If your last grand romantic gesture was passing the remote control to your partner, it’s time to hit the road for a couple's mini-break. Pull out the defibrillator and give your love life a charge with a romantic getaway to Topeka, where you can spend an amorous weekend without spending your entire paycheck.
Looking for romantic lodgings that doesn't bust the budget?
Enjoy the Romantic Package offered by Courtyard by Marriot. The package includes deluxe accommodations in one of the King Suites with champagne and chocolates available upon arrival. Take your date out on the town for dinner and use your included coupon for Paisano's Italian Restaurante. Also enjoy a complimentary breakfast for two and a late check-out.
Treat the special person in your life to a romantic stay at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. Their Romantic Getaway Package includes handmade truffles, a chilled bottle of champagne, an in-room movie and an undisturbed late check-out of 1:00 p.m.
If you're visiting Topeka during the first Friday of the month, you must experience the First Friday Art Walk - a celebration of local art and artists. The Art Walk is observed in various parts of the city including the NOTO Arts District, Brookwood Shopping Center and Downtown Topeka.
For dinner, head downtown. The White Linen is a unique, fine-dining restaurant based on French-contemporary and American cuisine. The menu changes month to month, however the owner and head chef Adam VanDonge takes pride in providing exotic ingredient and dishes, such as truffles imported from Italy and braised rabbit. Book the chef's table to receive a bottle of wine and a sampling of every item on the menu. Be sure to book your table ahead of time!
Downtown Topeka offers a variety of dining, drinking and entertainment options. But you can't go wrong with drinks and live music. Just a short walk/drive from The White Linen, Uncle Bo's Blues Bar offers live musical acts every Friday and Saturday night. Enjoy music that makes you move!
Start the day off with a late breakfast at one of Topeka's star eateries, Josey Baking Co. Indulge in homemade sweet or savory kolaches, quiche, croissants, cinnamon rolls, cakes and more!
Visit the Rita Blitt Gallery and Sculpture Garden at the Mulvane Art Museum. Located on Washburn University campus, the Mulvane Art Museum is the oldest accredited art museum west of the Mississippi River.
From there treat your love to lunch and a cup o' caffeine at PT's at College Hill. Specializing in direct trade coffee and espresso, PT's offers an alternative, socially responsible product.
If you and your honey love art, antiques and specialty shopping, look no further than the NOTO Arts District. Visit Rusty Haggles Antiques, Pinkadilly, and other fun art galleries and shops in the North Topeka.
Conclude the day with a show at one of Topeka's community theaters, playhouses or event centers! See what's on stage at the Topeka Performing Arts Center, Topeka Civic Theater, the Kansas Expocentre, the Jayhawk Theatre.
Sunday brunch at the Blue Moose Bar & Grill is a must. Breakfast buffet? Yes, please. All the makings of an all American breakfast and then some (truly the American way): eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, waffles. But wait! There's more! Cinnamon rolls, cereal, a nacho bar and smoked salmon.
Once you've had your fill, it's time for a walk. Visit Gage Park, at 210 acres its one of Topeka's largest outdoor attractions - as well as one of its most beloved. While you're there take a romantic stroll through the rose garden.
Are libations in order? Tour one of our of local craft breweries or wineries.
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Dedicate your final day to the great outdoors! Topeka has numerous parks and nature areas to explore at your leisure. Take a morning hike along the trails along Cedar Crest at the Governor's Mansion, or walk along the Kaw River.
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Haven't had your fill of art yet? Topeka has numerous outdoor art installations, murals and period architecture to enjoy.
Be sure to visit one of Topeka's newest murals, the Brown vs. Board Mural.
Every other Monday, 8 to 10 p.m., is Game Night at the Wheel Barrel. You have the chance to score points with your sweetie by winning them fun prizes like t-shirts, gift cards and more. From Chutes and Ladders to Exploding Kittens, there's a game for everyone! The Wheel Barrel is also famous for their grilled cheese, so don't be shy on sampling the merchandise!
Whether your relationship needs a little spark to get the fire back or a rack of wood, a box of kindling and a gallon of unleaded, a charming capital city with big-city entertainment and a small-town feel is a good place to start. Plan your getaway today!