Meet the Locals
by Visit Lincoln Team
The secret to happiness? We have the answer. Spend your first day in Lincoln discovering why the city was named the happiest in America. We believe it isn’t the place that makes the people – it is the people who make the place, and we can’t wait to meet you! Spend your day visiting with the warm, welcoming souls that call Lincoln home. Start your morning with a freshly baked pastry made with love by a local baker and stroll through the 30,000 colorful flowers lining the picturesque Sunken Gardens with the Master Gardener.
After a true private dining experience at Nebraska’s first brew pub in the heart of the Historic Haymarket District, embrace a little peace and quiet with the scenic views only a vineyard can provide. Enjoy sampling Nebraska wines in the tasting room at Deer Springs Winery followed by an evening of live music and delicious food shared with new friends.
As the sun sets on your first day in Lincoln, join the Branched Oak Observatory astronomer to view the night sky the way it was intended – away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Settle in for the evening at one of Lincoln’s unique hotels where friendly staff are eager to ensure your stay is a memorable one.
Recommendations from locals: The Rabbit Hole Bakery, Sunken Gardens, Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill, Historic Haymarket District, Deer Springs Winery Graduate Lincoln and Branched Oak Observatory.
Do you smell that? A delicious breakfast awaits! Unfold your itinerary and begin your day with savory Eggs Benedict or a tower of fluffy pancakes at the beautiful, rustic Lodge at Wilderness Ridge. Next up, a visit to Robinette Farms, where you can meet the innovative growers and learn more about their passion for connecting community members with farm-fresh products through agriculture shares and local farmers’ markets. For lunch, an opportunity to meet the chef of one of Lincoln’s oldest and most unique restaurants within a historical home. Your mouth will water as you enjoy the smells of baked brie, lemony veal piccata and parmesan carbonara.
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! Continue your afternoon visiting with the friendly brewers at the award-winning Saro Cider or its nearby neighbor, Code Beer Co. before enjoying live entertainment paired with a delicious meal at Single Barrel – a chop house by day, whisky bar by night. Wrap up your second day in Lincoln with dessert from one of the best boutique ice cream shops in the state, and don’t forget to snap a selfie with their colorful, hand-painted alley as your backdrop!
Recommendations from locals: Lodge at Wilderness Ridge, Robinette Farms, Billy’s Restaurant (Noble-Dawes House), Saro Cider, Code Beer Co., Single Barrel and Ivanna Cone.