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Greater Grand Island Official Visitor Guide

Greater Grand Island Official Visitor Guide



Visiting Grand Island, Nebraska? Page through this guide for things to see and do, places to stay, a list of restaurants and more.

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    • Official VisitOr Guide NOV 2011-april 201 2The Greater Grand Island [Nebraska] Area SANDHILL CRANE SPRING MIGRATION photo by Rick Rasmussen, PlatteRiverPhotography.com SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE STUHR MUSEUM OF THE PRAIRIE PIONEER FONNER PARK Your guide to activities, shopping, lodging and services in Grand Island, Doniphan, Cairo, Alda, Wood River and surrounding communities.
    • VisitGrandIsland.com Contents Grand Island / Hall County Spring Migration 4 Convention & Visitors Bureau 2424 S Locust St Ste C Grand Island, NE 68801 Attractions 5 308-382-4400 800-658-3178 info@VisitGrandIsland.com VisitGrandIsland.com Shopping 11Located four miles north of I-80 Exit 314, open Monday through Lodging 15Visit us at online at VisitGrandIsland.com Facebook.com/GrandIslandCVB Downtown 17 Twitter.com/GrandIslandCVBTourist Information Caboose City Map 18Bosselman’s Travel Center at I-80 Exit 312The caboose will open March 1-April 15 for the annual Spring Dining 21Migration. Beginning Memorial Day, it will be open Tuesday throughSaturday 9-5pm, and Sunday noon-5pm, through September. Recreation 24StaffReneé Seifert Executive DirectorTricia Beem Assistant Director The Arts 25Liz Gerberding Convention ServicesPaul Nielsen Marketing Manager Community Events 26Visitor Information CenterKimberly Alex, Stephanie Saylor, Eileen Steinbeck Christmas Events 28Convention RegistrationsSharon Dankert, Shirley Lingo, Phyl Kostbahn, Jackie Pesek, Cathy Reher Local Resources 29 Welcome to the Greater Grand Island Area! Where hospitality is a way of life. Island/Hall County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Produced and Published by For current information about advertising and distribution, call The Grand Island Independent at 308-382-1000. We’re glad you’re here! Twitter.com/TheIndependent
    • o Hastings Museum Escape tchamber Burwell Take the journey to get nose to nose & Calamus Lake Area with both nature and history and experience life close up! 1330 N. Burlington • Hastings, Nebraska Order a FREE Burwell Travel Guide Today HastingsMuseum.org 888-328-7935 • www.VisitBurwell.orgWings over the prairie into strings of black pearl against a reddening sky, winter-bare trees“It’s been called ‘The Great American Desert,’ with a less-than-subtle studies in black in the distance, cornrows accented in snow running tonote of derision. But the comment betrays a lack of subtlety on the the edges of my vision. Now they seemed like musical notes across apart of the commentators, because while the mountains may shout and heavenly staff.”the seacoasts roar, the prairie whispers. Clearly, south central Nebraska Such is our Nebraska in the spring. To read more of this and otheris part of the private collection of a superior artist, the images saved travel articles by Tony Tedeschi visit NaturalTraveler.comfor the cognoscenti with the more-developed level of consciousness,those prepared to see beyond the featured lots in the catalog.”“In the chill of the hour before dawn, I sat in a pickup truck waitingto catch the mating dance of the lesser prairie chicken: a garish affair,during which the male puffs up a crimson throat sac and struts aboutseeking to attract some predictably blasé female. We were on a dirtroad alongside the huge Taylor family ranch, started by ancestors whofelt the rolling grasslands would be ideal for raising sheep. It was beef,however, not lamb, that prevailed here and much of the prairie was“As light broke over the sand hills to my east, we sat by an old sheepthe dance that did not come. I guess the mating dance the day beforehad been productive and they were sleeping in this morning. But I hadno inclination toward disappointment. To the north and south of theroad, the grasslands were turning shades of warm colors in the risingsun and, while my eye was initially drawn to the blazing ball of orangecreeping above the hills in the