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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. 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 Or contact Victoria Freeman at 855-872-3487 or 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 . 
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.

When Lindsborg Vacation Rentals discovered this “Pledge to Travel Green,” much of it made sense four our guests visiting central Kansas.

For first-time guests, visit “Calendar of Events” on our website to learn more about what festivals and activities are open to everyone.

Good habits are key – we love our guests who treat our properties with respect – certainly disposing of trash properly (including recyclables) – even washing a load of towels at the onsite laundry.

Much of downtown Lindsborg is simply steps away. Support our local businesses by shopping and dining in Lindsborg.

Instead of driving, consider renting a quadricycle from Hemslojd (as long as the weather cooperates) to visit parts of town a little further afield such as the Old Mill or the Sandzen Art Gallery! It’s fun and good exercise! #visitlindsborg #bookdirect

Central Kansas has so much to offer, including the newly renovated Eisenhower Center in nearby Abilene. Here is a recent segment from CBS News. Enjoy!

After eighteen months of difficult, but productive reconstruction and design, Stenhuset is now available!

Sorry, but it’s was booked for Hyllningsfest almost two years ago!

For the curious, please visit Lindsborg Vacation Rentals for pictures and more information. And thanks again, for the hundreds of townsfolk and friends who toured Stenhuset on Sunday, October 6th. Sorry, but we only had one “sneak peek” so there are no private showings.

The Vacation Rental Show with Matt Landau, Season 2 will be shown on OSN Living. Every one of the ten episodes, including the one about Lindsborg, will be shown at least three times in OSN’s broadcast area: Middle East and northern Africa!

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