Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is a city of almost 40,000 people, located approximately ninety minutes south of St. Louis. We drove down to Cape (as it’s known locally) on a Saturday morning after spending the previous night in St. Louis. It wasn’t very far to go and I wanted to make sure we got into town in time to check out Riverfront Market. My initial observations about Cape are as follows:
On the morning of our arrival, it was just as hot in Cape as it was when we left St. Louis, and it wasn’t any cooler back home in Chicago. The USA’s mid-section just happened to be in the middle of a heat wave at the beginning of our visit to Cape Girardeau but we didn’t let it stop us.
I’d heard that the Riverfront Market was one of the best around and, more intriguingly, there are delicious doughnuts sold there that are as big as my head. We wasted no time finding the doughnut cart and we were not disappointed. They were still hot (which might seem unappealing given the oppressive weather) and gooey (which completely canceled out the uncomfortable temperatures) and oh so scrumptious.
The locals are super friendly.
Within minutes of purchasing our massive doughnuts and settling in at an umbrella table in order to escape the blistering sun, a mother-daughter duo, also seeking shade, joined us. We began to talk and, inevitably, they realized we were not from the area (our annoyingly nasal Chicago accents gave us away). We got to talking and before I knew it, we were being treated to a rundown of all that is wonderful in and around Cape. If Lucia didn’t need to use the potty, we probably would still be there talking with those ladies. It was quite a welcome to Cape for us.
The Mississippi River is, like, right there.
From Main Street, through the open flood gates, I spied the Mighty Mississippi. I’m pretty sure I’d never been so close to the river before. I tweeted during our time in Cape that “Maybe it’s my Midwestern roots, but I always get so excited to see the Mississippi River.” It’s true. I am infatuated with the history and the lore that the mighty river carries with it. Even better is that Lucia already shares my sentiment about and affinity for the Mississippi.
We’re going to have a good time here.
And we did. Keep checking back here for all that we enjoyed in and around Cape!
My family and I were guests of the Cape Girardeau CVB and its partners. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.