Something about the changing scenery of spring makes us want to get out and see the beauty our state has to offer. When people think of weekend destinations, Kansas City and Des Moines often come to mind… but we have something a little bit closer in mind. When’s the last time you spent a weekend exploring all that Ashland has to offer? With that soothing small town feel, but close enough to the city that it’s not a haul to get there, Ashland is a bit of a hidden gem for those in the metro area.

Situated midway between Omaha and Lincoln, Ashland is an easy drive surrounded by plenty of food and entertainment options. While the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum and Wildlife Safari Park are well known Ashland attractions, when’s the last time you spent a weekend at the Kimberly Creek Retreat? Glamping at a private nature sanctuary is an experience you shouldn’t miss, and the options are incredible!

Looking for a relaxing night watching the gift that is a gorgeous Nebraska sunset? Look no further than Cellar 426! This vineyard and winery sits high on a hill that provides 360 degrees of Nebraska countryside views. Breathtaking doesn’t even begin to describe it. Between the company, wine, food, and views, you can’t beat this for an evening.

If early mornings are more your style, consider a stop at the Ashland Golf Club or Quarry Oaks. Nothing says good morning like a round of golf! And don’t worry, if shopping is what your heart desires, Nebraska Crossing is just a hop, skip, and a jump away.

You’re going to find that Ashland has a lot to offer, so give yourself room to explore. Make some time to venture into downtown Ashland and take in the historical district. Cheri O’s coffee house and ice cream parlour is a local favorite; stop in for a visit while you’re in the neighborhood. Whether you have an action-packed weekend full of hiking and discovering planned, or a quiet, romantic getaway for two, Ashland is a great destination for your spring into travel!