Midwest Living Review
Hands down, this is the place to stay in Nebraska City. And eat, for that matter. Created by the Arbor Day Foundation, you'll immediately be impressed by the parking lot's arboretum, which features sidewalks winding among 50 different species of trees. Stepping inside, you'll find a soaring lobby impressively flanked by 50-foot Douglas fir timber columns. Leather sofas, Mission-style furniture and an awe-inspiring limestone fireplace conspire to make you want to plop right down and relax before you've even seen your room. The lodge's 144 rooms, which run roughly from $69 to $189, are plush and comfy, with pretty views of the arboretum or the lush Arbor Day Farm across the way. Beds sport several pillows with different levels of firmness. Although the tree theme is almost overdone in everything from the leaf-shape soap to the timber column separating the beds from the bathroom--not to mention in the lodge's leaf-and-branch front-door hardware and the immense tree used as the restaurant's buffet table--it's actually rather endearing. The resort also features an Olympic-size pool, spa and restaurant; the latter is considered the best in the city. While the food is very good, it's not extraordinary. Like many resorts, Lied Lodge offers special programs aimed at children and families. On weekend evenings, a pianist plays in the lobby, and complimentary wine is offered. Lied Lodge is adjacent to the Arbor Day Farm, which includes preservation orchards, a corn maze and a cafe. But the most popular part of the farm is Tree Adventure, an attraction featuring a 50-foot-tall tree house (yes, you can climb it), an outdoor Nature Explore Classroom (think building forts with real tree branches and rocks, or making music on a giant, wooden marimba) and admittance to a flick called "Trees in the Movies." In addition, the nearby 18-hole Arbor Links Golf Course is reserved for guests.