Omaha Metro Area Tourism Awards Announced

The Daily Record

Votes have been counted and results are in for the 2021 Omaha Metropolitan Area Tourism Awards.

The awards recognize the best tourism businesses in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties, and were nominated and voted on by the public. More than 6,000 votes were cast to decide winners in the three counties in four categories.

In Douglas County, the best attraction winner was Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Second place was Hot Shops Art Center. Honorable mentions included  Lauritzen Gardens, the Old Market, General Crook House Museum and Omaha Performing Arts.

The best hotel winner was Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. Second placew was Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel. Honorable mentions included Magnolia Hotel Omaha, Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha Downtown/Old Market, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Omaha Northwest and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Omaha West.

The best restaurant winner was Pitch Pizzeria. Second place was V. Mertz. Honorable mentions included Spaghetti Works, Trini’s Mexican Restaurant and Curry in a Hurry.

The best retail business winner was Made in Omaha. Second place was The Next Chapter. Honorable mentions included Nouvelle Eve, Niche, Hearthside Candles & Curios and The Chute.

In Sarpy County, the best attraction winner was Vala’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard. Second place was Omaha Storm Chasers. Honorable mentions included  Fontenelle Forest, Union Omaha, Papio Fun Park and TreeRush Adventures

The best hotel winner was Embassy Suites by Hilton La Vista. Second place was Courtyard by Marriott Bellevue. Honorable mentions included Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Papillion, Courtyard by Marriott La Vista, and SureStay Plus Hotel Omaha South.

The best restaurant winner was Stella’s Bar & Grill. Second place was Copps Pizza Company. Honorable mentions included Ollie & Hobbes Craft Kitchen, Umami Asian Cuisine, Miyake Sushi and Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews.

The best retail business winner was Nebraska Crossing. Second place was Shadow Lake Towne Center. Honorable mentions included Diana’s Papillion Tea Shop, Kajoma’s Fashion Boutique and 402 VINYL.

In Pottawattamie County, the best attraction winner was Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard. Second place was a tie between Union Pacific Railroad Museum and Wabash Trace Nature Trail. Honorable mentions included Historic General Dodge House, Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center and Joe’s Indoor Karting.

The best hotel winner was Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites @ Ameristar. Second place was Ameristar Casino Hotel. Honorable mentions included SpringHill Suites by Marriott, BridgePointe Inn & Suites and Microtel Inn & Suites.

The best restaurant winner was Pizza King. Second place was Barley’s Bar & Grill. Honorable mentions included 712 eat + drink, Lincoln’s Pub and Em & Liv’s Hard Bean Coffee.

The best retail business winner was Anytime Tees. Second place was Rustic Cuts Butcher Shop. Honorable mentions included Dusted Charm, Bass Pro Shops and Olive Branch

Winners will be highlighted in promotional videos on social media starting May 4, coinciding with National Travel & Tourism Week. Additionally, winners will be featured on area billboards.

To see past winners or this year’s complete list with runners-up, honorable mention and finalists, visit


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