Dressing up digits since 1905, Sartor Hamann employs a well-versed crew of registered jewelers and certified gemologists to adorn shoppers with a vast selection of sparkly stones and accessories. Swarovski Crystal figurines ($40+) replace shabby hood ornaments with geometric symphonies of light, and freshwater-pearl necklaces ($99) seek sanctuary from clamshell captors by elegantly clinging to safe-harbor necks. Sartor Hamann's own line of swiss watches ($150+) simultaneously pleases eyes and dissuades Captain Hook with beautifully crafted precision tuning. A panoply of 14-karat gold earrings ($50+) and engagement rings ($295+) awaits to illuminate romantic gestures. The Gemvision CAD system lets you create your own custom jewelry, bringing personalized bling to life like a laser-wielding Geppetto. The gargantuan showroom at Sartor Hamann’s newest Lincoln location on Pine Lake Road casts a glowing sheen over an impressive showcase of designer pieces, and the blisteringly bright array of engagement rings at the O Street location keeps emergency-apology supplies on hand following another disastrous weekend getaway to the cement museum.
Ten different types of grapes sprawl across 12 acres that sit along banks of Spring Creek, soaking up the ample Nebraskan sunlight. Mac's Creek Winery & Vineyards—a joint venture of the McFarland family, whose roots run deep in central Nebraska—handpick these grapes to produce a collection of red and white artisanal wines, including their award-winning 2009 Mac's Lantern.
Guests can savor the cherry flavor of the Frontenac grapes found in the above-mentioned Mac's Lantern or sip on other varieties—such as the light-bodied 2010 Spring Mist—in the spacious tasting room or on the sun-drenched lawn. On weekends, they can enjoy a prairie bistro lunch from 12-4p.m., and on Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., they can toast to live entertainment or dramatic readings of the wine list.
Superior Estates Winery grows a myriad of delectable Midwestern varietals in its two Republican River Valley vineyards. Sample five of the estates' meticulously crafted wines, such as the Dry St. Vincent, which has soft, buttery flavors, or the Dry Vignoles, which delights taste buddies with honey and tropical-fruit aromas. With grapes including chardonel, chancellor, traminette, marechal foch, cayuga white, and catawba in its fermented arsenal, Superior Estates has a taste superb for both dinner with a loved one or breakfast deep in a coal mine. While you taste, a grape-savvy guide will explain each wine and recommend recipes to pair with the drink. Then, fully wine-wooed, you'll receive one bottle of your choice, plus two etched glasses.