Cruising at 12,000 feet, the airplane opens its hatch and Skydive Atlas' professional jumpers usher clients right on out of it. Because they're strapped to an instructor, first-timers get to enjoy maximum freefall time before the chute opens. Equipped with state-of-the-art gear that's checked and re-checked before take-off, the instructors help jumpers experience the thrill of skydiving without requiring long lessons or certifications.
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.
Kayakjak's and Sage Hill Vineyard have joined forces to create an idyllic escape for twosomes, including outdoor escapades, scenic vineyard views, and tasting fermented fruits. During the romantic overnight, customers visit the family-owned vineyard's tasting room to swish and sip 10 Nebraska-grown libations, including three red wines, five whites, two dessert wines, and unlimited melted-ice wines. The lodge where twosomes stay overlooks the vineyard and boasts a full kitchen, bath, living/dining area, and sleeping space for up to six people ($25 extra per person). Kayakjak’s will bestow each occupant with their own kayak, for either leisurely paddling or fishing, and set them free for a full day on the placid Rock Creek Lake. After spending a day trying to paddle away from the person in the back of your kayak, visitors reboot with a dinner of either enchiladas or beef stew cooked in an outdoor Dutch oven and finished with a dessert of peach cobbler. Duos have flexibility in planning their stay and may opt to have their wine tasting the day they arrive, spend the night in the winery’s lodge, and then kayak the next day, or arrive early for a day of kayaking and stay the night afterward.