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What do you do during the summer when you need to raise money for College? You open a Shaved Ice stand!

Take a beautiful Drive along the Republican River to Arapahoe and cruise into downtown. On the east side of Main Street you’ll find the SnoBiz Shaved Ice stand. Here you’ll meet a young, enterprising woman named Alayna. Her goal . . . earn money this summer for college.

With the help of here parents, they found a small concession trailer perfect for serving Shaved Ice. They serve a vast assortment of flavors, toppings and different sizes. They are open later in the afternoon and evenings.

What a great treat on a hot, humid summer Nebraska day!

A great place to eat, with live entertainment on the weekends. This Bar & Grill is located south of Johnson Lake, and 8 miles east of Elwood in the small town of Smithfield.

The atmosphere is warm and the people very friendly here. This is a great stop if you’re visiting the lake.





gottberg2Certainly worth the 1 – 2 hr drive from Lincoln or Omaha, there exists a unique oasis in east central Nebraska. Duster’s Restaurant & The Gottberg Brew Pub offers a refreshing appeal to locals and visitors alike in the city of Columbus. Very cool to find a microbrewery in a midwest city with a population just under 25,000.

The unique design of the Gottberg Brew Pub reflects the areas agricultural background, with its tractor seat bar stools and grain bin ceiling. The Brewery offers fresh Lagers and Ales on tap, as well as Dusters’ own hand-crafted Root Beer and Creme Soda.

They focus on brewing quality not quantity, small batches of hand-crafted beers. Their dedication to excellence is the number one reason why their beers have become a Nebraska favorite!


Headed to Snake Falls, or Niobrara River? Valentine hosts a very nice Steakhouse downtown, located on Main Street. The business includes an outdoor Beer Garden and large Banquet area. If you are looking for a good steak, burger or a beer, this is a great place to go. A nice atomosphere to accompany good food.

Cedar Canyon Steakhouse
112 North Main Street
Valentine, NE 69201
(402) 376-3176


Range Restaurant

The Range Restaurant is located in Bassett, NE. Situated in an old building downtown, it is a combination hotel/restaurant/bar. Don’t be fooled by the outside appearance. Inside you’ll find an old soda fountain and a place that looks like an old diner. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This is a great place for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. The locals know this as the place to go for breakfast. You can visit them on facebook HERE



A great little cafe not far from Omaha or Lincoln. The Main Street Cafe is located in downtown Louisville, Nebraska. They serve great homestyle cooked food for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with a very friendly staff.

The cafe is conveniently located close to Louisville SRA and Platte River State Park for the campers and day use guests looking for a great meal at very reasonable prices. This place is a hidden gem in a “not so far” location from the big city.

Their hours:

  • Monday & Tuesday    11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday & Thursday    11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday    11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday  8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday    7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Lunch and Dinner specials offered daily.

Visit their webpage


bargain john

Bargain John’s Antiques
700 Washington Blvd
Lexington, NE 68850
(308) 324-4576



Monday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm



Excellent food and a great atmosphere in Stanton, NE. A must visit if you live in Nebraska or traveling through the eastern part of the state.

“Located in a famous landmark building built by the Storz Brewing Company, it has served as a barrel house, warehouse, feed storage, package store and numerous restaurants. It became the home of Uptown Brewery on November 9th, 2001”. ¹

A great selection of food, and not what you normally find in small town Nebraska. If you love steak you have to have a Ribeye here. BTW, their Prime Rib is excellent too.


footnotes: 1 – article taken from uptown brewery website with permission of the owners.