Follow the Rails Art Trail Motor Coach Itinerary

bus tourTourism in rural Nebraska is economic development, that is the catalyst that has driven the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway organization to host for the sixth year the ‘ Follow the Rails Art Trail’  This offering has the handiwork of over 100 artists and the fabulous fall foliage on the 272 miles of the Sndhills Joruney Scenic Byway, NE Hwy 2, October 14 to 16, 2016. One can take the tour at your leisure, or in the comfort of a modern day prairie schooner, as Arrow Stagelines will do the driving. This 3 night, 4 day tour booked through Allied Tour and Travel of Norfolk is $575 double occupancy, and includes meals. There is also a west to east bus, same price leaving Denver to Alliance on the 13th. Contact Allied at

720 E. Norfolk Ave., Norfolk, NE.  68701 * p) 402-371-3840 * f) 402-371-3267. Tentative schedule east to west


Follow-the-Rails ART TOUR

Oct 13-16, 2016


Thursday, October 13—Depart Omaha and Lincoln for travel to Grand Island this afternoon.  Check in at the Comfort Inn followed by a Reception at the Stuhr Museum.  Enjoy the Stuhr Museum and wine & appetizers from Cedar Hills Winery.  Enjoy time in the newly renovated Stuhr Building which houses art & historical exhibits.


Friday, October 14—A full day of touring awaits!  We begin our touring in DT Grand Island for a visit to Studio K Gallery where owner Karen Neppl welcomes us.  A perfect place for a cup of coffee and pastry is right next door at The Chocolate Bar. And be sure to stop in Baurtenbach’s Gift shop also!  The Roots Museum is our next stop where we learn all about the history of Cairo and the surrounding area from 1870 to present day. Just outside of Ravena on Hwy 2, we find Cedar Hills Vineyard where we enjoy beautiful views, and a light lunch   We begin our afternoon of sightseeing at Security State Bank in Ansley, where we see a special art exhibit from The Museum of Nebraska Art.   In Broken Bow we are welcomed by the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway Visitors Center.  Plus time will be given at the Broken Bow Town Square where you can visit Prairie Grounds, Wild Rose Gallery, Chapins Furniture, the Ortello Dales Shop (a Nebr. Passport stop) & Custer County Museum and Art on the Square sponsored by KBEAR 92.3 radio. We wind up our day with dinner at the KinKaider Brewery and overnight at the Arrow Hotel.


Saturday, October 15—We are off to Merna for a stop at the Secret Garden. We’ll do a loop through the only national forest near Halsey with leg stretching the Mullen Art Center. Next stop is Ashby where the Congregational Church Ladies host us for lunch and where local artists will be found along the streets displaying their talents.   You’ll also enjoy time at CaLinda’s Pot Shop & Art Gallery (a Nebr. Passport stop) where we see Linda Lacy’s unique clay pottery and paintings.  The Ashby Lumber Company features beautiful floral artistery and handmade cedar woodworks.    Learn how the “Boom & Bust: of the Antioch Potash Plant played an important part in Nebraska History.  Continuing on to Alliance we visit Sweet Bre’s Floral and Gifts which features fresh floral arrangement, silk wreaths, unique gifts and more.  We also visit Newberry’s culinary shop (a Nebr. Passport stop), Studio A with it’s handmade quilts and art, BlueBirds Shop and Stephs Studio.  The Carnegie Arts Center welcomes us next to browse their galleries featuring various exhibits before our last stop of the day which will be the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center.  This innovation museum features five areas of local history including:  Life in the Sandhills, Native American Life, Life in the Country, Life in the Town and The Railroad that tied it all together.  Dinner is included followed by a wine tasting at Hoffhaus Gardens with featured artist Tim Hoff.  Overnight stay is at the Holiday Inn Express.


Sunday, October 16—We head for home today after an eventful weekend of stops along the Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway..   We stop Thedford to view their Hereford Art & History display as well as art from the various artists, members and consignors. The museum will also be opened, allowing two places for restrooms.  A brown bag lunch is included.  We’ll return to Lincoln and Omaha early this evening.


For more information, contact SJSB president, Linda Lacy of Ashby at or call her at 308-458-8051