Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend with friends and family. This Easter, I dragged my family an hour south of Omaha to Nebraska City for a day trip.
I had heard only great things about the place and thought the holiday would be a great excuse to go. I didn’t even think about the fact that places would be closed for the holiday (my bad) so the charming downtown area was pretty dead. Luckily all the Arbor Day sights were open so there was still plenty to do.
We arrived around 10 am so our first stop was breakfast at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center. They were having a buffet brunch (I’m told they do this even when it’s not Easter though) and it was one of the best meals ever. The first course consisted of baby spinach and berry salad, a cheese board, deviled eggs and fresh baked bread. Main course was blueberry pancakes, eggs and smoked bacon (YUM). My sweet tooth can never pass up sweets, so for dessert I had chocolate covered strawberries and THE best chocolate cake ever. The dessert table also included pecan, cherry and apple pies, cake pops, cupcakes, cheesecake, and so many more. Are you drooling yet? Now that I’m done ranting about the food, let’s move on.
Our second stop was the Arbor Lodge State Historical Park where the mansion is located. If it’s a nice day, you can walk on the many trails throughout the park but we headed straight to the mansion to get some photos and look around inside. There’s a $5 fee to take a tour of the house which we skipped, but it’s still worth taking a peek at the lobby.
Third and final stop was the Arbor Day Tree Adventure Park. It’s $8 per person which includes your own tree to take home and plant. I was pretty excited about that. There are two short walking trails through the park with things to do such as a hammock park, giant spider web thing to climb on and a tree house. I felt like a kid again being here. There are also greenhouses in the park which is also where they keep animals. We got to hold baby chicks, bunnies and lambs!
Next to the tree park was a nice gift shop with a pie restaurant in it. It wasn’t open while we were there, but if you aren’t already full from brunch then it’s probably worth a slice of pie.
My mom and I already decided that we are coming back to Nebraska City this fall to see everything when the leaves are those beautiful fall colors. Main Street downtown is another sight to see, with many antique shops, cafes and murals to explore. A day trip within my home state made me realize how much of Nebraska I still haven’t seen. There are so many cool places around here that have been on my list forever but I’ve just never gotten around to going to. Hopefully in the future there will be more posts about Nebraska on here!