Located in southeast Nebraska within easy distance of Omaha, Lincoln, and Kansas City, Otoe county is a lovely, rolling region of rich, cultivated soil, apple orchards, vineyards, and untamed woods. It borders the dramatic bluffs and rapid water of the Missouri River to the East and, to the West, the High Plains. Otoe, as in the Otoe Indians, is an abbreviation for Watota, which means "lovers of pleasure." And we’re sure you’ll find much pleasure discovering the geographic diversity of the area as well as the frankly surprising variety of historic, cultural, romantic and family-friendly attractions.
The region is known for its great wines, BBQ, and, of course, Apple Pie, but be sure to sample some of the local cafes and Mexican restaurants as well. You won’t get many chains in these parts, but you will find some outstanding specialty shopping boutiques: antiques, art galleries, quilt shops, clothing stores, and green goods are the favorites.
Many lovely homes are located on the town's bluffs and rolling hills. Since its most prominent citizen, J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day and was adamant about planting and preserving trees, there are beautiful parks and vistas--including his mansion, now found in Arbor Lodge State Park--found near the area.
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