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On Saturday June 6th, award-winning chalk artist Stephanie McKnight will kick off a month-long celebration of summertime art in Lindsborg! An Oklahoma resident, Stephanie finds her joy meeting new clients, by day, as a sales rep and encourages creativity in her art students at her business, Pints and Paints. Stephanie also enjoys painting custom murals across Oklahoma and Texas.

The Visit Lindsborg Facebook page will provide a live feed for those that want to watch Stephanie create artwork that celebrates Lindsborg’s heritage. We are encouraging people to also bring their own chalk and create designs of their own along the 4.5-mile long Välkommen Trail ANYTIME in the month of June. Tag #VisitLindsborg on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win a basket of Lindsborg goodies that will be awarded during the first week of July!

Not feeling artsy? There will still be plenty of chalk activities along the Välkommen Trail, thanks to the Lindsborg Summer Recreation Program. Walk the trail or chalk the trail -it's up to you! This is a great opportunity to stretch your legs and your creativity during the month of June!


Lindsborg Vacation Rentals have welcomed three couples and families this week alone
(individuals are always welcome too)
!

A family from out-of-state, a couple celebrating their anniversary and former guests have stayed with us.  They appreciate our enhanced cleaning, called QCD Protocol, which gives peace-of-mind to our guests and our cleaning staff.

Most small businesses are open, but some are closed.

Lindsborg’s coffee shops and retail stores are open, but not every day. But small business owners, such as Hemslojd, are opening carefully.  If a shop appears to be closed, simply call them and ask if they would be willing to open just for you. Lindsborg is a small town – it’s who we are and what we do.

Recently a couple of art galleries closed permanently: Courtyard Gallery and Hands of Time.

But local museums are open. Enjoy original artwork at the Sandzen Gallery. Take a drive to Hutchinson to the Kansas Cosmosphere to see the largest collection of American and Russian space memorabilia outside of the Smithsonian, including the Apollo 13 capsule: Odyssey.

If you’re looking to dine inside of a restaurant, please adjust your expectations. The Swedish Crown and Farley’s are closed for now. But grab-and-go options are available at Blacksmith Coffee, The White Peacock, Ol’ Stuga, Jalisco’s, China, Subway and Pizza Hut. Yes, we know this isn’t ideal.  More options can be found in nearby Salina.

The properties at Lindsborg Vacation Rentals have their own kitchens, so guests can make their own meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks – even a picnic at Coronado Heights or a local park. Be sure to stop by Scott’s Hometown Foods for your supplies and Swedish delicacies.

Our website has updated information under “Calendar of Events.”

We know that travel is a luxury, not a necessity.  Right now, many of us have much higher priorities: putting food on the table, paying the rent or mortgage, keeping up on the bills and putting aside some money for emergencies.  

As spring turns into summer, we believe that travelers will rediscover road trips.  Lindsborg has been, and will always be, a welcoming destination.  When you feel comfortable and confident to venture out, please remember us.

We’re happy to announce our new QCD Protocol: Quarantine, Clean, Disinfect.

After guests check out of a property, it will go under quarantine, staying vacant for three days.  Our professional cleaning staff, wearing masks and gloves, will clean and launder for up to three hours as they always have.  They will then disinfect with a Lysol-equivalent germicide.  These enhanced cleaning procedures will help provide comfort, safety and peace-of-mind for our cleaning staff and our valued guests.

Some Important information to know before traveling
Here is a map of the United States showing the impact of Coronavirus that can be searched by STATE and COUNTY – these can be found on in the upper right corner. 

On April 30, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly released Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas, a three-phase plan that allows each country to implement a “safer at home” policy.

Be sure to check the Travel-Related Quarantine Guidelines if you’re traveling from one of eight US states, five foreign countries and if you took a cruise.

Yes!  Lindsborg Vacation and Executive Rentals are still open!  

However……starting Tuesday, April 7th through Sunday, May 3rdour properties will not be available for guests, out of an abundance of caution.  

Several guests were looking forward to stay at our vacation rentals in March and April.  As the COVID-19 pandemic grew, so did their concerns.  When asked, we cancelled their reservations and returned 100% of their deposits.  It was simply the right thing to do.

Given the current stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions, everyone from out-of-state would have to self-quarantine for 14 days in one of our properties.  While we would love to help, we simply aren't set up right now to host those who may be unknowingly carrying the virus.

We are taking this time to enhance our two-hour-long cleaning procedures, to improve our outreach to Lindsborg's small businesses and to refresh our marketing.

As we make these important changes, we fully understand that you have much higher priorities: putting food on the table, paying the rent or mortgage, finding ways to keep up on the bills and putting aside some money for emergencies.

Lindsborg Vacation and Executive Rentals know that travel is a luxury, not a necessity.  When you feel comfortable and confident to venture out, please remember us.

We believe that travelers worldwide will rediscover road trips – Lindsborg has been, and will always be, a welcoming destination.

If you would like to stay with us after concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic subside, please contact us at 855-872-3487 or lindsborgvacationrentals@gmail.com.

