Fairbury First Friday Vacation Package
"Meet The Artists - Celebrate The Arts"
Price: $99 for two adults
Package Includes: One-night stay for two at Fairbury Executive Suites, plus two tickets for Wine Tasting Event with live music, hors d'oeuvres in The Tasting Room
Call 402.613.2063 for more information and availability
Join us for First Friday in Historic Downtown Fairbury!
The first Friday of each month, art galleries in historic downtown Fairbury open their doors beginning at 5 pm where visitors can see exhibits and participate in hands-on demonstrations by featured artists.
The Fairbury First Friday package includes 2 tickets for a wine tasting event in the Tasting Room inside the award-winning Stagecoach Mall Antiques from 6 – 9 pm. Enjoy a selection of wines from one of Nebraska's premier wineries plus fabulous hors d'oeuvres. Live music featuring talented musicians from southeast Nebraska play a variety of styles ranging including blues, folk and soft rock.
Also included in the Fairbury First Friday Package is a one-night's stay in a luxurious one-bedroom suite at Fairbury Executive Suites, located above the Tasting Room on the second floor of the historic Hested's building. Experience contemporary accommodations with all the amenities in an historic setting. Fairbury Executive Suites is just steps away from restaurants, galleries and all First Friday activities. Fairbury Executive Suites is rated #1 in specialty lodging and has a 5-star rating by guests reviews on TripAdvisor.com.
First Friday Package Itinerary:
4 pm - Check in time at Executive Suites
5 pm - Fairbury First Friday Art Walk begins - Galleries Open
6 - 9 pm - First Friday Wine Tasting & Live Music in the Tasting Room
12 Noon – Check out time
In The News . . .
Loft Living In
Historic Downtown Fairbury
August 2010 - Visitors marvel at the beautiful architecture that surrounds Fairbury's historic downtown square. Stately two and three-story buildings, mostly constructed of brick, line the streets surrounding the Jefferson County Courthouse on all four sides. Most buildings date back to the early 1900s, when Fairbury flourished as a regional commerce center. Fairbury's downtown historic district is still the center of commerce today and the buildings around the square house retail shops, restaurants, and offices at street level. But there is another world housed within those historic structures, a world that exists after hours - a world that a few lucky residents call "home".
In housing terms, loft living often refers to an open floor plan with lots of space. Once thought of as strictly for artists and bohemian types, loft living is now a sought after lifestyle accessory among certain groups of people. In city centers, artists, actors and young business professionals all love the idea of having a loft as their home. It provides maximum space, and improvements can be made to reflect individual styles and tastes. In Fairbury, most of the lofts are located within the downtown historic district. Before they were turned into stylish living spaces, the lofts were used as commercial space in buildings. Older buildings that have been left empty for years have now been given a new lease on life, thanks to loft living.
Loft living in Fairbury is not unlike that of the larger cities in the Midwest, however, in Fairbury it is still somewhat of an anomaly. Many of the buildings' second and third stories remain largely underutilized, mainly due to cost. But for those who have taken on the task of converting those spaces into residential living, the payoff is huge. Loft sizes can range from 1,000 to 2,500 square feet and the list of amenities is quite impressive - hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, tall windows, rooftop gardens and views that would rival those of any other metropolitan city. Another bonus of loft living is that the lofts are situated in the downtown historical district. This provides great access to businesses, shopping, restaurants, art galleries and entertainment options. In downtown Fairbury, everything is at your doorstep.
Resident Julie Katz has lived on the second floor above the former Hested's (c. 1925) and Golden Rule buildings (c. 1923) since 1995, when her life-long dream of living in a loft began to take shape. “I had always been fascinated with the concept of loft living, ever since I was a young girl. When I first moved in, however, I was the only resident rattling around in a huge building that was dark, cold and full of strange noises. But the banging of pipes from the old steam heat radiators and the sound of rain on the skylights located throughout, gave me a sense that this building still had a lot of life left and it was worth preserving." Since then, retail has returned to the main floor which houses an antique mall, events center, professional offices and beauty salon and the second-floor space has now been updated and converted into luxury suites, loft apartments and office space. There's even a ballroom where hundreds of children attend dance classes each week.
According to Katz, "Converting the upper floor space into office space and suites is a great way to create a consistent revenue stream and gives me an opportunity to share my passion for historic preservation with others, hopefully inspiring them to begin a love affair of their own (with an old building)".
Fairbury Executive Suites Awarded Certification For Environmental Practices
Fairbury, NE, July 6, 2010 — Fairbury Executive Suites has earned certification through Greener Byways of Nebraska for its use of environmentally friendly practices in daily operations. The self-certification program helps businesses along Nebraska's nine scenic byways demonstrate a dedication to protecting the environment.
Some of the green practices Fairbury Executive Suites has implemented include:
- Encouraging Guests to reuse towels to save water, detergent and electricity
- Encouraging Guests to separate materials to be recycled
- Purchasing supplies made from recycled materials
- Using environmentally-friendly cleaning products
- Controlling light and temperature in each suite to reduce energy costs
- Utilizing natural light via skylights in common areas
- Replacement of standard light bulbs with CFL compact fluorescent bulbs
Research shows that today's consumers are increasingly environmentally conscious and often search out businesses that do their part to protect the environment. Going green helps keep Nebraska beautiful while attracting tourists who place strong importance on eco-friendly travel.
About Greener Byways of Nebraska
Greener Byways of Nebraska is a program dedicated to educating and supporting businesses along Nebraska's scenic byways in an effort to decrease the impact that the tourism industry has on the environment and to attract travelers interested in eco-friendly destinations. For more information about Greener Byways of Nebraska, please visit www.greenerbyways.org.