Plan a romantic weekend getaway or a family vacation to one of these relaxing hotels, inns and B&Bs. Some are surrounded by scenic country views while others are close to famous museums, restaurants and attractions in Omaha, Lincoln and other destinations. Whether you are looking for a modern guest room, glamping or a home-away-from-home experience at a cozy inn, you will find ideas for nearly every taste and budget. Here are the best Nebraska vacation ideas.
1. South Sioux City Marriott Riverfront
© South Sioux City Marriott Riverfront
South Sioux City Marriott Riverfront has a tranquil setting and magnificent views of the Missouri River.
The hotel has one hundred and eighty one guest rooms that have large windows to provide guests with views of the river and Scenic Park.
The elegant furnishings offer comfort as well as luxury so guests can feel at home.
There is an indoor pool with a whirlpool along with a Fitness Center. There are also public areas for relaxing and mingling with other guests.
Kahill’s Steak, Fish, and Chophouse serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with separate menus for each meal.
There is a bar menu at the restaurant and a room service option for those who wish to eat in the comfort of their rooms.
For more entertainment, head into town to enjoy shopping, restaurant choices, and the Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City. (Phone: 402-494-4000).
2. Slattery Vintage Estates
© Slattery Vintage Estates
For couples who enjoy vineyards, Slattery Vintage Estates in Rural Cass County offers a romantic glamping experience. A cozy 12 x 14 foot tent resting on a 12 x 18 foot deck offers a full or queen bed, a dresser, rug, small table and chairs, and a fan or heater. The furnished tents also have toilet facilities, a clock radio, coffee service, and a deck of cards.
There is a campfire site for guests to share that includes wood, matches, and paper. Guests can have wine and cheese trays, foil dinners, s’mores, or a gourmet breakfast as add-on services to their stay. The two nearest towns are two and a half and five miles away where guests can find cafes, restaurants, and coffee houses.
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3. Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel, Omaha
© Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel
The Kimpton Cottonwood Boutique Hotel in Omaha occupies the historic 1920’s property once known as the Blackstone Hotel. While the outside of the building remains true to its Second Renaissance Revival architecture, the inside has been thoroughly modernized to provide the elegant accommodation that modern travelers demand. The guest rooms and suites are impeccably appointed and feature crisp, luxury bed linens, soothing color palettes and subtle sophistication. The hotel boasts several restaurants/bars where you can enjoy your favorite cocktails and delicious cuisine and the outdoor Pool Club serves poolside drinks and light meals. There is also a rooftop offering live entertainment.
302 S. 36th Street, Omaha, NE 68131, 402 810 9500
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4. Oft's Bed and Breakfast in Bennington
© Oft's Bed and Breakfast
The Oft’s Bed and Breakfast in Bennington offers couples a relaxing getaway. There are two guest rooms at the bed and breakfast, with private baths and a sharedbalcony. A common room provides guests with cable TV, wireless internet, books and magazines, a desk, and games. Guests may also relax on the porch and enjoy the lily pond.
Guests may choose from a lighter continental breakfast or a home cooked breakfast. A range of museums can be found close by, along with golf courses, the Henry Doorly Zoo, and several restaurants. (402-614-7509).
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5. Lied Lodge
© Lied Lodge
Lied Lodge in Nebraska City provides a rejuvenating getaway for families and couples. With a total of 140 fully renovated guest rooms, there is plenty of space for small groups or large parties to stay. The Spa at Lied Lodge offers a wide variety of massages and body treatments to provide the ultimate relaxation during your stay.
Guests can also check out the exercise room, the sauna, the whirlpool, or the pool room which features an Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool and a separate pool for children. The Timber Dining Room offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with salads, soups, sandwiches, shrimp cocktail, and many other delightful foods. For guests who want a more laid back atmosphere, The Library Lounge, offers a range of appetizers, cocktails, wine, and beers. (402-873-8733).
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6. Hotel Deco Omaha
© Hotel Deco Omaha
Hotel Deco Omaha offers a luxurious getaway in a modern Art Deco style environment. There are five different types of rooms to choose from, complete with 37-inch HD TVs, refreshments, an iPod Docking Station, complimentary Wi-Fi, and in-room massages. Guests are welcome to use the fitness center in the hotel. Other amenities include overnight shoe shines, valet laundry service, concierge service, iPad rentals, and Mercedes-Benz transportation.
