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Trip Report Another road trip with my niece--Rocheport, St. Charles, St. Louis Missouri

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My niece was visiting me in October and so we took another road trip across Missouri. She came for a much longer time after her high school graduation, this time it was a MUCH faster version.

We had a blast. I'll split this into restaurants, lodging and activities. Restaurants first.

Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro
Both coming and going we managed to be passing Rocheport at lunch time. We swung off I-70 and had lunch at the Les Bourgeois Blufftop Bistro. I have had lunch there several times over the years and it is always good.

It's just such a beautiful setting. The first stop was cloudy and windy, but coming back it was a bright, crisp fall day, with beautiful blue skies. As we always do, we walked down to the area right on the blufftop above the Missouri River and took pictures. Back up adjacent to the parking lot were some rolling rows of vines, and even in the fall when the grapevines are past their prime it made for some picture opportunities.

I was driving, so no wine for me, but my niece had a glass and while I had to take a conference call she also went into the A-Frame a little further down, did some tasting, and bought a bottle.

We had their antipasto platter both times. They had different items on the two different days so it was fun to try. They change their menu a lot and it's been awhile so I can't remember exactly what we each had, but I can tell you it was tasty.

http://www.missouriwine.com/Blufftop-Bistro-Menu.php

Picasso's Coffee House
The food was good at our B&B but the coffee was atrocious (contrary to the innkeeper's contention--which was that everyone always thought coffee was good at a B&B and no matter what she used everyone thought it was good--people do know when coffee is awful, they are just too polite to say it to her face).

So, as soon as we got to Main Street in St. Charles, I spotted the coffee and made a bee line. If lines are any indication, this is a popular place. The staff was warm and friendly, there are lots of places to sit, the coffee was good.

http://www.picassoscoffeehouse.com/site/

The Boathouse Forest Park
My nephew lives in St. Louis and is newly married, and my niece wanted to meet the new wife (and see her cousin of course). We met them at the Boathouse in Forest Park. It was a blustery, chilly day, so the table right next to the fireplace was appreciated!

We each had the half sandwich and soup options. All I can really remember was that we all enjoyed it. Then, the server did a really nice thing. We had brought a little popup card for the newlyweds that was a wedding cake. We had it sitting on the table as we ate and at one point the server asked about it and we told her about the recent wedding.

At the end of our meal she brought out a beautiful dessert and four spoons, completely unprompted. What a thoughtful thing to do! I gave her a big tip :-)

http://www.boathouseforestpark.com/

The Good Pie
My niece and I were going to a concert at The Fox and The Good Pie is close by. My nephew came and met us for dinner beforehand (Erika was going to a different concert over in Illinois that night so could not join us).

Wood-fired, Napolean style pizzas---so delicious! Roasted olives and the meat and cheese plate for starters, then classic Margherita for me and I don't care what the others had, I was focused on my plate! Ben got the leftovers. This is a fun atmosphere right by St. Louis University, and the food was very, very good.

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