This article is for clients or potential clients who are considering travel to Wichita for a QHHT Session or New Earth Journey class. Wichita, or “Doo-Dah” as long time residents call her, can actually be a rather charming place to visit!
The city was established in 1863 at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers off the Chisholm Trail, and became the Kansas headquarters for the Texas cattle trade. It remains the largest city in the state.
My office is located in “Old Town”, in a lovely red brick building which was originally part of the longtime warehouse district of the city. There are more than 200 businesses concentrated in Old Town, many of which are housed in these refurbished buildings. There are fine and casual dining establishments, antique shops and art galleries, nightclubs and pubs with live music, a metaphysical shop called White Dove, and even dinner theater!
Saturdays feature a wonderful farmer’s market, and there is even the Museum of World Treasures which houses some impressive collections including Egyptian mummies and an actual tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. The city provides a trolley to ride, but the area is perfectly walkable for most, and “Final Fridays” are when many people walk the area as the local galleries and shops stay open late and have special shows.
Old Town, then, is a perfect place for a brief visit to Wichita. No driving necessary once you get here, and there is plenty of available and free parking.
If you were planning on staying the night here after your session, you could play it safe and book a room at the nearby Marriott Courtyard, but why not try some local flavor? The Hotel at Old Town is my personal recommendation.
The history of the building is told on Hotel at Oldtown’s website:
Built in 1906, the four-story Hotel at Old Town Wichita once served as a busy warehouse facility for the highly successful Keen Kutter brand of tools, silverware, dishes, and sporting goods.
Designed by the firm of Mauran, Russell, and Garden, the warehouse employed state-of-the-art construction and was known as not only the strongest building in Wichita, but also the largest warehouse in the world. The building was also identical in design to the famous Cupples Building located in St. Louis.
With its soaring brick tower, the Keen Kutter building was a defining feature of Wichita’s turn-of-the-century skyline. Here is what it looks like today, and it is literally one block away from my office on Douglas.
With rooms in the $99-129 dollar range, you just can’t go wrong booking a reservation at the Hotel at Old Town. They even have live jazz at the piano bar 5 days a week.
Old Town is only about a 10 minute drive east into downtown from Wichita Mid Continent Airport, an easy cab ride. For those of you driving in from points west or east use Highway 400 or Kellogg. From points north or south I-35 to Hwy 400 or Kellogg, then all drivers take Washington street north to Douglas to find my office at 914 East Douglas, and a block further north to 830 East First Street to find the Hotel at Old Town.
UPDATE to all potential clients. I have moved my office to a new space in July 2014. 108 East 5th Avenue, Augusta, Kansas. You can still stay at this great hotel and experience a bit of the best of Wichita in OLD TOWN if you like! Thank you.