When looking for a scenic and romantic destination for a weekend trip, look no further than Kansas. Play golf with your sweetheart in Dodge City; tour a winery together in Whitewater; take a stroll and picnic in Topeka’s beautiful gardens; or enjoy a night at the opera in Pittsburg. A wide variety of fun activities and incredible vacation rentals in Kansas turn weekends into exciting, love-filled interludes. Head to the Sunflower State to experience these picturesque cities and towns.

1. Dodge City

Spend a romantic weekend in Dodge City, Kansas, starting with a twosome at the Mariah Hills Golf Course. The beautiful 18-hole municipal course features fairways, water hazards, and sand traps to challenge every skill level. After your game, enjoy great Kansas beef or seafood at the course’s Prime on the Nine restaurant. End your night out by watching a gorgeous sunset through the restaurant’s ceiling-to-floor windows while you and your loved one devour double fudge brownie sundaes.

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2. Pittsburg

For a romantic weekend getaway about 170 miles east of Wichita, choose a vacation rental in Pittsburg, Kansas. The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts offers great romantic nights at the theater. Put on your elegant evening wear to attend an exciting performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera, or enjoy a delightful concert featuring music by Mozart or modern composers. Before the show, woo your sweetheart with a delicious authentic Italian dinner of eggplant aristocrata or tasty shrimp diavolo at Napoli’s Italian Restaurant. Does your partner love you and beef? Hoof on over to Jim’s Steak House for juicy Kansas City strip steaks and heaping servings of crisp onion rings.

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3. Whitewater

Wine and romance go together, and Grace Hill Winery provides the perfect setting for both. A location less than three miles west of Whitewater, Kansas, and 25 minutes north of downtown Wichita makes this a quick and easy getaway. Visit during special weekend events like a session of small plate food and wine pairings, or a corks and canvas painting class. On any weekend you go, sample more than a dozen wines, tour the winery, cellar, and vineyard, and have a picnic on the grounds. If you’re not into wine, the facility offers water, soda, and beer. At Mom’s Cafe, a favorite of Whitewater locals, gaze into your lover’s eyes between bites of fried catfish. To make morning coffee with your sweetie more special, pick up a loaf of fresh baked banana bread from Sweet Sugar Sensations.

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4. Topeka

Spend a getaway weekend in Topeka, the Kansas capital, and let love bloom in Ted Ensley Gardens on Lake Shawnee’s western shore. Reminisce about your first date as you meander through rose gardens, or plan your future together while walking across the beautiful covered bridge. Settle down by the water and rock gardens for a quiet picnic lunch of fried chicken and sides from Chef’s Crazy Tasty Chicken. For a fun and romantic dinner date, drive to the locally famous Bobo’s Drive In, and park for car service. Enjoy classic cheeseburgers, handmade onion rings, French fries, and chocolate malts while listening to oldies on your car CD player, and pretend you’re both 18 again. Enjoy a cultural experience by taking in a live production by the ACT Theatre Company.

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5. Overland Park

Few things are more romantic than sharing a meal, and preparing it together makes it better. Plan a weekend trip to Overland Park, Kansas, for you and your loved one to take a cooking class at the Culinary Center of Kansas City. Learn how to prepare a romantic dinner for two or create sensual foods on a plate. You and your partner receive lessons from skilled and passionate teachers who give you exceptional takeaways. When you’re ready to eat someone else’s cooking, try Cantonese dishes at ABC Cafe, such as sticky rice stuffed chicken wings, or salt and pepper pork chops. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Andre’s Confiserie Suisse and Rivaz Tearoom, well known for making and serving French pastries, tortes, and chocolate candies.

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6. Wichita

Travel to Wichita, Kansas, for romantic atmosphere and fine French and Mediterranean food at Cafe Bel Ami Restaurant. Professional and discreet servers allow you and your lover to enjoy intimate conversation without annoying interruptions. During the day, pamper yourselves at Bohemia Healing Spa. Get relaxed and ready for the evening with holistic treatments for women and men, including facials, therapeutic massage, and health wraps.

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7. Garden City

Make your vacation destination Garden City, Kansas, and dine at Samy’s Spirits and Steakhouse. The owners serve Certified Angus beef and other dishes in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere, helping you and your sweetheart keep the love fires burning. Cool off with a visit to The Big Pool, the city water park billed as the World’s Largest Hand Dug Pool. It’s okay to act like kids again, now that the kids are not around. Learn about local history during a romantic stroll through the Finney County Historical Museum, and don’t miss the giant cow hairball while you’re there.

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8. Fort Scott

Take the Fort Scott Trolley Tour for a fascinating narrated look at Fort Scott, Kansas, including the romantic Victorian mansions district. When you visit the Milikin Center, don’t miss Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project. Close out your romantic weekend touring at the Gordon Parks Museum and learn about the life and work of the multi-talented photographer, author, and film maker. Converse with your spouse about the weekend’s activities over a delicious ribeye steak or delightful crab cakes dinner at Crooners Lounge before heading back home to the kids and pets.

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