Valentine Journals

With ♥ from Valentine, Nebraska

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An August 2004 trip to Valentine by btwood2

·	Main Street, Valentine, Nebraska Photo, Valentine, Nebraska More Photos
Quote: Our stay in this heartland Heart City included an auto tour and nature hike at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge and the best steak we’d ever tasted at the Peppermill Steakhouse. In nearby Cody, we continued to perfect "the art of doing nothing".

With ♥ from Valentine, Nebraska

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Overview

·	Main Street, Valentine, Nebraska Photo, Valentine, Nebraska
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Valentine, on the northern edge of the Sand Hills of Nebraska, is a real charmer. It’s big enough (population 2800+) to maintain several home-cooking-quality restaurants, ten motels, including one named "Your Own Home", numerous retail stores and businesses, a bank that’s more like a museum, and a couple of actual museums. Valentine is a cattle industry town today, with weekly auctions year-round attracting ranchers from all over the state. Segwaying up Main: The North-South highway through town (Main Street) is devoid of traffic after dinner. This allows the locals to get out and play. While I was off exploring side streets, Bob found where the action was, right on Main. Don’t ever ...Read More

Valentine City Park

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Hotel

Valentine City Park Photo, Valentine, Nebraska
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Best Things Nearby:Charming prairie town of Valentine, the National Scenic Niobrara River, prime waterway for canoeing, kayaking, and rafting, Smith Falls (the tallest waterfall in Nebraska at 70 feet), Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, and the best sirloin steak in the U.S.A.Best Things About the Resort:Most campsites are streamside, tree-shaded, or both. It’s a really lovely area, well-maintained yet natural, and family-friendly.Resort Experience:We had a little bit of trouble locating this park, as we’d imagined it to be as most city parks, fairly centrally located. Yet, as we continued to drive up Main Street, we were almost out of town and figured we’d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

Valentine City Park
North Main Street (just outside town)
Valentine, Nebraska
402-376-2323

Peppermill & E.K. Valentine Lounge

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Restaurant | "Peppermill Steakhouse"

Peppermill & E.K. Valentine Lounge Photo, Valentine, Nebraska
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I kid you not. At Peppermill Steakhouse, Bob and I ate THE BEST steak we’d eaten in our entire lives. Combined, that’s 123 years! After the first few bites of this heavenly center cut sirloin, we looked at one another and mumbled something like, "WOW, this IS amazingly good, isn’t it?," followed by strong affirmative nodding and continued silent and appreciative eating. The menu had promised, You have never had a sirloin like this before. Never. But menus always promise stuff like that, yet often don’t deliver. This time, the menu was right. This sirloin could make a beef-eater out of me, and that’s saying a lot. It was our first night in Valentine, and we’d spotted Peppermill’s no-...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

Peppermill & E.K. Valentine Lounge
502 East Highway 20
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
402-376-2800

Cherry County Historical Society Museum

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Attraction

Cherry County Historical Society Museum Photo, Valentine, Nebraska
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Located around the corner from Valentine Visitor Center, this museum doesn’t look like much from the outside. But for the long banner sign above the doorway, it looks more like a variegated brick-siding house, which it very well may have been before the historical society moved in. Once inside, though, it becomes apparent this museum is chock-full of good stuff. Displays are housed in two large rooms and a smaller front room, with table and chairs for those interested in doing historic research. The museum is in possession of newspaper clippings, files, and genealogical records dating back to1884. Historic photographs and portraits line the walls, including one of city namesake E. K. Valentin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

Cherry County Historical Society Museum
South Main Street and W. Highway 20
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
402/376-2015

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

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Attraction

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge Photo, Valentine, Nebraska
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Four miles outside of Valentine, this 19,131-acre, pond-studded wildlife refuge is permanent or temporary home to 230 species of birds, bison, elk, deer, and a thriving prairie dog town. Other mammals found here are bobcat, weasel, beaver, otter, coyote, rabbit, skunk, porcupine, mink, muskrat and squirrel. Its rich and unique ecosystem includes six plant communities: eastern tallgrass sandhill prairie, western shortgrass prairie, mixed needleandthread-grama prairie, Rocky Mountain coniferous forest, eastern deciduous forest, and northern boreal forest. Running through it all is the spring fed Niobrara River. The springs’ source is the massive Ogallala Aquifer, a natural underground reservoir t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2005

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge
4 miles east of Valentine on Highway 12
Valentine, Nebraska 69201
402/376-2793

·	Cody City Park Photo, Valentine, Nebraska
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Driving east on Highway 20 to Valentine, Nebraska, I read to my husband Bob from the Highway 20 to Adventure brochure: "Cody has a city park with free overnight electrical hookups". He responded, "Let’s check it out". We pulled off our motor home at mile marker 160, immediately encountering the ubiquitous aging grain elevator common to just about every Midwestern town. Just beyond was the park, with a few kids playing on the swings in the dappled sunlight under the trees. Sure enough, though there were no RVs, we spotted what looked to be electrical hookups (30 amp) for four units. A man power-mowing the grass came by and confirmed that we could stay here. As Bob backed into the site, I n...Read More

Sand Hill Country and Mari Sandoz

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Story/Tip

·	Highway 20 through the Sand Hills Photo, Valentine, Nebraska
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Valentine is on the northern edge of the "sea" of sand dunes known as Sand Hill Country. I’d heard about the Sand Hills and didn’t have high expectations, but they all but stole the show. The land is wide, open, and hilly, with far vistas, sparse human population, and clean air. Here I discovered the writings of Mari Sandoz, daughter of Old Jules, the first of many books she wrote about this area and people who lived here from the 1880s on. Reading Old Jules, purchased at Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, as we traveled through the Sand Hills was like touching history. Mari Sandoz recounts her family’s lives in authentic yet eloquent voice. Her straightforw...Read More

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btwood2

btwood2
Rodeo, New Mexico