Stay safe and stay healthy,

Lindsborg Vacation and Executive Rentals

www.LindsborgVacationRentals.com

Kanopolis Drive-In Theater

A hidden treasure that Lindsborg families and fans have been enjoying for years. Watch the Kanopolis Drive-in Facebook page for Spring 2020 opening date and showtimes. You will definitely enjoy making this part of your visit.
Kanopolis Drive-in Facebook page

Kanopolis State Park

The first state park in Kansas, Kanopolis State Park is situated in the rolling hills, bluffs and woods of the scenic Smoky Hills region of the state. From the towering Dakota sandstone bluffs to the caves and crevices of Horsethief Canyon, the park offers rugged beauty and stunning vistas.
Kanopolis State Park website

Coronado Heights

Coronado Heights is the southern-most bluff in a series of seven, known as the Smoky Hills. Native Dakota sandstone was used to build the castle and picnic areas, creating the perfect opportunity for a picnic, flying kites, hiking or riding the off-road bike trails. Don’t forget your camera, it’s a favorite of photographers and artists alike.
Coronado Heights website

Välkommen Trail

This 4.5 mile all-weather bicycle and pedestrian trail was converted from abandoned rail beds. The trail meanders through Lindsborg and is free for public use year round. At the trail's southern end, enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while walking across the refurbished railroad bridge.
GetOutdoorsKansas.org trail list

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

Home to one of the few surviving Buffalo and Elk herds, Maxwell Wildlife refuge is great for viewing wildflowers, varied migrating birds, and of course, bison and elk! It’s another favored destination for photographers and artists!
Maxwell Wildlife Refuge Facebook page

Gear-up and Fuel-up

Pick up the gear you need to properly enjoy excursions in the wide-open outdoors from Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters. And then pick up the food to fuel your adventure from Scott’s Hometown Foods (they’ll pack you a lunch!) or online from Blacksmith Coffee or The White Peacock .

With the rapidly changing landscape we have all been experiencing lately, you can still access the things you love most about Lindsborg even if you choose to practice social distancing and avoid travel. Stay tuned to t he Visit Lindsborg and Lindsborg Business Connection Facebook pages for local offerings including virtual events, classes and experiences that will bring the best of Lindsborg to you, wherever you may be. Times they are a changin’ and Visit Lindsborg will adapt to make the best #LindsborgLemonade out of the lemons life throws this way. Many thanks for @VisitLindsborg and the entire Lindsborg community!

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Lindsborg Vacation & Executive Rentals invites you to an open house for two of our fully furnished homes available for lease: Skönhuset at 129 S. Third Street and Blomhuset at 131 S. Third Street. Sunday, February 23 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. For more information on these properties, visit LindsborgExecutiveRentals.com. Or contact Victoria Freeman at 855-872-3487 or info@lindsborgexecutiverentals.com. Tell your friends and see you there! 

Well, it’s that time of year again! Presents have been returned, tree recycled (if real) or put back in its box (fake), credit card bills are coming in the mail soon! Sigh!

Time to get away!

Our nightly rates have been reduced by 20% from Friday, January 10th through Tuesday, March 31st. There are plenty of reasons to return to Lindsborg or to visit the first time. Small town merchants are friendly and helpful. Fun events, like the Swedish Luau and Chocolate Lovers Affair & Art Auction and Väffeldagen are very popular and will be here soon. Then there’s the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day. Plus birthday and anniversary celebrations. Girls weekend! Grandparents/grandkids trip (Lindsborg has a great toy store – Trollslända)!

So contact Lindsborg Vacation Rentals now. Your two-night minimum stay must be completed by March 31st. Be sure to #bookdirect.

Or should we way, “Little Sweden’s” Greetings for Christmas! This weekend has so much in store to make your spirits bright!

Saint Lucia Festival
Saturday, December 14
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
This year’s festival begins with a Swedish pancake feed at the Lindsborg Evangelical Covenant Church, 102 S Washington Street, benefiting Steps to End Poverty of McPherson County , an organization dedicated to creating pathways of success for low income families. The Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers will also have a bake sale, beginning at 10:00 AM, benefiting TACOL (The Associated Churches of Lindsborg), funding several community programs providing for those in need.

The day will include crafts for kids, a procession of dancers to Bethany Lutheran Church for the crowning of Saint Lucia, and storytelling at various locations. Also be on the lookout for roaming Lucias! Find a full schedule of events with locations and a free downloadable Saint Lucia paper doll here .

Old Fashioned Christmas
Saturday, December 14
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
The annual Old Fashioned Christmas celebration returns Saturday evening, December 14, at the Old Mill Museum, 120 Mill Street, where the spirit of an 1880s prairie Christmas awaits you! Enjoy the museum grounds lit by kerosene lanterns as you stroll between music, drama and children's activities.

Enjoy a play in the train depot with performances repeating throughout the evening. Join a shepherd as he shares the traditional Christmas story in the stable. Millers provide guided tours of the 1898 flour mill throughout the evening. Warm up with tasty holiday refreshments along the way and shop for unique gifts in the museum gift shop. Admission is by donation for this event.  Questions? Call 785-227-3595, or visit oldmillmuseum.org . 
Freeze Your Brass Off
Saturday, December 14 at 4:00 PM
The traditional final concert of the season is the Freeze Your Brass Off concert in Lucia Park, next to City Hall, 101 S Main Street, Saturday, December 14, at 4:00 PM. Brainchild of talented Lindsborg musicians , the Lindsborg Landmark Concert Series delivers free concerts located in unique sites that draw many to Lindsborg. 
Brave the cold and come hear Wheatland Brass. But don’t just come to listen! Freeze Your Brass Off is an interactive concert, so dust off your brass instruments and bring them along. No matter your skill level, all are invited to join in playing favorite Christmas carols! Wrap up with a nice warm cup of fabulous hot chocolate, courtesy of the White Peacock Tea & Coffee Company.
Cookies with Mrs Claus
Saturday, December 21
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Have you missed seeing the Claus’s this year? Don’t worry, you still have an opportunity to bring the children by for a visit with Mrs. Claus! Come by First Bank Kansas,118 N Main Street, between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, Saturday, December 21, to share Christmas wishes with Mrs. Claus. There will be sugar cookies for the kids to decorate and hot chocolate for all to enjoy! Warm up inside, then head downtown to finish out your holiday shopping list.

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