east, it was the soft brush of pink on theopposite horizon and the swath of powder blue above it that held mehave been simply a foreground to what was, in fact, the real show.Amazing. There just ain’t nothin’ plane about the plains. Which brings Spring Migrationme to the cranes.” Forbes FYI has designated this area the #1 place in the world for birdwatchers, and for good reason! Arriving in March, over 450,000 sandhill cranes – the largest congregation of cranes anywhere onpick about the cornrows, their round, grey bodies bobbing about atop the planet – turn the central Platte Valley into a raucous spectacle ofblack-stick legs, their heron-like necks darting toward the ground, intent birds and people. Combine the cranes with millions of ducks, geeseupon fattening up for the journey to Canada, Alaska and as far away and shorebirds, and the region becomes a birders’ paradise. Theas Siberia. Their concentration is interrupted periodically by a bouncy, Nebraska Nature and Visitors Center offers information on guidedwing-spreading dance. But the perception of awkwardness disappearedwhen I saw them, an hour before sunset, in V formations breaking off “hotspots.” Spring Migration
    • VisitGrandIsland.com Attractionswhooping crane makes regular stops in the area. Even if you’re not 5fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of a whooper, the early to mid-April timeframe is the peak of the “booming” season of the greaterprairie chicken, one of the most entertaining bird shows on Earth.We’ll direct you where to view “chicken dances” that inspired NativeAmericans. photo Rick RasmussenNebraska Nature & Visitor CenterLocated immediately south of I-80 at exit #305, NNVC offers freepublic access to prairie, river and wooded habitats. The interpretivecenter houses exhibits on cranes, waterfowl, birds and mammals ofthe region, plus the Hornady Art Gallery highlighting works of local Nebraska Nature & Visitor Centerartists and photographers. The Crimson Crown Gift Shop featuresan extensive array of crane and nature-related artwork, clothing andother merchandise. Behind the center, visitors may walk a handicapped-accessible paved trail to a channel of the Platte River; two footbridgescross the Platte, allowing access onto 240 acres of prairie. Programs,guided sandhill crane tours during March and early April place you inthe middle of the sandhill crane migration. are available from March 2 to April 8th.Tours start at 5 or 6am/pm depending on the date and tour you select.Sunset and sunrise are the most magical times to experience the cranesplaced along the Platte and give you the opportunity to see the cranes Lincoln Highwayon the river either in the morning or evening.We also lead evening foot-bridge tours near our Center on the Tweekends. Tours are not recommended for children under the age of from New York City to San Francisco, stretching almost 3,400 milestwelve. Visitors may leave the foot-bridge whenever desired during coast to coast. Beginning in 1913, the road was completed in 1935 andtour; blind tours last about 2 1/2 hours. Each guided tour opens with a cuts directly across Nebraska as US Highway 30 and directly throughshort presentation. the historic downtown area of Grand Island. NebraskaNature.org orcall 308-382-1820. Sandhills Journey SandhillsJourney.com The Sandhills photo Terri Licking Charles Kuralt called the stretch of US Highway 2 from Grand Island to Alliance “One of the Nation’s twenty most spectacular roads.” This 323-mile Nebraska byway takes you through the largest area of grass-covered sand dunes in the Western hemisphere, some of the most remote and breathtaking countryside you’ll ever see. The terrain gently rolling hills of cattle country to plentiful marshes and wetlands. Loup Rivers Scenic Byway From the pristine rolling farmland and hills to the immense and silent solitude of the Sandhills, the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway is truly a treat for the eyes, mind and soul. 141 miles of small towns, scenic beauty, local events, history and friendly people await you as you travel through one of the most beautiful landscapes in America. For those wanting to It’s also home of the famous 300+ mile Junk Jaunt, which begins in Grand Island.
