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- Newton is at least a little bit famous regionally for its German-inspired buffet restaurant called The Breadbasket. German buffets are Friday and Saturday nights and are always packed. Most days they are open 6:30 am to 5:30 pm with soup, salad and sandwiches for lunch.
- Two great quality coffee shops call Newton home both are kid friendly and super cozy.
- Norms a, locally-owned shop, that has delicious coffee (my hubs craves the caramel macchiato), great service and is an awesome place to catch up with friends and take your kids. They also have smoothies, Italian sodas, a great Chai, and some yummy pastries on the side. They are located downtown and open everyday but Sunday.
- Mojo’s is a locally-owned coffee shop that is great for studying, reading, and chatting with friends. They have delicious coffee and is a great place to grab a tasty treat (homemade – try the Chocolate Chipper warmed up) and lunch (unique sandwiches and salads and in the winter – soups). They are located on the Bethel College campus in North Newton and the hours change depending on whether school is in session or not so check out the site before venturing out.
- Druber’s Donuts is a favorite all around. They are open most evenings beginning at 11:30 pm and have a pretty large crowd at then and in the mornings. They serve delicious donuts and have a sandwich and soup lunch as well. Insider tip: they only take cash.
- If brick oven pizza is more your groove, check out Back Alley Pizza. They are new but are quickly becoming a local must do! All the ingredients are fresh and handmade and made to order with specialty sodas and coffee too if you need a mid-day boost. They share space with Norms so you can please the kids (and you – promise) with pizza and leave fully caffeinated with this stop.
- If you are just the gals or on a quest for a unique dinner date with the hubs, Reba’s Restaurant is a great stop. They serve a unique and frequently changing menu with local twists on classic favorites for lunch and dinner. Insider tip: Wednesday is burger night, and the cheesy, spicy mashed potatoes are worth the drive alone. Nightly drink specials and an intimate and quiet setting make it special.
- Curtis C’s and Newell’s Truck Stop are VERY popular with locals if you are craving the typical diner foods and both serve breakfast all day (and night).
With the Family:
- Newton is home to at least 14 parks with playgrounds and a few without just for exploring. Our favorite summertime stop is Athletic Park because many of the slides are in the shade and because it is next to the river and the walking/bike path.
- There is nearly 7 miles of bike path ready for you to cruise with scenic views, benches, and parks along the way.
- There is a MUCH LOVED splash park (perfect for littles) with walking trail around a pond.
- Sand Creek Trail offers three miles of wooded, maintained trails perfect for walking or biking (bring your off-road stroller) that follows sand creek and borders Bethel College and connects to the larger bike path already mentioned. Insider tip: bring bug spray and a water bottle!
- Kauffman Museum (also right along the trail and next to the coffee shop) has a historical farmstead, permanent exhibits, tallgrass prairie reconstruction and lots of educational programs and guided tours. Admission for kids is $2 and adults are $4.
- Pick some peaches at Beck’s Farm. Open May 25 through September 3.
- Peaches are ripe July and August and apples are ripe at Entz Orchard August thru October.
- If sports are your game (pun intended), Kansas Sports Museum offers sports artifacts representing Kansans in sports and from all over the world and is right here in Newton.
- Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle to your heart’s content on our Sand Creek from CaNewton Canoe and Kayak.
- Chisholm Trail 8 movie theatre offers affordable first run movies and snacks for everyone to enjoy.
- Sand Creek Station Golf Course has been ranked as the 2nd best public course in Kansas behind Colbert Hills in Manhattan and is ranked 24th best municipal course in the United States by Golf Week Magazine. Sand Creek Station has hosted several nationally recognized tournaments including PGA Nationwide Pro/Am.
- Bethel College hosts tons of visiting artists throughout the year. In the past we have seen some of the shows and they are high quality and enjoyable. Check the calendar for the Hesston Bethel Performing Arts acts for the upcoming school year.
- If art is your love, Carriage Factory Art Gallery offers rotating exhibits as well as a permanent collection. They also offer interviews with the artist when possible. Word on the street is they also offer adult “Party Arty” classes as well as workshops for kids and adults (click on the upcoming events link).
- Taste of Newton happens the 2nd Thursday of every October from 6 to 9 pm. More than 70 food vendors and community organizations produce the best fair-style and home-cooked foods, crowds in excess of 6,000 show up for the feast!
- Harvey County United Way Chili Cook-Off happens in September each year to raise money for the local non-profit community, but it also is a great day to come out and eat your fill of award winning and home-cooked chili.
- Prairie Harvest is a locally owned natural foods market is like a year-round farmer’s market offering local produce and meats along with a full range of natural products and foods. They offer delicious and healthy lunch and dinner options and are open Monday thru Saturday. Check the website for specials, menus, and live music dates. Insider tip – Mac and Cheese on Friday is to-die-for.
- Unique gifts, kitchen gadgets, house wares, homemade fudge, Vera Bradley, and unique clothing abound at Kitchen Corner and Main Street Company. Insider tip: They always have just the right gift and seasonal samples including free fudge samples.
- Books, gifts, home decor, and jewelry to meet everyone’s needs can be found at Faith & Life Bookstore.
- Newton Bike Shop is a local, professional bike shop and repair center with great customer service and friendly staff. Newton also sits on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail and offers a hostel for travelers.
- Main Street also offers a variety of antique shops that have many unique and vintage finds. There is always something great to be discovered.
- Charlotte’s Sew Natural has been a Newton staple for 29 years and offers a huge fabric selection, quilting supplies and knowledgable and helpful staff.
- Homemade crafts, baby gifts, wall art, and other unique gifts abound at Eau Lily Boutique, a new but lovely locally owned shop.
- Chisholm Trail Shopping Center has a wide variety of shops including Golf USA, Carters, Dress Barn, Rue 21, Famous Footwear, Baker Furniture and many more.