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I am so grateful you are exploring what Council Grove, Morris County and the surrounding area has to offer. Imagine a place that provides a day of exploring, a weekend getaway, a seasonal retreat or a full-time residence for a life of intentional living. I am a boomerang girl; I grew up here on a farm, moved away for eighteen years then decided to move my family back to raise my children with the rural lifestyle I enjoy. My hope is you will take a closer look at what Council Grove and the surrounding area has to offer and consider spending some time here, or perhaps a lifetime.
Day of Exploring might include visiting one of our 25+ historical sites, driving through the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway, walking along our Riverwalk, or enjoying our downtown with boutique, artisan and unique shopping experiences. Dine in our local restaurants including the Hays House, oldest continuously-operated restaurant west of the Mississippi, Saddlerock Café, which was featured in the Fork in the Road, or the Trail Days Café and Museum, second oldest home remaining alongside the Santa Fe Trail. Be sure to grab a cup of coffee at our new hot spot, Watt’s Coffee. It’s all here for you to have a fun-filled day in our downtown and surrounding area.

Weekend Getaway might include fishing, camping or boating at either our Federal Reservoir or Council Grove City Lake. You might enjoy hunting, biking along our trails and checking out the Flint Hills Trail State Park, playing disc golf on one of two courses, or attending our variety of events. Come spend the weekend and stay overnight in the charming Cottage House, rustic Prairie Lodge or any of our local bed and breakfasts.

Seasonal Retreat might include RVing for the summer and bringing a boat or renting one from our local Marina at the Federal Reservoir, spending time in a City Lake cabin where the views are beautiful, the water is welcoming, and the people are too!  Send your kids to camp at White Memorial Camp or join in the family weekend with archery, canoeing, swimming, hiking and zip lining. When summer is over, you will wish you could stay forever…we have that too!

Intentional Living might include owning a historic home with character, a lake home, or building your own.  It is an easy drive to many surrounding cities. You might be one of the many working remotely, with fast internet speeds from Tri-County Telephone and their fiber-to-the-home service. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, come join our local business district.  If you have children, check out our schools which provide a great environment for children to participate in every sport, plus musicals, plays, scholars bowl and a strong robotics team. Butler Community College classes can be taken for duel credit. We also have city recreation sports teams for kids of all ages, dance lessons and local gymnastics. If you enjoy being an active adult, play on local teams for basketball, volleyball, softball, and pickleball.  Enjoy our golf course, outdoor aquatic swim pool, Council Grove Life Center with indoor pool, racquetball court and yoga classes.  When you need urgent or preventative care, we have a newly expanded Morris County Hospital with evening and weekend clinic hours for convenience. It is amazing how a town with 2,300 people can offer all the amenities of a larger city, but with a small and safe community environment.  It takes a village and we are that village!  


Giving back:  It is often thought that being in a bigger city means more experiences and opportunities, I believe the opposite to be true.  Smaller communities welcome your energy and ideas towards volunteering and local causes. Your time and talents won’t just be noticed but will be appreciated and praised.

I’m inviting you to spend a day, a weekend, a season or a lifetime here. We welcome you and look forward to having you join us for some of the most beautiful sunsets, rolling Flint Hills views, and the friendliest people on earth.  What are you waiting for?  

Warm regards,
Monica Simecka

President, Chamber & Tourism Board of Directors

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