgin Hotel as your home base. This three-day itinerary showcases some of the best of what our area has to offer, from historical tours and antique shopping to outdoor adventures and delightful culinary experiences. We look forward to hosting you for an unforgettable Kansas vacation.