Saturday, July 20, 2024

Lakeside in Louisville SRA - Louisville 


 This is a private business inside the Louisville State Recreation Area.  The store is really well stocked for day use visitors and campers.  I'd be surprised if anyone couldn't find what they need right here.  However, if that's the case, the town of Louisville is just across the highway from the entrance.  


They also have an ice cream room and gift shop. Quite a few gift idea such as the photos above.  Cindy bought a cute, tiny little turtle to put on her shelf with her other miniatures.  We also enjoyed visiting with the owner who was very friendly and told us about the area and the store.



There are over 200 campsites here plus a lot of space for families and play areas for children.

Werner Park - Papillion 


We've been here a couple times in the past when our employer, Memorial Health Care Systems, hosted a night out for employees and family.  Food was provided plus there are lots of other concessions available.



It was always a lot of fun to attend a game with a bunch of friends from work.  It sure was different to see the stadium empty, and quiet! 


When we entered, we were immediately greeted by Michelle (I sure hope I remembered her name right.  Apologies if I didn't)  and a couple others.  She allowed us to go into the stadium to look around a little bit.



The merchandise store is really well stocked.  Werner Park is home for the Triple-A baseball team, the Omaha Storm Chasers and Nebraska's only professional soccer team, Union Omaha.

James Arthur Vineyards - Raymond

 

We had the pleasure of going to James Arthur Vineyard with Frank's sister, Vicki and her friend Sandy. That was very special for us. 

It's  among rolling hills and beautiful grasslands near Raymond and close to Lincoln, NE. James Arthur Vineyard was established in 1997. It was founded by Jim and Neenie Jeffers and their family. They have a fantastic tasting room, gift shop, party room and you can see a view of their production facilities. 


We took a walk around the grounds and saw covered decks surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers and a small water feature. There were a lot of people there enjoying the beautiful scenery and also enjoying their drinks. 


Of course, we each did 6 wine tastings, except for Frank. He did take a few tiny sips of my wine but he ended up drinking a Coke. We also found out they have Hard Ciders, Beer, Bourbon and Whiskey.  they have quite a selection of wines to choose from.


We all had a lot of fun visiting with each other, tasting the wines, seeing the production facilities and finding about all the events they have.

You can go to their website www.jamesarthurvineyard.com to see all the amazing events they have coming up. We were treated to live music when we were there.


If you can't make it to the Winery by Raymond, they also have a store in the Haymarket in Lincoln. You can relax and enjoya wine tasting there, as well.

Even if you are not a wine drinker, it's worth the trip to see the beautiful scenery and rows of grapes.


 

Thursday, July 18, 2024

 Wildwood Historic Center - Nebraska City 

As we drove up to the historic center, it was like taking a step back in time.  It's always interesting to see historic places that maintain as much of the original look and feel as possible.  The Wildwood Historic Center has done a very good job of this.  The Victorian Country Home and Barn were built in 1869.  The building above is the barn with a gift shop inside.  It houses a wide variety of handmade crafts, art, pottery, woodwork, handmade cards, jewelry and photography. This is also where you purchase tickets to see the Victorian home.

 
 We took a short walk to the home and we were greeted by Margaret, our tour guide. 


She told us the home was built in 1869 and was owned by Jasper  and Ellen Ware and their 3 daughters. It's an example of an early rural estate which features ten rooms, the main floor includes  formal and informal parlors, dining room, kitchen, and a downstairs pantry.                                                     

I don't remember what this was called but fresh bakery was put in here to cool.  Margaret then took us up an open staircase that leads to four bedrooms and the maids quarters. The maids quarters were closed due to renovations, but we did see the back staircase that the maid used which leads to the kitchen. 

All the rooms were furnished with some of the original furniture and furniture as close to 1869 as possible.  We had a wonderful tour of the house. We enjoyed seeing the beautiful rooms and furnishings. The garden walk was also beautiful and well-kept.

Lakeside in Louisville SRA - Louisville    This is a private business inside the Louisville State Recreation Area.  The store is really wel...