Currently home to five Fortune 500 companies, and six others on the Fortune 1000 list, Omaha is a bustling hub for national and international business travellers. For those looking to breakup the boardroom boredom and meeting monotony, there’s plenty to explore in Omaha, from the lively social scene and superior dining options to captivating sites and superb shopping. Take a look at our guide to being on business in Nebraska’s biggest city.
Where to stay: Possibly the most popular area for business in Omaha, the Old Market District is a short shuttle ride from the airport and overflowing with upscale accommodations. For a picturesque stay in downtown Omaha, Embassy Suites offers cosy digs with botanical courtyard views. With the shops and restaurants of the Old Market a stone’s throw from the concierge desk, Embassy Suites hotel is ideal while visiting on business. There’s also the sleek Hilton Omaha, located across the street from Omaha’s Century Link Center, a common conference destination.
When it comes to staying in Omaha’s popular Midtown area, Element Omaha is a popular choice. Near the offices of Fortune 500 company, Mutual of Omaha, Element is an eco-friendly hotel offering studio suites perfect for long visits. Enjoy your complimentary breakfast before walking the shops of Midtown Crossing, or borrow one of Element’s guest bikes for a vigorous workout before enjoying their complimentary happy hour exclusive to guests from 5:30pm to 7pm, Monday through Thursday.
Where to eat: You’re stomach will thank you for doing business in Omaha. With award winning restaurants and lounges around every corner, you’ll want to get out and sample what this city has to offer. Treat your associates to a classy dining experience at the Old Market’s V. Mertz or Sullivan’s Steakhouse, both fantastic choices for impressing colleagues and potential business partners. The Market House and Le Bouillon are delicate options for the adventurous pallet. From a locally sourced tapas menu to on-point French cuisine, you can’t go wrong with either of these Omaha eateries.
Top sights: For the visitor looking for a taste of local culture, visit Omaha’s Benson neighbourhood. Located north of Midtown between 52nd and 72nd on Maple Street, Benson offers one of the city’s most eclectic experiences. Lot2 makes affordable dining an upscale experience. Hand crafted plates carefully illustrate season selections like pumpkin risotto with watercress pesto and pumpkin seed, or Plum Creek Farm’s chicken spaetzle with fig, mushroom, cabbage and bacon.
If you’re the Ron Burgundy type, looking enjoy a nice scotch and cigar after a long day at work, visit Jake’s Cigars and Spirits on the corner of 62nd and Maple Streets. Benson’s Beercade is another great option for letting loose, with 30 beers on tap and two floors of classic arcade games.
Recharge with a relaxing stroll through one of Omaha’s stunning museums. The Joslyn Art Museum’s beautiful marble frame is home to some of the world’s most cherished works including Jackson Pollock, Renoir and Matisse. A few miles east of the Joslyn, on the edge of the Old Market, is Omaha’s contemporary Bemis Center. Here, visitors spend hours contemplating the complexity and craftsmanship of the museum’s resident artists.
Great gifts: While on business in Omaha, sneak in some shopping time and grab a few gifts from the Old Market stores. The Passageway Gallery offers original works in multiple mediums from a range of local artists. Curbside Clothing is an independent clothing store for men and women featuring apparel with handmade designs and original prints. City Limits offers a wide range of hilarious and creative gifts from greeting cards to wall art and refrigerator magnets, while music enthusiasts will love a gift from Homer’s, Omaha’s original record store and a member of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores.
Going local: Every business trip comes with a series of social hours. Luck for you, happy hour is more of an art form in Omaha. For low key lounging over a bottle of wine, try Nosh Wine Lounge or House of Loom in the Old Market. Regularly hosting the city’s best DJ’s, Capitol Nightclub is the go-to spot for getting your dance on downtown. If you’re looking for a niche place to network, check out Omaha’s Wilson and Washburn or the Dubliner Pub.
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Written by Michelle Bazis