Every so often I have the need to get in the car and take a day trip. About an hour down the road from us is Atchison, Kansas; located in northeast Kansas in the hills along the Missouri river. It is a charming, picturesque, small town. Atchison is the birth place and childhood hometown of Amelia Earhart.
I choose to go to Atchison not for the history or charm of the town rather to shop at Nell Hill's, a home emporium. Opened in 1990 in an old bank building, Nell Hill's is a different shop each time you visit. In a nutshell, Nell Hill's is a place to find unique and attractive decorations and furnishings for your home at reasonable prices. I have found it best to go there with no expectations and wanting nothing. Then after mulling around for a bit of time you walk out with some really fun stuff. Now mind you, I am NOT a shopper. Actually my shopping is usually done online. It is a rare occasion to find me in a mall or department store. This being said, Nell Hill's is really not shopping. It is like rummaging through your mother or grandmother's attic.
After the new finds are paid for and bagged up, it is time for a bite to eat. A short walk from Nell Hill's is the cutest bakery and café, Marigold. The soup and sandwiches are always delightful but the absolute must when you go to Marigold Bakery & Cafe is the carrot cake...yum!
So, if you have nothing to do....take a day trip. You might be surprise what you find.