In the heart of the Midwestern United States lies a hidden gem – Nebraska City. The founder of Arbor Day, J. Sterling Morton, grew up here, and his home is now open to the public as a part of the Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum. The mansion is open for self-guided tours throughout the winter and is available for private events year-round.
There’s really only one place that’s a must-stay when you’re in town, and that’s the Lied Lodge, located on the Arbor Day Farm. For the past six years, it’s been named as the best place to stay in the middle of the U.S. by Meetings MidAmerica.
Arkansas: Eureka Springs
If you’re looking for a quaint, beautiful mountainside town to visit in Arkansas, Eureka Springs is it. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the town boasts a lovely array of cottages and cabins that are nestled right into the Ozarks. With the White River running through the heart of downtown, those who enjoy fishing – or eating fish – will have a blast.
The town is full of antique shops and art galleries and often hosts art and jazz festivals and other events. Stay at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel for mountaintop spa services and nightly ghost tours for the kids. Make sure to visit the Promised Land Animal Park, which is home to hundreds of different endangered and rare species from around the globe.
This small ski town in Idaho is where the world’s first chairlift was created. It constantly makes lists of the best ski towns in Idaho, both for visitors and residents. In 2016, it made Movoto’s list of the “Five Small Towns in Idaho to Put Down Roots In.”
If you’re looking for gorgeous views to wake up to in the morning, check out the Limelight Hotel on Main Street. Then, head to Kneadery for a homecooked lunch and a Peach Bellini.
North Carolina: Beaufort
North Carolina is full of beautiful coastal towns. But the Outer Banks area is particularly special. Beaufort is located in Carteret County and has received several mentions in different publications. Travel + Leisure called the area “America’s Favorite Town,” – and for good reason.
The town boasts gorgeous beaches and a relaxed atmosphere. Check into the Langdon House Bed and Breakfast for spectacular Southern hospitality. And, don’t forget to cruise down the Crystal Coast during your time in North Carolina. Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach are both just a few miles away and make wonderful places to spend the day with the family, or just collect shells and take a breather to get away from it all.
Hawaii: Pa’ia, Maui
Pa’ia is a must-see when you’re in the Maui region of Hawaii. Full of a rich, plantation past, the town boasts an array of surf and sweets shops, alongside plenty of art galleries, restaurants, and clothing boutiques. Simmer Hawaii is said to be one of the best shops in the area for both men and women.
Looking for an energy boost before you hit the waves? Stop by Paia Bay Coffee on Hana Highway for an iced latte. If you’re on the prowl for something a bit more substantial, check out Mama’s Fish House for some delicious local seafood.