This article is sponsored by Wild Elm Cabin. I was given a sponsored stay in exchange for written + creative content. However, I never promote places I don't love! All opinions are my own.
As the holiday season approaches, I'm already thinking about how I can disconnect and relax. Recently, I stayed at the Wild Elm Cabin in Lincoln, Nebraska and it was just the change of scenery I needed!
Tucked in an urban forest three minutes away from Union College, sits a beautiful wood cabin. If you're looking for a spot to unplug and quiet your mind for a weekend, you need to stay at the Wild Elm :)
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This cabin isn't something you see everyday. It was built with high ceilings, big windows, and accents that you've pinned your whole life on Pinterest. Think mermaid pink backsplash! Each space has its own personality and I had the best time lounging in every spot.
The living room is a great place to crack open a book, especially with a pretty, up close view of the forest. I'm currently reading Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks, which came out last year. My husband, Trey, bought me this book for my recent 27th birthday :) Thanks honey!
One of the first things I did when I checked in, was take a hot bath. I visited the Farmer's Market at College View before I got there and it was a little cold outside! I broke out an avocado face mask and soaked, while watching one of my favorite Youtubers, Cecilia Blomdahl. She lives on an island off the coast of Norway and her slow living lifestyle is so fun to watch!
where to eat in lincoln, Ne
I really enjoyed cooking during my stay, the kitchen was so cozy. One night I made four cheese ravioli and it was so nice to sit in the quiet at the counter. I could taste every bite! A restaurant I love that is nearby is the Piedmont Bistro, especially their breakfast menu. Their biscuits 'n' gravy is my favorite!
Goldenrod Pastries is also super close, about three minutes from the cabin. This is a fun bakery to grab a quick bite, especially if you're heading to the Holiday Harvest Market! You can find pecan rolls, crumble-buns, and banana bread. I've heard great things about their macarons as well! Take a look at their menu.
I love that Wild Elm is in Lincoln. If you need to get out of the house, but don't want to drive eight hours to Colorado, this cabin is perfect for a weekend away. The cabin is only 10 minutes from Memorial Stadium as well, so it'd be really convenient if you're in town for a Husker game day!
things to do in lincoln, ne
There's plenty to do near the cabin too. Cooper & Co. is only a five minute drive and you will be blown away by their trendy home decor, which is also reasonably priced. Black is my favorite color and they always have something cool I want for my apartment!
I mentioned earlier I visited the Sunday Farmer's Market at College View. It felt so nice to be outside and browse the local vendors, along with the many enticing smells from cooking popcorn and different cuisines on the grill.
A few booths I liked were Bright Hope Family Farm for flowers, Capi de Tutto Pasta, and Lucky Larry's Healthy Dog Treats. Hunter's Honey has a booth too, which we've used in many recipes lately and love!
TIP: They will be putting on a Holiday Harvest Market during November and in December, they will move it inside. I love this because the fun doesn't stop when the cold rolls in!
Waking up in this cabin is unreal. Sunlight floods in and the entire forest holds a cheery glow! Another perk is that the Wild Elm is super affordable.
Isn't it the worst when you see a gorgeous Airbnb on Instagram, but it's priced at $350 a night? That's always a let down. This holiday weekend won't break the bank and you still get to stay in an extremely cool spot!
If you'd like to reserve the Wild Elm Cabin for a holiday getaway, you can book your stay here. I hope you have a wonderful time, return home feeling lighter, and more energized! Brooke is an awesome host, don't be shy to ask her anything. She answered my questions quickly and was always friendly. Have a peaceful trip to the Wild Elm, friends!
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The leaves are starting to change, the mornings are growing chilly, and we only have a couple more weeks before it's too cold to be outside! That's why I decided to throw together a list of my favorite outdoor spots to visit near Omaha/Lincoln and share them with you :) Let's hop into how to Enjoy the Outdoors This Fall by Visiting These Four Cool Places...
1. enjoy apple cider at roca berry farm
It's pumpkin patch season! Man, is there a better time of year than sleeping with the windows open and watching spooky movies with your favorite fuzzy blanket? I love hitting up the pumpkin patch, but sometimes doing so can turn into a big expense.
I really enjoy visiting Roca Berry Farm. It's affordable with weekend pricing at $19.95 per person. To make it even cooler, they recently added two rides called the Barn Swing and the Coronado ride. Both of these are included in your admission price, so you don't have to crack out extra cash to ride these!
Roca has multiple attractions like their haunted hayride, sunflower field, GhostTown mini golf, wooden obstacle course, train ride, game booths, corn maze, and delicious drinks, like hot apple cider. They serve hot drinks at the Funnel Cake Factory, Donut Hut, Corn Dog Hut, Smokehouse, and Barry's Burgers! Roca is also famous for their Scary Farm. I've yet to see their haunted attractions, but it's on the list because it looks so fun and super creepy!
TIP: Roca Berry Farm recently posted a Philly sandwhich that looked amazing on Facebook. You can snag this at their Back Porch Grill!
2. visit ashland's wildlife safari park
Our four year old recently had a birthday and we had the best time celebrating here. This place has a drive thru safari and it was so fun to hang out of the car to look for animals! The park had way more than I expected: buffalo, wolves, elk, bears, and goats. I worried about how much time we could spend here, but there was plenty to do! You can easily spend a full morning here.
We visited on a Saturday morning when it opened at 9:00 AM and it was perfect, with no crowd. Adults are $12 and kids are $10, which is a pretty good deal because you can spend hours here! My favorite spot was their observation tower, near their goat shed, it overlooks their swamp land. Their park is open 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily through October :)
TIP: I would recommend popping on tennis shoes because even though this is a drive thru safari, they have many exhibits on the grounds with beautiful walking trails!
3. sit in quiet at the Holy family shrine
The Holy Family Shrine would be a great spot to visit before the cold blows in. It sits quietly up on a hilltop near the Gretna exit and has multiple places outside to sit and reflect, with an awesome view.
They're open Mon - Sat 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sun Noon - 5:00 PM. You can even attend their Catholic mass which occurs every Saturday at 10:00 AM. I visited the shrine on New Year Eve's a couple years ago and it was really nice to reflect on the past year on one of their benches. The air was still and hearing yourself think, was so easy.
TIP: The Holy Family Shrine is a wonderful option if you're looking to squeeze some outside time in and are trying to do a no-spend weekend. It's free to visit the shrine!
4. experience a haunted treerush adventure
If you're looking for something cool to add to your Halloween Bucket List, Haunted TreeRush might be it. TreeRush Adventures is a park in Fontenelle Forest where you can climb suspended bridges and zip line through the tree tops. In October, they transform the park into a haunted forest!
They're open Thursday through Sunday. Tickets for 12+ are $59 and kids 7-11 are $48. This activity is more on the expensive side, but the park is incredible and your ticket allows you three hours in the park! They have more than 113 aerial challenges and 18 different zip lines. To climb, you wear a harness and metal clips, but after a quick training session, you are off by yourself. By far, it is one of the coolest things I've experienced in Nebraska!
TIPS: Book your Haunted TreeRush tickets online and save $5 on each ticket.
We only have three weeks left in October and I feel like there's so much I want to do! Tell me below...what's on your fall bucket list?
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