Southeastern Kansas Vacation with BitterCreek Rose Lodge

BitterCreek Rose Lodge

Picturesque landscapes, rolling hills, starry nights and unhindered sunrises/sunsets offer the perfect backdrop to a Southeastern Kansas Vacation.  From the comfortable accommodations at BitterCreek Rose Lodge, there are plenty of opportunities to unplug and unwind.  Connect with your family, yourself, God and nature.  Make new memories and start new traditions.

Sunset on the lake at Bittercreek Rose Lodge Southeastern Kansas Vacation
Sunsets at BitterCreek Rose Lodge

Nestled on 300 rolling acres, the 3 bedroom, 2 bath Lodge boasts expansive views of pastureland, 13-acre lake and dense woods.  Spend your day fishing off the dock or john-boat.  Find a comfortable spot for birdwatching or count the cattle in the pasture, a kid favorite!  Explore the woods to search for the Cowboy Hideout or scout your next hunting expedition.

The inside offers just as many amenities as the outside. Sleep in and enjoy the lake view from the kingsize master bed.  A private ensuite features dual sinks, a shower, deep soaker tub and private entrance.  A queen bed and twin beds in the remaining bedrooms sleep four additional guests and share a generous hall bathroom.  WiFi, Phone and Cable included.

In a true home away from home, BitterCreek Rose Lodge has a fully stocked and ample sized kitchen.  Plus it comes complete with 180 degree view of the lake.  Just stop by the store on your way through town and you’ll be all set for a complete weekend away.

Cowboy Hideouts

Ever wondered where the name BitterCreek Rose came from?  BitterCreek George Newcomb was a member of the local Doolin/Dalton gang, circa 1890’s.  Rose Dunn was his mistress.  When the heat was on, the gang would seek refuge in the local hills.  Whether they ever hid out on BitterCreek Rose Lodge land, we’re not willing to say.  But its been a fun narrative to tell the grandkids.  With 300 secluded acres to explore, we’re confident you’ll find your own wild west Cowboy Hideout.

Cowboy Hideout Southeastern Kansas Vacation
Cowboy Hideout

We think you’ll find plenty to do, or simply not to do, as the case may be, at the Lodge.  But if you’ve a mind for local sightseeing and attractions on your Southeastern Kansas vacation, here are a few suggestions.  Located just off the Sedan-Independence cutoff, BitterCreek Rose Lodge is perfectly situated between several day or half-day trips into town.

Southeastern Kansas Vacation-Day Trips

Independence, Kansas

Sixteen miles to the East, Independence Kansas has fun for the whole family.

Grab a cup of coffee and fresh-baked goods or a tasty soup and sandwich lunch Ane Mae’s Coffee Shop in downtown Independence. Then head over for a visit to Riverside Park and the adjacent Ralph Mitchell Zoo, two Independence icons entertaining families for generations with their 50¢ vintage carousel and train rides, monster slides, putt-putt golf, Monkey Island, and of course Lions, Tiger and Bears!

Ralph Mitchell Zoo Monkey Island - Southeastern Kansas Vacation
Riverside Park & Zoo – Monkey Island

Coffeyville, Kansas

Include a history lesson from one of the many museums in Coffeyville Kansas, forty miles Southeast of BitterCreek Rose Lodge.

A turn of the century mansion, Brown Mansion remains much the same as it did when the Brown Family lived there, complete with original furnishings, woodwork and wall coverings.  From the third floor ballroom to the butler’s quarters in the basement, the home is filled with elegance.

Remember the Doolin/Dalton gangs we mentioned?  You can browse their memorabilia at the Dalton Defenders Museum which preserves the events of October 5, 1892 when the Dalton Gang attempted to rob two banks in Coffeyville.  The gang found themselves in the middle of a shootout with armed citizens, leaving left four men dead from each side.

For the aeronautical fans, visit the Aviation Heritage Museum and view a WWI “Jenny” and an early Funk Aircraft.

On your way to or from Coffeyville, take a moment to stop to explore the nearby homesite of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  The Little House on the Prairie Museum is situated next to the well Charles hand-dug.  The historic site includes a replica of the Ingalls Family Cabin as well as the relocated Wayside Post Office, circa 1885 and Sunnyside Schoolhouse, circa 1871.

Buffalo BitterCreek Rose Lodge Southeastern Kansas Vacation
Bison at Home on the Range

Osage County, Oklahoma

If you’ve a mind for a scenic drive south, cross the border into Osage County, Oklahoma where you can view birds and wildlife, including 2500 bison in their native habitat. At nearly 40,000 acres, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is the largest remanent of the 170 million acres that once comprised the American Tallgrass Prairie.  And since you’re in the neighborhood of The Pioneer Woman herself, stop at Rea Drummond’s The Mercantile in downtown Pawhuska to grab lunch and browse the general store.

Come…Stay with us…See the range…

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word

And the sky is not cloudy all day.

Field of grass near Independence, KS BitterCreek Rose Lodge