Local Area Information

Favorite Restaurants:


Stella's: - For the best hamburger you have ever had, go to this historical restaurant, visit them on Facebook and see the "Stellanator".


Charleston's: - A favorite for us, we like the steaks or fish cooked over mesquite wood. The house salad and home made rolls are very good. Our favorite desert, if you have room, is the bread pudding. It has a nice atmosphere but it does get noisy. We like the filet, does not take reservations.

Brother Sebastian: - Our favorite place to have a quiet dinner. The restaurant theme is a monastery. The two favorite rooms we like to eat in at the Library or Contemplation rooms. like the Filet and Becki likes the Filet Oscar, takes reservations.

Pink Poodle: - A short drive from Bellevue or Omaha is the Pink Poodle in Crescent, IA. This is a small town restaurant and is great. Selected #1 for Prime Rib. I like the Pork Chop dinner and Becki likes the Prime Rib.

Swine Dinning: - For BBQ in Bellevue, NE. this is a good place to go and it is a small individually owned.


Catfish Lake: - Catfish Lake restaurant in Bellevue, NE. is a small individually owned that opened in 1986.


Lil' Burro: - Web site is down, but it is good mexican food. Becki really enjoys the Chicken Chipolte dinner, to spicy for me, i like the chicken enchiladas and the Tequila lime chicken tacos

Local Wineries:

Nebraska Wineries: - We enjoy touring around to the local wineries. The closest one is Soaring Wings in Springfield, the wines are great and they have live music and covered and uncovered sitting areas. Bring your own food and snacks and enjoy their wine.

Western Iowa Wine Trail: - You do not need to wait for the annual "Grillin' with Iowa Wines" to enjoy the western Iowa wineries. These are out in the country and are very relaxing to sit and enjoy the countryside.



Branched Oak: Link is to the reservations site. We enjoy the area and the lake. less than an hour drive from Bellevue, just Northwest of Lincoln.

Two Rivers: We like staying in the Cottonwood sites along the river.

Mahoney: If you have kids this is the place to go. Water park, horse back riding, hiking, and a lot more. They rent cabins and have a lodge open 365 days a year with a restaurant. We rented a tree top cabin in December and it was fun. Next to the park is the Strategic Air and Space Museum.


Nebraska State Parks: Here is a link to the Nebraska State Park Reservation site with a interactive map to locate, review, and make reservations.


Prairie Rose: - Less than an hour drive from Bellevue, this Iowa state park in 10 miles SE of Harlan, IA. They have constructed some cabins to rent also.


Iowa State Parks: - Here is a link to the Iowa State Park Reservation site with a interactive map to locate, review, and make reservations.


Basswood Resort: - Here is a link to Basswood Resort located 5 miles east of Platte City, MO. It is about 2 - 2.5 hour drive from Bellevue but worth it. Drive through spots with full hook ups, 50 amp, cable tv, and wifi. Click the link and check it out.