St Louis, Columbia, & Carbondale via Instagram











I just wanted to share some pictures of our recent trip to Columbia, MO, St. Louis, MO, and Carbondale, IL.  As you can see from the pictures, we packed in as much as we could while visiting family.  Here are some highlights of the trip…

University of Missouri vs. University of Central Florida @ Mizzou – The Mizzou Tigers love their footfall and have a gorgeous stadium.  I enjoyed visiting the small college town of Columbia, with unique eateries and local boutiques.

Hermann, MO – A quick stop to this predominately German town left me wishing I could return for their Octoberfest.  The tour at Stone Hill Winery was amazing and I took some amazing pictures in their cellar.  I’ll share those pictures in a future post.  Not to give it all away, but there is a giant wine barrel that is pre-prohibition.  I’m not much of a drinker, but I loved the architecture of the cellar and the history behind the business that still stands there today.  Another wonderful spot in Hermann was the Wurst Haus.  Can you say Bratwurst?  Can you say pretzel bun?  Seriously delicious!

St. Louis, MO – This was a whirl wind trip packed into just a few short days.  Mike’s cousin and aunt live in the city.  We went to a few local breweries, Urban Chestnut and Schlafly.  Anheuser Bush is also headquartered in the area and we toured the Budweiser facility.  I really didn’t partake in the beer drinking, it’s not my thing.  But, I did enjoy seeing the unique local breweries and, the best part of Budweiser, the Clydesdale horses.  Last, but definitely not least, we ate some great food.  Mission Taco and Pi Pizza were my favorite restaurants of the trip.  Oh, and, the Arch is so cool.

Carbondale, IL – Mike’s parents and another aunt live in this cute town, home of Southern Illinois University.  This visit included everything from wineries, national parks, lodges, apple orchards, to a farmer’s market.  I know you won’t believe this, but I saw an apple tree for the very first time near the Rendleman Farmer’s Market.  There was an entire apple orchard and I thought it was the coolest thing to see how loaded the trees get.  (Hey!  Don’t laugh, I’m from Florida and all I’ve seen growing up was Orange groves.)  There was so many great highlights and I can’t condense it all here.  So, I’ll have to do an extra post to share some of the sights.

That was a quick snap shot of the trip.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

xo, Maria



    • September 23, 2014 / 8:30 am

      Thank you so much for visiting! xo, Maria

  1. September 23, 2014 / 10:21 am

    I just love travel! Always something new to see! 🙂

    • September 23, 2014 / 10:24 am

      I agree Emilia, traveling to new places is always fun and adventurous. I’m so happy you enjoyed my post. 🙂
      xo, Maria

  2. September 23, 2014 / 10:54 am

    Great photos! I’m glad you enjoyed the restaurants we chose…they are two of my favorites. 🙂

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    September 23, 2014 / 4:10 pm

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  4. September 23, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    What a fun trip! When I was there we did a lot of things on your list like the beer garden and the arc. The city museum was fun too (with it’s metal coiling walkway at the entrance). Would definitely recommend checking out! – Lena

  5. September 23, 2014 / 11:41 pm

    I love seeing where people go on holiday and cider donuts sound so good right now.
    Thanks for sharing.
    xx, Jodi

  6. September 26, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    Great pictures, great post! It was so good to see you and Mike.

    • September 26, 2014 / 3:29 pm

      It was great to see you too! I hope you are feeling better and starting to move around. xoxo

  7. Sadie
    March 20, 2015 / 1:47 am

    That was a good description of Carbondale I hope you come back to southern Illinois and experience some of the other towns