From Itineraries Midwest Fall/ Winter 2009 Issue
As home to Arbor Day, Nebraska City takes its beautiful trees seriously, and although the community is known for its lush fall foliage and apple harvests, you can experience its splendor year-round. Let Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce help you explore the area’s eclectic shops, wineries, recreation, and lodging opportunities. History buff? Choose from 11 museums – Civil War to Victorian Manor! Seeking adventure? Climb a 50-foot tree house, or walk in the shoes of Lewis & Clark.
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Your green journey begins with check-in at the magnificent Lied Lodge & Conference Center — where towering timbers herald the facility’s mission of environmental stewardship. Then enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Fuelwood Energy Plant. Lied Lodge & Conference Center is the only U.S. facility of its kind heated and air conditioned by burning wood.
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Get cozy in front of a fireplace, or enjoy dinner on the terrace of the Timber Dining Room overlooking Arbor Day Farm. The restaurant features locally grown produce, wine-tastings, and live music.
7:30 -10:00 pm
End your day with a cup of joe (organic, of course) from downtown Long Home Coffee & Tea Company. Call ahead for their “Brew & View” vintage movie nights, local bands or comedians.
9 – 11:00 am
After breakfast, check out Arbor Day Farm’s Artisan Woods, an outdoor showcase of nature-inspired art, or take the Discovery Ride with docents to interpret the local flora and fauna.
11 – 12:00 pm
The Pie Garden fortifies with sandwiches and apple slushies.
Tour Arbor Lodge Mansion & State Historical Park. The 52-room home of Arbor Day’s Founder, serves as the focal point for community festivals year-round, including: Arbor Day (April), AppleJack (Sept), 300 varieties of lilacs each spring, and Living History Days (Oct).
For more information or to customize this sample itinerary for your group please contact your tour operator or Nebraska City Tourism & Commerce, Inc, 800-514-9113 or www.NebraskaCity.com.