Sometimes circumstances happen that we rail against, but end up turning out for the better. So went our genealogy trip to the Albion, Nebraska area. We had initially planned to use our RV (for the first time), but the weather conspired against us, with frigid temperatures and winter storm warnings. Mark decided that now was not the time to un-winterize the RV, only to have to winterize it again to account for this never-ending winter.
That meant we had to seek lodging in Northeast Nebraska, and happened upon the Crystal Key Inn in Newman Grove.
Photo courtesy of Crystal Key Inn
Earl and Diane accepted our reservation on very short notice, and provided us with a comfortable, warm and delightfully decorated "Garden View" room.
After anticipating our trip for several weeks and expecting balmy spring temperatures only to experience bitter cold wind with the prospect of blowing snow the next day, this was truly heaven-sent.
Our innkeepers pride themselves on being excellent local tour guides. The Crystal Key Inn is a great hub-and-spoke headquarters for experiencing Northeast Nebraska. They are centrally located among numerous golf courses, lakes, wildlife preserves and other attractions. You'll welcome coming home to such a comfortable room after a day of exploring the area.
Of course, the "breakfast" in the "Bed and Breakfast" was wonderful. Earl and Diane served up fresh fruit and homemade granola, and special-recipe cornmeal pancakes with sausage.
Being the curious tourism professional that I am, I requested a tour, and even though they are just prepping their rooms for the busy season, Earl and Diane graciously acquiesced.
Our room is on the main floor, and while not 100% ADA accessible, is certainly convenient enough for most folks to access. On the second floor are three guest rooms, all with at least a half bath. There is a shared complete bath located on this floor. On the delightful third floor is a true gem of a retreat. Located under the eaves with imaginative nooks and crannies that peer out over the grounds, this is the perfect room to select for a family - especially if you have young maidens who like to pretend castles and knights in shining armor!
Earl and Diane are dedicated to keeping their regional and Nebraska tourism strong and are unceasing advocates for their industry. They are active in the Nebraska Association of Bed and Breakfast and strive for the utmost professionalism - and helping other innkeepers achieve their best as well.
When you go:
Crystal Key Inn
314 South 4th Street, Newman Grove, NE, 68758