Winter Wanderlust: Romantic Retreats in Nebraska

Get ready for a cozy winter getaway in Nebraska! Picture snug lodges, scenic views and unforgettable romance. Each spot promises a laid-back vibe with comfy accommodations, intimate activities and special experiences for couples to enjoy.

Omaha's Old Market District | Omaha
Old Market Carriage Ride

Indulge in the enchantment of a romantic winter weekend in Omaha's Old Market District. Wander cobblestone streets adorned with historic charm, explore unique shops such as Artists Co-op Gallery and Hollywood Candy and share intimate moments in cozy cafes and restaurants like Upstream Brewing Company. Delight in gourmet meals and cap off the night with a magical carriage ride under twinkling lights. For added charm, explore The RiverFront nearby with ice skating, fire pits and more.

Platte River State Park | Louisville

Platte River State Park
Photo Credit: Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

Escape to a romantic winter retreat at Platte River State Park, where fireside warmth, wildlife encounters and cherished memories await amid the peaceful embrace of nature. Take in scenic hikes to a frozen waterfalls and cozy up at the glamping cabins. Indulge in local dining at Round the Bend Steakhouse, explore Ashland or venture to Eugene T. Mahoney State Park for ice skating and outdoor winter fun.

Norfolk Lodge & Suites | Norfolk
 Norfolk Lodge & Suites

Getaway for a romantic winter weekend at Norfolk Lodge & Suites. Enjoy delightful lodge-style accommodations with a two-story lobby featuring log beams, rustic metalwork and fireside areas, creating a cozy snow globe atmosphere. Indulge in culinary delights at the attached Divots Brewery and SandBar and Grill. Later, bundle up and unwind on outdoor patios with fire pits, adding a touch of winter magic to this enchanting retreat spot.

Willa Cather’s Beloved Town | Red Cloud 
Red Cloud

Embark on a literary romance in Red Cloud, Nebraska, the hometown of Willa Cather, renowned for her romantic Modernist novels, including My Antonia and O Pioneers. Stay at the Cather family's Second Home Guest House, where Cather spent winters with her family for Christmas. This host-free guest house is walking distance to the National Willa Cather Center and Red Cloud Opera House. Discover downtown restaurants and additional history, exploring snow-kissed streets filled with charm and allure.

The Heart City | Valentine

Smith Falls
Photo Credit: Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

Immerse yourself in the quintessential romantic winter weekend in Valentine, Nebraska—a city that wears its heart on its sleeve. Savor a delightful dining experience at the mouthwatering Peppermill, then embark on a scenic hike to the winter wonderland of Smith Falls State Park, reminiscent of Elsa's magic this time of year. And don't miss the Heart City Bull Bash, an annual celebration around Valentine’s Day. Conclude your getaway by exploring downtown with stops at Bolo Beer Co. and Broken Spoke Boutique.

Kinkaider Bed & Beer | Broken Bow
Kinkaider Brewing

Discover the enchanting beauty of snow-draped Sandhills at Kinkaider Bed and Beer, nestled on four acres. Situated on the site of the original Kinkaider location, indulge in the winter favorite, Snow Beast, and delight in delicious food in the tap room before retreating to nearby cabins for the night. Additionally, visit nearby attractions such as Tomahawk Park, the square, reminiscent of a scene from a Hallmark movie every winter.

The Koffie Knechtion + Airbnbs | South Sioux City

Kottage Knechtion
Photo Credit: Kottage Knechtion Treehouse

Savor the romantic ambiance at The Koffie Knechtion, where cozy vibes and winter warmth intertwine like a delightful snowball fight. Enjoy two on-property winter wonderland Airbnbs owned by the same cool crew—Kottage Knechtion Treehouse and The Covington Cottage (hobbit-themed). Sip on hot coffee, savor pastries, and snuggle up in these South Sioux City spots for a relaxed getaway.

Header photo by Greg Rakozy