It’s fall – that means it’s roadtrip time! Cape Girardeau and Sikeston are the perfect fall escapes. About a two hour drive from St. Louis and two and a half hours from Memphis, Cape and Sikeston are just thirty minutes from each other and have big fun without the big crowds.
Movie buffs will love Cape Girardeau for the Gone Girl driving tour. Gone Girl (starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) was recently filmed in Cape Girardeau and released in theaters in 2014. Today you can visit the locations around town that appear in the movie as well as favorite places the cast and crew frequented while staying in Cape.
Another must-visit is Minglewood Brewery. For a restaurant/brewery that has been fully open for less than a year, Minglewood has certainly made a name for itself. Cape locals have been raving about this new brewery so we had to check it out for ourselves… and wow, was it was worth the visit. They are known for their fresh pizzas and crisp ales. I highly recommend their flagship beer, the Minglewood Kentucky Common, or the Minglewood Tropical Pale Ale, which was the first beer they brewed. This pale ale has fruity undertones of mango and grapefruit.
There are many exciting options for lodging in Cape. One unique opportunity is the Broadway Loft in Historic Cape Girardeau. This loft offers three bedrooms, screened-in back porch, fully equipped kitchen and a living room stocked with movies, books and games. The Bellevue Bed and Breakfast is also a great pick for an overnight. This elegantly restored Queen Anne Victorian house was built in 1891. Here you will be offered decadent home-made sweets for dessert and a three-course meal for breakfast as a part of your luxurious stay.
To continue your roadtrip, be sure to visit Sikeston next; it’s just thirty minutes south on I-55. The Sikeston Depot offers a history museum highlighting the Parks Air Force Base, Sikeston’s cotton industry, invention of the mechanical horse and the Mississippian Indian Tribe, in addition to an art gallery featuring regional and local artists.
Just across the street from the Depot is a little gem called Parengo Coffee. Their exquisite coffees are roasted in house and served fresh. For a bite to eat in Sikeston you can’t miss Dexter BBQ! This humble joint has the best brisket I have ever had and ribs that fall right off the bone.
Along with these daily destinations, Sikeston has many events throughout the year, so even if you won’t be visiting during the fall, there is still fun to be had! Between fishing tournaments, cowboy festivals, art walks, Civil War re-enactments, rodeos, Cotton Ramble Bike Ride and holiday open houses, there are so many ways to experience Sikeston. Check out VisitMO.com to plan your roadtrip.
Written by Hannah Domino, communications intern for the Missouri Division of Tourism.