11 Homestead Highlights that Won’t Bore Your Boots Off

Set the GPS towards Crawford, NE to Meet Neal and Heather Wolhart, High Plains Homestead owners, for some wholesome hospitality.

High Plains Homestead

Expect nothing short of “out of the way and out of the ordinary” here.  This RV park and “Glampground” rests on a 40-acre land backing up to Oglala National Grasslands with an 1800s frontier homesteading village smack in the middle. We thought it would be a good idea to adventure out to the rest of our beautiful state (with the Nebraska Wine Passport as our guide). When searching for “must-sees in Nebraska,” High Plains Homestead popped up. We knew we would need to make a night of it. In this blog, I’ll tell you the highlights of High Plains Homestead from a couple of “city folk.” 

Midwest hospitality at its finest.  

Upon arrival, Heather (owner) personally checked us in and showed us the ropes! She gave advice, cracked a few jokes, and made us feel the utmost welcome. After the tour, she invited my boyfriend and me back to the saloon later for some dinner (should we please). You don’t get that type of hospitality anywhere else. 

Lie under a blanket of stars. When the sunsets and the world is quiet, lay down and let the stars be your blanket! There’s something almost spiritual about this experience – connecting with Earth and all the beautiful things it has to offer.

Tie up your pony and settle in, partner! The Homesteader Honeymoon Suite room has a queen bed, a private bathroom, and all the essentials. We love the charm of the 1800s decor – an old iron, vintage sewing desk, and cigar boxes with white gloves. Couples who get married on the Homestead get the room free on their wedding night. We did not get the place open because it’s still not our wedding night. Can someone let Josh know he’s missing’ out on some killer deals? 

All the rooms have great views!

Run where the wild things are.

Two donkeys, a big ole buffalo, and cats plenty keep you right where the crazy things are. We loved snapping pictures of animals, even living in Nebraska, that we don’t see too often.

Homestead Your Heart Away.

Enjoy popular activities such as geocaching, birdwatching, fossil hunting, playing in the photo-friendly town, and hunting of all kinds. Families of all sizes gather for “glamping get-together”, group retreats (for the day of the week), church or school camps in the Bunkhouse cabins, or recreational camping (RV or tent).

We wish we stayed longer!

Celebrate right in the saloon. 

As mentioned above, Heather (owner) said to meet back at the saloon for some “family fun” as her in-laws were in town. Of course, Josh and I obliged and headed towards the swinging doors (with wine in hand). We sang off-key to happy birthday and smashed on some cake. What an experience. Thanks again, Walharts!

Playing in the village is fun!

 Movies like Billy the Kid and Little House on the Prairie set expectations in our head for what a “homesteading village” could be. And we must say, this was better! The 1800s frontier ghost town more than what we could ever imagine. They have it set up to go inside each building, play with props and snap pictures. I believe most of the items are originals (please don’t quote me). There’s an old jailhouse, post office, blacksmith barn, mercantile, and of course, the saloon.

Being “locked up” is a good thing.

Master swindler Josh Nieman painstakingly spends years forging documents and land grants that will make his not-wife and him undisputed owners of the entire state of Nebraska. Jail time was time well spent – complete with a cowboy hat, coat, and a “wanted” sign.

Home-cooking made easy!

They are currently looking for a restaurant or food service at the Homestead. However, they offer a newly finished and fully equipped community kitchen available for guests’ cooking needs. We didn’t utilize this because we were only staying for one night but totally would next time!

See 360 degree cotton candy skies.

Nebraska sunsets are spectacular, and I think the pictures can do the talking! There are views for 360 degrees – grab your camera or sit in the calmness of the rolling hills.

High Plains Homestead

The mercantile has treasures.

 It’s where you check-in for your visit, but stay to shop for unique treasures! Local artists and crafters have their products for sale (and they’re always looking for more consignors). They have you covered for Nebraska made snacks, crackers from the barrel, dried goods, and an assortment of candy. Don’t leave town without grabbin’ a sasparilla for the road, you hear! 

Just a few miles away is Toadstool National Park.

You can hike up and around the ‘shroom-looking’ figures, go for a pony-ride, or meet a true scout for guidance here. We made the short trail at sunrise to catch some cool pictures (and so we could get on the road quicker). in the Northwest corner of Nebraska, High Plains Homestead quickly became a highlight of our annual family trip (and we think it should be on yours too).

Whether you are coming with the family or shipping your honeymoon, High Plains Homestead belongs on your bucket list. There are so many fun activities for one day or one week! Spend some time connecting with your family, friends, and yourself at this little Homestead getaway. 

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