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Located in Nebraska City, Nebraska, the Arbor Day Foundation built Lied Lodge in 1993. Nestled on the Arbor Day Farm, guests get to enjoy a 260-acre National Historic Landmark. Lied Lodge is perfect for families, events, and even romantic getaways. Rooms start at $129, and you can get special packages that include spa treatments, too.
When you stay at the Lied Lodge, you’ll have access to attractions such as the Olympic-sized swimming pool, a kiddie pool, hot tub, apple picking, and the Arbor Lodge Mansion. The kids will love Tree Adventure, which is a network of 11 different treehouses amongst three acres—all without touching the ground. Book your stay today using the coupon “PURSUIT” when booking your stay. You will need to select PROMOTIONAL in the drop-down for SPECIAL CODES.
Lied Lodge has two suites and 138 guest rooms, all with nature-inspired decor and most rooms have incredible views. During our stay, we were on the top floor and got to enjoy a thunderstorm while we slept—it’s one of our favorite parts about living in the Midwest!
Behind the Lodge are hazelnut trees, and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a black cat who enjoys the attention of passersby. We couldn’t go anywhere without the kids spending a good twenty minutes cuddling on the cat.
When you’re done playing with the cat, come inside and enjoy the Olympic-sized swimming pool, which goes as deep at 4ft 6in. The pool area is great for families of all ages with the hot tub and a kiddie pool, too. There is also a sauna just outside of the pool area.
Activities & Services at Lied Lodge
Situated on the Arbor Day Farm, Lied Lodge gives easy access to many different attractions. You’ll get to enjoy many of the little footbridges throughout the woods on your way to Arbor Day Farms, which is only about a half-mile walk.
One of our family’s favorite attractions is Tree Adventure. Over three acres, there are 11 different treehouses that are all connected. This means that you can travel to each treehouse via netting or a bridge in the canopy, all without ever touching the ground.
You can book tree climbing during your stay. If you’re not keen on climbing up the tree with ropes and harnesses, you can climb a rope instead. Or, you might find a pop-up tent where they’re doing face painting.
After enjoying the Tree Adventure, be sure to pick some apples. Our favorites were the Jonagold apples, which are enormous! You can buy bags to pick the apples, and there’s even a station for you to wash your hands when you’re done. Don’t forget to swing by the greenhouse to get your free tree sapling to plant once you get home!
Lied Lodge also has spa services for your enjoyment. These include foot reflexology, Swedish massages, and body treatments. Their hours are limited, so you’ll want to inquire about special accommodations outside of regular hours if you can’t make an appointment then.
Dining at Lied Lodge
There are several dining options to consider at Lied Lodge. The main restaurant is Timbers, and you can enjoy your meal inside or on the patio. We were so grateful to see an outside option because it can be a nightmare to eat at a restaurant with our little guy, who has sensory processing disorder.
We checked in on a Friday afternoon this fall, and were lucky enough to hear music while dining outside. If you look towards the Arbor Lodge Mansion, you’ll see field lights nestled in the trees. This is because the high school football field is situated right by the mansion, and so you can hear the music they play before the game starts.
When you order at Timbers, you’ve got to have the gnocchi with smoked corn cream, and the Bohling Farms 8 oz American Wagyu burger. It has a brioche bun, bourbon-candied TD Niche pork belly, smoked cheddar, and caramelized onions. While the meat itself is good, the toppings were delicious enough by themselves! We ate at Timbers twice during our stay, and Kennedy got the crab cake appetizer both times to keep to herself since she enjoyed them so much.
If you’re at the Arbor Day Farms, eat at Porter’s. You’ll want to get there as soon as they open, which is 11 am. Otherwise, the line gets long very quickly. We got in line when it was just at the door and we waited for almost an hour. It was so worth it, though. I got brisket and apple cider slushies with “the works” which include ice cream and drizzled caramel.
While there, be sure to stop at the Apple House Market to grab an apple pie and a gallon of apple cider. It’s seriously the best apple cider I’ve ever had, and I’m gutted that after finishing half of the gallon we realized by the time we got home that we forget the rest in the fridge of our room! Don’t make that mistake—it’s far too good to leave behind.
Location: 2700 Sylvan Rd., Nebraska City, NE 68410
Accommodation: Family-friend lodge
Price Range: $$
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Arbor Day Farms and Lied Lodge. The opinions and text are all mine.