Enjoy a fall day exploring Nebraska’s small town wineries, apple farms, and unique attractions like Sweetwater Brooms and Engraving. Taste wine, shop for some apples, and enjoy the countryside of southeast Nebraska.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
9:15 am – 4:45 pm
Tour starts at the Comfort Inn & Suites lobby, 7007 Grover St, Omaha
$79 per person
Price includes coach transportation, attraction admissions, driver gratuity, lunch with apple pie, fruit wine tasting, and scenic orchard hayrack ride
Tour reservation deadline September 10, 2021 – payment due September 10, 2021
Highlights: Union Orchard Country Store - Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard - Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Visitor Center - Whiskey Creek Winery - Sweetwater Brooms and Engraving - Lunch in an apple barn with apple pie - Orchard hayrack ride
This morning we travel south to the country wineries and apple orchards of southeast Nebraska. Our first stop is the Union Orchard Country Store located just off Highway 75. The nearby Wostrel family farm has been growing apples, wine grapes, and produce for the area for over 100 years. Today the country store allows visitors to sample farm fresh apples, vegetables, and baked items like apple pies, cider donuts, and tasty turnovers. They also offer everything from apple butter and unique jams to Nebraska wines. We next travel to the Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Visitor Center in Nebraska City. The center sits on a scenic 79 acre wooded bluff overlooking the Missouri River. An unobstructed view of the river gives today’s audience a sense of what greeted the captains 200 years ago. The flora and fauna (178 new plants and 122 new animals) and scientific discoveries recorded by the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806) are the focus of the center. Next we visit Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard for lunch in the apple barn. Enjoy a pulled pork sandwich and a piece of apple pie with ice cream for dessert. After lunch, explore the historic Apple Barn Market for a variety of jams, apples, jellies, apple cider, and pumpkins. Kimmel Orchard also has been part of Nebraska’s wine industry since 1925. Their unique wines include apple, apple pie, cherry, and peach. Before departing, enjoy a relaxing hayrack ride through the beautiful 80 acre orchard; our guide will provide you with fruit facts and history of the farm. We complete the afternoon with a journey south toward the little historic river town of Brownville, Nebraska. Relax on the outside deck of Whiskey Creek Winery, a 110 year old restored barn positioned directly over the waters of an active creek. Taste a variety of fruit wines as you enjoy the beautiful setting. Nearby is the Sweetwater Brooms and Engraving shop. Learn about the process of making traditional old fashioned brooms. You can purchase a broom or custom order a broom which includes choice of broom color, stitching color, and wood handle finish.