Mormon Trail Visitor’s Center – Gingerbread Display

December 28th, 2011 No comments

Located at 3215 State Street is the Mormon Trail Visitor’s Center.  For the past 26 years, the Mormon Church has hosted a gingerbread house display at this location.  Starting around November 19th and running through December 31st, the display is free to the public, and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Our family attended the 2011 event.  The children especially loved the scavenger hunt activity, searching for items hidden among the gingerbread display.  The displays are beautifully hand-crafted and creatively arranged.  And, they include more than just houses – castles, snowmen, stores and trees – all made out of gingerbread. Make a trip to the Mormon Trail Center a part of your annual holiday tradition.  Happy Motoring!

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Chick-fil-A Express

November 30th, 2011 No comments

Located inside the Mutual of Omaha Bank building at 3333 Farnam Street in the heart of Midtown Crossing is Chick-fil-A Express.  In business since 1995, Chick-fil-A, is one of the most recognizable brands in the country – the cows in its commercials encouraging the public to “Eat Mor Chikin”.  Now, at the midtown location, Omaha locals can enjoy the signature chicken sandwiches and waffle fries that have appealed to the restaurant’s patrons throughout the U.S.  During my visit, I had the nuggets and they were terrific.  Having a Starbucks in the same facility makes this place “dope”.  There is parking on Farnam for a quick to go order, and plenty of seating if you decide to dine-in instead. Happy Motoring!

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Bella Vita Ristorante

September 20th, 2011 No comments

Located at 2620 North Main Street in downtown Elkhorn, is Bella Vita Ristorante.  Bella Vita is a pleasant fine dining experience.  We have enjoyed the comfort of the inside dining hall, but much prefer sitting at one of the patio tables out back at sunset when the weather suits. Choose from their large selection of Italian wines. Start with some antipasti/appetizers. We like the bruschetta and hard breads. Bella Vita has a large selection of authentic Italian dishes on their menu. The food is good but not great – but the ambiance and service is superior.  Bella Vita serves dinner daily at 3:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. on Saturdays). Give it a try when you are in Elkhorn. Happy Motoring!

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Firewater Grille

September 19th, 2011 1 comment

Located inside the Comfort Inn and Suites at 7007 Grover Street, just North of I-80 at 72nd Street, is Firewater Grille.  A quaint lounge with an island theme, Firewater Grille is a nice meeting place for an after-work event or to take in a Nebraska Football game. For Husker games, the grille often offers 25 cent wings $7.00 Bud, Bud Lite, & Coors Lite pitchers. The grille serves gourmet pizza, appetizers, soups and salads from its menu. With plenty of seating and good acoustics, the Firewater Grille is an excellent place for a retirement celebration.  The facility can easily accommodate groups up to 100. Give it try and Happy Motoring!

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Soaring Wings Vineyard

September 18th, 2011 No comments

Located at 17111 So 138th St. in Springfield, Nebraska, is Soaring Wings Vineyard. One of Nebraska’s best vineyards, Soaring Wings hosts an outdoor concert series that runs through the end of September. Bring your lawn chair. Sit and enjoy the spectacular view of the Platte River Valley while listening to some soothing music. The Winery has a rustic hospitality room where you can purchase the winery’s award-winning wines or beers. The winery is open year round, with special events throughout the year.  Octoberfest will be held September 24th and includes a huge BBQ.  Check out Soaring Wing’s website for details. Don’t drink and drive. Happy Motoring!

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Aksarben Cinema

July 13th, 2011 No comments

Located at 2110 South 67th Street (67th and Francis) in Aksarben Village, is Aksarben Cinema.  Aksarben Cinema is an all-digital, first-run movie theatre. It is locally owned and operated by Bill and Colleen Barstow and is part of the Main Street Theatres regional chain of theatres. Facebook:

MEDIA: If you have questions or would like more information, contact Bridget (Weide) Brooks at (402) 965-1737.

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Jason’s Deli

July 3rd, 2011 1 comment

Located at 7010 Dodge, on the North side of the street next to Family Fun Center, is Jason’s Deli.  A franchise that started in Tucson, Arizona in 1988, Jason’s now has locations in 28 states. 

In 2011, Jason’s was voted one of the nation’s healthiest by Family magazine.  The restaurant’s food contains no high fructose corn syrup, trans fats or MSG.  It even offers a gluten-free menu, to supplement its deli and catering menus

During our stop, I had their Turkey Reuben sandwich.  Others in our group had the all-you-can eat salad bar (with an impressive array of choices), the Chicken Club Salad, and the Egg Salad Sandwich. The portions were large and delicious.

Jason’s has a second Omaha location at 12320 ‘L’ Street.  They are open for lunch and dinner.  Phone: 402-551-2233 for store hours. Happy Motoring!

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Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill

July 2nd, 2011 No comments

Located at 501 N. 13th Street, just a block West of the Qwest Center and a block South of TD Ameritrade Park, is “The Matt”, the Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill.  Renovated from an 1883 grocery store, the Mattress Factory preserves and extends the rich history of Omaha’s North Downtown area. And, if you are looking for a high-energy sports bar, with good food and plenty of seating, the Matt is your kind of place.  Even when the facility is full the noise level in the dining area is very reasonable permitting patrons to have conversations without yelling. On the menu you will find traditional fare, including hot wings, burgers, BBQ and pizza. But you’ll also find heart healthy choices such as soups and salads.  The Matt is open daily for lunch and dinner.  They also have a huge party room on the second floor that can be rented for special occasions. When you are downtown for an event, stop at the Mattress Factory.  You won’t be disappointed! Happy Motoring!!

Werner Park

June 26th, 2011 1 comment

Located in Sarpy County just West of Papillion on Highway 370, is Werner Park. Werner Park is home to the Omaha Storm Chasers a triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals major league baseball team. Opened in May 2011, the stadium has seating for over 6,400 with berm and standing areas that provide accommodations for over 9,000 spectators.  With spacious parking/tailgating areas, abundant concessions, and easy access from Interstate 80, this is easily one of the best family-oriented venues in the region.  It even has a merry-go-round and picnic table seating areas! Post game fireworks displays often cap the evening’s entertainment. Whether you enjoy baseball or not, you will enjoy an evening under the lights at Werner Park. Happy Motoring!

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TD Ameritrade Park

June 12th, 2011 No comments

Located at 1200 Mike Fahey Street in Downtown Omaha, adjacent to the Qwest Center is TD Ameritrade Park.  Opened in 2011, the stadium is the new home of the NCAA Men’s College World Series and provides seating for 24,000 fans.  Within walking distance of numerous downtown hotels, the Missouri riverfront, Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge,  and the Old Market shopping and entertainment district, the new stadium is both scenic and convenient to access.  Other venues planned for the facility include outdoor concerts and  Creighton University men’s baseball and Omaha Nighthawks UFL football team home games.  With a huge electronic scoreboard, abundent parking and concessions, as well as wide walkways, the new park is engineered for spectator enjoyment.  The Omaha community looks forward to the new sports records and memories that will be established here. Visit the park soon and Happy Motoring!

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