    • Island Oasis Water Park Island Oasis — photo Nebraska DEDIsland Oasis offers over six acres of refreshing family fun! Brave thewave pool, relax in the 750-foot lazy river, scream down two six-storyhigh-speed slides or tackle four giant 150-foot slides. Children will lovethe zero depth areas that include spraying fountains and a wacky wetotter slide. Build sand castles, stroll across the lily pads or test yourskills on the log walk before enjoying some sand volleyball. Open May-August.Stolley Park and Kids KingdomThis 33 acre park includes a disc golf course, arboretum, historicalhome, a miniature rail line, horseshoes and a wading pool. A baseballon the property. Picnic shelters and restrooms are available.The adjacent Kids Kingdom is a community-built playground, designedby Grand Island children. Play elements include a castle, pirate ship, Kids Kingdomviking ship, slides, swings and an obstacle course. 2,400 volunteersspent 27,000 hours building the 28,000 square foot park in 2003.Pier Park and Skate parkcourts and a lake. A paved bike trail goes through the property, and a14,000 square foot skate park — including a launch box, wall ride, bankramp, quarter pipes, half pipe, two pyramids and a street spine — restson the west side of the property. Stuhr half page ad More than a Museum...A Living History Experience! Living 1890’s Railroad Town with real Beautiful main Stuhr Building with businesses, historic homes and changing exhibits, art shows and working businesses unique gift shop Pioneer, Old West & Native American Historic classes, research center and exhibits special events all year Seasonal Events and exhibits such Over 100 buildings and 200 acres of as “Christmas Past & Present,” and fun for young and old! the “Fantasy of Trees” 3133 W. Highway 34, Grand Island, NE Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children Open 9 am - 5 pm Mon - Sat, Noon - 5 Sun www.stuhrmuseum.org
    • VisitGrandIsland.com Attractions Stuhr Museum, Cowboy Night 7Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer3133 W Highway 34 308-385-5316 StuhrMuseum.orgCall for hours and admission which vary by season and event.Nestled on 200 acres of Nebraska prairie, Stuhr Museum of the PrairiePioneer is a unique living history experience. It has been prasied as“The best living history museum of the west” by True West magazineand named “one of the top ten places to re-live America’s past” by Stuhr Museum, Christmas Past & PresentGood Housekeeping magazine.Stuhr Museum offers an experience that tells the story of how earlyThe 1890s Railroad Town comes to life from May 1-September 5. Fourhistorical homes grace Railroad Town, including the cottage whereHenry Fonda was born in 1905. The “residents” of Railroad Town,in period costume, bring history to life for visitors. As you walk the Heartland Public Shooting Parkwooden boardwalk you’ll hear the clang of the blacksmith’s hammer,catch the scent of freshly cut wood from the planing mill or see hatsbeing fashioned at the millinery for the next gala. Shop for handmadetin, iron and wooden items at the Mercantile or play an old-fashionedgame in the street.South of Railroad Town is a turn of the century farm, charming ruralchurch and authentic one-room schoolhouse. To the north, log cabinsgive a true taste of early settlements on the Plains.The Stuhr Building, open year-round, includes period exhibits such The Townsley-Murdock Siteas tools, household articles and furnishings. The building’s lower levelfeatures changing exhibits and art shows. The Gus Fonner MemorialRotunda houses an extensive collection of Native American and Have you broken a wagon wheel recently? The classic video gameOld West artifacts. A reconstructed Pawnee Earth Lodge provides a Oregon Trail is back thanks to Facebook. Just west of Grand Island,hands-on experience of early life on the prairie, and the Antique Farm you can see the remnants of an actual — not virtual — wagon trail.Machinery and Auto Exhibit features over 200 pieces of steam and gas This 2.4 acre site has never been plowed. Here you’ll see some of thepowered tractors and vintage automobiles. only remaining ruts on the Mormon Trail. Upon leaving the Wood River Crossing, travelers were funneled onto a narrow ridge. EveryStuhr Gallery Exhibits traveler on this trail was forced onto this narrow pathway, creating the November 1-6, 2011, Grand Island Art & Sketch Club Art Exhibit wide and shallow swale, which remains today. November 25-December 31, 2011, Fantasy of Trees Display January 13-February 5, 2012, Quilt Exhibit & Contest: Opposites located at the intersection of Alda Road and Guenther Road, in between US Highway 30 and Exit 305 along Interstate 80. Attract Heartland Public Shooting Park February 17-April 1, 2012, Wings Over the Platte Exhibition & Sale 6788 W Husker Hwy 308-385-5048 April 6-28, 2012, Hall County Student Art Show The 420 acre Heartland Public Shooting Park includes six lighted May 11-31, 2012, The Famous and Infamous of Hall County skeet ranges, four lighted trap ranges, a 10-station sporting clay and 600 yards. A complete Archery 3D Range is also available. In period costume at Stuhr Museum The park also boasts an activity center complete with a deck, WiFi and a meeting/class room that can hold up to 60 people. Eight RV pads are available with 50 amp electrical service. The RV park will eventually expand to 60 pads. Heartland Public Shooting Park has hosted a number of national events including the Super Retriever Series Trials, National 4-H Shooting Championships and FMG Publications Industry Shooting Masters. The park is also home to Grand Island Senior High School, Northwest High School and Centura High School trap teams.
