Lincoln, Nebraska (PressExposure) April 19, 2012 -- Nebraska offers travelers the perfect place to take a detour from the stresses of everyday life. There are plenty of opportunities to pull off the fast lane for a relaxing stop at one of the state's many historic hotels, B&Bs and guest ranches.
Historic hotels offer small-town charm in picturesque villages and cities across Nebraska. In Chadron, the Olde Main Street Inn features suites plus a wonderful restaurant and saloon on the main floor. The historic Hotel Wilber in southeast Nebraska offers a decidedly Czech flavor. Its 11 rooms, decorated and sponsored by local families, exude old-world charm. Hungry travelers can cozy up to the bar in the basement's Czech Cellar restaurant for hearty Czech fare, including roast duck accompanied by potato dumplings and kraut.
For travelers looking for a soothing spot to rest their heads, Nebraska B&Bs are scattered throughout the state. The Cornerstone Mansion B&B in Omaha offers a quiet respite in an urban setting, while the Plantation House B&B in Elgin-population 657-takes guests back to a simpler time. Adventure mavens can try out glamour camping, a.k.a. "glamping," at Slattery Vintage Estates near Lincoln. No equipment is required, as the 10- by 14-foot heated tents are furnished with full-size beds and antique furniture.
Prospective cowpokes can pull on their boots, strap on their chaps and head to cattle country, where guest ranches allow travelers a chance to live the cowboy life. At Ponderosa Ranch near Crawford, guests can drive cattle, mend fences and learn how to make chaps. Guests at the 17 Ranch near Lewellen can choose their level of involvement, from learning to ride horses to helping with the spring roundup, calving and branding. Guests can sample wines produced on the ranch's vineyard at a tasting room in Lewellen.
Some accommodations in Nebraska simply can't be classified, and Dancing Leaf Earth Lodge near Wellfleet is one of those places. Guests there stay in re-creations of the dome-shaped, earthen lodges occupied by the Pawnee and other early residents of the Great Plains. Another one-of-a-kind overnight experience is the St. Benedict Center, where travelers seeking a spiritual escape can find peace on 160 acres of farmland outside of Schuyler.