On Aug. 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will pass directly over Grand Island. This is a significant event, as Grand Island’s last total solar eclipse happened in the year 1194 and won’t happen again until 2744, according to The Nebraska Eclipse Coalition.
Grand Island Nebraska Convention & Visitors Bureau provided this four-day itinerary to help groups prepare for the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“With 20 years of experience, I customize every tour to meet groups’ needs and timelines,” said Tricia Beem, the bureau’s assistant director.
Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
Arrive in Grand Island in the late afternoon. Check in to a selected hotel.
Have dinner at Sutter Deli, a classic 1930s dairy-turned-deli with the best cookies in town. Select from a variety of popular group tour meals.
Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017
Visit the Glade-Donald Mansion, a 1905 shingle house. The current owner “makes the walls talk” with the history of the house, information about past owners and a guided tour. Enjoy tea and cookies.
Move on to the Hamilton-Donaldson House. Tour Frances Schaffer’s historic home, which was featured on Bob Vila’s Restore America.
Visit the Hargis House. In 1898, Andrew and Mabel Hargis purchased a half block of land for $1,025, moved in 1,500 wagonloads of dirt and built a beautiful 3-story Queen Anne-style mansion.
Prepare for a delicious meal by chef Meg Yutesler. Yutesler also will share her famous crusty artisan bread recipe.
Visit Angela McLean at Pieceful Dreams Company. McLean’s love for quilts, music and history are bound together with comedy and color.
In Railside, tour the lovely Grand Theatre, a 1930s art deco theater and enjoy a program. Stop at Prairie Pride Brewing Co. to relax.
Stop at The Chocolate Bar. Enjoy the American bistro menu, full espresso bar and a tasting class.
Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017
Head to Dannebrog, the Danish capital of Nebraska. In the mid-1870s, Danish migrants settled near the Loup River.
Visit The Pawnee Arts Center, where there’s original Pawnee art, jewelry and clothing. Groups can make and take home Pawnee pinch pots. Stay for a Native American storytelling.
Have the Danish Baker’s famous pizza for lunch in Dannebrog.
Enjoy one of the special events in dedication of the eclipse. Check out the Southern Thunder Drum and stroll though the craft fair and art show.
Have dinner at a Danish buffet.
Return to Grand Island and stop at Bill Baasch’s Wagons, the nation’s largest collection of private dray wagons and horse-drawn conveyances.
Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
Tour the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, one of the nation’s amazing living history museums.
Finish the Grand Island experience by watching the total solar eclipse, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Protective eyewear must be worn.
Grand Island Nebraska Convention & Visitors Bureau
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