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Tree House Guide

Sharon

Tree House Guide

Food
This is a summary to give you an idea of what is good, close and/or some of the fancy favorites of the area and some best kept secrets.
This is a diamond in the rough eatery. Not fancy, but close to the house (3 min.) Of the close area offerings, it is a nicer dining area and pleasant eating experience. Menu is diverse with an emphasis on - obviously - pizza, but good steaks as well. Will have menu for review at the house. 5 minutes from the house.
Pizza King
1101 N Broadway
This is a diamond in the rough eatery. Not fancy, but close to the house (3 min.) Of the close area offerings, it is a nicer dining area and pleasant eating experience. Menu is diverse with an emphasis on - obviously - pizza, but good steaks as well. Will have menu for review at the house. 5 minutes from the house.
Great breakfast experience. Bacon as thick as your arm. It is a 10-12 minute drive to DT Omaha, but worth the couple of minutes if your are interested in a great breakfast experience.
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Kitchen Table
1415 Farnam Street
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Great breakfast experience. Bacon as thick as your arm. It is a 10-12 minute drive to DT Omaha, but worth the couple of minutes if your are interested in a great breakfast experience.
Good basic breakfast option just a few minutes from house in downtown Council Bluffs near Bayliss Park. Nice "small town" cafe with a relaxed, laid-back feel. I prefer it over the Main Street Cafe, but its close - both are good. It's usually a busy place and seating can be limited.
Duncan's Cafe
501 S Main St
Good basic breakfast option just a few minutes from house in downtown Council Bluffs near Bayliss Park. Nice "small town" cafe with a relaxed, laid-back feel. I prefer it over the Main Street Cafe, but its close - both are good. It's usually a busy place and seating can be limited.
This is the farthest away from the treehouse, but I would be wrong not list it as they have one of the best breakfast menu's around. Amazing baker items, i.e. cinnamon rolls, etc. It's a good place to hit early on in your stay as you can eat the leftovers you have for the rest of the stay!! When I was still a visitor in Omaha it was on my must stop list. Tip: It is VERY busy on Sundays so either plan around that, extra time for the wait, etc.
FarmHouse Cafe & Bakery
3461 S 84th St
This is the farthest away from the treehouse, but I would be wrong not list it as they have one of the best breakfast menu's around. Amazing baker items, i.e. cinnamon rolls, etc. It's a good place to hit early on in your stay as you can eat the leftovers you have for the rest of the stay!! When I was still a visitor in Omaha it was on my must stop list. Tip: It is VERY busy on Sundays so either plan around that, extra time for the wait, etc.
When you just have to have your specialty coffee - I think this is your best local option in CB. There are a number of great places in Omaha. If you are heading to downtown Omaha best Scooters is on West Broadway. If you are heading to South Omaha destinations, zoo, etc., Scooters on Madison is your go to. Decent lattes, cappuccino, etc. Smoothies and a few sweet snacks - usually a drive thru.
Scooter's Coffee
3030 West Broadway
When you just have to have your specialty coffee - I think this is your best local option in CB. There are a number of great places in Omaha. If you are heading to downtown Omaha best Scooters is on West Broadway. If you are heading to South Omaha destinations, zoo, etc., Scooters on Madison is your go to. Decent lattes, cappuccino, etc. Smoothies and a few sweet snacks - usually a drive thru.
Very close. Not fancy - Nice relaxed environment. Good hamburgers and pork sandwiches. You order at the bar, but the staff is usually pretty helpful and understanding with "first-timers". Menu available at the house. Sports bar feel. Good value for the money. 7 minutes from the house.
Buck snort restaurant and sports bar
25 Scott Street
Very close. Not fancy - Nice relaxed environment. Good hamburgers and pork sandwiches. You order at the bar, but the staff is usually pretty helpful and understanding with "first-timers". Menu available at the house. Sports bar feel. Good value for the money. 7 minutes from the house.
