The Omaha Metropolitan Area (OMA) Tourism Awards is an annual tradition to honor attractions, restaurants, hotels, and retail shops that have made a difference in the lives of our visitors and residents. The public is encouraged to honor those exceptional experiences and businesses by voting for the best tourism businesses in Pottawattamie, Douglas, and Sarpy counties. 

Last month, nominations were submitted in four categories: best hotel, best restaurant, best retail business, and best attraction. The top five most nominated businesses in each county now move on to the final voting phase. In the event of a tie in the nomination process, there may be more than five in a category. 

  • NOMINATIONS OPEN: February 8 - 27
  • VOTING FOR FINALISTS: March 3 - April 3 
  • WINNERS ANNOUNCED: May 7 - 13 

Pottawattamie County Voting

Voting is now open for the best hotel, restaurant, attraction, and retail shop in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. As a reminder, Pottawattamie County includes Avoca, Carson, Carter Lake, Council Bluffs, Crescent, Hancock, Honey Creek, Macedonia, McClelland, Minden, Neola, Oakland, Treynor, Underwood, and Walnut.  

Best Retail Shops:

  • The Unique Boutique Iowa - Underwood 
  • The Olive Branch - Council Bluffs
  • The Occasional Collective - Treynor 
  • Sugar Makery Bittersweet Dessert Bar - Council Bluffs
  • Sherbondy's Garden Center - Council Bluffs 

Best Restaurant:

  • The Back Forty Bar & Grill - Macedonia 
  • Mercy Thai Restaurant - Council Bluffs
  • Garcia's Family Mexican Restaurant - Underwood
  • Caddy's Kitchen & Cocktails - Council Bluffs
  • 712 eat + drink - Council Bluffs

Best Attraction:

  • Prairie Crossing Vineyard & Winery - Treynor
  • Mt. Crescent Ski Area - Honey Creek
  • Hoff Family Arts & Culture Center - Council Bluffs
  • Hitchcock Nature Center - Honey Creek
  • Dreamland Theater - Carson

Best Hotel:

  • Microtel Inn & Suites - Council Bluffs
  • Hilton Garden Inn Council Bluffs 
  • Hampton Inn @ Ameristar - Council Bluffs
  • Country Inn & Suites - Council Bluffs
  • BridgePointe Inn & Suites - Council Bluffs
  • Ameristar Casino Hotel - Council Bluffs

Pottawattamie County Voting

The winners will be announced and celebrated during National Travel & Tourism Week (May 7 - 13, 2023). 

Past Winners: 

The 2022 and 2021 OMA Tourism Award winners are not eligible this year. 

Best Attraction:

  • 2022: Union Pacific Railroad Museum 
  • 2021: Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard 

Best Hotel:

  • 2022: Courtyard by Marriott Council Bluffs 
  • 2021; Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites @ Ameristar 

Best Restaurant: 

  • 2022: Boxer BBQ 
  • 2021: Pizza King 

Best Retail Shop:

  • 2022: Dusted Charm 
  • 2021: Anytime Tees 

The OMA Tourism Awards are brought to you by partner destinations Sarpy County Tourism, Visit Omaha, and the Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau. Click here to learn more about the awards. 

This post was originally published on March 3, 2023 on the Watta Way blog.