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Girls Just Want to Have Fun: Great Gals’ Getaways in Missouri



The kids are back in school and the fall routine is in full swing, so it’s the perfect time to grab your gal pals and head out for a weekend of good food, shopping, gossip, a little pampering and a lot of fun.

So pack your bag, hook up with your pals and get ready to have a blast. You deserve it.

Chateau on the Lake, Spa Room

Chateau on the Lake, Spa Room

If you live near Branson, check out the Emory Creek Victorian Bed & Breakfast where you can have a movie night with complimentary films and snacks. If a spa sounds more luxurious, Chateau on the Lake offers a package just for girlfriends that includes fruit, cheese and wine when you arrive, along with special spa services and shopping discounts.

Maybe you’re looking for more activity, try The Katy Trail Bed & Bikefest near Rocheport, a cozy 1880s historic home. Rent bikes to explore the Katy Trail, poke around the historic district, take in gorgeous river views and tour the bluff-top winery Les Bourgeois, a family-owned operation that has a tasting room.

Just a 20-minute drive away in Columbia, The Market Place is a 38,000-square-foot mall that was voted “Best Place to Buy Antiques” by Inside Columbia Magazine. You’re sure to find something special to remember your getaway.

You and your pals can meet in St. Louis, where the 1920 colonial Eastlake Inn Bed and Breakfast is convenient to such attractions as the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch, Missouri Botanical Gardens, considered among the top three gardens in the world, St. Louis Union Station, a marketplace with shops and restaurants, and the Saint Louis Zoo, where you can wander through a giant birdcage and see the River’s Edge, which elephants and hippos call home.

St. Louis Zoo

St. Louis Zoo

On a side trip to The Hill, the Italian neighborhood of St. Louis, you’ll find bakeries filled with fresh delights like biscotti, crusty breads and cannolli, and delis selling aromatic cheeses and briny olives. If retail therapy is what you’re looking for, check out Plaza Frontenac or the Saint Louis Galleria.

One of the largest resort spas in the Midwest is Spa Shiki, a 15,000-square-foot facility reminiscent of a Japanese home that is located at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark. Special packages include shopping discounts for Osage Beach Premium Outlets along with cocktails in the resort and complimentary valet parking.

If you’re headed west, Briarcliff Village, just north of downtown Kansas City, is a charming, Tuscan-inspired setting that offers a wide array of shops and restaurants, as well as Spa Tuscano, with a full menu of facials, massages and body treatments. You may decide to relax here all day (group parties are welcome).

Kansas City Power & Light District

Kansas City Power & Light District

The Crossroads Arts District is near downtown and jammed with galleries, unique shops and restaurants. Nosh on wood-fired prosciutto pies at Pizza Bella. A few blocks farther is the Kansas City Power & Light District, where the rooftop bar at Bice is a perfect perch to enjoy downtown; or grab a drink in the upscale outdoor Living Room, surrounded by bars and restaurants.


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