Matthew and I took a mini adventure last weekend. We spent the afternoon at Too Far North tasting room, in Fort Calhoun. We were hoping for a drive filled with fall color, but I think we may have been a week too early for it. Anyhow, we had a great time hanging out with Sandy Kucera, who owns Too Far North, and trying some Nebraska wines we’d never had before. The tasting room used to be a saloon in the early 1900s. For those not into wine, Too Far North also serves a variety of Nebraska beer on tap. I always forget how close Fort Calhoun really is to Omaha — it was fun to drive just over 25 minutes and get that small town Nebraska vibe but not have a long drive ahead at the end of the night.
A friend who grew up in Blair recommended we check out the Driftwood Inn for dinner. It’s right on the banks of the Missouri and just re-opened after the floods this summer. We sat on the patio for a bit, made a new feline friend and then went inside for dinner. The view, according to one employee, has been vastly changed by the flooding, and it was rather incredible to imagine what it looked like before compared to how it looks now. The menu at Driftwood is full of simple American steakhouse food. I had a salmon steak; Matthew had shrimp and steak. The place was almost full by the time 7 p.m. rolled around.
Every once in a while, it’s good to get out of town for a night.