Vacationing in Nebraska is always a good idea, whether you live here or you’re just passing through. The state is chock full of great hotels, charming B&Bs (
see our list of some of the best here!), and rustic lodges. Although we unfortunately can’t feature every one, here are 15 of our favorites.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
Comstock Premier Lodge, Sargent
This Sandhills beauty is a hunter's dream! The lodge leads guided group hunts for elk, deer, turkey, buffalo, sheep, and pheasant. Of course, if you aren't a hunter, you can just relax and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings.
Gracie Creek Cabin, Burwell
Located right next to Calamus Lake, Gracie Creek Cabin is a luxurious six-bedroom vacation home. It's fully furnished and has all the comforts of home. Thanks to its lovely surroundings, it's perfect for bird watching, hunting, boating, fishing, and all sorts of other outdoor activities.
Hotel Deco XV, Omaha
The lavish Hotel Deco is decked out in the fine art deco style common in Omaha in the beginning of the 20th century. The luxury hotel is the only one in the entire state honored as an Historic Hotels of America property.
Lied Lodge and Conference Center, Nebraska City
Recently completely renovated, the Lied Lodge is a nature-themed getaway very close to the Arbor Day Farm and all of the other great stuff Nebraska City has to offer. Although it's big, the exposed timbers, wood accents, and muted color scheme make the building feel cozy and comfortable. Don't miss getting a relaxing massage at the lodge's spa!
Lord Ranch Resort, Valentine
This is the place for you if you really need to escape from everyday life for a while. Located in the beautiful Sandhills, the resort with its deluxe cabins is close to Merritt Reservoir, McKelvie National Forest, and Valentine National Wildlife Refuge.
Magnolia Hotel, Omaha
This opulent hotel in downtown Omaha was modeled after the Bargello, a palace in Florence, Italy. A couple of the hotel's many standout features are its incredible interior courtyard, pictured above, and a very classy bar and lounge.
Niobrara River Ranch, Near Valentine
The log cabins here were made from local wood harvested from the ranch property itself. Located right on the Niobrara River, the cabins offer truly spectacular sights. Guests have easy access to five private fishing ponds and all kinds of fun on the river.
Old Main Street Inn, Chadron
This historic 1890s hotel offers some great history right in Chadron's Main Street Business District. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was once the most luxurious lodging in the area. The hotel's rustic country saloon is a great place to meet locals and other guests while soaking in the atmosphere of the picturesque western town.
Pine Valley Resort, Long Pine
Seven heated, air conditioned cabins make up the resort that sits alongside Long Pine Creek. There is plenty of outdoor space to play and explore, and the site boasts a miniature golf course that guests can use any time the mood strikes them.
Plantation House Bed and Breakfast, Elgin
This impressive 19th century Greek Revival mansion is an unexpected bit of grandeur in this little town. Stay in one of the main house's lovely rooms, or rent out the entire guest cottage for a family vacation.
Platte River State Park, Louisville
If you really want to rough it and sleep like native Nebraskans once did, you can rent one of the teepees at Platte River State Park. They're all mounted on wooden platforms to keep you slightly separated from the ground. If you want to rough it just a little less, the park also offers some rustic little cabins.
Ponderosa Ranch, Crawford
Unpack your gear in a rustic cabin and then take off to hunt some Merriam wild turkeys or mule deer. If you aren't interested in hunting, the ranch is also situated very close to Windy Point, that iconic horseshoe curve that the BNSF railroad trains traverse many times a day - it's a railroad photographer's dream!
River Inn, Brownville
This floating bed and breakfast on the Missouri river is a sweet, tranquil place to spend a few nights. There are opportunities to gather and socialize with other guests, or you can take the 10-minute walk to explore historic Brownville.
Slattery Vintage Estates, Nehawka
Want to try camping but don't want to sleep on the hard ground? This vineyard offers "glamping," a comfy compromise between camping and staying in a hotel. The bungalows at Slattery Vintage are mounted on decks with porches that overlook the vineyards. Inside, the bungalows are equipped with electricity, antique furniture, and a hotel-like atmosphere.
Uncle Buck's Lodge, Brewster
This 10,000-acre working cattle ranch is a Sandhills treasure. You can relax and spend some time getting away from it all, or you can help in the ranch's daily operations...just like the guys in City Slickers, but hopefully with fewer mishaps.
There are some really impressive places to spend a night or two – or why not a whole week? – in Nebraska that are far from the ordinary. We can’t fit them all into just one list, so let us know your own personal favorites in the comments.