Throughout the year, find a way to take time for a romantic getaway to reconnect with your significant other. You don't need to wait for Valentine's Day for inspiration to strike, although it's okay if you do.
Whether it’s a day trip, a weekend or a long escape, there’s always time for a romantic getaway in Missouri. You don’t just want a break; you need a break. So take one in the Show-Me State.
If your ideal "let's-get-away" mixes big-city fun with small-town charm, Columbia and Rocheport, just 15 miles apart, have what you’re seeking. Columbia’s modern fun atmosphere is on full display at The Canvas on Broadway. The artistic experts at The Canvas give you a painting project and walk you through the steps to its completion in a relaxed environment where a glass of wine is just fine. It’s a great way to let your creative side come out to play.
After channeling your inner Van Gogh, enjoy upscale dining at Sophia’s, where the pasta is primo and the wine list is extensive. The Mediterranean chicken pasta is a great choice, as is the ahi tuna, which is pan seared and topped with honey wasabi vegetable slaw. As for the aforementioned wine list, it includes more than 100 selections, including choices from Les Bourgeois and other Missouri wineries.
Speaking of Les Bourgeois Winery, it’s found in Rocheport, just a 15 minute drive west of downtown Columbia. Along with charming shops and access to the Katy Trail, Rocheport has several bed and breakfast inns, including School House B&B, noted for its fabulous breakfast choices and special romance packages.
Elsewhere around Missouri, destinations of all sizes are available to help you rekindle the romance in your relationship. Here’s a quick look at some great spots to stay, play and have a relaxing meal:
About 30 minutes north of downtown Kansas City, this charming town is well known as home to the Elms Hotel and Spa, a retreat that has hosted folks ranging from Al Capone to Harry S Truman. Stay in the hotel (parts of which are said to be haunted); be pampered at the on-site spa; and have a romantic meal at 88 at the Elms – you don’t even have to leave the facility. If you want to learn a little about local history, visit Excelsior Springs Museum and Archives. For a taste of the region, check out the wines at Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery, less than three miles from The Elms.
The picturesque bluffs of the Missouri River valley make for a romantic backdrop during your visit. A treat for wine lovers, Hermann has several wineries connected by the Hermann Wine Trail. During your stay, savor a meal of German specialties, steaks and American dishes at Vintage Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery, inside a circa 1847 carriage house and horse barn converted into a restaurant. Rest your head at Hermann Hill Vineyard Bed and Breakfast, with spectacular views from your private balcony or patio (ask about their spa suites). Need a dose of local culture? Visit Deutschheim State Historic Site and learn about the German heritage that gives Hermann its character.
In the rolling hills of the Missouri Ozarks, 10 minutes from the strip, Big Cedar Lodge offers a great setting for your romantic escape. Enjoy views of Table Rock Lake and the rustic feel of this modern resort, along with dining options at Worman House and Devil’s Pool Restaurant. If you want stretch your legs, go for a quiet dinner at Chateau Grille, located at Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa, 10 minutes from downtown. Of course, there’s no shortage of entertainment in Branson, so take your pick from the dozens of shows and attractions throughout the “Live Music Show Capital of the World.”
Just an hour south of the St. Louis metro area, Ste. Genevieve offers a slower pace that’s well suited for leisurely escapes. Make Dr. Hertich’s House B&B your headquarters and enjoy the environs of the Love Notes suite, with its music-inspired theme. Stroll hand-in-hand through Ste. Genevieve’s historic buildings – some dating to the 1790s – that showcase the city’s French Colonial roots. Felix Valle House State Historic Site, for example, has three such homes. Enjoy an evening out with a meal at Audubon's of Ste. Genevieve, which is quickly earning a reputation as one of Missouri's finest restaurants.
These are just a few of the places to book your next romantic escape in Missouri. Continue exploring VisitMO.com for other ideas as you plan your next romantic getaway in Missouri.