Classy brunch option in Omaha. Even after a fire in 2016 destroyed the original M’s, the Old Market classic is back; if you hadn’t heard about the fire, you wouldn’t know it happened when you’re dining there. Owner Anne Mellen restored the beloved spot down to the smallest details, and the menu got the same treatment. Its lahvosh crackers topped with a variety of items are popular, as are the crab cakes and other light entrees.
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M's Pub
422 South 11th Street
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Classy brunch option in Omaha. Even after a fire in 2016 destroyed the original M’s, the Old Market classic is back; if you hadn’t heard about the fire, you wouldn’t know it happened when you’re dining there. Owner Anne Mellen restored the beloved spot down to the smallest details, and the menu got the same treatment. Its lahvosh crackers topped with a variety of items are popular, as are the crab cakes and other light entrees.
Get your fancy dinner on. It's the ultimate - Pricey but very nice environment for a special occasion. Reservations essential. Le Bouillon replaced one of the city’s oldest and well-regarded spots, the French Cafe. It’s carried on the tradition of French cuisine in downtown Omaha, but in a more modern way, with a raw bar, excellent tartines and a weekend punch special that’s always fresh and costs just $5 a cup. The French onion soup is stellar. Check out its sister, Howard Street Wine Merchant, which has lovely natural wines.
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Le Bouillon
1017 Howard Street
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Get your fancy dinner on. It's the ultimate - Pricey but very nice environment for a special occasion. Reservations essential. Le Bouillon replaced one of the city’s oldest and well-regarded spots, the French Cafe. It’s carried on the tradition of French cuisine in downtown Omaha, but in a more modern way, with a raw bar, excellent tartines and a weekend punch special that’s always fresh and costs just $5 a cup. The French onion soup is stellar. Check out its sister, Howard Street Wine Merchant, which has lovely natural wines.
A dinner option a little farther from the house than most eateries. You can combine with trips to Zoo, Lauritzen Gardens, etc. Be sure your Google selects the one on South 27th. It's a fairly quick trip down to 7th Street then to I-29; I-80 and before you know it you're there. Attire is truly - be yourself. Some folks come fancy, others wear their blue jeans. The focus is on those good 'ol Nebraska steaks. The ambiance is dated - it is, afterall, the original Johnny's steakhouse. Prices are reasonable considering the type of food you're eating. You can pay more if you want a fancy ambiance and go to the Johnny's in west Omaha - it's a long way to go - but for me that's much ado about nothin'. Give me the old Johnny's in South O. Character abounds. You also get a view of what were the old Omaha stock yards. A historical perspective that is a trip in and of itself. This is one of my Omaha favorites. This is an Omaha classic near the sites of Omaha’s historic Stockyards, Johnny’s is one of the city’s oldest steakhouses. Come for the kitschy bar and the lobby full of historic menus — take a look at those prices — and stay for the red meat and a Manhattan.
Johnny's Cafe
4702 S 27th St
A dinner option a little farther from the house than most eateries. You can combine with trips to Zoo, Lauritzen Gardens, etc. Be sure your Google selects the one on South 27th. It's a fairly quick trip down to 7th Street then to I-29; I-80 and before you know it you're there. Attire is truly - be yourself. Some folks come fancy, others wear their blue jeans. The focus is on those good 'ol Nebraska steaks. The ambiance is dated - it is, afterall, the original Johnny's steakhouse. Prices are reasonable considering the type of food you're eating. You can pay more if you want a fancy ambiance and go to the Johnny's in west Omaha - it's a long way to go - but for me that's much ado about nothin'. Give me the old Johnny's in South O. Character abounds. You also get a view of what were the old Omaha stock yards. A historical perspective that is a trip in and of itself. This is one of my Omaha favorites. This is an Omaha classic near the sites of Omaha’s historic Stockyards, Johnny’s is one of the city’s oldest steakhouses. Come for the kitschy bar and the lobby full of historic menus — take a look at those prices — and stay for the red meat and a Manhattan.
South Omaha. Good to combine with Zoo, Gardens, Joslyn venture. I LOVE this place. It's good ole South "O" to a capitol T. Attire is be comfortable. I've gone fancy and in shorts after the Zoo. They were pleasant and fed me either way with some of the most downhome amazing Italian food you'll find. Last I checked (5/20) they offered takout, but call and check.
