For the last few years, we’ve enjoyed purchasing half a beef from one of Steve’s colleagues who is also a local farmer. This year, they had the beef processed at the meat locker in Wahoo, Nebraska, so we thought we’d make the 55-mile drive from our home in Crete to pick up our packaged beef one Saturday morning.

Perhaps most recognized as the former “home office” of The Late Night with David Letterman Show, we were somewhat surprised to find Wahoo a quaint town and a great place to spend the day.

The Wahoo Locker was fantastic. Not only do they process and sell meat, they also make and sell fresh soups and salads and operate a catering business. The store is just the kind that entices a visitor to shop around and we enjoyed seeing all of the kitchen supplies, food items, and even wine.

We purchased a few kitchen gadgets we don’t know how we ever lived without, and couldn’t resist a package of the Wahoo Wieners we’d heard so much about, accompanied by freshly baked buns. They did not disappoint.

We are so excited to fill our deep freeze with half an all-natural Nebraska beef.

We are so excited to fill our deep freeze with half an all-natural Nebraska beef.

After loading the back of our truck with boxes and coolers full of meat, we decided to stay in Wahoo for lunch and drove over to the Wigwam Cafe.

The Wigwam Cafe is unique because it has been open and continuously operating since the 1930’s. Through the years, many owners have put their personal touches into the business, but all seem to have respected the idea that quality food is most important

Tubes of popular kolache fillings like poppyseed, apricot, and lemon.

Tubes of popular kolache fillings like poppyseed, apricot, and lemon.

for a restaurant. Ann had a grilled chicken club sandwich, and Steve had a hot beef

sandwich. For dessert, we split a piece of their famous banana cream pie. We would recommend this as a nice place for a meal should you ever be in Wahoo and want to have good food while enjoying some of the friendliest service around.

After lunch, we noticed an interesting-looking store nearby called Warehouse Surplus and Variety. It piqued our interest, and we went inside.

So glad we did! What an interesting store, filled with five-and-dime-type items and in the back, warehouse food supplies including everything you’d need to make kolaces (a Czech tradition) and a huge variety of spices at great prices.

We picked up some poppy seeds, crushed Rosemary, and sesame seeds and were on our way.

Spices galore!

Spices galore!

What we thought would be a quick trip to Wahoo to pick up some meat, ended up being a wonderful Saturday spent exploring this great Nebraska town. If you’re looking for something different to do off the beaten path, swing through Wahoo–it has a lot to offer.

  • Just over two years ago, we stopped in Pawhuska to have lunch at Ree Drummond's @PWMercantile. From the person opening the door for us to the folks tending the line giving us water, we felt welcome from the moment we set foot in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.⁣
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But it turns out it wasn't just @thepioneerwoman and her husband, Ladd, who went above and beyond to welcome visitors. No, it turns out what they did was just par for the course in this town that's home to some of the friendliest and most welcoming people we've met in all our travels. ⁣
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So we bought a house there. We got it in part, so we could be a part of the community we've come to love. But we also got it so we could help welcome folks to town and let them know how glad we are they came to visit. Come and see Pawhuska. And when you do, stay awhile.
  • Fried dill pickles are a little different in North Dakota than they are in most other places we've been. Instead of just dipping some dill chips in batter, dropping them in the fryer, and then serving them in a basket with ranch, the folks there take their time and make a dish to remember.⁣
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They start with a dill pickle spear, wrap that in Havarti cheese, then put a wonton wrapper around it all. Then, they fry it, and slice it open just so before serving them alongside a spicy aioli dipping sauce. We had these at a complimentary meal at Outlaws Bar and Grill in @visitwilliston, North Dakota.⁣
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Let's be honest, these pickles are just one of many reasons we look forward to our return to @northdakotalegendary next year.
  • Have you ever had the chance to watch a cruise ship come into or leave port? These massive ships, often 1,000 feet or more long, can maneuver themselves by the dock so gently that you don't even realize you've stopped (or started) moving.⁣
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In Bermuda, we had the chance to watch the Norwegian Escape depart. We watched as she pushed away from the dock, then spun 180 degrees on a point before heading out to sea.⁣
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We've seen ships do this dozens of times. In fact, we've been on ships and have been part of this type of maneuvering dozens of times. And yet, given the sheer size of the vessels, it never ceases to impress.
  • You know you want to. Do it. Just book the ticket and go. At the end of your life, you likely won't remember most of the stuff you bought in 2019, but you will always remember the journey you took and the experiences you had. So enrich your life and go. We've never regretted spending money for a trip.
  • This just might be the sweetest, best pecan roll we've ever had. At the @PWMercantile, they bake these delicious treats daily. Covered in a luscious caramel and finely chopped pecans, these rolls are the stuff dreams are made of. Have you had one?
  • Smack in the middle of Portland, Oregon, we found the International Rose Test Garden. Set on 4.5 acres of land, the garden offers visitors a chance to see 10,000 rose bushes from about 650 different varieties. ⁣
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We spent more than an hour walking the carefully tended paths, snapping photos, and just enjoying the beautiful flowers. Our visit here made us glad that we literally scheduled time on this trip to stop and smell the roses.
  • Set in a renovated middle school in Grinnell, Iowa, Hotel Grinnell is one of our favorite boutique hotels. The owner thoughtfully designed the space and included touches from school including “Hall Pass” key card sleeves, and a bar cleverly named, “The Periodic Table.” We wrote a story on this hotel, you can read all about it on our blog. Link in bio. @hotelgrinnell #hosted @traveliowa
  • Everyone has a happy place, a spot where the world melts away and a sense of relaxation and calm settles in. For Steve, this place is on board a cruise ship, out on open water. He can spend hours sitting and watching the water, the ship's wake, and looking out for other ships. He loves soaking up the sun and fresh ocean air while cruising along on the sea. ⁣
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What's your happy place? ⁣
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