I'd been wanting to see Omaha for a few years, and my alma mater's hockey team (St. Lawrence U) was playing in the UNO Ice Breaker tournament, so that served as a good excuse.
I drove out via St. Louis and Kansas City, so the drive out was broken up over several days. I drove up from the KC area on Friday. Was staying in Council Bluffs, and got in around 1:30 PM. I had lunch at Runza, which was awesome (although I sent pictures to my coworkers and they thought the Runza sandwich looked gross), then just drove around Council Bluffs a little until I could check into my motel. SLU was playing the early game, so I didn't have much time before I had to head over to the Qwest Center.
The Qwest Center is a beautiful facility. I was impressed by the variety of items at the concession stands (including gyros and veggie burgers). Not a big crowd for the SLU-Lowell game, not surprisingly during work hours on a Friday, but it filled in nicely for the late game between UNO and Army. I liked the lively student section and the fact that the non students seemed to follow their lead and get into the game. I go to a lot of OSU hockey games, living in Columbus, and it is always just dead in the Schott (which is a similarly sized arena to the Qwest).
I woke up the next morning to three inches of snow on my car, which was not real welcome, but I dealt with it. The locals seemed more adept and confident at winter driving than folks in Columbus, even though it was the first snow of the season. I drove out to the west end of town to have breakfast and go to Half Price Books. Really great selection of indie rock CDs at Half Price.
Then I drove back downtown and walked around the Old Market District for a couple hours. Thought that was very nice, some very interesting shops. The Farmer's Market was going on, which seemed a bit surreal with all the snow on the ground!
From there I went to lunch at the Bohemian Cafe. The food was so great there but there was so much of it I couldn't finish.
I drove around some more, just looking around, until it was time to go back to the Qwest Center for the SLU-Army game (having lost to Lowell the day before, they had the early game), which they won. Since it was my only full day in Omaha, I decided to skip the late game and look around the city some more. Wound up having a smoothie at a cafe in Dundee (it was all I could eat since I was still really full from lunch!). Made an early night of it since I had a very long drive the next day.
I enjoyed seeing Omaha a lot. It seems like a pretty nice city. I'm not sure I would make it back often, just given how long of a drive it is from Columbus. But it is certainly a place I would consider visiting again, especially if I had more time to look around.