Landmark Inn

Frank) And we’re back again. (Deb) We were talking about Phillipsburg, so
if you keep going on Highway 36, of course, you get to Oberlin. (Frank) Uh
huh. (Deb) And I love Highway 36. If you’ve never driven the width of the
state on Highway 36, it is gorgeous. The land just rolls and I can’t help
but think, especially if you go there in the spring and the grass is high,
how the settlers that were coming through on the Oregon Trail, why did
they go any farther? There couldn’t have been anything more beautiful
waiting for them than they were finding right there on what would become
Highway 36 in Kansas. (Frank) However, Highway 36 in Kansas when you go
west, you do your steering wheel this way. And when you go east it’s this
way. So, I can’t imagine! I mean, when the covered wagons were going
west, were they doing this? I don’t know. (Deb) I don’t know. They might
have been meandering a little bit. But of course, Oberlin, one of our
favorite towns and we get to spend a lot of time there. We’re very blessed
to do that. And no visit to Oberlin is complete without a stop at the
Landmark Inn and the Teller’s Restaurant. Our good friend Gary Anderson
runs that. And he’s an amazing host. He’s just a really sweet man with
just impeccable taste. When you walk in you’ll just be blown away by this
place. (Frank) Now you get a free dinner. (Deb) Ha, we’ll see. Gary
Anderson asks his guests to imagine a Victorian world set in a bustling
Kansas frontier town, home to the United States Land Office. Hundreds came
to Oberlin each day looking for new homes. In 1886 their first night’s
stay would have been at the Oberlin House, the St. James or other inns
that rivaled their counterparts to the east. After claiming their 160
acres of Kansas prairie they were off to the brand new Bank of Oberlin to
set up their banking business in their new hometown. The newspaper said of
the bank, It is the prettiest building in the city. Such buildings,
beautiful, permanent, and durable are of incalculable value to Oberlin.
How true. Gary’s Landmark Inn and Teller’s Restaurant is the heart of
town. Gary, a former banker himself, transformed the iconic building into
a welcoming retreat for travelers, drawing on the spirit of those
Victorian hotels that are long since gone. Just imagine the sets from
Bonanza or Big Valley. Guests experience the opulence of the Victorian
West with modern conveniences such as TV and Wi-Fi. The restaurant offers
gourmet soups and sandwiches, an incredible quiche, meals on par with any
big city eatery. Gary saves the Buffalo Bill room for me. Well, it’s not
really the Buffalo Bill room; it is actually the Marks Suite, named after
the Bank of Oberlin’s founder. The room features a spoon carved queen
sized bedroom set, a day bed that doubles as a sofa, a unique Victorian
corner sink, a mounted bobcat native to this area and a large original
picture of Buffalo Bill Cody who spent time in this part of Kansas, along
with Wild Bill Hickok whose family homesteaded nearby. As Gary said, this
room is full of Western history if you love the Wild West. The Landmark
Inn is far more than just a room for the night, it is an experience.
(Frank) Gee, we’re out of time already. (Deb) Dog gonnit! (Frank) Ahhh.
(Deb) It goes so fast. (Frank) It does. Well anyway, I’m Frank. (Deb) And
I’m Deb (Frank) And we’ll see you somewhere….(Both) Around Kansas.
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