5 Bed, 2.5 Ba 2200 SF Sleeps 2-15, beautifully restored
About Michelle Kriss
I'm a retired naval officer and licensed engineer with a passion for taking something ugly and making it beautiful. The pic above shows my husband and me before a Tough Mudder. Sums us up, 'go big or go home.'
Michelle Kriss purchased this House in 2014
Why Michelle Kriss chose Emporia
Blame it on HGTV Rehab Addict - I became interested in older homes. After toying with the idea for a while and looking at many homes, I found this one. From the pictures it looked like it had awesome potential. Touring it, I found those treasures I was looking for; original, unpainted moldings, pocket doors, french doors, stamped plaster, hardwood floors. Where others saw filth and smelled pets, I saw potential. My husband, daughter and I spent four months making this something we are proud of and would live in ourselves.
What makes this House unique
Main floor boasts brand new kitchen, spacious dining room, living room and foyer. Perfect for a big family get together or small reception. Within walking distance of Emporia Main Street events, shops, restaurants and Emporia State University. Folding tables and chairs for gatherings available upon request
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 10:30 am
NO Bachelor/ette Parties!
Smoking allowed only outside the house.
Case by case basis. NO reptiles or barnyard pets.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Do NOT block shared driveway on North side of house AT. ANY. TIME!
Bath towels are not to be used for anything but bathing.
No cleaning of any game on the premises.
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date. The dates selected do not qualify for a refund if your trip is cancelled.
Move in day
The house is huge, well-appointed, clean and HIGHLY recommended for anyone visiting Emporia. Michelle is great to work with. Can't say enough good things!!!
Lunar Kanza Group
This is the 4th year my group of 15 has rented the Wayman House for the Lunar Kanza ride. We love the spaciousness of the house and the ability of so many beds. We love the ease of access to downtown Emporia via bikes, the back porch, cleanliness of the house and the hot water for showers after the ride. This is a great house for a large group.
We love hosting our Oklahoma Lunar Kanza crew! Here's to next year.
Our Stay During PDGA Junior Worlds (Disc Golf)
The listing is accurate and the house was what I expected. The four bedrooms on the second floor worked fine for us, but there were plenty of beds/cots on the third floor for huge groups. The first floor kitchen, dining area, family room and foyer space worked well. Everything we needed was already there (shampoo, towels, plates, etc), it was a pleasant stay and it was conveniently located in the center of Emporia. No problems with neighbors or neighborhood. I would definitely stay here again.
Nice older home with lots of charm!
We would rent here again.
Dirty Kanza 2019
We had a group of six stay here for Dirty Kanza 2019 weekend. What a great house for a group! Well decorated, clean and close walking distance to all the action. Host was friendly and quick with communications. Highly recommend the Wayman house!
Great property! We've stayed multiple times and will look to stay in the future.
Historic home on a brick street in Emporia, Kansas Conveniently located within walking distance of the up-and-coming downtown black/gold district (3 blocks) and ESU campus (5 blocks) There are numerous food and beverage options including Asian, Sushi, Mexican, Pubs, BBQ, Cafes, coffee shops, a bakery and a chocolate shop. There are also many shopping options, several fitness facilities, a video store and a grocery store.
Emporia is the heart of the Flint Hills, the National Teacher's Hall of Fame, the founding city of Veterans' Day and the host city of the extreme gravel endurance race, the Dirty Kanza 200.
The historic Granada Theatre has been fully restored and is a popular venue for concerts, comedy shows, special events, weddings and receptions. Check their web site for performances and contact information at http://emporiagranada.com.
The Emporia Arts Council, next door to the Granada Theater offers local artist exhibits and events. Have you own creative itch, sign up for one of the many classes they offer throughout the year.
Emporia State University (NCAA Division II) offers the opportunity to take in a Hornet sporting event or a theater or musical performance.
The following are also within walking distance of the property: Lyon County Public Library; Lyon County Historical Museum; Red Rocks, Home of William Allen White family; Schmidt Museum of Natural History (on ESU campus)
David Traylor Zoo, in Soden's Grove Park, is free to the public. Meander through the beautiful gardens and view the animals. During summer months, Emporia Sertoma Club offers train rides for $0.50. Walk across the street to the All Veteran's Memorial and the Historic Soden's Bridge over the Cottonwood River.
Emporia Aquatic Center offers a place to cool off and spend those hot summer days. The zero entrance pool is perfect for kids of all ages. Relax on the Lazy River, run through the sprinklers or zip down the water slides.
Flint Hills Mall offers shopping, a nail salon and an 8-plex movie theater.
For the outdoors type, Melvern Lake and John Redmond Lake are within 20 miles. They offer biking and horseback trails, fishing and water sports. There are also bike trails at Camp Alexander just 8 miles East.
The Flint Hills was just recently named one of the top 20 places to see the sunset before you die. Wander away from town and check that off your bucket list!!
The Flint Hills are also home to the only remaining Tall Grass Prairies in North America (just this 4% remains). Tall Grass Prairie National Park is just 16 miles West and 2 miles North of Emporia. At certain times of the year you can see the majestic fires across the horizon as the tall grasses are burned.
Several neighboring small towns offer great food and history. Strong City, just 15 miles away, boasts Ad Astra restaurant and neighboring Cottonwood Falls boasts the a town square with brick streets surrounding the historic Chase County Court House. The Grand Central Hotel offers quaint rooms and a first rate dining experience, perfect for a quick weekend getaway.
Emporia is located right off of Interstate 35 and the Kansas Turnpike. Approximate Driving Times:
Topeka - 45 min
Wichita - 90 min
Lawrence or Manhattan - 60 min
Kansas City - 2 hours
Tulsa - 3 hours
Oklahoma City - 3.5 hours
Emporia and the surrounding communities offer you a peaceful pace and friendly faces. Come see for yourself!