We’re excited to announce we are expanding from hosting only musicians and concerts to creating special events around food and ALL the arts!  We love finding unique and special ways of putting together food and the arts and we’re still scattering in concerts as well.

Check out our events calendar for what’s upcoming or schedule your private one!

Nature Photography Day Special
Jun 15 @ 12:00 am – Aug 31 @ 12:00 am


Check out special details here.

Jul 8 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 pm

The Event

Syracuse is hosting their annual GermanFest the 2nd Saturday in July, July 8th. Festivities include German food, entertainment and ‘Viener” Dog Races.

For more information visit: germanfest2017

Our Special

To honor the event we are offerin a Dogs-Stay-Free Special.

When booking Thursday, the 6th through Monday, the 10th your furry friend can stay free!

Pizza on the Grill Cooking Class
Jul 10 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Pizza on the Grill Cooking Class

From top to bottom, we’ll prepare the dough, make the sauces, chop and dice, sauté and bake pizza on the grill.

From a traditional garlic, herb red sauce to specialty sauces like a white roasted garlic and feta or a Thai peanut sauce, we’ll try a variety of pizza’s and toppings and Jeanna’s favorite combinations; including a breakfast pizza and a dessert pizza! A fun night of cooking filled with flavors.

You’ll take home pizza dough, recipes and you’ll never call for take-out pizza again!

Register through Southeast Community College by calling Cindy Meyer at 800-828-0072 or cmeyer@southeast.edu.

$54 Hands On/Demonstration

Turn it into a culinary vacation and book your overnight stay here.


Classes are offered anytime for parties of four or more. Check out all cooking classes available.

Farm to Fork Meal Featuring Bruce Mandel in Concert
Jul 23 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm


We’re excited to host our first Farm to Fork meal with a concert.

Meal with be served at 4:00 PM, menu will be determined that week based on Farmers’ Market and Nebraska Food Coop offerings

Weather permitting we’ll have the meal and concert outside.

You are welcome to bring your lawn chairs or blankets to get comfortable for the show.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own adult beverages or if available, may enjoy samplings from sponsoring local wineries or non-alcoholic drinks.

RSVP required for the meal, but if you’d like to come just for the concert, just give us a heads up.

$30 for meal/$15 suggested donation to artist.

For questions, contact Jeanna Stavas, Owner/Innkeeper at 402-873-5850 or jeanna@bbwhisperingpines.com.

Bruce Mandel Musician

All about Bruce Mandel

Bruce Mandel’s acoustic guitar, keen lyrical ear, and intimate and honest voice have traveled with him across the country and through musical territory both new and familiar.

With three full length albums to his credit – “Sketches”, “Between Dreams and Regrets” and “Follow Your Heart” – Bruce regularly tours the U.S. as well maintaining a musical presence in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

Lyrically driven, the diverse sounds of his recordings straddle and expand the Contemporary Folk, Americana, Singer/Songwriter genres reflecting the breadth of Mandel’s experience.

Bruce grew up in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, rocking out to the Beatles and playing in bands.  Listeners familiar with the great singer-songwriters of the ’60s and ’70s won’t be surprised to learn that at a young age Mandel happily absorbed the rich and varying styles of music played on the FM airwaves of the day.

Next came college and the folksy coffeehouse scene followed by Rock and Top 40 bands playing New York City on down to Philadelphia and some of the New Jersey Shore’s hottest spots.

After traversing the country, Bruce took a break from the road and settled in Atlantic City for a time, taking the chance to work as an entertainment technician in the Atlantic City Casinos.

While soaking up the experience of working alongside the likes of America, Tanya Tucker, Tom Jones, and The Temptations, Mandel stayed true to his calling, writing and producing his own songs.

Then after attending a songwriting convention in Durango, Colorado, in 1992, Mandel felt the pull of the area’s open musical community and soon relocated there.  The impulse proved a good one as he quickly became a true presence in his new home, opening in concert for nationally and regionally touring songwriters, as well as performing a mix of choice covers along with his growing repertoire of soulful originals in bars and saloons around the four corners.

Mandel’s work in Durango culminated with his co-founding of the Annual Durango Songwriter’s Expo in 1996. This popular event that features listening sessions, showcases, seminars, panels, and networking opportunities has attracted new talent and high-profile musicians and industry experts alike, and continues to grow and spread to new locations around the country.

Mandel picked up his guitar and returned east in the early part of the new century, where he has settled deep into the artistic community of the Berkshires. Produced and recorded in his own studio, his second and third albums “Between Dreams and Regrets” and “Sketches” traverse the musical and emotional ground between Colorado and the Berkshires.  The lyrically driven songs are both personal and probing, whether Mandel is writing from his own experience or weaving the ballad of another’s, as in “Irene Kibbe,” about a young Polish emigrant during World War II.  Throughout these records, the acoustic guitar maintains its constant presence, as does Mandel’s warm voice and distinct style.

Bruce has always believed in the power and magic of song, and thoroughly enjoys sharing that magic through his music and thoughtful  insights into his creative process through the close up intimacy of house concerts.

