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Family Travels

      I love to plan delightful excursions for my mother and father because of all the lovely excursions they planned when I was a child. So on one fine Saturday morning in June we all headed west on Hwy. 70 for Columbia, Missouri. Our first stop was the Farmer’s Market on the west end of town. That is where our potter sells her wares, and Sonia wanted to purchase a new honey pot for Jon. Here I picked up a business card from a wildflower grower, whom I intend to visit, to see how she grows her “Wild Thangs” as she calls them. Next we stopped off at Boone Tavern and Restaurant for lunch located at 8th and Walnut. They have a patio adjacent to the Courthouse Square, which makes it rather historic and quaint. My father’s knee really bothers him, so we did not stroll down the street and visit several of the charming shops we passed, but I would recommend taking the time to do just that.

      On the way to dessert, we stopped at the Candy Factory at 701 East Cherry Street where they make their own delectable chocolates. Unfortunately, homemade chocolate is quite expensive but worth the try, so we only had one treat apiece. Although there was no one making candy that day, they will allow you to view the candy making process when in operation. The building itself is also a treat since it is a beautiful historic brick building.

      Our next stop was Peggy Jean’s Pies, which I had read about in a Southern Living magazine, along with the Candy Factory. What intrigued me about Peggy Jean’s was that two friends loved making pies so much that they started their own pie pantry in which Peggy makes the filling and Jean makes the crust. Together, the two must complement each other very well, as the peach pecan pie was the only pie left in their whole case due to the fact that they had completely sold out before lunch. That certainly says a lot about their pies. Their pies are delivered across the country as well. For more details, call 573-447-1119, visit them at www.peggyjeanspies.com, or stop by at 1605 Chapel Hill Road. Several doors down is a cute garden shop, as well.

      From here, we got back on Hwy. 70, went 25 miles west to exit 106, and then went 20 miles north on Hwy. 87 to the town of Glasgow, which overlooks the Missouri River. Our destination was to Henderson’s Drug Store, America’s oldest family-owned drugstore. My father was a druggist, and along with my mom operated a drugstore all their lives, so I thought they would enjoy visiting this historic drugstore. This one even had a soda fountain that was still in operation. My parents also had operated one before I was born, so I thought it would be fun to stop for an ice cream soda. Unfortunately though, they had just closed, but the drive winding through the beautiful countryside all the way to Glasgow was worth the trip. It is interesting to note that Glasgow’s picturesque river town is located on the sharpest bend in the Missouri River and has the first steel bridge ever constructed across the Missouri River (in 1878).

      Out of Glasgow, we took Hwy. 240 southeast to the historic town of Rocheport. In 1825, Rocheport began as a trading post on the Missouri River and continued to prosper with steamboat transportation. Today, it boasts several quaint antique shops, which we enjoyed browsing through, and the Les Bourgeois Winery, which happened to be our dinner stop. We dined at the newly built Bistro, acclaimed for its exquisite cuisine. However, for the high prices, none of us were impressed by the meals we ordered, but the view was spectacular!!! After we had dined, we went out on their blufftop patio and sat for over an hour watching the sun’s golden rays dance upon the river just before it slipped below the horizon. I would go back just for the view, and maybe try their lunch instead of their dinners. They also have another building overlooking the river adjacent to the Bistro, where we were told that you could purchase a simpler fare or bring in a picnic basket to enjoy with a bottle of their sparkling grape juice. For more details, call 573-698-2716 or visit www.missouriwine.com.

      The Rocheport brochure boasts that it is the scenic gateway to the Katy Trail. If you are a biker, this could prove to be a very beautiful trip. And right on the trail is a new restaurant called the Cracked Crab that serves shrimp, among other things, in a bucket.

            If we had more time, I would have liked to explore some of the historical spots along the way, visit Boonville which has over 400 historic homes and buildings, and Arrow Rock which was once an important stop on the Santa Fe Trail. For information on these and much more, order a Columbia, Missouri Visitors Guide by calling 800-652-9028 or visit www.visitcolumbiamo.com. Columbia has been ranked “the second best small city in America,” and here it is right in our own backyard surrounded by loads of history. Consider this trip on a beautiful day this fall. Y