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Lo Sole Mio Ristorante
3001 South 32nd Avenue
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South Omaha. Good to combine with Zoo, Gardens, Joslyn venture. I LOVE this place. It's good ole South "O" to a capitol T. Attire is be comfortable. I've gone fancy and in shorts after the Zoo. They were pleasant and fed me either way with some of the most downhome amazing Italian food you'll find. Last I checked (5/20) they offered takout, but call and check.
Night Life
Great music venue. Someone is always playing. Look up on their schedule and if it is even remotely interesting to you - GO. Great kickoff for an evening, or nice way to end, depending on the music. Admission is affordable. Two venue options in the place to set up for entertainment - large crowds and smaller more intimate draws. I have been to both and every time it was a wonderful and memorable experience. Seen some great talent with family, friends, and by myself all left me smiling and glad I went.
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Slowdown
729 North 14th Street
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Great music venue. Someone is always playing. Look up on their schedule and if it is even remotely interesting to you - GO. Great kickoff for an evening, or nice way to end, depending on the music. Admission is affordable. Two venue options in the place to set up for entertainment - large crowds and smaller more intimate draws. I have been to both and every time it was a wonderful and memorable experience. Seen some great talent with family, friends, and by myself all left me smiling and glad I went.
Something fun in Omaha- Frequently referred to as one of Omaha’s hidden gems, Wicked Rabbit is the archetypical, modern speak-easy and was dubbed “Omaha’s intimate speak-easy” by the Omaha Visitors Center. They serve creative, delicious Prohibition-era cocktails with a speak-easy feel and a semi-secret entrance. Just go through the Looking Glass Cigars & Spirits, tell the clerk the secret passphrase, and you’re in. Check out their Facebook page for details because they have no website
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Wicked Rabbit
1508 Harney St
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Something fun in Omaha- Frequently referred to as one of Omaha’s hidden gems, Wicked Rabbit is the archetypical, modern speak-easy and was dubbed “Omaha’s intimate speak-easy” by the Omaha Visitors Center. They serve creative, delicious Prohibition-era cocktails with a speak-easy feel and a semi-secret entrance. Just go through the Looking Glass Cigars & Spirits, tell the clerk the secret passphrase, and you’re in. Check out their Facebook page for details because they have no website
One of the city’s highest-end restaurants, The Boiler Room delivers on all fronts: atmosphere; one of Omaha’s biggest wine lists; and constantly creative cuisine coming from James Beard semifinalist Tim Nicholson. Stop in for a cocktail, if nothing else, and experience the interior designed by Omaha legends Mark and Vera Mercer (they also had a hand in creating V. Mertz and La Buvette).
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The Boiler Room
1110 Jones Street
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One of the city’s highest-end restaurants, The Boiler Room delivers on all fronts: atmosphere; one of Omaha’s biggest wine lists; and constantly creative cuisine coming from James Beard semifinalist Tim Nicholson. Stop in for a cocktail, if nothing else, and experience the interior designed by Omaha legends Mark and Vera Mercer (they also had a hand in creating V. Mertz and La Buvette).
Nature / Walking / Running
Nice park area. Good for walking, fishing and just being in nature. 2.5 miles North of the House. There is a bike trail located in the Park that loops down to the Kerry Pedestrian Bridge to Omaha.
Big Lake Park
2600 North 8th Street
Nice park area. Good for walking, fishing and just being in nature. 2.5 miles North of the House. There is a bike trail located in the Park that loops down to the Kerry Pedestrian Bridge to Omaha.
Go online to find a maps of walking/biking trails around Council Bluffs. There are a number of very nice walking trails not far from the house.
Council Bluffs Parks & Rec
209 Pearl Street
Go online to find a maps of walking/biking trails around Council Bluffs. There are a number of very nice walking trails not far from the house.
