Nebraska at 150: Grand Island’s Stuhr Museum

Editor’s Note: Nebraska is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017. As the state observes its sesquicentennial, we are taking a look at some of the state’s attractions we’ve enjoyed visiting. Today, we revisit our stops at Stuhr Museum in Grand Island… We took a trip back in time during a visit to the Stuhr Museum […]

Happy birthday Nebraska! Looking good for 150

Happy birthday Nebraska! The cute little state in the middle of the United States turns a youthful 150 years young. Nebraska became the 37th state March 1, 1867, two years after the end of the Civil War. I wondered how to write about the state’s sesquicentennial. Should I discuss the history of the state, dating […]

Annual Sandhill crane viewing trip adds more central Nebraska sightseeing

What goes with crane viewing? A nice vanilla bean latte from Grand Island’s The Chocolate Bar, for one. We combined a side trip to Grand Island with our annual crane watching trip. While we can spend hours and hours watching the beautiful birds enjoy their time in central Nebraska, we thought we’d combine it with […]

Sandhill cranes hanging out in Nebraska

They’re baaaccckkk! And it’s a beautiful sight. Sandhill cranes have started their annual migration through the Central Flyway, which encompasses about 100 miles of Nebraska’s Platte River valley. The prehistoric birds have migrated to roost among the river’s sandbars between Grand Island and North Platte for thousands of years. Kearney is considered Ground Zero for […]

4 fun day trip ideas from Omaha

As the summer travel season winds down, you may still have the itch to get out of town, but not want to drop a lot of green to do it. What’s a person to do? How about checking cities and attractions within a tank of gas from Omaha? Day trips can be fun and economical. […]

Our adventure with the Nebraska Passport program

With about 45 days left, Nebraskans continue to travel around the state and visit spots to get that important stamp in the 2015 Nebraska Passport program. We’re (meaning Lisa) no different. We likely aren’t going to challenge anyone for the grand prize in October, but we’ve made a dent. The passport program highlights 80 businesses […]

Cartoon characters are the stars at Fred’s Flying Circus

    Shrek, Smurfette, Snoopy and Tweety Bird all call Grand Island, Nebraska, home. That is, their models do. Fred’s Flying Circus has these and other cartoon characters standing high above the ground as part of “auto art.” Fred Schritt, a native Grand Islander, has been building cartoon cars for several decades. He displays them […]

Taking in the ponies at Grand Island’s Fonner Park

Nebraska was once a major player in live horse racing. The track season would rotate between 5-6 tracks around the state. However, other gaming and entertainment ventures came along and put a huge dent in the industry. Eventually, some tracks faded into memory – Aksarben in Omaha and Atokad in South Sioux City were among […]

Grand Island’s Fairfield Inn and Suites is a comfy stay

It’s difficult to go wrong staying at a Marriott hotel property. We enjoyed our stay at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Grand Island, Nebraska. We stayed in a suite. The living room was separated from the bedroom, but the suite is open, so there were no real walls between the rooms. The living room […]

Diversity is the name of the game for dining in Grand Island

  Grand Island has a diverse population. The diversity flows over to its restaurants. We had the opportunity to travel to Latin America and Italy through our taste buds. It was recommended to check out La Milagrosa near downtown. The Cuban restaurant has everything listed in Spanish. The staff speaks Spanish. We ordered a pork […]

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