Cody and I met back in college while attending Kansas State University. We love our college town of Manhattan, Kansas and sharing the same Alma Mater makes our college years that much sweeter. It also makes trip back to Manhattan filled with friends, laughter, and countless shared memories.
Although we have been married for almost a year and a half now and graduates of Kansas State for almost three years, we still had yet to return to Manhattan together since graduating. While taking a trip to see family over Thanksgiving, it was obvious that we needed to stop in Manhattan for a football game against our biggest rivals, the Kansas Jayhawks.
We knew that we would not have much time in Manhattan before we would have to continue home to Chicago, so we didn't book a hotel room or make any plans other than obtaining tickets to the football game.
Sometimes not having a plan tends to work in our favor. We left bright and early from Wichita to make time for tailgating before the game started at 11 AM. If you ever find yourself passing through Kansas on I-70, Manhattan isn't a place to be missed, especially on a Saturday game day. Tailgates spread across the open fields and parking lots. We popped open a couple beers and enjoyed the time with old friends before heading into the game.
Besides football, there is always something to keep one occupied in Manhattan, including lots of great restaurants. After the game, we headed to our favorite place for a late lunch at Taco Lucha. Lucha shares a kitchen and is connected with So Long Saloon, another great place to grab a bite. Taco Lucha offers the best tacos I have ever had. (Sorry to the hundreds of places in Chicago). We both started off with a Nancy-a pineapple beer- and their famous chipotle raspberry black bean dip. That was quickly polished off and followed by a few of their tacos, including their buffalo chicken taco, our personal favorite.
Some other phenomenal restaurants, bites, and places to enjoy friends are The Chef, Bourbon and Baker, Bluestem Bistro, Varsity Donuts, and Harry's Restaurant. For as small of a city as Manhattan is, it has an incredible restaurant scene that will take anyone by surprise. Unfortunately, we did not have time to visit all of them, but we will be back!
In the evening we hit up some of our favorite bars including Auntie Mae's and Rock-a-Belly Deli. Both offer a broad drink menu sure to please everyone. Auntie Mae's has a photo booth, that for $3, gave us some quality pictures during our college years. We ended the night at the Varsity Donuts truck to really relive college by eating late night corn dogs and grilled cheese mac & cheese. Neither are to be missed for those late night cravings.
Our favorite app for last minute hotel deals, HotelTonight, saved us again. We were able to snag a room at the Bluemont Hotel. The hotel is only a couple years old, offers spacious rooms, great service, and the best location in town. It is situated on the corner where Aggieville, Manhattan's bar district, meets campus. We highly recommend this hotel!
Our time in Manhattan was too short but every minute was filled with laughter and lots of solid reminiscing. We love Manhattan and we hope any and all visitors do as well!