13 miles north of the house
Lewis and Clark Park
19962 Monument Rd
13 miles north of the house
Sightseeing
Monuments, sculptures, memorials and walking around park. Park is in downtown area near restaurants, etc. Spring/summer hosts farmers market. Hint: go in daylight early afternoon to enjoy it at its finest. I did picnic dinner there once by myself and, like most cities, the parks become a homeless magnet for the evening. No one that was aggressive, I just didn't want to have to deal with it by myself. The beauty of the park and the old "city square" feel worth the trip if you're looking for a relaxing afternoon -downtime.
Bayliss Park
100 Pearl St
Monuments, sculptures, memorials and walking around park. Park is in downtown area near restaurants, etc. Spring/summer hosts farmers market. Hint: go in daylight early afternoon to enjoy it at its finest. I did picnic dinner there once by myself and, like most cities, the parks become a homeless magnet for the evening. No one that was aggressive, I just didn't want to have to deal with it by myself. The beauty of the park and the old "city square" feel worth the trip if you're looking for a relaxing afternoon -downtime.
History buffs - ghost catchers - strange things society - this is the place for you. Located within the Pottowata
Squirrel Cage Jail
226 Pearl Street
History buffs - ghost catchers - strange things society - this is the place for you. Located within the Pottowata
The hub of downtown Omaha - stores, restaurants, breweries. A fun place to walk around and have fun.
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The Old Market
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The hub of downtown Omaha - stores, restaurants, breweries. A fun place to walk around and have fun.
The Joslyn Art Museum is the principal fine arts museum in the state of Nebraska, United States of America. Located in Omaha, it was opened in 1931
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Joslyn Art Museum
2200 Dodge Street
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The Joslyn Art Museum is the principal fine arts museum in the state of Nebraska, United States of America. Located in Omaha, it was opened in 1931
The Durham Museum is located at 801 South 10th Street in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The museum is dedicated to preserving and displaying the history of the United States' western region. The museum is housed in Omaha's former Union Station.
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The Durham Museum
801 South 10th Street
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The Durham Museum is located at 801 South 10th Street in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The museum is dedicated to preserving and displaying the history of the United States' western region. The museum is housed in Omaha's former Union Station.
A must see for ANY age! Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is a zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, located at 3701 South 10th Street. It can be accessed by I-80. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Its mission is conservation, research, recreation, and education.
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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
3701 S 10th St
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A must see for ANY age! Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is a zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, located at 3701 South 10th Street. It can be accessed by I-80. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Its mission is conservation, research, recreation, and education.
Loess Hills Lavender Farm
2278 Loess Hills Trail
This is a relaxing and therapeutic journey if you like walking, admiring landscaping and being able to enjoy and visit with the people beside you. Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. It provides memorable educational and aesthetic experiences for all. Escape to an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility to experience the glory of the garden. Discover a hidden sanctuary in the heart of the city. Relax while cultivating your mind in this living plant museum, conveniently located in the beautiful riverfront hills.
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Lauritzen Gardens/Kenefick Park
100 Bancroft Street
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This is a relaxing and therapeutic journey if you like walking, admiring landscaping and being able to enjoy and visit with the people beside you. Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. It provides memorable educational and aesthetic experiences for all. Escape to an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility to experience the glory of the garden. Discover a hidden sanctuary in the heart of the city. Relax while cultivating your mind in this living plant museum, conveniently located in the beautiful riverfront hills.
Heartland of America Park is a public park located at 800 Douglas Street in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, USA. The 31-acre park is situated between Interstate 80 and the Missouri River, and is adjacent to Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market and connects to Lewis & Clark Landing.
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Heartland of America Park
800 Douglas Street
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Heartland of America Park is a public park located at 800 Douglas Street in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, USA. The 31-acre park is situated between Interstate 80 and the Missouri River, and is adjacent to Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market and connects to Lewis & Clark Landing.
Kenefick Park is located at 100 Bancroft Street in South Omaha, Nebraska, next to the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha's botanical gardens. Kenefick Park features "two of the greatest locomotives ever to power Union Pacific Railroad": EMD DDA40X #6900, and Union Pacific Big Boy #4023.