    • 700 E. Stolley Park Rd. • Grand Island, NE • 308.382.4515 HEC HEARTLAND EVENTS CENTER Trade Shows • Sporting Events • Conventions • Concerts Ag Shows • Regional & National Livestock • So Much More! www.heartlandeventscenter.com | www.fonnerpark.com Fonner Park Food & Fun! for Finish Line Restaurant & Sports LoungeFonner Park’s Year-Round Action Entertainment Center Full Menu Dining & Bar Coming Mid-Februar y 2012 Snacks • Sandwiches • Salads • Steaks Enjoy Our Chef’s Daily Homestyle Specials including Fri.-Sat. Prime Rib & Sun. Fried Chicken Nationwide Thoroughbred Racing Daily Simulcasting from 20 premier tracks “Live” Draw KENO • Satellite Sports Live Thoroughbred Ra Spacious Seating • High Definition TVs cing at Race to the Finish Line! Fonner Park Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. • Sun. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.Direct Access: Fonner Park Entrance on South Locust • 308/382-4515 • www.fonnerpark.com
    • VisitGrandIsland.comFonner Park Attractions 9A February tradition continues in Grand Island when the gates openfor the 2012 Fonner Park thoroughbred horse racing season Friday,February 24 at 2:00 PM. The thirty-one day season continues throughSaturday, May 5 with “live” horse racing programs conducted Friday,Saturday and Sunday. (Exception: Easter Sunday April 8). Friday post Dock Dogs at the State Fairtime is 2:00 PM (3:00 PM beginning March 16) and 1:30 PM Saturday& Sunday. The prestigious Bosselman-Gus Fonner Stakes is April 28thand the “live” racing season closes on May 5th, with the simulcast ofthe Kentucky Derby.In addition to “live” horse racing, Fonner Park conducts nationwidesimulcasting from all of the top tracks in the country. Enjoy west coastaction from Santa Anita in California, east coast racing at Aqueductin New York, and everywhere in between! Simulcasting is conductedseven days a week and starts at 11:30 with racing conducted mostevenings.Park. Fast-paced Keno action is offered seven days a week with highwagering is available at the Finish Line seven days a week.Special events and promotions take place throughout the season.Contact Fonner park for more details. Mid-Nebraska SpeedwayHeartland Events Center Featured in Speedway Illustrated magazine as “The best track you never heard of,” Mid-Nebraska Speedway is located 2 miles south ofThe Heartland Events Center is located in the heart of Fonner Park in I-80 Exit 314 on South Locust Street. With seating for 4,500, this 3/8-Grand Island, Nebraska. It’s 30,000 sq. ft. Eihusen Arena provides all mile dirt track has been a popular destination since the early 1970’s.the necessary amenities for trade shows, conventions, sporting events, 80-100 cars race Saturday nights April-September. Weekly races featureconcerts, and more! The Bosselman Conference Center provides spacefor meetings of all sizes with the latest in technology to meet your Grand National Late Models. Drivers from all over the Midwest come to the Speedway in mid-July for the NCRA Late Model Nationals.Upcoming 4th quarter events scheduled at the Events Center include Trainsthe return of the Nebraska State Volleyball Championships, a Platte River ValleyMannheim Steamroller concert in November and the Flatwater FracasWrestling Tournament in December. Ushering in 2012 is the return of Grand Island has a wealth of railroad activity. On average, 168 trainsthe Central Nebraska Home Show, Heartland Hoops Classic, NebraskaHigh School Cheer and Dance, the Shrine Circus along with the return of the newest locomotives can be seen here, and some old ones as wellof the Danger Indoor Football League. In March, the US Custom including Centennial 6936, the three E 9s and Challenger 3985.Harvesters Convention returns for a second year and we will welcome scheduled to be widened to two tracks by 2014. The Boeing train,Stay tuned to HeartlandEventsCenter.com as new events are added to running from Topeka, KS, to Seattle, WA, hauls fuselages for Boeingthe calendar on a regular basis! aircrafts through town weekly.Nebraska State Fair The Great Plains Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society near downtown Grand Island. A UP caboose has been donated to The second year of the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island the upcoming project, which will also include a viewing platform as depicted in the above illustration. The platform will permit the safe and attendees were happy exploring the new, state-of-the-art viewing of UP and BNSF train operations by the many railfans that agriculturatal facilities. The Kids Zone has been very popular visit the Grand Island area from across the U.S. and around the world. with families, people of all ages love the combine rides and the midway is a thrill a minute! Make plans today to attend!
