Fall is the perfect time of year to take a trip with your significant other. The cooler weather gives you an excuse to cuddle a little closer; the leaves are brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow; the outdoors are ready to be explored. This trip highlights the best places to visit as a couple this fall, with stops ranging from beautiful vineyards to charming small towns.
Take a hike or ride a bike along a section of the Katy Trail. This is a beautiful trail that winds almost 240 miles through the Missouri countryside, and is especially beautiful when the leaves change in the fall. The section near Rocheport passes the Missouri River, making for stunning views, and part of the trail passes through the Rocheport Tunnel. To learn more, click here
Katy Trail, Jefferson City MO 65109, 573-449-7402
This picturesque winery will not disappoint. Located right off the Katy Trail and a mile away from the Katy Trail Bed & Breakfast, Les Bourgeois Winery is the perfect place to relax for an hour or two after a morning on the trail. Sip a glass of wine and marvel over fabulous views at the A-Frame, an outdoor area, or enjoy lunch at the Blufftop Bistro. Learn more by clicking here
14020 W. Route BB, Rocheport MO 65279, 573-698-2300
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
After lunch, head on down to Missouri’s capital, Jefferson City, and explore the Capitol building. During fall, the grounds come alive with color. The building sits along the Missouri River, making this a can’t-miss stop. Interior tours are also available, where you can see beautiful works of art. For more information, please click here
201 W. Capitol Ave., Jefferson City MO 65101, 573-751-2854
Hours: Capitol: Open daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Both the grounds and the interior of the Governor’s Mansion are exquisite, particularly during the fall season. Located near the Capitol, make sure you take a tour of this 1871 home if you visit during the week. The home features beautiful architecture and fantastic period furniture. Learn more about this stately home when you click here
100 Madison St., Jefferson City MO 65101, 573-751-2854
Hours: Tour times vary by season.
After a day of exploring, you’ll be ready to relax with excellent food and a delicious wine (or beer) pairing. Stop into Capital City CORK and Provisions and you won’t be disappointed by their ever-changing and varied menu. They use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and their menu matches the season, so you are sure to find some fall favorites with a new twist. Find more information online when you click here
124 E. High St., Jefferson City MO 65101, 573-632-2675
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
After you wake up refreshed and fill up on a delicious breakfast, it’s time to hit the road for one of Missouri’s most popular state parks. Part of your journey will consist of one of southeastern Missouri’s most beautiful routes. Highway 21, which follows the Jefferson County Scenic Byway, is especially stunning in fall, so make sure you have your camera ready. Note the phone number below is for the Ellington Chamber of Commerce. Get rolling and read more when you click here
Route 21, Ellington MO 63638, 573-663-7997
Hours: 24 hours
True to its name, Elephant Rocks features giant, billion-year-old boulders standing end-to-end, making it the perfect place for exploration. Vibrant fall colors only make this park better, and it features an interpretive Braille trail for the sight impaired. More details are available here
Route 21, Belleview MO 63623, 573-546-3454
Hours: Park hours: April-October: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; November-March: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
After a morning of hiking and scrambling over boulders, enjoy some down-home cooking. Thee Abbey Kitchen is re-defining “made from scratch,” using only the best ingredients with the goal of giving you the best meal possible. They refuse to use preservatives and make everything fresh each day, including delicious cinnamon rolls and homemade ice cream. Ready to get cooking
211 S. College St., Arcadia MO 63621, 573-546-4249
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
This microbrewery, a sister company to Crown Valley Winery, features delicious handcrafted ales, ciders, IPAs and lagers. Missouri Moonshine Malt Whiskey and Fizzy Izzy Root Beer are also produced on-site. Relax in the beer garden or pub and sample some of southeastern Missouri’s best brews. Sounds good, right? To learn more, please click here
13326 Route F, Ste. Genevieve MO 63670, 573-756-9700
Hours: November-December: Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; January-March: Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; April-October: Wed.-Thur., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m - 7 p.m, Sat & Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Chaumette’s romantic atmosphere is perfect for couples. Grab a glass of wine in the tasting room and then relax on the deck as you look out over acres of vineyards. The crisp fall air makes for the perfect time to enjoy this beautiful setting. For more information, click here
24345 Route WW, Ste. Genevieve MO 63670, 573-747-1000
Hours: Days and hours vary by season and for events.
To round out your trip, visit the place with one of the best views in Ste. Genevieve County. Charleville Vineyard Winery & Microbrewery creates its own wine and draft beers, so stop in for a tasting and enjoy the rustic setting. Want to keep exploring? Just click here
16937 Boyd Road, Ste. Genevieve MO 63670, 573-756-4537
Hours: Wed.-Thur., noon-6 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Start your trip close to your first stop, the Katy Trail, at the Katy Trail Bed & Breakfast in Rocheport. Located within 100 feet of the trail, and with multiple types of accommodations to pick from, this is the perfect place to cozy up for a night of relaxation before getting started on your journey.
Our Inn has a self-check in feature. We serve an extensive continental breakfast. All rooms have TV and air conditioning. Check availability and reserve rooms online. Les Bourgeois winery is one mile away. To learn more, click here.
101 Lewis St., Rocheport MO 65279, 573-698-2453
Hours: Office: noon-7 p.m.
Take a step back in time and stay the night at Cliff Manor Inn, a 145-year-old historic landmark. Located near the Capitol and downtown Jefferson City, the inn sits on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River, so you are sure to have a beautiful view when you wake up in the morning while you enjoy your breakfast. Find more details when you click here
722 Cliff St., Jefferson City MO 65101, 573-636-2013
Hours: Front Desk: Mon.-Sun., 8 a.m.-noon and 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
You won’t have to travel too far to get to your final stop – this 1800s log cabin is situated right on Charleville’s property. This cabin offers two separate rooms for rent, so seclusion is guaranteed, and you’ll love waking up to gorgeous views from the top of one of the county’s highest hills, not to mention a hearty country breakfast. To learn more click here
16937 Boyd Road, Ste. Genevieve MO 63670, 573-756-4537
Hours: Available Fridays and Saturdays only; call for a reservation.