Experience the Beauty of a Kansas Wildlife Refuge

Swans on a lake

Marais des Cygnes, meaning “Marsh of the Swans” in French, is a 7,500-acre Kansas wildlife refuge and recreation area in Pleasanton, Kansas. The refuge was established in 1992 to protect and restore the bottomland hardwood forest.   Although the area’s history is quite interesting, it is the spectacular beauty of the habitat and wildlife that make… Read The Full Story

Garden-Fresh Meals & A Sensational Spinach Salad Recipe

Vegetables fresh from the garden

Did you know our seasonal dishes use freshly harvested produce from our on-site garden? We always create our menu items from scratch using the finest possible ingredients. But right now, our mouthwatering farm-to-table meals are overflowing with crisp spinach and asparagus from our latest harvest. Dishes featuring garden-fresh lettuces, berries, peas, tomatoes, green beans, okra,… Read The Full Story

Lunch Club & A Killer Italian Bean Soup Recipe

Italian bean soup

Have you heard the news? We’re now open for lunch on Thursdays! Savory sandwiches and soups made from scratch all with fresh ingredients from our gardens. Plan a special lunch date or escape a little early for a weekend getaway and treat yourself to some home-style cooking. Head over to our dining page to learn… Read The Full Story

She Said YES!

Man proposing to his girlfriend

Every girl dreams of the way her beau will propose.  Will it be over a romantic dinner?  Will it be during a walk in the woods?  Or, will it happen at that perfectly simple moment when you’re snuggling together in front of the fire? Well guys, you know your girl – or you really should… Read The Full Story

Elopement Packages

rustic elopement

As couples look for more unique ways to tie the knot, it’s not surprising that many are attracted to the simplicity of elopements.  Although, there is some planning involved, obviously, it is much easier to plan for a party of 2 or 10 rather than a small wedding for even 50 or 100 guests.  Elopements… Read The Full Story

Cooking & Fun at Cedar Crest Lodge

Ingredients for cooking with a skillet

My name is Laura and I love food. There, I’ve said typed it for all the world to read. For as long as I can remember, food has been an integral part of my life. When I was young, I would climb up on a chair and remove my Mom’s “The New Good Housekeeping Cookbook”… Read The Full Story

Fall Bounty

Vegetables form the garden

Gardening seems to be such a temperamental beast.  Even when utilizing the same methods year after year, each season will turn out differently.  In our part of the country we have had more rain than normal (usually a good thing for growers); however, the excess moisture has our okra plants floating and our tomatoes cracking.… Read The Full Story

Stargazing Getaway

Night sky

Matt and I first moved to Cedar Crest Lodge just over 16 years ago.  With an infant in tow and not much business to keep us busy, we sat outside a lot in the evenings enjoying the brilliant starry sky.  Coming from the suburbs, the darkness in the country was the perfect setting for stargazing.… Read The Full Story

3 Southeast Kansas Attractions Everyone Will Enjoy

Kids Feeding Cow On A Farm

Although we at Cedar Crest Lodge pride ourselves on the properties’ quiet, relaxing atmosphere, there are some guests that like to get out and about and experience the area.  Listed below are a few things definitely worth experiencing in our immediate area.   SKYVIEW FARM & CREAMERY – Located a mere 5.2 miles from the… Read The Full Story