In 2010, Mandel debuted a song he wrote & recorded to help celebrate the Otis, Massachusetts Bicentennial in a special performance funded in part by a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant.  Long a supporter of Public Libraries, Bruce donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this CD to The Free Otis Public Library.

2017 will mark the release of Bruce’s fourth album and a July – September national summer tour.

“Reminiscent of the singer/songwriters who penned the soundtrack of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Bruce Mandel brews up a coffeehouse sound that’s espresso rich in inspiration and experience.” Singer & Musician

Follow this link to hear Bruce Mandel

Bountiful Harvest Cooking Class
Jul 31 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Bountiful Harvest Cooking Class @ Whispering Pines B&B

Using The Bountiful Harvest

It’s the time of year when gardens and the farmer’s markets are overflowing with the rich and bountiful harvest. We’ll create new and interesting dishes with those everyday items like zucchini but also dive into some fun dishes using those more rare vegetables you may stray from because you just don’t know what to do with them. Vegetables are healthy and offer a multitude of opportunities in the kitchen.

Register through Southeast Community College by calling Cindy Meyer at 800-828-0072 or cmeyer@southeast.edu.

$54 Hands On/Demonstration

Mare Wakefield House Concert
Aug 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Mare Wakefield House Concert

Concert Details

Show starts at 6:30 PM, show up any time after 6:00 PM.

IF weather is nice, we’ll have it outside.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own adult beverages or if available, may enjoy samplings from sponsoring local wineries or non-alcoholic drinks.

$20 per person

Guests should RSVP in advance to reserve a seat by contacting Jeanna Stavas, Owner/Innkeeper at 402-873-5850 or jeanna@bbwhisperingpines.com.

All about Mare and Nomad

“Daddy was a seeker,” says Mare Wakefield. “Eventually he became a Salvationist minister. Mama was some kind of gypsy, loving nothing more than a long, clear stretch of open highway.”

Mare was born with wanderlust embedded in her DNA, and lived in 8 different places by the time she was 10 years old. “It was a roller-coaster way to grow up, but my brother and I learned to fit in fast,” she says. “We had our rural Wisconsin accents down in two weeks flat. And eighteen months later we were drawling like native Texans.”

For Turkish-born, German-raised Nomad, the journey was equally varied. His musical education began at the exclusive Istanbul State Conservatory and continued when he was awarded a scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. Nomad has a gift for musical arrangements and carries a full arsenal of classical, pop and jazz chops at his piano-playing fingertips. In addition to working with Mare, the versatile pianist and composer has designed sound for film and TV, produced a hit song in Romania, and had pieces performed by symphony orchestras and in Boston’s legendary Fenway Park.

Versatility and love for travel is evident in Mare and Nomad’s music. Listeners roam through Arizona deserts, Oklahoma oil fields and South Dakota plains, with side-trips to ancient Babylon and the streets of Amsterdam. The journeys go inward too, exploring hope and heartbreak, and the occasional whiskey-soaked barroom brawl. Story and song are woven seamlessly together by Mare’s intimate delivery and Nomad’s expert melodic arrangement. Currently based in Nashville the pair continue their upward trajectory by touring fearlessly, leaving devoted new fans in their wake and strains of folk tunes and sweet piano melodies echoing down the highway.

Have a listen to Mare and Nomad.

Dog Days of Summer Festival
Aug 12 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Come dogs. Come owners. Come all!

Join us as we host our first Dog Days of Summer Festival at Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast in Nebraska City.

We will have an obstacle course for pooch and owner, a gourmet hotdog bar for all humans, an awesome treat bar for dogs, contests w/prizes and much more! 

Dogs stay free for the weekend of the festival!

Friday the 11th of August -Monday the 14th in both pet friendly rooms (Victoria Suite and Barn). Book now.

In the meantime check out our Policy for Paws and our Pets of Whispering Pines Facebook Album

More details to come!  Add it to your calendar!

Daniel Champagne Concert
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Daniel Champagne

Concert Details

Show starts at 6:30 PM, show up any time after 6:00 PM.

IF weather is nice, we’ll have it outside.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own adult beverages or if available, may enjoy samplings from sponsoring local wineries or non-alcoholic drinks.

$20 per person

Guests should RSVP in advance to reserve a seat by contacting Jeanna Stavas, Owner/Innkeeper at 402-873-5850 or jeanna@bbwhisperingpines.com.


One reviewer recently wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’ (themusic.com.au)

The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.

The next five years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest. As well as touring and sharing stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco – all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps, ‘My Own Design’ (2009) and ‘Wide Eyed and Open’ (2010), his first long player ‘Pint of Mystery’ (2011) and the ‘Real Live’ offering in 2012. As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf). This globetrotting lifestyle would become the centerpiece of Daniel’s next recordings when in 2013, he undertook the ambitious task of delivering two stand-alone albums within the space of twelve months. The Gypsy Moon – Volumes I and II marked a great leap forward for him both as a songwriter and a recording artist, with Australia’s roots music bible Rhythms Magazine saying that ‘Champagne has gone a step further this time, it’s like he’s realized his own potential, his confidence is sky-high and he’s truly ready to explore’

Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel Champagne has recently signed to US booking agency Fleming Artists and relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.


Have a listen to Daniel.