Experience the spring apple blossoms and lilacs in Nebraska City! Discover the historic Arbor Lodge Mansion, Apple House Market, Kregel Windmill Factory Museum, and Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard. Enjoy a wagon ride tour of the orchards with their beautiful spring apple blossoms. Visit the Rich Harvest Vineyard and Winery for an afternoon wine tasting.
Wednesday, May 8, 2024
8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Tour starts at west Omaha locations
$120 per person
Price includes coach transportation, driver gratuity, attraction admissions, lunch, orchard wagon ride and wine tasting.
Tour reservation deadline April 8, 2024
Highlights: Guided tour of historic Arbor Lodge Mansion - Apple House Market - Kregel Windmill Factory Museum tour - Buffet lunch with apple blossom orchard wagon ride at Kimmell Orchard and Vineyard - Wine tasting at Rich Harvest Vineyard and Winery
Celebrate the spring season with a visit to Nebraska City with visits to Arbor Day Farm and Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard. We begin with a guided tour of historic Arbor Lodge Mansion – the 52 room former residence of J. Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day. Originally built in 1855, the mansion features Victorian and Empire furnishings, a sun parlor containing a Tiffany skylight, and a bowling alley in the basement. Nearby is the Apple House Market containing fruit wines, cider, jams, jellies, and delightful gifts.
Our next destination is Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard. After a catered homestyle lunch buffet in their apple barn, enjoy a relaxing senior friendly wagon ride through the beautiful 80 acre orchard. There you will enjoy apple blossoms, fruit facts, and a history of the farm. The wagon contains easy steps to board, a covered roof, and comfortable bench seats. Later explore the Apple Barn Market for a variety of jams, apples, and apple cider. Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard has been part of Nebraska’s wine industry since 1925. Their unique wines include apple, apple pie, cherry, and peach.
Nearby is the Kregel Windmill Factory Museum. The museum is literally a time capsule of a 1930’s factory. The museum is an old windmill factory that was closed during the early 1940’s. Upon closing, everything was left untouched up to the present day. It is like going back in time and visiting the factory a day after it closed. Everyday items such as ledger books on shelves, pencils on desks, and even an overcoat on a hook remain. A guided tour will give you an insight to how windmills were constructed. Most of the machines date back to 1902.
Our last destination of the afternoon is the Rich Harvest Vineyard and Winery in Syracuse, Nebraska. The 11 acre property contains over five acres of vines. Enjoy gorgeous views of the rolling hills as we sample four varieties of wines including deep reds and crisp white wines. The tasting room features a cozy fireplace, lofted ceiling, and large windows.