Although the hotel itself has no restaurants, it is located in the heart of downtown Omaha with a variety of restaurants located nearby. Some of these restaurants include Hiro 88 for sushi, Nicola’s Italian Wine & Faire for Italian cuisine, or Block 16 for Vegan meals. (402-991-4981).
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7. Burchell's White Hill Farmhouse Inn
© Burchell's White Hill Farmhouse Inn
Burchell's White Hill Farmhouse Inn near Minden is a country-style bed and breakfast that lets you take a trip back to a quainter time with any of the four themed rooms. The rooms provide a comfortable and cozy feel with a private bath in each room. The Inn has an upstairs room that is also great for children to play in, as well as a breakfast porch, a dining room, an outside deck, and gardens.
All rooms provide comfortable seating and plenty of books. A complete farm fresh breakfast is offered on the breakfast porch to guests in the morning. An on-site restaurant is also available on Fridays and Saturdays or for special events. (+1 308-832-1323).
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8. Heartland Elk Guest Ranch
© Heartland Elk Guest Ranch
Heartland Elk Guest Ranch in Valentine, the perfect getaway off the beaten path, offers a variety of cabins to suit your lodging needs. All of the cabins are fully furnished and include a kitchen as well as fireplaces, air-conditioners, and charcoal grills. Guests can participate in a range of activities during their stay, from hiking and fishing to horseback riding and mountain biking.
There are many ways to enjoy the outdoors and the more adventurous types can even experience tubing, canoeing, and kayaking.
Providing the quiet and privacy of a cabin getaway, guests enjoy their stay away from the bustle of town. Visitors can travel into town to eat at Sparks, a café located 2.5 miles away and open during the summer, or Valentine, which is 20 miles away. It is recommended that guests pack food that they can make in their cabins. (402-376-2553).
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9. The River Inn Resort
© The River Inn Resort
The River Inn Resort in Brownville offers a tranquil and romantic atmosphere for couples to get away. The rooms offer either a park side or riverside view for their guests. All of the rooms are designed with luxury in mind and provide private baths, Wi-Fi, pillow top mattresses, HD TVs, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Exercise equipment is available in the resort, as well as a sunny deck common area where guests can relax or mingle.
Binoculars, books, games, and magazines are available for guests who would rather enjoy the quiet. For eating, The Spirit of Brownville offers dinner cruises during the warmer seasons. Other eating options are available in the village nearby. Guests can also find hiking, biking, and museum tours nearby. (830-238-4226).
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10. Hyatt Place Omaha
© Hyatt Place Omaha
Hyatt Place Omaha/Downtown-Old Market features a contemporary design at a convenient downtown location. All of the spacious rooms feature the plush Hyatt Grand mattress as well as a sofa or sofa-sleeper. Rooms include private baths, a 42’ HD TV, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary amenities. There is a 24 hour fitness center open to guests that includes Life Fitness cardio equipment.
There are complimentary hot breakfast items serves daily with fresh fruit. A Grab ‘n Go case provides sandwiches, greens, and bottled beverages for those who want a bite for the road. Guests can also enjoy beverages form the Coffee to Cocktails Bar or dine from the Gallery Menu. Just in town, there are several museums, two malls, several sports centers, and a zoo that guests can enjoy (+1 402-513-5500).
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11. The Magnolia Hotel Omaha
© The Magnolia Hotel Omaha
The Magnolia Hotel Omaha welcomes both families and couples to enjoy the comfort of their rooms. The modern and inviting decorating style of the rooms promise to make guests feel at home during their stay. Guests can relax in The Lounge, which features flat screen televisions and a full bar, or enjoy the fitness center.
The fitness center is open 24 hours and has treadmills, a stationary bicycle, an elliptical, free weights and a weight machine. The Lounge also offers contemporary American food, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can choose to dine in the restaurant or in the comforts of their room. A range of restaurants and nightlife are offered nearby, along with shops and the historic Orpheum Theater. (402-341-2500).
12. Middle Loup River Ranch Guest House
© Middle Loup River Ranch Guest House
Middle Loup River Ranch Guest House in Thedford is the perfect weekend relaxation retreat, complete with two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with two twin beds. There is also a sleeper sofa in the living room for extra accommodations. A living room with a TV, DVD, and VHS player along with a library of movies and an assortment of puzzles, books, and board games are available to sit back and enjoy.
