What To Do In Omaha When You Need A Break From Next Week's Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting

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The annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha is just a week away, and tens of thousands of stockholders will soon flock to the city to bask in Warren Buffett’s presence.The “Woodstock of Capitalism” is a virtual circus, complete with an exhibition fair, multiple steak dinners, and a daylong jewelry sale featuring a magician and two-time U.S. chess champion.

If you’re in Omaha for the weekend and need a break from the hoopla, check out our guide to Omaha’s best restaurants, hotels, and activities, including some of Buffett’s personal favourites.

Eat a steak at Warren Buffett's favourite restaurant

No trip to Omaha would be complete without one of the city's famed steaks, and there's no better place to cut into one than Gorat's Steak House.

The famed restaurant is a stop on the official shareholder circuit -- stop by the private shareholder event Sunday (and make sure you have a reservation if you want to go any other time).

And if you really want to dine like the Oracle himself, order a T-bone, rare, with a double order of hash browns and a Cherry Coke.

Buy a pair of earrings at Borsheim's, the jewelry emporium owned by Berkshire Hathaway

Splurge on some diamonds at Borsheim's, the massive jewelry store that became a part of Berkshire Hathaway in 1989.

The store is the locale for one of the major stops on the shareholder itinerary, a day-long shopping extravaganza where guests can challenge national bridge and chess champions to a game.

Plan to stop by on Sunday afternoon, when Warren will be hawking jewelry on the sales floor.

If you're not in the mood for jewels, pick up a coffee mug or magic 8 ball emblazoned with Buffett's face.

Hit the links at one of Nebraska's finest golf courses

Just a 20-minute drive from downtown Omaha, Indian Creek Golf Course has a four-star rating from Golf Digest.

The public, 27-hole course was named 'golf facility of the year' by the Nebraska section of the PGA in 2005.

The weekend green fee (including a cart) is just $49; book a tee time while you can.

Check into the Hilton Omaha, the city's finest hotel

Catch sight of all the bigwigs in town for the annual shareholder meeting at the downtown Hilton Omaha, the city's nicest hotel.

Conveniently located across from the Qwest conference centre, where the convention takes place, the hotel recently underwent a $37 million renovation project backed by the city of Omaha.

Grab a post-dinner drink at the lobby bar, which offers a huge scotch selection and some of the area's best microbrews.

Explore Omaha's foodie scene at restaurant The Grey Plume, which Time magazine recently named 'the greenest restaurant in America.'

Order the beef-stuffed agnolotti with ramps, which New York Magazine declared one of the most delicious pasta dishes in America.

Pay homage to The Oracle with a trip to his longtime home

Buffett's most devoted followers should make a pilgrimage to his home in the Happy Hollow section of Omaha, which the tycoon famously bought for $31,500 in 1958.

The five-bedroom house, which is currently valued at $700,000, is only a mile down the road from Berkshire Hathaway's offices.

Sample local microbrews at Upstream Brewing Company

This downtown brewery and restaurant, located in Omaha's Old Market shopping and entertainment district, is a favourite among the locals.

Sample Upstream's Dundee Export Scotch Ale or raspberry lager, or any one of a handful of seasonal beers.

Visit the General Crook House Museum, a truly bizarre historical monument

The General Crook House Museum, located in Fort Omaha, is literally the spot where the U.S. government first acknowledged that native Americans were human beings.

The home was the setting for the trial of Standing Bear, a Ponca Indian chief who was arrested for trespass, but eventually recognised as a person under the law with the help of General George Crook.

The home, built in 1879, has an ever-rotating collection and is worth a visit.

Catch a baseball game and receive your own Warren Buffett bobblehead

Cool off after the daylong shareholder meeting at an Omaha Storm Chasers game. The triple-A affiliate of the KC Royals is scheduled to play the Oklahoma City RedHawks every day, Friday-Monday at brand new Werner Park.

The first 1,500 fans through the gates on Saturday will receive a Warren Buffett bobblehead. It's almost worth buying tickets just for that.

Play a hand of Buffett's favourite game at the Omaha Bridge Studio

Warren Buffett is known for his love of bridge, and though he's not a regular at the Omaha Bridge Club, he's been known to stop by for regional tournaments with partner Bill Gates.

See the fastest jet-powered aircraft in the world and other awesome planes

If you're interested in exploration, take a drive to the Strategic Air & Space Museum between Omaha and Lincoln.

The museum is home to a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet-powered aircraft in the world.

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