When it comes time to book a vacation — be it a family getaway or a romantic retreat — choosing where to stay is the first step. Your hotel, bed and breakfast, or camping site will set the tone for the rest of the trip, so you want to make sure it’s just right!
We rounded up nine getaways in Nebraska that offer unique experiences, including historic riverboats, vineyards, ranches, working farms and art deco buildings. Each comes with its own personality, so you can easily find one that matches the vacation vibe you’re aiming to create. Have fun!
8925 Adams Street, Nehawka
Photo courtesy of Slattery Vintage Estates
If you love wine and sleeping under the stars, Slattery Vintage Estates is the getaway for you! This spot offers a romantic glamping experience in a vineyard setting from May 1 to November 1. By day, visitors have the chance to wander through the vines, learn about their favorite varietals, or travel to the nearby towns. At night, retire to your cozy canvas tent, complete with a porch for looking at the stars, romantic twinkle lights, a campfire site, plush bedding and more. Guests are also invited to come inside the tasting room for a gourmet breakfast in the morning, or to sample 50 wines and craft beers from right here in Nebraska and all around the world!
1086 Lakeview West Road, Brule
We know what you’re thinking: beach vacations don’t exist in Nebraska. Well, think again! Dive into Lake McConaughy, a little slice of heaven near Omaha that offers opportunities for fishing, swimming, boating and even surfing! During the summer, you can spend the day splashing in the waves, sunbathing on the beach, exploring the nearby trails, or roasting marshmallows over your campfire.
There are lots of places to set up camp, but if you’d like a roof over your heads, we recommend Eagle Canyon Hideaway. The lodge comes with a swimming pool, a delicious restaurant and kind staff that aim to make your vacation as memorable as can be.
90236 Sparks River Road, Valentine
Photo courtesy of Admiral District via Heartland Elk Guest Ranch
Heartland Elk Guest Ranch landed on our list of the most romantic winter lodges near Omaha and our list of the best summer getaways in Nebraska — they must be doing something right! During the warmer months, guests have full access to the Niobrara River, which offers plenty of opportunities for tubing, canoeing and kayaking. You can rent everything you need for your water adventures on site at the outfitter’s cabin! Additionally, you’ll be able to enjoy hiking to nearby waterfalls and breathtaking panoramas of the rolling hills.
Winter, on the other hand, offers plenty of opportunities to hike, snowshoe or ice fish to your heart’s content.
Once your day of adventuring has come to a close, retreat to your own private cabin, enjoy the brilliant sight of the Nebraska skies without light pollution, and warm up next to the gas fireplace.
62898 648A Avenue, Brownville
Photo courtesy of The River Inn Resort
The River Inn Resort is a charming boutique hotel that floats on the tranquil Missouri River, so it’s about as close to the water as you can get. This hotel is actually completely housed within an old riverboat, so just staying there means you’ll be experiencing a little slice of history! Enjoy picturesque views of the river valley and the nearby attractions of historic Brownville, which include delicious restaurants, informative museums, art galleries and shops. While you’re here, don’t miss the opportunity to take a dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Brownville, which sails Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the summer.
A Little Slice of History: Hotel Deco
1504 Harney Street, Omaha
Hotel Deco proves that you don’t have to look far for an incredible vacation — this one is located within Omaha’s city limits! The luxury boutique hotel is housed in a historic, 14-story building that was built circa 1930. The antique details have not been covered up, but rather embraced and emphasized with art deco decor. The mix of historic charm and luxury make for an incredibly unique getaway in the heart of the city.
Looking to book a stay at Hotel Deco? Make a staycation out of it! Here is your itinerary to the perfect Omaha staycation.
11523 North 156th Street, Bennington
Photo courtesy of Oft’s Bed & Breakfast
This charming inn is located in Bennington, Nebraska just outside of Omaha and is based in a gorgeous, Victorian-style mansion with a wraparound porch and idyllic landscaping. What’s special about this place is that it is pretty exclusive — boasting only two bedrooms for a more private and serene experience. Each space is beautifully decorated and comes equipped with modern, private bathrooms and a deck overlooking the grounds. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by your friendly hosts, Gordon and Linda, who are happy to provide recommendations for things to do in the area. In the morning, wake up to a home-cooked breakfast to start your day off right.
170549 Co Road L, Mitchell
This idyllic bed and breakfast might be the only place where sleeping in a barn is a luxurious experience! The historic retreat is located on the historic Oregon Trail and offers easy access to some of Nebraska’s best attractions, including Scotts Bluff National Monument and Chimney Rock. When you’re not exploring, you can enjoy the cozy guest rooms, which are decorated with turn-of-the-century antiques, Western artwork and other personalized details.
1615 Howard Street, Omaha
Photo courtesy of the Magnolia Hotel Omaha
If you are well-traveled, you might recognize the exterior of Magnolia Hotel Omaha. The building was constructed in 1923 to mimic the Bargello, a grand palace in Florence, Italy. It has been named to the National Register of Historic Places, but the amenities are anything but historic. In fact, staying here offers the chance to feel like royalty! The hospitality is second to none and guests can enjoy made-to-order, locally sourced meals, free warm cookies from 8-10 pm, a 24-hour fitness center, an on-site bar and so much more. Additionally, the hotel is centrally located in Omaha’s arts and entertainment district, within easy reach of Old Market, the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, the Joslyn Art Museum, and the CenturyLink Center.
1578 30th Road, Minden
Photo courtesy of Lindsay Habben Photography via Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn
This farmhouse-style inn is a joy to visit year-round! Guests are able to enjoy a bit of country charm in the middle of a working farm, including farm-fresh breakfasts every morning crafted with ingredients grown on-site or sourced locally. During the day, you can peruse the grounds and explore the bountiful wildlife and the peaceful pond — and you’ll likely be joined by Buster (the friendly ranch dog). For dinner, make a reservation at the restaurant on site — which is situated in a remodeled barn and features smoked meats, homemade rolls and soul-satisfying desserts — and then retire to your room for a relaxing evening!
Enjoy your getaway!
For more vacation inspiration, make sure to check out our guides on wintery lodges, summer getaways, romantic retreats and camping destinations!