Since we're nearing Valentine's Day, it's tempting to pen something regarding romantic events going on in fabulous Midtown. But with every retail store and tv commercial reminding us to make our love-inspired purchases soon, I'd rather chat about another romantic holiday that's approaching quickly and often under-celebrated.
What's that you say? President's Day is not a romantic holiday?
Well, traditionally, no, but you can add a little romance to any holiday to make it special.
Have you clicked away yet? No? Whew. Thanks. Hang with me here and hear me out.
First, a brief history of President's Day according to the History Channel website:
Presidents’ Day was originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington (rumored to be quite the romantic fellow). February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. (And I'm thankful.) While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.
So, even if you're a big fan of Millard Fillmore or Warren G. Harding, celebrate away!
Might I suggest starting your romantic holiday with a stroll across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge? The #2 bus running down Douglas Street can get you down to it at 705 Riverfront Drive so you don't have to hassle with parking. Even in February's cold blue-gray palette, the bridge is a lovely place to visit. Wear and hat and mittens (and matching windproof Balaclavas if need be) and you'll be fine. If you squint a little the Missouri River looks a like the Potomac River.
Now that's romantic.
"A Romantic President's Day in Omaha? What better way to love your country, break tradition, add a spark to a winter day, and spend time with someone you love?"
There's a designated spot on the bridge where you can stand in both Nebraska and Iowa. It's the perfect spot to gaze into your sweetheart's eyes and present your love with some made-with-love American Regal Eagle cookies. A nice, romantic touch would be to add a little red frosting heart to each bird.
Next, you're off to the Farnam House Brewing Company at nearby 3558 Farnam Street, for fabulous hearty dishes made with fresh, local fare. That's pretty darn American if you ask me. And while you're there, enjoy their very own craft beer along with special brews: Brett beers, barrel-aged brews, sours, local hard ciders, and more. According to their website, they brew in their basement brew house in what used to be the vault of Crandell Furs. You can still see the original safe doors on your way into the brewery.
And that's just groovy.
After a great meal, you're back home at the cozy Condos at 3000 Farnam to snuggle in and watch a (sorta) romantic, patriotic themed flick on Netflix. Just a short list of suggestions here:
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
The American President
Follow up with some easy-to-make red, white, and blue cheesecakes for dessert.
If you're the creative type, you could pen a romantic, patriotic poem. Here's the first line just to get it started...."Your eyes shine like 50 stars....
What better way to love your country, break tradition, add a spark to a winter day, and spend time with someone you love?