The proprietors of The Lark Inn Guest Houses are Kris and Pat Larkin. Originally, Okies from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kris and Pat moved to the Flint Hills after living in southern California for over 20 years.
While in California Kris and Pat discovered and developed their gifts of hospitality; preparing and serving meals for literally hundreds of people for numerous events. They also hosted so many groups at their home over the years that people modified their last name of “Larkin” and began to refer to their home as “The Lark Inn” . . . thus the name was born.
After selling their property management business in California, they set out on what they termed their “Second Half Discovery Tour” The purpose of the tour was to travel and experience various parts of the US and discover what they were to do and where they were going to spend the second half of their lives.
Having been blessed with a successful first half of their lives, now the goal is to do something significant in their second halves . . . from success to significance. Anyway, with a little help from their friends, they discovered the miracle of The Flint Hills of Kansas and moved there!
It didn’t take long for Kris and Pat to learn that lodging in The Flint Hills was not plentiful and so they bought their first guest house in Cottonwood Falls. It stayed consistently rented on a nightly basis all of the summer of 2010. Later in 2010, they found another property with guesthouse and cooking class potential and in January of 2011, they purchased The Lark Inn on Main, also in Cottonwood Falls.
Unlike the their first guest house, The Lark Inn on Main required a full renovation so they spent the first half of 2011 renovating The Lark Inn on Main for it's opening in June of 2011.
Pat & Kris Larkin purchased this house in 2011
The Flint Hills embodies the tried and true values of America . . . hard work and the natural beauty of our great country. The pace and values here help you to slow down and forget the insane pace of our cities.
The Flint Hills are the perfect place to slow down and remember and re-order your priorities once again.
The Flint Hills not only take your breath away . . . they make it so you can breath.
William Least Heat-Moon
The Lark Inn Guesthouses are in a super-convenient location; 5 minute walk to the Cottonwood Falls historic district, shops, museum, historic courthouse, restaurants plus Friday and Saturday Night Music events.
Come in April - May and experience the centuries-old Native-American tradition of burning the prairies to revitalize and rejuvenate the tallgrass.
Come in June and book a night at River Suite. A beautiful evening of music and fine dining under the stars on the historic Cottonwood River Bridge. http://chasecountychamber.org/
Come on the weekend after Thanksgiving and enjoy 'Country Christmas'. This is our annual kick off of the Holiday season filled with events and activities: Gift give-away for the kids, Decorated Homes Tours, Fruit Cake Toss, Parade Down Broadway Street to our Historic Courthouse, a gift basket silent auction and of course . . . Santa will arrive to turn the Christmas lights on for our Historic Courthouse! http://chasecountychamber.org/
By vehicle, just a few short minutes to the Tallgrass Prairie national Preserve, Pioneer Bluffs Historic Site and Art Gallery, and the State Lake.
The serenity of your stay in The Flint Hills can be greatly enhanced through relaxing yoga and/or therapeutic massage . . . right in the privacy of your guesthouse!
A stay in The Flint Hills of Kansas . . . Not only will it take your breath away . . . It will make it so you can breathe - William Least Heat-Moon