Hotel at a Glance: Tiger Hotel
Tiger Hotel, Mid-Missouri’s only 4-diamond hotel, is a short walk from the University of Missouri, and the campus’s fun, youthful vibe permeates the boutique hotel. Though much of the decor dates back to the 1920s (when the hotel opened), the chandeliers and terazzo floors have been refinished in a more contemporary style and guest rooms have modern layouts and amenities.
Velvet Cupcake, an artisanal cupcake shop just off the lobby, peddles made-from-scratch treats in throwback flavors. For more food and drink options, you can head to Vault, a speakeasy where you can enjoy award-winning cocktails, or Glenn’s Cafe, which features French- and Louisiana-inspired cuisine and an award-winning wine list.
- In-room amenities: 37-inch LCD TVs, Keurig coffeemakers, and Molton Brown bath products
- Stay in a suite to enjoy jetted tubs and separate seating areas. Junior suites also have views of the Mizzou campus.
- Use your $25 dining credit at the Velvet Cupcake, Vault, or Glenn’s Cafe
- Distance from Mizzou: 0.5 miles
Columbia, Missouri: College Town with Cultured Downtown
Located in the center of Missouri, halfway between Kansas and Saint Louis, the city of Columbia has been nicknamed College Town USA. It’s home to the University of Missouri, which has more than 70,000 students, and the activities tend to favor the young crowd. On Saturdays in the fall and winter, the focus is on college football—the Missouri Tigers play in the powerhouse Southeastern Conference.
Downtown Columbia is the cultural heart of the city, with shops, bars, music venues, and plenty of restaurants lining the streets. Check out UM’s Museum of Art and Archeology, where you can see Roman coins, Egyptian mummy masks, and paintings from ancient times to the present day in the extensive permanent collection. In particular, the ongoing Missouri Art and Artists exhibit is worth a look—it has paintings from local artists past and present.