We have compiled a list of the best 25 weekend trips from Omaha. Great road trip locations with unique vacation rentals, perfect for any time of year!
We have some great ideas for a weekend away at unique vacation rentals, all within about a 6 hour drive from our home in Omaha. They may be closer to you, or farther, but we thought they were great options, and have some fun choices of places to stay or fun activities to do near them. These unique rentals can be a better option than hotel rooms
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We adore unique vacation rentals, and we know we are not alone in this. VRBO offers unique places as vacation rentals like a treehouse, geodesic dome, a tiny home, shipping container, A Frame cabin, and other super unique vacation homes!. There are amazing places offered both off the grid and in cities all around the midwest and south
We have come across some unique vacation rentals that you might like to see while planning your next getaway. The featured unique vacation rentals below prioritize a location within 6 hours of our home base: Omaha, Nebraska.
Since starting Gastronom, we have been traveling all over the US and abroad. We always call our traveling “Spirited Travel” because we make sure to always make a visit to local breweries, wineries and distilleries! It’s always a great part of our trip, and we have quite a few great ones in Omaha and the surrounding areas!
We do judge a cool vacation rental rental on style, decor, location, price and fun, special amenities they may offer. We personally love to be able to cook at least breakfast for ourselves while traveling, but this is completely up to you! Equally, we love a nightcap, or a cocktail before going out to dinner, so those need to be close options, too!
Vacation Rental Features
You will enjoy your time away in any of these rental properties. Some more more than a 5 minute drive to town, and some are just a short walk to the next street. But, Jay and I are always more than willing to drive to get where we are going!
Some of the fun features we have listed in the vacation homes below are out of this world! Some are fun, some are practical, but all are things you may look for in your perfect place!
full kitchen, small kitchen or fully-equipped kitchen (there are many options!)
floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views, lake views or wildlife viewing
modern conveniences like more square feet, air conditioning, private hot tub, pool table, foosball table, smart TV, prime location close to grocery stories or other modern comforts
historic touches like wood paneling, stone walls, wood-burning fireplace, covered porch, high ceilings, wraparound porch and more!
Location: maybe a quick walk to the movie theater or local restaurants, bars or shops
Other things that you may look for are the best things or a unique experience for outdoor enthusiasts like:
a perfect getaway on a working farm or organic farm
access to a state park
ideal spot on acres of land
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Hope you check these out and plan some time away! So if you are looking for private acres with modern amenities or a great spot within walking distance of local spots with large windows, and perfect for large groups and a king bed, we have some great options below!
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These unique vacation rentals are all within 5 hours of Omaha, great for a weekend getaway, and they are all unique. We made sure they all had something interesting or quirky about them, and we think you will love these! Make sure to book a stay away soon!
This gorgoues restored mansion built in 1911 is now a perfect place to stay if you are visiitng Kansas City! Features are 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, full kitchen, air conditioning and a washer and dryer.
Located a quick drive from the Plaza, Westport and the Power and Light District!
Watching cows being milked from large windows in your very own guest barn? Yes! It's located on the New Day Dairy Farm!
Sleep with the cows in this super unique rental with all modern comforts! This unique experience includes a farm tour and continental breakfast. The space has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, front garden, porch, patio and a firepit. And obviously views of the cows!
This absolutely unique location in Kansas City features panoramic views of downtown through floor-to-ceiling windows. This is an ideal spot to enjoy a quick walk to local restaurants. Incredible views are seen from the large deck, high ceilings abound inside along with a fully-equipped kitchen, this beautiful home is a good idea!
With 4 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms there is definitely space to spread out!
This amazing retro house in Kansas City has an heated indoor swimming pool shaped like a guitar! This 6,000 square foot weekend getaway has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, plus 2 half bathrooms, too! Elvis actually stayed at this home while in Kansas City in the 1950s!
Includes a game room with pool table and arcade games, grill, projector screen and a prime location near all things in Kansas City!
This amazing historic mansion has room and fun for everyone! 9 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms are spread out in this massive home among unique vacation homes!
A splash pad, putting green, fire pit and basketball court outside. A commercial kitchen with (3!) dishwashers, a bee themed tea room, a game room with ping pong, shuffleboard, arcade games and more inside!
Ideal spot for large groups with modern amenities in a historical setting.
