Nov 17, 2021 Communities

7 Unique Weekend Getaways Less Than 3 Hours from Omaha, Nebraska

While we love Omaha and the surrounding areas, sometimes it’s nice to get away and enjoy a relaxing weekend in a different setting. Luckily, because of Omaha’s central location, there are plenty of places to explore only a few hours away!  

We’ve rounded up a handful of unique weekend getaway destinations less than a three hour drive from Omaha. Whether you’re a couple looking for a romantic weekend away or a family seeking a fun bonding experience, we’ve got your ideal vacation destination right here. Enjoy!  

For a romantic weekend away — Lied Lodge in Nebraska City 

About 45 Minutes from Omaha 

When seeking a romantic destination near Omaha, you can’t go wrong with Arbor Day Farm’s Lied Lodge. Lied Lodge has been the Omaha area destination for luxury getaways for many decades. Surrounded by lodge furnishings and log decor, you can grab a drink in the Library Lounge, dine outside on the Sunset Terrace, take a stroll through Arbor Day Farm’s Historic Barns, and treat yourselves in the Lied Lodge Spa. Or, take advantage of the many outdoor adventure the area has to offer from the Tree Adventure attraction to apple picking, the Discovery Ride, Treetop Village and more. Click here to book your stay!  

For nature enthusiasts— River Inn Resort in Brownville 

About one hour from Omaha 

Relax along the tranquil banks of the Missouri River in this floating, boutique bed and breakfast in Brownville! River Inn Resort is a unique hotel located inside a historic river boat, offering luxury rooms, dinner cruises and much more. This is the perfect spot to unwind, especially for outdoor enthusiasts. Not only does the inn offer spectacular river views, but it is located near incredible hiking and biking trails, as well as local museums, galleries and other interesting Brownville shops. Click here to book your stay!  

For a classic Nebraska ranching experience — Big Blue Ranch in Burchard 

About two hours from Omaha 

Photo courtesy of Big Blue Ranch

We all need some time to get away from the hustle of everyday life. Thankfully, there is a fantastic spot to do just that only two hours from Omaha! Big Blue Ranch, located in Pawnee County, is a country getaway that allows you to indulge in all your ranch-life dreams. Hiking, fishing, hunting, bird watching, nature photography and star gazing are just some of the things you can do on the ranch. And because Big Blue Ranch is committed to conservation and works as a habitat for many local animals, you’ll get the chance to experience plenty of peaceful wildlife first hand.  Click here to book your stay! 

For history buffs — The Shakespeare Chateau Inn in St. Joseph 

About two hours from Omaha 

Built for Nathan Phipps and Elmarine Ogden in 1885, the majestic Shakespeare Chateau in St. Joseph, Missouri is one-of-a-kind. Settled on top of a bluff looking down across the city and the Missouri River, the chateau is one of several mansions on the National Historic Register Historic District, known locally as “Millionaires’ Row”. As you walk through the inn, marvel at the 47 original stained-glass windows, carved woodwork, ornate fireplace mantels and at a bust of the Bard himself in the front foyer. The accommodations are just as amazing, with comfortable amenities, luxury Euro-spa showers, private baths, gourmet breakfast and more. Click here to book your stay! 

For families — King’s Pointe in Storm Lake 

About two hours and 15 minutes from Omaha 

For families, there’s nothing better than a waterpark resort for a fun and exciting weekend away! King’s Pointe in Storm Lake, Iowa, offers a little bit of everything. Indoor and outdoor waterparks, spacious suites, cottages, al fresco dining, fire pits and much more. There is also a quaint light house on the edge of the property that you can climb and enjoy the breathtaking view of storm lake. And, don’t miss the mini golf and nine-hole golf course located right across the street. Click here to book your stay! Please note that the outdoor waterpark is closed during the fall and winter seasons. The indoor waterpark will be closed for a few weeks in November due to annual maintenance, but will reopen at the end of the month.  

For city explorers — Hotel on Philips in Sioux Falls 

About two hours and 40 minutes from Omaha 

For those who love to spend their weekend vacations exploring, head to Sioux Falls and book a stay at the Hotel on Philips! This historic building was originally the Sioux Falls National Bank, built in 1918, before being transformed into a hotel in 2018. Today it is a luxurious boutique hotel, offering 90 elegant guest rooms and plenty of amenities. Nearby you can find the Washington Pavillionthe Premiere Playhouse, the Old Courthouse Museum, the Pettigrew Home & MuseumLevitt at the FallsFalls Park and much more, making it the perfect home base for your Sioux Falls exploration vacation. Click here to book your stay!  

For a weekend of pampering — The Elms Hotel & Spa in Kansas City 

About three hours from Omaha 

For a lavish spa weekend, we highly recommend making the drive to Kansas City for a stay at The Elms. Renowned for their beautifully appointed accommodations, lovely grounds in Excelsior Springs and opulent spa services, it’s no wonder that this resort has been frequented by several celebrities and politicians over the years. Take a long weekend and enjoy some pampering, delicious room service and exploring everything Excelsior Springs has to offer. Click here to book your stay!  

Have a great trip!  

Did one of these weekend getaways catch your eye? Let us know in the comments! 

Nov 17, 2021 Communities
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