After two bad experiences missing something I really cared about to go to someone's wedding, I have decided that I will never again do that. The only exception would have been my own wedding. And I'm already married.
I gave up a concert ticket once upon a time to go to a relative's wedding. He and his wife did not even send a card when I got married. That one really stung. So...not skipping fun stuff for weddings ever again. If someone was getting married on the Saturday of Nats, the one time I'll ever get to go (unless Omaha gets it again someday), I would have said "have a nice time, I can't make it!"
Recent articles about some good Omaha restaurants:
M's Pub is in the Old Market downtown:
The slide show includes some other great Omaha restaurants to consider.
And the best reviewed restaurants of 2012:
V. Mertz is also in the Old Market. Block 16 is downtown. Blatt Beer & Table is pretty close to the arena, near the new ballpark.
I can do my best to answer other Omaha questions anyone has. Just ask!
Any word on the long range forecast for the city? As we get closer, it would be great to have some idea about the weather. I don't expect it to be warm, but I do want to do some walking. In my town it has been very very cold - about 3-19 degrees. I would love to think Omaha will be up to freezing. Is Omaha windy as a general rule?
Also, what are the distances like. Are the blocks short blocks? Do you know about how many blocks to a mile? One answer I found was about 12 blocks to a mile. Is that about right?
One walking warning--Omaha is not flat, particularly the farther east in the city you go and downtown and the arena is on the river--the easternmost point. City blocks are about what you have found. It is a pretty good distance to the Old Market from the hotels around the arena, but many offer shuttle services to get you there (I know the Hilton does for sure). There are a number of good restaurants there as I linked and interesting shops--mostly locally owned. There is nice walking around the riverfront area which is not far from the arena and official hotels.
One thing I have learned in life....unless you are a really important part of an event, you wont be missed much. There are pleanty of other people there for others to talk to. If you are really an important part...say, the groom, ...you will be consulted first before a date is set for the event. Honest. If you are not consulted, you arent as important as you think you are!!! Got my tickets today! So happy....everyone who is going...dont forget to wear orange so we all can recognize each other.....worked out well at SA-Kent, didnt it Mrs. P and Doris? Lots of good info over on the "other" forum about restaurants....
sadly we arent going this year due to us having a house built. It closes in Feb, so I can use my credit cards again after that. Not that Im counting down the minutes or anything
My husband's and my favorites in the Old Market are M's Pub, Stokes, Zio's Pizza, Upstream Brewery and Roja. For wine, don't miss La Buvette. Wheatfield's has divine baked goods and if it is not too cold for ice cream, check out Ted & Wally's.
The Hilton's restaurant has amazing, but very pricey, steak. Our favorite place for steak or prime rib is The Drover which is away from downtown. Link: http://www.droverrestaurant.com/
Another local favorite of ours, away from downtown, is The Brazen Head Irish Pub. Link: