Explore Missouri with your favorite person during one of the most beautiful times of the year. From small towns and outdoor adventures, to culinary delights and beautiful wineries, here are some of the most romantic fall experiences waiting for you in the Show-Me State.
[dropcap]Begin[/dropcap] your journey with a night at the Katy Trail Bed & Breakfast. This inn sits within 100 feet of the Katy Trail in Rocheport, making it a favorite of travelers. Choose from many different types of accommodations, including quaint rooms, a full carriage house and a boxcar!
Wake up bright and early to enjoy a section of one of the nation’s longest rails-to-trails projects. Katy Trail State Park stretches almost 240 miles across Missouri, and you can choose to either hike or bike this beautiful portion that hugs the Missouri River and passes through one of the few tunnels on the trail.
Les Bourgeois Vineyard is the perfect place to relax after a morning exploring the trail. If you’re hungry for lunch, the Blufftop Bistro offers fantastic views as you enjoy a delicious meal, or simply enjoy a glass of wine in the A-Frame.
Drive down to Jefferson City, Missouri’s state capital, to enjoy autumn in “America’s Most Beautiful Small Town,” a designation the city earned in 2013 from Rand McNally’s Best of the Road series. If you are traveling during the week, take a tour of the beautiful Governor’s Mansion, a stunning home built in 1871. Don’t miss the Capitol, where tours are available. The Capitol sits along the Missouri river and its grounds come alive with color during the fall months.
Stop in at Capital City CORK and Provisions for a romantic evening paired with delicious wine (or beer). You won’t be disappointed by this restaurant’s menu; it changes seasonally and the chefs use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.
After a day of exploring, you’ll be ready to rest your head at the Cliff Manor Inn. This 145-year-old designated historic landmark will make you feel as if you have stepped back in time. The views of the Missouri River are phenomenal and the awesome breakfast doesn’t hurt either.
The next morning, prepare to set out along one of southeastern Missouri’s most beautiful roads. Highway 21, which also follows Jefferson County Scenic Byway, is beautiful year-round, but it is particularly stunning as the leaves begin to change.
Your next stop is one of Missouri’s more famous and most unusual state parks. Elephant Rocks State Park features huge, billion-year-old boulders that stand end-to-end, as if they are elephants on parade. Explorers love scrambling over the rocks, and history buffs enjoy finding the names carved in the rocks back in the 1800s. There is even an interpretive Braille trail for the sight impaired.
After a morning of exploring among the elephants, you’ll be ready for some home-style cooking to fill you up. Thee Abbey Kitchen uses only the best ingredients, with the goal of providing guests with the most delicious meal possible.
After a weekend of exploring, it’s time to sit back and enjoy some of the Ste. Genevieve area’s breweries and wineries. Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling produces delicious handcrafted ales, ciders and lagers, along with malt whiskey and root beer. Chaumette Vineyards & Winery offers a romantic atmosphere, so grab a glass of their award-wining wine and relax on the deck. If you’re ready to turn in for the evening, stay in one of their beautiful villas.
For one final stop, the perfect way to end your trip is on a hillside overlooking what Charleville Vineyard Winery & Microbrewery boasts as one of the best views in Ste. Genevieve County. If you’re visiting on a Friday or Saturday, make sure to book a room at Charleville’s Bruckerhoff Cabin Bed & Breakfast, a log cabin built in the 1800s.
To start planning your trip today, and to find out more about other unique fall attractions, dining and lodging options, and festivals, visit www.VisitMO.com/Fall.