    • MILETTA VISTA WINERY Miletta Vineyard Walmart Your Destination for Fun and Relaxation 2250 N. Diers Avenue O ne of the Midwest’s most refreshing Grand Island, NE hilltop experiences. Open Wednesday thru Sunday, year round. Enjoy our international award winning wines 308-381-0333 with a meat and cheese tray, home-made breads, a sandwich plate or enjoy a meal Friday & Saturday evenings. Also, check for scheduled music events. More than a winery, Miletta Vista is an Experience you’ll Savor! 3501 S. Locust Street milettavistawinery.com Grand Island, NE 308-754-4416 1732 Hwy 281 • St. Paul, Nebraska 308-381-4970 (Just 25 minutes north of Grand Island & 4 miles north of St. Paul, Over the river and up the hill to Miletta Vista you go!)Cedar Hills Vineyard Growing seven different varieties of wine grapes with plans of expanding more, Moonlight Ridge will feature these wines andCedar Hills vineyard and gardens are atop the hills overlooking the others from around the world, allowing you to taste a variety of wines. Closed mid-December through March for winter.jellies and pie. It specializes in fruit wines from strawberry, raspberry, Prairie Creek Vineyardblackberry, gooseberry and 12 varieties of wine and table grapes.Visitors are welcome to tour the farm and watch wildlife as well. Prairie Creek Vineyard is a small family owned vineyard and winery located near Prairie Creek in Central Nebraska. They have beenMiletta Vista Winery involved in the farming industry for many generations and now are turning their efforts into bringing you a “Taste of the Good Life.”Miletta Vista’s award wining wines will make your visit to their hilltop Prairie Creek Vineyards is all about the total wine tasting experience.a refreshing experience with 150 acres of pasture and a view that will They take the time to make sure you enjoy your trip out to the winery.knock your socks off. The nine varieties of grapes raised provideMoonlight RidgeMoonlight Ridge Vineyard is a family-owned business featuringa beautiful tasting room with a cathedral ceiling showcasing a Attractions
    • VisitGrandIsland.com Shopping 11As Central Nebraska’s leading retail trade center, the city offers national clothing, jewelry, furniture, bath accessories, handmade objects, originalretail chains to small boutique shops with the latest fashions. Numerous artwork and much more. There are eight antique stores alone.specialty stores line the streets of Grand Island’s historic downtown. , along the Highway 281 corridor, is an area of Grand Island power shoppers won’t want to miss. It features two offers abundant enclosed malls. Conestoga Mall includes notable national chains along with numerous boutique shops. Both the Conestoga and Grand Island Mall have movie theaters. Numerous national retailers are also located along Merchandise Mile. Stefani’s Closet New shops and restaurants are always popping up along the Mile. Plenty of restaurants are nestled right in between these shopping havens. “an everyday FASHION boutique” Silo Skate Shop Unique Handbags Distinctive Clothing Fashionable Jewelry 1016 Diers Ave., Suite 123 • Grand Island • 382-1957 Next to Whiskey Creek • www.stefaniscloset.com We Make You Feel Right at Home! Williamson Furni- Sartor Hamann Stop in and visit our BEST Award Winning OF GRAND ISLAND 2011 ture theindependent.com Custom Design Team Exclusive Dealer for Hearts on Fire Diamonds Ritani made in the USA Custom Designs Crystal, Tammy, Rita… Design Consultants Available Visit our showroom for an extensive selection of contemporary and classic furniture to personalize every Bridal Sets room in your home. Engagement Rings Our friendly, knowlegeable staff can help you achieve a coordinated look in a style that reflects your own good taste. Anniversary Bands • Sofas & Love Seats • Reclining Chairs • Motion Furniture • Entertainment Units “When you Think of • Dinettes in Every Size • Complete Dining Rooms Dave Diamonds Think of • Occasional Tables • Livingroom Group Manager Sartor Hamann” Mon. - Fri. 10:00-5:30 • Sat. 10:00-5:00 • Open Until 8:00 Wed. • Closed Sun. 110 East 3rd • Downtown Grand Island • 382-7327 www.williamsonsinteriors.com Conestoga Mall • Grand Island • 308-382-5850
