Missouri September 27, 2015
These 14 Romantic Spots In Missouri Are Perfect To Take That Special Someone
Fall is a beautiful time in Missouri but it doesn’t always last very long, so now is the perfect time for a day trip or weekend getaway to one of these romantic spots. Here are 14 romantic things to do in Missouri next time you want a rendezvous with your special someone!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Take a romantic ride around St. Louis in a horse drawn carriage.
Since 1985, St. Louis Carriage Company and St. Louis Trolley have provided a variety of custom tours of downtown St. Louis in horse drawn carriages from a Cinderella Carriage to a Hay Wagon. Prices start at $30 for 15 minutes for two people, and they are available every night without reservations at three different locations, or you can make a reservation by calling them or visiting their website at
St. Louis Carriage Company
2. Take a day trip to Hermann and visit the Hermannhof Winery.
The Hermannhof Winery uses cellars originally built in 1852, and offer tastings and tours. These ten cellars are among over 100 buildings in Hermann that have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stay just for the day or spend the night in the Inn at Hermannhof in a luxury suite or hillside cottage, all 1850’s restored buildings with rates starting at $198 per night. Visit
for more information.
3. Take a romantic weekend getaway to Lake Ozark, and stay at “The Best Bed & Breakfast of the Midwest.”
With rates starting at just $139 per night, it’s hard to beat the Gardenhouse Bed and Breakfast. Located at 4 Haney Road in Lake Ozark, they feature fine linens and china, gourmet food, and amazing views. Many of the rooms have jacuzzi’s and patios overlooking the lake, and they offer a full service breakfast on your patio or in your room. The rest of the grounds include a great room, dining room, game room, and a martini deck with a hot tub. For availability, rates and more information visit
The Gardenhouse Bed and Breakfast
4. Take a Riverboat Cruise to historic Kimmswick.
From St. Louis you can take the Tom Sawyer Riverboat to Kimmswick and then back again. You depart at 10:00 a.m. and arrive in Kimmswick around 12:15, where you will have lunch at the Blue Owl and then explore Kimmswick’s many shops, restaurants, and historic buildings, then return to the boat at 3:30 in order to head back to St. Louis, usually arriving back at the arch at around 4:00. They also offer a leisure cruise with a slightly different schedule. The cost is $80 per person. For more information, visit
5. Take a more luxurious trip to a private lake and wilderness retreat in Shell Knob.
Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa is located at 1257 Sunset Timbers trail and offers not only outdoor adventures in the surrounding Mark Twain National Forest, but also relaxing deluxe accommodations with private decks and incredible views of Table Rock Lake. Some of the rooms even have bubble tubs and rainfall shower rooms! Rates start at $535 per night for an escape into pure luxury. Visit
for availability, rates, and special packages.
6. Visit the beautiful mid-Missouri wine country at the Alpenhorn Gasthaus, a true old style bed and breakfast.
Another romantic Hermann destination is the Alperhorn Gasthaus, located at 179 E Highway 100. They feature gourmet breakfasts, multi-course fine-dining, the Norton Vineyard, Herb & Vegetable Gardens, a candlelit wine cellar, and outdoor hot tub. They also offer gourmet cooking classes! Nightly rates in one of the four guest rooms and cottages start at $155 and they offer special add-on packages if you want to turn up the romance factor. Visit their website at
for more information.
7. Visit a beautiful winery just outside of St. Louis in Defiance.
Chandler Hill Vineyards was voted “favorite winery” by both Sauce Magazine and Go! Magazine in 2014. They have a full gourmet restaurant, tasting room, live music and a 4500 square foot deck. Located at 596 Defiance Road, you will want to check the online schedule before heading out to make sure they aren’t closed for a private event. For hours, schedule, and more information, visit
Chandler Hill Vineyards
8. Explore downtown Kansas City and stay at a luxury boutique hotel.
The Hotel Phillips was voted KC Magazine’s best boutique hotel for the last two years. Enjoy a meal at 12 Baltimore, located on site or simply order room service. They also offer live music 3 nights a week, a great centralized location, and historic charm. Rates start at $179 per night.
Raphael, Kansas City
Another downtown Kansas City luxury hotel is the Raphael, located at 325 Ward Parkway, adjacent to the shopping, dining and entertainment at Country Club Plaza. A property renovation in 2009, with strict adherence to preservations standards resulted in this 1927 Italian Renaissance revival building being named in the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit
9. Spend the day in Forest Park, St. Louis.
It would take more than a day to see all that Forest Park has to offer, including museums, science center and planetarium, zoo, landmarks and natural highlights. Take a long leisurely walk and just explore. When you get hungry, stop and eat at one of the many restaurants or have a picnic. A particularly romantic idea is to take a Moonlight Paddleboat Picnic, offered through The Boathouse. For information about Forest Park as well as information about the preservation of the park, visit
Forest Park Forever
10. Enjoy live music under the stars at Creve Coeur Lakehouse.
Open since 2006, the Creve Coeur Lakehouse is located at 2160 Creve Coeur Mill Road in St. Louis. Featuring live music on Fridays and Saturdays, fall is the perfect time of year to take in the scenic, relaxing atmosphere and good food. They also have a gallery available for groups or for a more private setting, if you want it to just be the two of you. Visit
Creve Coeur Lakehouse
for more information.
11. Visit the historic town of Rocheport.
Midwest Living named Rocheport “one of the best Midwest small-town getaways” in 2013 for their art galleries, museums, shops, restaurants, and much more. Go biking on the Katy Trail or canoeing on the Missouri River. Spend the night camping under the stars or stay in an intimate bed and breakfast. For more information about Rocheport and all they have to offer, visit
. The two photos above are from Mount Nebo Cottage, a place that offers replenishment and rejuvenation for body and soul. Visit the
Web site here.
12. Stay in a gorgeous mansion in Hannibal.
Garth Mansion is an 1871 historical Victorian estate located at 11069 New London Road. Mark Twain is said to have been a previous visitor, and AAA Traveler’s Magazine rated it the “#1 Bed and Breakfast in the Midwest.” Rates start at $185, but for the ultimate in romance and privacy stay in the Dowager House for $395, which features fireplaces, hot tubs, luxury linens and bath, and custom robes. For availability and other information visit their website at
13. Take advantage of the off-season at a resort at Lake of the Ozarks.
Sunset Inn Resort is a go-to destination for families in the summer months. With the kiddos back in school and the temperatures cooling down, it’s a great time to visit and stay in one of their twelve 2 to 3 bedroom cabins or one of their three nearby rental houses. Patios at each cabin, an outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as a swim dock are still enjoyable for a while longer into the fall. They offer special last minute reservation rates, and post them on their
. Located at 598 Zack Wheat Drive in Sunrise Beach, they celebrated 40 years at the lake in 2014. For more information, visit their website at
Sunset Inn Resort
14. Take a cruise along Lake Taneycomo with Main Street Lake Cruises in Branson.
Main Street Lake Cruises gives sightseeing cruises and scenic tours in The Lake Queen, a riverboat replica, or the Landing Princess, a 110-foot yacht along Lake Taneycomo with views of the Ozark Mountains.
Standard cruises cost $28 each plus an additional $40 if you want their bottomless pizza and salad buffet and soft drinks. Other than the standard sight-seeing cruises, they also offer private or customized events such as dinner cruises. For more information, visit them at
Main Street Lake Cruises
Spend a little or spend a lot, the important thing is who you are with, right? Are there any other ideas we haven’t mentioned? Have you done any of these? What are some of your favorite romantic things to do in Missouri? Share in the comments below!