Cape Girardeau

A quick weekend trip to kick-off your holiday celebrations

The new travel adage is “When in Cape Girardeau, do as the Cape Girardeans do…” at least when you’re spending a day or two in Southeast Missouri. This Missouri city is the gateway to the Mississippi Delta and cotton country of the Missouri’s Bootheel, as well as the home of Southeast Missouri State University. It retains a definite Southern feel. Here are a few activities of note in November:

The 21st Annual Christmas Extravaganza

More than 200 vendors participate in this Christmas market extraordinaire, Nov. 18-20, 265 Notre Dame Dr.

Holiday Bazaar

Another big Christmas market on Nov. 19 featuring craft- and holiday-related items. Proceeds will benefit veterans’ organizations. National Guard Armory, 2626 Independence St.

Shopping Finds

Looking for more shopping opportunities? Fine antiques will be at Annie Laurie’s, 536 Broadway. The owner, Laurie Everett, has also opened Indie House at 605 Broadway, featuring Brickwood Boutique, which carries women’s fashion and accessories, Mother Earth by Annie Laurie’s, as well as other businesses.

And get this—Cape Girardeau is now the national headquarters for Pokémon shopping. Rivertown Labs Pokéshop has opened at 20 N. Main St., billing itself as the only Pokémon center in the country. Nostalgia drove the two local owners; they collected Pokémon when they were kids. Get it while it’s hot.

Historic Cape

Cape Girardeau’s commanding position on the Mississippi River has always been its raison d’etre. Relics of its history remain at Glenn House, 225 S. Spanish St., the residence of a wealthy merchant, and at the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, 113 Bollinger Mill Rd. in nearby Burfordville, featuring a pre-Civil War gristmill and covered bridge.

Getting There

Cape Girardeau is located on Interstate 55, approximately 115 miles south of St. Louis.

Where to Stay

Auburn Place Hotel & Suites

Located right off of Interstate 55 and centered in the middle of several dining and shopping venues. Clean and convenient. Rooms from $99. 3265 William St.

Bellevue Bed & Breakfast

To recapture the heyday of Cape Girardeau’s past, stay at this Queen Anne Victorian gem from 1891. Furnished in fine antiques, it’s a comforting stay and convenient to restaurants and downtown.

1312 Bellevue St.

Where to Dine


Located in downtown Cape Girardeau in a historic building right next to the river, 36 prides itself on the steaks and the cozy atmosphere. If it looks familiar, that’s because several scenes in the Gone Girl movie were shot here.36 N. Main St., 573-803-2333


Fine dining worth celebrating, it boasts an extensive wine list and locally raised meats and produce from surrounding farms. The menu changes seasonally. 615 Bellevue St., 573-334-8330