Small Town Spotlight: Columbia, Missouri

by Country Inns & Suites
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Big cities get all the draw, but small towns get all the charm. Columbia, Missouri, is no exception. This eclectic, vibrant town is bursting with art, music, shops, and so much more. Your itinerary will be filled with unique attractions and memorable activities that will surely please every type of traveler.

Family Fun

Catch a show at one of the many kid-friendly theaters, such as the Maplewood Barn Community Theatre or the Theatre Reaching Young People & Schools. Fun, educational activities await you and your little ones at the Museum of Art and Archaeology and the Museum of Anthropology on the University of Missouri’s campus. You’re bound to work up an appetite, so head over to The District to please the pickiest of eaters. Just be sure to save room for ice cream at Sparky’s Ice Cream Parlor!

Girlfriends’ Getaway

Columbia is the perfect destination for shopping, food, and fun with your girlfriends. You’ll have so much to see and do at the North Village Arts District, where galleries and music venues are nestled between cafes and theatres. If you are looking for more shopping opportunities, The District has more than 100 unique shops that carry everything from hiking boots to handcrafted jewelry. Support nearly 70 local farmers, producers, and artisans at the Columbia Farmers Market and bring home fresh herbs, plants, and organic produce from your adventure.

Rock Bridge State Park Trail

Romantic Retreat

Wake up each day and take a refreshing stroll together through Rock Bridge State Park or the Mizzou Botanic Gardens. Have lunch at Booche’s downtown to enjoy what USA Today called one of the best burgers in America. You’ll have many options when you hit the town for the evening. Romance will be in the air if you visit the Serenity Valley Winery. You can even customize a wine label to remember the occasion. If you’re looking for something a little more out of the ordinary, head over to the 63 Diner for a famously fun evening. Waitresses will serve you delicious comfort foods in classic poodle skirts. Don’t forget to take pictures with all the vintage décor!

Mizzou Botanical Garden

Whether you are traveling solo or with a family of five, Columbia is a small town you will want to return to year after year. Stay at the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Columbia hotel and you’ll always be just minutes away from all the action. You’ll also enjoy our famous chocolate chip cookies and Be Our Guest Breakfast each and every time you stay with us. We look forward to seeing you soon!