When Charles and Bertha Offutt built their 10,200 square foot home in 1894, Omaha’s economy was booming. This was due mostly to the recent expansion of the First Transcontinental and Union Pacific Railroads, as well as the founding of the Union Stockyards. The Offutt House is a testament to the wealth in Omaha in the 19th century.
In the mid 1980s, the Offutt House was renovated and updated and turned into a bed and breakfast: the charming Cornerstone Mansion. The bed and breakfast is now a landmark of the City of Omaha and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Conveniently located in Omaha’s historic Gold Coast District on North 38th Street, The Cornerstone Mansion is just across the street from the grand Joslyn Castle, and is quite close to downtown Omaha and popular attractions, including the Henry Doorly Zoo, Joslyn Art Museum, and the Omaha Community Playhouse.
The historic inn has seven unique, tastefully decorated rooms (four of which are suites) to choose from. Each room has a private bath, free WiFi, telephone, and television. Be sure to ask about the rooms before you book – only some of the rooms have a fireplace, porch, desk, and claw-foot tubs. There are other areas in the inn where guests can hang out, such as the large library, which features a fireplace and 125-year-old piano, as well as the parlor and garden.
Breakfast is served every morning in the inn’s beautiful dining room. Monday through Friday, guests enjoy a continental breakfast, while on Saturday and Sunday, a full cooked gourmet breakfast is served. In terms of lunch and dinner, the inn is a short distance from popular restaurants.
The Cornerstone Mansion is a great place for special events and celebrations. For room rates, availability, phone numbers, and other information, check out the inn’s website here.
[image: Steven Zolneczko]