In 2000, a group of farmers decided to diversify their crop production by planting twirling wine grapes into the rolling Midwestern hills. The initial smattering of vines quickly grew into a 4-acre vineyard and led to the launch of Silver Hills Vineyards & Winery, a small operation intent on crafting 100% Nebraska wines. The vintners’ Midwestern pride can be seen in their choice of ingredients—all wines are made with fruit grown at local vineyards and tattooed with the state motto—as well as their choice of decor: the outdoor tasting deck is shaped like Nebraska.
Silver Hills produces red, white, rosé, and berry wines, which visitors can sample during the vineyards’ limited hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Bottle labels display woodcuts by John Schirmer, a resident of neighboring Iowa who has carved wood professionally for more than 35 years.
Each Wild Willy's house of celebrations is fully stocked with a wide variety of incandescently colored explosives for any and all midsummer festivities. Noisemakers can instigate the hoopla with a 36-pack of M-70 firecrackers ($2.50), while military buffs can use the package of sparkler-wielding mini tanks ($0.25 apiece) to re-create the American-Antarctica War's decisive Battle of Dwarfish Artillery. The company also carries 200-gram and 500-gram cakes, such as the Aftershock, from which 19 nebulas of red, green, and gold explode and linger in the night sky. Find firework fountains, sparklers, and artillery shells—all ideal gifts for the Independence Day lover that already has a Bill of Rights leather jacket.
It's hard to miss Wooden Windmill when driving down Broad Street. That's because, true to its name, there's a two-story wooden windmill at the front of the building. According to an article in the Fremont Tribune, the restaurant's previous owners bought this vintage contraption at a Silver Creek auction in 1982 and had it hauled to their eatery. The current owners made some renovations to add a party room in the actual windmill, making it a truly unique dining spot in the area.
The menu here has always featured home-cooked comfort food, with recent additions of Mexican dishes and recipes from Baby Huey's BBQ. Owner Kevin Hulett is one of the original creators of Baby Huey's, a style that's proven itself in regional barbecue circuits and condiment wrestling matches.
Viaduct Gardens’ greenhouse brims with thriving flora for yards and homes. The garden center carries plants that range from annuals and perennials to fruits and roses. It also stocks plant-related accessories, including hanging baskets, tiered planters, and “plant heads”—planters that resemble people heads.
With a recently opened retail outlet in Elkhorn, QC Supply equips tireless homeowners and common consumers with everything from hunting gear to lawn and garden supplies. In addition to pet supplies, the shop stocks specialty clothing and footwear. Farmers tired of low-rise jeans can slip comfortably into a pair of bib overalls ($28.89+) or a patented Bow Valley short sleeve sweatbuster tee ($8.65–$10.65). Garden growers eagerly trying to transform pale appendages into green thumbs can pick up tools ranging from a Corona extendable handle rake ($8.99) or hoe ($8.99) to an American Backyard windmill ($54.99–$79.99). A variety of pet-friendly goods, such as a Tuffy boomerang toy ($10.99) or Purina Tidy Cats litter ($6.99), appeases four-legged friends.
Hosted in conjunction with the Nebraska Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Beer Extravaganza raises money, awareness, and spirits with more than 150 types of craft and import beers. Join throngs of brew lovers in the indoor open-tasting area where beer vendors will hawk their wares and hold tryouts for the Olympic keg-stand team. Taste beloved brews and new, nutty draughts alike, or spend some time with old imported standards such as Heineken, Dos Equis, and Corona. Between sips, guests can solve lingering hops conundrums during chats with more than 25 brewers, representing beers ranging from Peroni and Pilsner Urquell to Boulevard and New Belgium. Take a postconversation breather in the beer garden, refueling with a nosh from food vendors, moseying through a contemplative stroll, or sculpting a new beard out of beer foam.