    • Conestoga Mall SHOP AT CONESTOGA MALL! Where there is something for everyone! Hwy 281 & 13th Street • Grand Island • 308-382-4210 • www.shopconestogamall.com COUPON Nebraska’s Unique Find the gown of Warmth to your Auntie Em’sHome Bring Fresh Flower your dreams Bridal Collection Bouquets Concrete Critters William’s Flowersitems Hundreds of • Bridesmaids with Candles & Unique Decorative Accessories & Greenhouse to choose from! • Tuxedos Plants • Animals • Prom Gowns • 90+ Fragrances hand-poured at our store Visit our unique Gift Shop • Accessories • Decorative Warmers & Wax Melts • Benches & Tables at FOUR SeaSOnS • Gifts & Home Decor • Garden & Flower Bring in this Coupon & Receive Open 7 Days Animals FREE www.williamsflowersgi.com SHOES OR Schedule your group for • Memorial Stones Follow JEWELRY an easy, convenient & Us On: With Purchase Of Bridal Gown Or Prom Gown Much, Much More! profitable fundraiser. Expires 05/01/2012 Stop In Today! CONCRETE CRITTERS 308-398-0445 • 1016 N. Diers Ave. • Suite 120 2418 N. Webb Rd, Suite P 1103 S. Locust • Grand Island www.thebridalcollection.net Grand Island• 308-381-1644 384-5820Plain Jane’z Can- The Candy Store Drapery Dendles For Teachers! Design Gallery 20% off * Parents Love It Too! Let Us Help Give Your One Item Home a Decorative Edge! Good through May 1, 2012 Unique Accessories including *Some exlusions Artwork, Lamps, Clocks, apply. Dawnita Buck - Owner Furniture and More www.auntieemsonline.com Ph: 308-398-7010 • Fax: 398-7011 Conestoga Mall • Grand Island 1504 S. Locust • Grand Island 3104 Old Potash Highway 308-381-4700 Between Casey’s and Pizza Hut Grand Island • 308-382-5706 Monday-Saturday 10-9 • Sunday 12-6 www.teachersloungeschoolsupply.com Kearney • 308-237-2511
    • VisitGrandIsland.com ShoppingAre you a traveling quilter? Visit Grand Island for your fabric needs! 13JoAnn’s Fabric is in Conestoga Mall, Nana’s Quilt Shop is downtownand Material Girl along Merchandise Mile. If quilting isn’t your hobbyof choice, visit one of the other shops in the area for your painting, Silhouette boutique photo Jen Nielsenexcercise your creative juices!Don’t miss out on the small town charm of other communitiesin the Greater Grand Island Area, including Doniphan, Wood River,Cairo and Alda, each with their own unique shopping opportunites. New mural in downtown Cairo Conestoga Mall Sam’s Club Lil Pride and Joy Grand Island’s Exclusive Baby and Maternity Store Savings Made Simple Featuring New & Consignment Items • Baby & Children’s Clothing up to size 6 1510 N DIERS AVE • Maternity Clothing • Baby Furniture GRAND ISLAND, NE 68803 • Toys • Educational Toys • Gift Items • A Variety of Specialty Items Phone (308) 384-0622 Call 308-390-0291 to make a consignment appointment Fax (308) 384-1574 VISIT US IN OUR NEW LOCATION: 2108 Lawrence Lane, Grand Island Samsclub.com South of Little Caesar’s Pizza Grand Island • 382-5510
