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Saturday, March 7, 2009

You Know Cara Is Travelling To A Warmer Climate When...

Well - take a walk with me down the old, brick cobblestone street in the sweet little historic district of St. Charles, Missouri! I'll be sure to point out the (should be obvious) signs that it ISN'T negative five here.

My Hotel... (snowless)

Historic Main well marked, but since the minute you step onto the red cobblestone sidewalks you feel like you are in a time warp! The real Williamstown has got nothing on this!

(Um...notice the lack of anything white and fluffy??) - The charm is complete with the Amish Peddler. I inquired about an actual horse and buggy ride, but - not one of the amenities offered.

This location, however - caught my vino-based attention immediately. I quickly forget to be amazed at the face that I wasn't wearing a coat and was drawn in by those little letters on the bottom of the sign.

That's right - a tasting room! A meditation room AND a wine tasting room on the SAME trip? This is just too good to be true...and it was. Mmm....I tried all their local reds - dry, sweet, semi-sweet...dry with a sweet finish - Y.U.M!

A warm and comfortable, pre-dinner buzz reminded me once again to document the LACK OF SNOW!

Take a gander across the street and you will see....outdoor seating - IN MARCH!!!! It turned out that the resturant was owned by the winery, hence served all their fab reds with dinner! Want to take a guess where I dined?

If you are a shopper (which, by the way I'm not...but the allure isn't totally lost on me) then you might want to check out: The Bling Boutique

Or, if you are feeling a bit empty in the pocketbook, try its next door neighbor...Poor Man's Art! This intruiged me. No

And, of course - the Univerise couldn't forget to make a strong showing. I mean, I am here for a Grief Conference. And so, if ever I felt like I needed a brief trip back down Alice's rabbit hole...I don't have far to walk.

Or - if you're on the fence...just have a cup of tea. The Mad Hatter will talk you down.

And, if you are craving some puffy eye, tear stained stories from the conference itself - don't worry, I'll post all the eye-opening details as Share Southern Vermont's site later.


Kristin said...

Great pics Cara...hope you are soaking up the warm weekend we are having down south.

Martha said...

I love the tour and commentary, Cara, thank you for the great pics and info. That is a rain collection barrel. Sending my best, M

Michelle said...

Thanks for the tour! It has been warm here too so I hope you are enjoying it!

Barbara said...

Ah lovely tour and fun looking shops.

Sooo, did you take enough clothes for all this non-snowy weather?


Amy said...

Lovely! Yes, Martha, is correct, a rain collection barrel so that they can water their plants with the wonderful water of Mother Nature. Most of us have them here...we like to recycle!

Cara said...

Ahhh...a rain collection barrel - of course. You ladies are so smart!

Malky B. said...

Looks like you had fun!

Cassandra said...

What an adorable little town.

Carrie said...

Wow! I can't believe anyone could eat outside in MARCH. I am watching the snow fall in Seattle and am fed up. Looks like I am heading to Missouri. I do love tea, dining al fresco and shopping!

:) Carrie

areyoukiddingme said...

Welcome to the midwest...where it can go from 20 degrees to 80 degress in a week. You just caught a good time...and with no tornadoes!

Yeah, the rain collection barrel would have been easier to identify if it had looked like there was a way to get the water out!

The Steadfast Warrior said...

Got to love finding gems of places when you travel! A rain collection barrel was my guess too. What an interesting place you visited. There's no snow here you know... ;) Although crazy March weather saw sun, flurries and rain all in the space of 15 minutes before the sun came back today.

Photogrl said...

Looks like a wonderful town to be visiting!

Soak up some of that warm weather to remember when you return North.

WiseGuy said...

Ummmm....I notice what is common to all of them...there is no snow....oh, wait , that's what you declared at the beginning. So I have basically inferred what logically you already have hypothesized....

LOLOL...just wanted to bore you. Great pictures, great place....make some room for me at Alice's tea room.

Anonymous said...

Your near my neck of the woods! We ARE having a gorgeous weekend, aren't we? Hope you get your fill of warm before going back home.


battynurse said...

Great pics. Must be nice to be without snow when you have so much at home.

Mrs. Olson said...

WOW you hit the jackpot...meditation and a wine tasting room! I'm incredibly jealous!!

Beautiful Mess said...

WOW, outside March?! That town is so beautiful. The wines sound delicious. What an amazing trip your having. Emotionally and physically. Thank you for sharing those pictures, they are so beautiful.

Brenna said...

Looks like you're having a fantastic trip! Can't wait to hear more about the conference.

(We've considered putting up a rain collection barrel, actually--too bad we haven't yet, it would have gotten a ton of use this weekend!)

Wishing 4 One said...

What a great little town! I love to visit places like that. The gutter running into barrel priceless.

Dalene said...

Don't worry, it's snowing again today!

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