Friday Tours: Cultivate Joy

Discover all Wichita has to offer.

From 1pm to 5pm on Friday, March 1, cultivate joy by digging into one of these planned activities. Learn, shop, walk, bike: enjoy a favorite pastime or unearth a new passion.


Tours – cost $25, preregistration required 

Mullet Place at Schowalter Villa, Hesston KS
Bluestem Communities invites you to visit Mullet Place, a newly completed assisted living facility at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.  Tour highlights will include the health spa, an entertainment theater, coffee shop/bakery, and a demonstration of the newest technology in AL resident living. Integrated within Mullet Place is Hesston Community Intergenerational Childcare Center which naturally bridges the generations as children and elders share space on the Schowalter Villa Campus. Enjoy coffee and conversation, hosted by James Krehbiel, CEO of Bluestem Communities, at Hesston Bakery and Café, the newest gathering place for residents, nearby college students, and the wider Hesston community.


Bluestem PACE & Clayworks Gallery, McPherson, KS
Bluestem PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) is one of three programs of its kind in Kansas and 124 nationwide. Nursing home eligible participants are able to safely live in their own homes as long as possible by accessing primary care, social activities, therapy and meals at the PACE Center. Learn about Bluestem’s journey of implementing this program and opening this facility, which officially opened in 2016 after much planning and preparation.  After touring the PACE Center, visit McPherson’s historic Main Street to experience The Clayworks Gallery, a unique studio supported by the Disability Supports of the Great Plains, presenting the works of art from a variety of regional artists with physical or intellectual disabilities. After a possible purchase of a favorite item at the gallery, enjoy a pastry and hot beverage to continue the conversation, hosted by Justin Loewen, Bluestem PACE Executive Director and Rick Staab, CEO of Disability Supports of the Great Plains.  + 1 hr trip.


Go Create Studios & Artisan Chocolates
This tour will appeal to individuals who find their greatest joy when creating, designing, and working with their hands. In addition to visiting Go Create, an 18,000 sq. ft. makerspace on Wichita State campus, you’ll met retired therapist, Merv Bontrager, an active member at GoCreate. Merv will lead a tour of the seven studios, highlight his favorite projects and share some of his unique story of cultivating joy in family relationships, career, and now in retirement. The creative conversation will continue over artisan chocolates at Cocoa Dolce, a local chocolatier. 


Uniquely Wichita Food Tour
Explore Wichita with your tastebuds by visiting several local foodie favorites! Begin with a stop at Olio’s Market tasting room to experience the wide variety of specialty oils and vinegars of the northern hemisphere. Next, enjoy the aromas of the Spice Merchant and Reverie Roasters on Douglas Avenue while enjoying a warm beverage and afternoon pastry. Satisfy cravings for both sweets and savories at the Nifty Nut House where you will find the perfect gift for your co-workers and loved ones back home.  Plan to return to the hotel in plenty of time to rest up before dinner. 


Tour Prairie View, Wichita
As the community mental health center, Prairie View works with all ages, providing evidence-based mental health services including hospitalization, outpatient services, a community support program, an adventure course, an accredited special purpose school and more. Tour participants will enjoy seeing the 80 acres of Kansas plain of the main campus in Newton and hearing about Prairie View's latest initiatives and challenges. A time of discussion with other colleagues interested in current mental health topics will be a part of this afternoon's itinerary.


Other Friday late afternoon options; No registration fee required

Afternoon Fitness Walk Along the Arkansas River
If the March 1st temperatures are reasonable and the winds are calm, enjoy a brisk walk led by Jason Jones, one of Bluestem Communities’ Wellness Center directors, along the Arkansas River near our hotel. Bring your walking shoes and practice saying "Ark + kansas," which is what Kansans call this important waterway!


Cultivate Joy Through Mindfulness
Press “pause” on Friday afternoon with a relaxing series of mindfulness activities. Even if you have never had the opportunity to experience this type of exercise, meet Karen Sheriff LeVan, certified yoga instructor and Hesston College English faculty member, and Julie Lehman, MSW and counselor at Hesston College, in the Riverview Lounge to give it a try. Dress casually and comfortably; yoga mats will be provided.


Shopping anyone?
Just 1.5 miles in either direction from our hotel are two interesting shopping districts: Wichita Old Town and Delano District. Delano District can be traced back to the Chisholm Trail’s end, where saloons and brothels would satisfy weary cowboys, but today's Delano is home to dozens of unique shops, art galleries and restaurants. Wichita Old Town is located along brick-lined streets, converted warehouses with original architecture are surrounded by more than 100 restaurants, shops, nightclubs, theaters, galleries and museums. Other less-historic (but equally fun) shopping areas include upscale Bradley Fair Shopping Center and popular indoor malls on both the east and west sides of town. Shopping excursions are self guided; transportation may be coordinated with the Hyatt’s shuttle service at no additional cost.


Historic Wichita
If you are a history or museum enthusiast, it will be challenging to narrow your list of attractions to just one afternoon. Arrange for an Uber or take your rental car to any of the following: Museum of World Treasures, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House, Exploration Place, Mid-America All Indian Center, Wichita Toy Train Museum, Coleman Museum, Wichita Art Museum, and more. The afternoon is yours!


Bike Share ICT
Located on the hotel property is a rack of Bike Share ICT bicycles to use for a reasonable fee. Simply download the Zagster Bikeshare App and enjoy a ride anytime during your stay. Helmets will be available upon request at the MHA Information Center.