As cool breezes cut summer heat and the leaves fade into sunset hues, Pin Oak Farms celebrates autumn with pumpkin picking, bonfires, and other activities. Tractors full of hay bales and visitors rumble out toward vegetable fields, happy shouts spiraling back toward areas for face painting and petting farm animals. A 5-acre corn maze or smaller straw-bale maze test one’s sense of direction or ability to crack open a compass and eat the good parts. Kids plop themselves down in a giant tub of corn, clamber around in bounce houses, or putt games of pumpkin-themed mini golf. At dusk, bonfires warm hands and bring to life dancing shadows behind groups and scout troops.
Nestled amid the picturesque river valleys and pastoral scenery of the Augusta wine region, Blumenhof Winery treats guests to gourmet meals and handcrafted wines made from Missouri-grown grapes. Just as the members of a barbershop quartet work together to fight crime, the four courses of August 19's prix fixe dinner operate harmoniously to conquer cravings, combining complementary culinary styles for a well-orchestrated epicurean experience. The peppery prelude of chilled shrimp in a piquant Cajun remoulade comes partnered with crisp andouille and roasted-red-pepper confit, followed by a spicy Sichuan salad sporting bean sprouts, crisp arugula, celery, carrots, and chopped peanuts. The main course of pork tenderloin travels atop plates with a savory retinue of red Colusari rice and haricots verts, and the sweet finale of Kahlua crème brûlée leaves feasters grinning as broadly as a Cheshire cat at a comedy club thanks to its dulcet dollop of cardamom whipped cream.
When Lindsey Schaefer moved back to St. Louis, she noticed that something had changed. Microbreweries were popping up everywhere, and she pleasantly found more and more craft beers inside local stores. So, Lindsey created the STL Brewery Hop as a celebration of the city's best brews.
On weekends, a tour bus takes up to 20 passengers to local breweries, where guides speak to the history and operations of each business. They hand out samples, too, of course. A typical hop might sample the Cast Iron Oatmeal Brown of the 4 Hands Brewing Company or Urban Chestnut beer.
Perched atop the bluffs along the Missouri River Bottoms, Bias Winery & Gruhlke's Microbrewery's atmosphere is ripe for enjoying fine wines and microbrew beers handcrafted on site. The establishment also hosts a quaint gift shop, and is inviting for a casual meet up or a romantic date.