Itineraries

A Weekend Getaway to Washington and Augusta

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Picture it: gorgeous, rolling hills with patchworks of tidy, lush rows of grape vines, the quiet movement of the Missouri River, and quaint, historic downtowns. There’s no better atmosphere for a relaxing weekend away.

Start packing your bags, because wine country is calling.

Explore

A. Katy Trail State Park – Statewide

Take in the sights and sounds of nature. Formerly a railway corridor, the Katy Trail is now the longest developed rails-to-trails conversion in the United States. Walk, run or bike along the mostly-flat trail and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way.

B. Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe Museum

Learn about the corn cob pipe capital of the world at Missouri Meerschaum Co., the largest manufacturer of corn cob pipes on earth. Established in 1907, the company is still producing and selling pipes today.

C. Washington Historical Society Museum

Discover the rich history of Washington and life on the Missouri River. Artifacts and photos illustrate the people, businesses and inventions that were significant in the area. An exhibit dedicated to zithers – a stringed musical instrument that is played horizontally – celebrates local zither craftsman Franz Schwarzer.

Eat

A. Angelina’s Italian Market

Savor a real Italian experience at Angelina’s Italian Market. In addition to the mouthwatering sandwiches, sides and traditional desserts from the deli, you can also stock up on pasta, sauces, meats, cheeses and treats from the market.

B. Bud’s American Pub

Causal, contemporary cuisine inspired by the first transcontinental American road trip makes up the menu at Bud’s American Pub. The coast-to-coast offerings will give you a taste of the country.

C. 1869 Draft Room Bar & Restaurant

Catch your favorite sports teams on the wall-to-wall TVs while enjoying food that’s jam-packed with flavor. The restaurant also has 30 beers on tap and will soon have a “barcade” on the second floor of the building.

Sip

A. Augusta Winery

Sip a glass of wine in the United States’ very first American Viticulture Area (AVA). From growing the grapes to bottling the finished product, each step of the process is done on site. The tasting room allows guests to try a variety of different wines.

B. Louis P. Balducci Vineyards

The Balducci family is committed to building a legacy of excellent wine and delicious food. Their passion is evident in each bottle, which can be enjoyed while taking in the views of the beautiful property. Live entertainment is offered from spring to fall.

C. Mount Pleasant Estates Winery — Augusta

Established in 1859, Mount Pleasant is the oldest winery in the Augusta AVA. The original limestone cellars are still used to age the wine and port bottled at the estate. Cellar tours, wine classes, winemaker dinners and holiday events are held throughout the year.

D. The Washington Distilling Co.

Creating masterfully distilled and blended spirits is paramount at The Washington Distilling Co. Whether your drink of choice is bourbon, whiskey or vodka, the award-winning, small-batch liquors produced at the distillery are sure to impress.

Stay

A. Old Dutch Hotel & Tavern

Located just blocks from the riverfront and Washington’s Amtrak station, The Old Dutch Hotel & Tavern has 14 boutique-style rooms available for guests. The main floor of the building houses the tavern, which serves scrumptious bites and a wide variety of European and domestic brews.

B. Lindenhof Bed and Breakfast

Homemade cookies, freshly-baked bread, decadent French toast and savory egg dishes are what guests can expect for breakfast when staying at Lindenhof Bed & Breakfast. Not only is the breakfast spectacular, the rooms are comfortable and cozy.

C. River Sirens Hotel

Each aspect of the rooms at River Sirens Hotel was designed with guest experience in mind. Each suite has a full kitchen and a king-sized bed. A deluxe suite with bunk beds is the perfect fit for a family, and a wheelchair-accessible room is available on the first floor.

D. Second Street Loft

Relax after a day of exploring in historic downtown Washington. The 1883 building has been restored, and its charming facade compliments the luxurious lofts inside. The Riverfront Loft is ideal for couples, while the deck suite accommodates four visitors.