Kenefick Park
100 Bancroft St
Kenefick Park is located at 100 Bancroft Street in South Omaha, Nebraska, next to the Lauritzen Gardens, Omaha's botanical gardens. Kenefick Park features "two of the greatest locomotives ever to power Union Pacific Railroad": EMD DDA40X #6900, and Union Pacific Big Boy #4023.
EXPLORE RAILROAD HISTORY! Located in historic downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa, on the Missouri River, we're a great place for friends and family to come and learn about the Union Pacific Railroad.
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Union Pacific Railroad Museum
200 Pearl St
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EXPLORE RAILROAD HISTORY! Located in historic downtown Council Bluffs, Iowa, on the Missouri River, we're a great place for friends and family to come and learn about the Union Pacific Railroad.
Tours / Activities
Several brewery/distillery places in Greater Omaha Area that give nice tours - this is just one that is downtown and close to where you'e - could be a fun afternoon!
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Brickway Brewery & Distillery
1116 Jackson Street
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Several brewery/distillery places in Greater Omaha Area that give nice tours - this is just one that is downtown and close to where you'e - could be a fun afternoon!
We’re Council Bluffs first indoor karting facility! Experience speed, sportsmanship and the most complete and thrilling racing excitement at Iowa and Nebraska’s fastest indoor facility. Our professionally designed indoor go kart track is perfect for Arrive and Drive racing, race classes and racing leagues. We have special pricing options, membership packages, and much more! Karting center is the ideal place for your next private party. You’re invited to come on down for our next event!
Joe's Karting
2121 S 32nd St
We’re Council Bluffs first indoor karting facility! Experience speed, sportsmanship and the most complete and thrilling racing excitement at Iowa and Nebraska’s fastest indoor facility. Our professionally designed indoor go kart track is perfect for Arrive and Drive racing, race classes and racing leagues. We have special pricing options, membership packages, and much more! Karting center is the ideal place for your next private party. You’re invited to come on down for our next event!
The Scottish Baronial mansion in the heart of Midtown Omaha has been enchanting visitors since the doors first opened in 1903. Public Tours Every Monday at 10:30am and 12:30pm. First and Third Sunday of every month at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. The Joslyn Castle serves as a physical reminder of the immense philanthropic legacies of its original residents, George and Sarah Joslyn. The Joslyns believed that, "the possession of great wealth is a great trust and obligation." Tour Line: (402)595-1415
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Joslyn Castle
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The Scottish Baronial mansion in the heart of Midtown Omaha has been enchanting visitors since the doors first opened in 1903. Public Tours Every Monday at 10:30am and 12:30pm. First and Third Sunday of every month at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. The Joslyn Castle serves as a physical reminder of the immense philanthropic legacies of its original residents, George and Sarah Joslyn. The Joslyns believed that, "the possession of great wealth is a great trust and obligation." Tour Line: (402)595-1415
We bring the art of escape to a whole new level. Grab some friends and be placed into different scenarios, racing against the clock and using your limits of reasoning and deduction. Not only can you escape from some rooms, but you can even change the course of history in others. So give up your plans to see that one star movie and come take an unforgettable challenge at House of Conundrum, where every room has a clue!
House of Conundrum | Omaha Escape Room
2564 Leavenworth St
We bring the art of escape to a whole new level. Grab some friends and be placed into different scenarios, racing against the clock and using your limits of reasoning and deduction. Not only can you escape from some rooms, but you can even change the course of history in others. So give up your plans to see that one star movie and come take an unforgettable challenge at House of Conundrum, where every room has a clue!
Essentials
Three minutes from the house. Everything you need - prices are comparable to Walmart.
Super Saver
1141 North Broadway
Three minutes from the house. Everything you need - prices are comparable to Walmart.
Very close to the house. Another shopping option. A little more expensive than Super Saver, but many nicer shopping amenities, i.e. Deli, Salad Bar, variety of hot cuisine items, foo-foo coffee, etc.
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Hy-Vee
2323 West Broadway
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Very close to the house. Another shopping option. A little more expensive than Super Saver, but many nicer shopping amenities, i.e. Deli, Salad Bar, variety of hot cuisine items, foo-foo coffee, etc.