    • • Free Hi Speed 2603 S. Locust St. • RV or Truck Parking Super 8/Best Western Wireless Internet• Super Start Plus Grand Island, NE 308-384-4380 • Indoor Pool/Spa • HBO and Cable Breakfast • Fitness Center• Guest Laundry Facilities • Children under 12 stay FREE• Suites Available • Handicapped Accessible• Pets Allowed Go To: I-80 Exit 314 North 3 miles on east side of S. Locust Street 2707 S. LOCUST ST. • Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet Grand Island, NE • 308-381-8855 • Refrigerators and Microwaves • Newly Built May 2010 • 37” Flat Screen TV • Indoor Pool, Spa, Fitness Room Grand Island Inn & Suites Go To: I-80 Exit 314 North 4 miles on east side of S. Locust Street & Rolls Rodeway Inn Coffee Island InnSingle Non-Smoking Room View From Our Deck Area • No Pets BEST • All rooms are 100% non-smoking location • Full size refrigerator and internet access in every room • Continental Breakfast • New HDTVs in all rooms in town! • Wireless/Highspeed Internet 2311 S. Locust Street • Grand Island, NE • 308-382-1815 • Pet Friendly Reservations: 800-646-6869 • www.islandinngi.com • Refrigerator In All Rooms You don’t have to spend a ton to get a lot. • Large Vehicle Parking USA Inns • Fishing Available Easy Access From I-80 Exit 312 Continental Breakfast Wireless Internet Pet Friendly Large Vehicle Parking BY CHOICE HOTELS Next to Mormon Island State Park 3205 S. Locust Street • Grand Island I-80 & S. Hwy 281 • Grand Island, NE • 308-381-0111 308-384-1333 • 800-766-1706 Toll Free: 1-800-658-4096
    • VisitGrandIsland.comHotels Lodging Quality Inn & Conference Center 15Best Western Inn & Suites 80 rooms rooms rooms 26 rooms I-80 Days Inn Regency Inns of AmericaComfort Inn rooms roomsConoco Motel Relax Inn George Clayton/Hall Cty Park 28 roomsDays Inn & Conference Center 96 rooms rooms 60 rooms roomsFour-Plex Motel Sleep Inn Motel 6 63 roomsHampton Inn rooms Super 8 rooms Hampton Inn rooms Free Hot Breakfast • Indoor Pool & Hot Tub USA Inns of America Pick Fitness Center • Free Internet & Business Center Reservations on line at www. hamptoninn.com to stay!Toll Free Reservations at 1-800-HAMPTON • 308-384-9777 • Fax 308-384-9778 from I-80 North on Highway 281 to Faidley Avenue 504 N. Diers Avenue • Grand Island, NE 68803
    • Howard Johnson Historic courthouse RIVERSIDE INNHotel and Convention CenterLocated at the corner of Hwy 34 and South Locust St. Grand Island Exit 314 off I-80 New Historic Marker Phone: 308-384-5150 • Indoor Pool • High-Speed Internet • Jacuzzi Toll Free: 800-446-4656 • Exercise Room • Lounge • Business Center hojosales@hojogi.com • Children under 18 - Free (with parent) 1 mile from Stuhr Museum GARDEN CAFE 1 mile from Fonner Park & Open 7 days a week! Island Oasis Water Park Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Coffee Makers In All Rooms Days Inn Microwaves and Refrigerators Available Deluxe Continental • Wedding CakesTOLL FREE: 1-888-325-2525 Breakfast • Theme Cakes Just Desserts 308-384-8624 www.daysinn.com • Cupcakes High Speed Internet • Delicious Pastries 2620 North Diers Avenue • Grand Island, NE 68803 Dianne I-80 EXIT 312 NORTH Parmley, LEFT ON CAPITAL AVENUE Owner Open: Tues.-Fri. 9-5:30 • Sat. 9-12 Noon 206 N. Locust • Grand Island 308-384-2764 • justdessertsgi.comVisit us while you’re in town! Grand Island Beet Sugar Palace Master Stylists Monday - Friday 9-8 • Saturday 9-4 The Grand Island Beet Sugar Palace was temporarily located in the 200 Block of Northeast Front Street• Hair Sculpting • Facials from September 1-26, 1890. It celebrated the• Color/High Lights • Tanning opening of the Grand Island Sugar Factory, which was• Perms • Sculptured• Manicures Acrylic Nails Along with 33 others, it’s the subject of a new book by• Pedicures • Permanent Makeup Rod Evans, “Palaces On The Prairie.” Included in the six pages dedicated to Grand Island are the following Your Total Image Salon www.masterstylistsgi.com facts: The palace was 200 square feet and 150 foot Downtown