End of December Getaway

Don't you imagine this on the front of a Christmas card? We were happy to finally see the inside of The Southern Hotel!
Don’t you imagine this on the front of a Christmas card? We were happy to finally see the inside of The Southern Hotel!

We ended the holiday season with our second trip to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.  Last Christmas we stopped there for a day, and as we wandered around during their yearly Christmas festival, I spied the most charming bed and breakfast.  Kelly and I promised we’d come back to visit someday, and I was so happy we went back after Christmas this year and finally stayed at The Southern Hotel.

When we arrived at our destination, we were greeted by the owners, Mike and Cathy.  Cathy had a warm plate of chocolate chip cookies, and we were given a tour of the lovely 225 year old home.  Every room in the home was beautiful, and we really enjoyed looking at their antique collection and ephemera.  We stayed in the Buttons and Bows room which as a beautiful old bed from 1775 (The only thing I often find corny about b&b’s are the room names.  They’re so syrupy they kinda give me hives!).  Our favorite feature had to be the side by side clawfoot tubs!  They reminded me of the Cialis commercial, and The Southern Hotel provided bath salts that smelled wonderful.    While we were only staying for one night, we did enjoy walking around the garden at night, lit with white lights.

We loved the side by side clawfoot tubs in our room!
We loved the side by side clawfoot tubs in our room!
Downstairs at The Southern Hotel felt so cozy
Downstairs at The Southern Hotel felt so cozy.
Beautiful Christmas decorations at The Southern Hotel
Beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the house
In the Billiard Room, the frame with old photos was my favorite feature!
In the Billiard Room, the frame with old photos was my favorite feature!

We also went back to eat at the Anvil Restaurant & Saloon.  The first time I went there, I had the chili, onion rings, and liver dumplings.  The food is great!  This time, I had a bowl of the chili and onion rings because I wasn’t as hungry, and I washed it down with a beer.

Their Onion Rings are awesome!
Their Onion Rings are awesome!

In the morning, we were off after a great breakfast, coffee, and chocolates for the road from Cathy.  I’m sure this won’t be the last time we visit Ste. Gen.  It’s a quaint town, perfect for puttering around and shopping and stopping at the local restaurants and coffee shops to just have a bite, relax, and people watch.

This concludes my posts on my travels in December.  We are now back to our regularly scheduled updates.  Thanks for your patience as I spent a lot of time over the last few weeks indulging and hiding out.  It was much needed, and truthfully, I’m not necessarily ready to give it up just yet.

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