Guests can relax in the screen in porch and enjoy the early morning or late evenings. The fully furnished kitchen carries all of the dinnerware and cooking utensils needed to make a meal. Guests can bring their own food or send a grocery list to have the kitchen stocked with food upon arrival. Fishing is available nearby, along with water sports such as canoeing and kayaking. (308-645-2715).
13. The Cambridge Bed and Breakfast
© The Cambridge Bed and Breakfast
The Cambridge Bed and Breakfast in Cambridge features Neo-Classical architecture and original details from 1907. Each of the four guest rooms make their guests feel at home with their own themes ranging from quaint to floral. All rooms include a private bath, complimentary Wi-Fi, a television with a VCR, a desk area, and the finest linens.
Parlor rooms, a sun room, and the front porch serve as common areas for guests to relax or mingle in. There is also a garden available for a quiet stroll or just to enjoy the greenery. A homemade breakfast is served on the main level in the dining room. Other eating options in town include the Town Talk Restaurant. A spa, golf courses, shopping, museums, and artist studios can all be found close to the bed and breakfast (308-697-3220).
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14. Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast
© Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast
Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast in Nebraska City provides guests with an old Victorian atmosphere with modern comforts. With five different rooms to rent, they all offer a different theme. The rooms are furnished with comfortable bedding and seating as well as private baths with bathrobes. In the common areas of the bed and breakfast, guests may enjoy many comforts such as a parlor room and other cozy rooms perfect for relaxing with a book, a guest Den ideal for movies, and even an outdoor hot tub.
Also outdoors on the lovely six and a half acres of property, guests can explore the flower gardens and a water garden with fountains. A homemade breakfast is served in the dining room with treats such as Granola, Orange Pecan French Toast, and Peach Enchiladas. (330-735-2824).
15. Niobrara River Ranch Cabins
© Niobrara River Ranch Cabins
For couples, families, or friend groups who want a private escape, Niobrara River Ranch Cabins near Valentine provides a scenic answer. There are seven different cabins available with two to five bedrooms. All of the cabins have air conditioning, wood stoves, a tub and shower, satellite TV, and a full kitchen that includes a dishwasher and a microwave.
A wide variety of outdoor activities are available nearby, including canoeing, hiking, fishing, and sightseeing. Guests have kitchens to bring and cook their own food in during their stay. For those wanting to dine out, the nearest town is 15 miles away and provides places to eat, shop, and entertainment. (402-890-1245).
16. The Kindler Hotel, Lincoln
© The Kindler Hotel, Lincoln
The Kindler Hotel has carefully combined many elements which embody the unique spirit of Lincoln, including the city’s neo-classic architecture, to create a very special boutique hotel experience. While the public areas are filled with vibrant color and atmosphere, the 45 guestrooms and suites have been decorated using a neutral palette to provide a calm oasis where guests will immediately feel at home. All the rooms include plush carpets and drapes, a personal coffee maker and premium bedding and robes. There is a fitness room on site and the popular Boitano’s Lounge is the ideal place to enjoy cocktails after a busy day of exploring.
The Kindler Hotel, 216 N. 11th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508, 402 261 7800
17. Kingsley Dam Resort, Ogallala
© Kingsley Dam Resort
Located on the site of the former worker’s compound, which was set up during the construction of Kingsley Dam, the Kingsley Dam Resort is a great choice for couples who want to spend some time getting back to nature. While the original worker’s cabins have been modernized and upgraded, the resort still maintains an old-world atmosphere. Today the log cabins all boast luxuries like air conditioning and private bathrooms but are still rustic enough to make your stay an adventure. If you prefer to have a full kitchen you can book one of the 2 larger cabins or Cliff Suites. Activities include fishing, hiking and water sports.
Kingsley Dam Resort, 1510 Hwy 61 N, Ogallala, NE 69253, 308 284 2775
18. Comstock Premier Lodge LLC, Sargent
© Comstock Premier Lodge LLC
Located near the picturesque Sand Hills, the Comstock Premier Lodge is primarily a hunting lodge, where avid hunters come to spend a few days enjoying their hobby. However, you do not have to have an interest in hunting to visit the Comstock Lodge – there are several comfortable rooms where you can spend a night or two while exploring all the local activities. The rooms all feature large comfortable beds and private bathrooms, and all the rooms have access to the outdoor decks. The food is said to be delicious and groups who hire the entire lodge for a get-together have private access to the kitchen to prepare their own food.
Comstock Premier Lodge, 81785 Road 457, Sargent, NE 68874, 308 527 4199
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