Recently I had to travel for business to some rural areas in Kansas. I decided to stay each night in Garden City, and drive from there to the places I had to visit during the day. I get tired of staying in the average small town motels, so I have started looking for Bed and Breakfast Inns wherever I go. Most of the time it works out to be even more economical than budget motels to do this, so it also helps keep my travel budget in check.
I found one of my most favorite Bed and Breakfast Inns ever in Garden City. It's called Sunnyland (they've kept the original name), and has a great life story. It's even listed on the historical register. After studying all the room choices on the website, I picked the room on the top floor. This meant hauling all my stuff by myself up 3 flights of stairs. I decided it would be worth it, and here's why. I got to sleep in the turret room like a princess! I watched the sun set through antique glass window panes, read by candle light, and took long soaks in the jetted tub. I hated to leave the room to go out for dinner, even when I was really hungry.
I read all of the Anne of Green Gables books growing up. Actually my grandmother read them to me the first time around. Since then I've read them all again several times over. Anne Shirley was one of my heroes, and had such an imagination. I'm sure that I was born with the gift of imagination, and my affection for pretend. But I'll bet spending so much time reading about Anne's imagination has helped to cultivate my own. The whole time I stayed at Sunnyland, I couldn't help but think that Anne would have loved the turret room. I could close my eyes and imagine that she was coming to visit for tea a little later in the parlour. I love to spend time in places that lend themselves to my imagination so easily.
The only thing that could have made my stay there better? Sharing it with my husband. Oh well, I'll just have to add this to my long list of places labeled "when I come back I will...".
If you ever find yourself in Garden City, Kansas, I highly reccomend a stay at Sunnyland.
5 years ago