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“Fun time at the Calaums.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Calamus Outfitters

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Calamus Outfitters
Shawnee, KS
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“Fun time at the Calaums.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2008

We stayed in a room in the big lodge and we had a group of 38 people (so we used both lodges). Very nice lodging with all the amenities that you'd want. Very scenic location in the sandhills. One of the most interesting things we did (other than boating and hanging out at the beaches at the Calamus reservoir) was cooking steaks over the wood-fired grill that is located behind the big lodge. Some of the best steak I've ever had.

  • Liked — Amount of room available for our group of 38.
  • Disliked — Distance from the lodge to the lake.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2008

I have just returned from a stay at the Calamus Outfitters. My specific reason for the visit was for viewing birds that I have never seen before. The Switzer's Ranch has breeding/nesting grounds for both the Greater Prairie Chicken and Sharp-tailed Grouse.
Calamus Outfitters offers a package that includes lodging, meals and guided tours to the "leks" of both birds that is an excellent value. The accommodations are warm and comfortable, the home cooked meals were delicious and the trips to the "leks" unforgettable. Using school buses as bird blinds gave me an opportunity to view one of natures spectacles up close. It was an amazing experience.

  • Liked — Lodge was warm and welcoming, cozy and comfortable.
  • Disliked — Nothing to dislike
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
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Omaha
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2006

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Calamus Outfitters near Burwell Nebraska. The hosts were very helpful, the cabins were new and very clean and the location was beautiful. The cabins are a little on the small size. They each have two sets of bunk beds (one queen and one twin size). The kitchenette had a microwave and refrigerator. A stove would have been nice.

Calamus Outfitters is just across the highway from Calamus Lake. They offer horseback riding, tank (yes, you float in a horse tank) trips on the Calamus river and many other side trips. We did both and really enjoyed them. The horseback ride was great because it is tailored to your ability. Not just a nose to tail ride. The Sandhills scenery is beautiful! This most definitely is a place to “get away from it all”.

The night skies are not to be forgotten. The stars at night are overwhelming. In all honesty, the night skies are more than enough reason to plan a stay in the Sandhills. The peace and quiet is wonderful. There are no TV’s or internet in the cabins and the kids were able to entertain themselves without the usual toys. That was wonderful! There are plenty horses and things for the kinds to entertain themselves with.

Stayed June 2006
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8 Thank OmahaFamily
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Additional Information about Calamus Outfitters

Property: Calamus Outfitters
Address: 83720 Valley View Ave, Burwell, NE 68823-3121
Location: United States > Nebraska > Burwell
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Burwell
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Calamus Outfitters Hotel Burwell

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