Do you ever just need out? I’m not talking about the stir crazy feeling you get at home after your kids are running around with their little heads cut off. I’m talking about that time where you realize you don’t need an extravagant family vacation right now, but a little weekend get away would be great. Here are a few of my favorite places that are 1-3 hours away from home!
Take a drive west through gorgeous country to one of my favorite lakes, the Calamus Reservoir outside of Burwell, Nebraska. It has great fishing, cabins to rent, and unlike many other lakes it has sandy beaches. The local marina has affordable prices for renting pontoons and water sports necessities!
The lake has several places to rent, but I would check out Calamus Outfitters. They have cabin sizes to accommodate all families and lots of fun activities to do. My family’s favorite activity is to tank down the Calamus river. Calamus Outfitters has tubes, tanks, kayaks, and canoes for rent. They will take you to the beginning of the river and pick you up. Don’t forget a cooler!
Besides the gorgeous sunsets, the west has some of the best breweries. Bootleg Brewers outside of Taylor, NE is about 20 minutes away from the lake. If you’re wanting to travel a little further, Kinkaider in Broken Bow is fantastic, and you’ve got to stop in Ord, NE at Scratchtown…it’s one of my favorites. Great atmosphere, great drinks, and great company!
Kansas City, MO
A typical weekend get-a-way for us is Kansas City. One of my best friends live down there, and between the two of us, we have five kiddos, which means we are always looking to do something inexpensive and interactive!
One of our favorite stops is the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. Deanna Rose is a fun, cute, and educational place to check out! They provide a fun farm life experience. They have several animals and birds to see like: longhorn cattle, turkeys, bison, and dairy goats to name a few. You can also head to the fishing pond where you are basically guaranteed to catch one every time. They have carriage rides, but the best part in our book is bottle-feeding the cute baby goats. Who doesn’t want to get mauled by cute baby goats?
When heading to KC, plan your trip around a first weekend of the month. If you love anything rustic, retro, farmhouse style, re-purposed, or untouched, there are over 80 vendors at KC’s First Friday Weekend! Located in Bella Patina in the West Bottoms of KC is three floors of perfect items that would make Mama Gaines stop in her tracks. This stop? It needs to be on your list.
And last but not least…Huskerville.
If you’re looking for more of a day trip, Lincoln is the perfect get-a-way for a day with kids (or without). Here are a few of my favorite things to do in the good ol’ capital city.
First, head over to the Children’s Museum. In my personal opinion – it is the best one there is. It has several amazing imaginative stations and opportunities for creative play throughout the three floors and 23,300 square feet of the building. I completely recommend this if you are looking for a new day of play! Before the kiddos conk out from playing pilot in their kid-sized planes, pick up a sweet-treat at Hurts Donut located in the Grand Manse Building. Your kids will have a blast picking from their wide variety of donuts and milk shakes.
When my husband and I want to re-live a little of our tamed college past, we head to the best Thai restaurant you can ever imagine; Blue Orchid is amazing. I still have yet to find one that compares. They have the best cocktails and even better curry! Afterwards, head down to the basement of the building to the Boiler Brewing Company. This brewery does not have a beer I don’t like. If you end up full off Thai food and tipsy off beer, you better grab a room at the newly renovated, Graduate. A hotel that has great service, plaid carpet, and cornstalk wallpaper… what’s not to love?
We all need ‘out’ every now and then, especially to see the beauty of our very own state or places that surround us. Use these resources to have some fun with your family and friends. Enjoy!