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One Outstanding Adventure, Day One

Three passports. Two days. One outstanding adventure. That is exactly what we experienced at the end of September. We had not been able to do much of the Nebraska Tourism Passport this summer so I planned a quick trip to the northeast part of the state just as that particular Passport was set to expire. And, as always, I included one stop on the Nebraska Wine Passport since we just happened to be in the area. As we were getting ready to leave that morning I remembered that I had picked up a Quilt Shop Passport so I brought that along just in case we were near any quilt shops. And guess what? We were!!

We started our trip by making a quick stop at Suzy’s Sweets in Adams to grab a breakfast burrito and sweet roll. Definitely the best way to start any road trip. We then headed to Eagle to The Refuge at Landmark Nursery. We had no idea that this place existed so close to home. They feature a wide variety of plants and trees as well as gifts and home decor items.

Our next stop was the Branding Iron Cafe in Wahoo.

Every table was filled in this small little place so we enjoyed an early meal at the lunch counter before making our first quilt shop stop in Fremont at The Nebraska Quilt Company. I’ve been to this shop many times but was glad to get another stamp on the Quilt Shop Passport as well as purchase a pattern for my Quilt of Valor group.

Next we traveled a few miles north to the Old Poor Farm Animal Sanctuary near Nickerson. We read about the place on a sign outside the property but opted not to spend the $10 per person admission to take a tour.

So on we went to the Pebble Creek Vintage Thrift Store in Scribner. They had lots of merchandise for reasonable prices but nothing we couldn’t live without.

The town of West Point had two stops for us to make. The first was the Neligh Park - a nice green space with a playground, small fishing lake, picnic areas, and construction on a new swimming pool.

The second stop was Creative Notions, a quilt shop on the Quilt Passport. There I purchased a 1” x 6” ruler that had been on my list of necessary tools.

Continuing our trek north we stopped at The Buzz in Emerson - a small store featuring a variety of honey products. We purchased honey taffy, white chocolate honey fudge, and - of course! - honey.

We then made a slight detour to Wakefield to go to The Quilt Shop. This is a deceivingly huge store where I purchased some fabric, a pattern book, and fusible interfacing.

Then it was on to Hartington for a late afternoon stop at Nissan Family Vineyards. After a couple of tastings we bought a bottle of their Reserve Red and enjoyed a glass outside on their patio. We also bought a bottle of their wine dedicated to the Husker Volleyball team to take home. We will share it with the family at Christmas.

We had a nice dinner at the friendly Wiebelhaus Recreation Bar and Grill before going back to Hartington to spend the night.

So the first day we collected seven stamps on the Nebraska Tourism Passport, three stamps on the Quilt Passport, and one stamp on the Nebraska Wine Passport. Quite a successful day of touring in our great state. Stay tuned for day two of our adventure which will be coming soon in a future blog post. It was even better than the first day!

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