Grand Island • 114 West 3rd St. • 308-384-8279 high, the exterior was sugar barrels to provide a soft round look and decorative interior materials were dipped in solution of alum and ground glass to giveDowntown Grand Island: A Main Street Community them a sparkly appearance similar to sugar. DINE LEARN The sugar beet factory was expected to spawn a distillery and chewing gum Downtown Development industry ifSHOP Live statewide prohibition were to be repealed. The Sugar Palace concept was abandoned after Downtown Business Improvement District (Photo courtesy of Fred Roeser). www.downtowngi.com
    • VisitGrandIsland.com 17Stroll historic Grand Old Town as you shop for antiques, gifts, clothing, glass tile. The ticket booth will be returned to the center of the entry,jewelry, furniture, crafts, books and original artwork. Dine in one of the and the projection booth will house a new digital projector. Comelocally owned restaurants, take in a movie at the historic Grand Theatre enjoy a grand experience at theor stop in the martini bar. Nearly 150 retail stores, businesses and Grand Theatre, where prices areorganizations call downtown home, where parking is free anywhere. low and service is high.A self-guided walking tour brochure and downtown maps are available Seedling Mileupon request. Visit downtownonline at DowntownGI.com.Historic Grand Theatre Just east of downtown Grand Island is the only remaining section of a paved Seedling MileOn May 7th, 1937, hundreds in the United States. Seedlingof people lined up along 3rd Miles were sections of the Lincoln Highway poured byStreet outside the new Grand the cities the highway was planned to go through.Theatre. The largest neon signin Grand Island graced the Nearby, the Kensinger Filling Station has been openfacade, built entirely of colored since 1933, and the quaint Shady Bend Cabin Camp.glass. The marquee proclaimed Shady Bend was known for its swimming pool, tennis“Nebraska’s Finest and Most courts and a roaming herd of buffalo. It’s MediterranneanModern Theatre!” architecture was inspired by a trip to Arizona.The historic Grand Theatre in downtown Grand Island will be 75 years The Shady Bend building recently reopened as an Italian restaurant.old on May 6th, 2012. In honor of this special occasion, the facade It’s still owned by the same family who built the camp in 1929. Thewill be returned to its original Grand appearance with beautiful colored owners plan to sell some of the same kinds of candy out of the vintage Unique Downt n Eat es ow eri Howard’s Jewelry From ! The Chocolate Bar, coming December 2011 engagement Sin City Grill, 1950s Las Vegas theme J Alfred Prufrock, swank martini bar rings to a 1930s dairy Sutter Deli, railroad-themed sandwiches in freshwater Coney Island, awar d-winning chili, conies & malts since 1935 Nathan Detroit, amazing food in a beau tiful building pearls, Wave Pizza Co, Chicken Coop, serving local microbrews gemstones and many more to suit your taste! and precious metals... Upscale Downt Shopping own Howard’s Jewelry offers We offer the highest quality customer a breathtaking , everything for the quilter! service for a lasting relationship. selection of fine , well-crafted furniture Priarie Winds Art Center, local artisans Our customers come to us for our jewelry. Azteca Market, extensive knowledge, our attention to Silhouette, detail and our caring service. Superior in 8 antique stores, chic to shabby Venue Art Gallery, top Nebraska artists style, quality Uniquely You, upscale boutique for children Just Desserts, scrumptous homemade pastries & cakes and value. 303 West Third, Downtown Grand Island 308-381-1225
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