This gorgeous townhouse has been redone with all modern conveniences, but has historic charm. 3 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms makes for a tidy and pretty place to rest your head. The patio is where this property shines and backs up to the limestone bluffs that Dubuque is known for, giving the patio a secluded and private feel!
This gorgeous mansion in Galena, Illinois was built by a brewer from Bavaria in 1842. It features a cellar that was once his brewery and tavern. It has hot water heated floors, a dry bar, electric fireplace and shuffleboard, along with room to enjoy a cold beer!
Also a private patio and yard with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, this property is walkable to Main Street in Galena.
This unique vacation rental is truly a tiny home! The perfect getaway full of privacy in the heart of Kansas City! This 23 foot trailer is a 1 bed and 1 bath (with a real flushing toilet) with ice cold air conditioning for those hot summer days!
A hot tub on the deck, Smart TV and more combime for a truly unique rental property!
This unique vacation rental is located in an old flour mill next to a river. 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths make it cozy and a great location for biking, fishing and kayaking. A living room futon is available for extra guests.
There is another studio apartment available on the property (sleeps 6) and they can be connected by an inner staircase, so keep it in mind for larger groups!
Located 15 miles from Galena, Illinois, these Rustic Cottages are the perfect place to get away. No cable TV or internet is available on the property. There is a 15-20 minute drive to Galena, but close to outdoor activities and even a winery!
The property is located on 7 acres of land, and there are other short-term rentals on the property. Wildlife viewing is sure to happen in this great place!
This nautical themed home is a fun brick cottage in Galena, Illinois. Small with just 2 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms, this home is located a short walk to shopping areas and restaurants. Take advantage of the covered porch views of the Galena river!
This small but well appointed eclectic apartment isn't too small to have a formal dining room! 2 bedrooms and 1 bath can host 4 easily in a 100 year old home. 6 foot farm sink in the kitchen and a close drive to all KC has to offer!
This adorable converted filling station is a must stay! Small, but cute, it features a fenced yard with a shaded patio and gas grill. Small kitchen with all you may need. And take your pick of quite a few Nebraska State Parks to go to nearby!
This unique tiny home is on an 80 acre property with some other tiny homes nearby. An outdoor hot tub, deck and firepit make for great times outside. Inside find wifi and tv, washer and dryer, wood floors and wood paneling. 3 beds and 1 bath in this space, as well as stunning views!
This Kansas City retreat is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath vacation home with 2 living rooms, sauna, game room with mini bar, sonic ice machine, and workout room on the bottom floor. Full kitchen and bedrooms on the top floor.
Walking distance to breweries, bars and restaurants.
This Crofton Cabin has great views of the river, and a lot of room to spread out across all the floors of the A frame cabin by a spiral staircase. Near a state recreation area and golf couse, with nearby hiking trails.
Tiki hut on deck with grill, hot tub, fire pit and wood-burning stove.
This 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in Gretna is a family fun oasis for sure! Outside is a kids (and adult) paradise! Covered patio with gas fireplace and grill, exercise pool, hot tub, basketball court, in ground trampoline! There is also a media room inside.
1 mile walking trail to restaurants, so close to a lot of things!
An amazing waterfront home on the Lake of the Ozarks, this vacation home is also located on a golf course! So much for everyone to do with a 40 foot private pool, boat slip, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and more in this 6 bedroom, 4.5 bath house!
Enjoy the lake views from this spectacular home among many vacation homes in the area.
This unique rustic location is on some lakes and is a super private getaway on 35 acres! 1 bed area (loft) and 1 bathroom, which is in an outbuilding, but has a shower!
Centrally located between Wichita, Hutchinson and Newton, Kansas. Features include a firepit, kitchenette, tv, covered bar area outside with fridge and picnic table, grill and more! You need to bring towels, toiletries and bedding, but the fun awaits!
This unique vacation rental is in an old Santa Fe caboose! With a queen bed, kitchenette, and full bathroom just outside the caboose (but still inside!), this unique location is fun for train nuts and people that love interesting places to stay!
A vacation rental in this case in in a unique container set up on a 400 acre organic farm. Perfect for trail hiking, stargazing and more! With a large deck, firepit, grill, porch swing, hot tub, and even a washer and a dryer, this is the perfect getaway!
This gorgeous luxury downtown loft is large and perfect for a big group. 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms have tall ceilings, and a large common room with the kitchen and living room. 3000 square feet perfect to spread out!
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