A Few Hours In: Columbia, MO

Drove into Columbia, MO pretty late from Ohio so my mom and I grabbed some dinner then headed to the Tiger Hotel after looking at Hotel Tonight’s app and finding a really great deal. That app is a lifesaver for anyone traveling by the way.

The hotel was unexpectedly charming and nice. We chatted with the front desk agent for a bit and she talked about the history of the hotel and how the rooms were once dorms for students, then how it underwent different management throughout the years, etc etc. They’ve always kept the “Tiger” name since day one though. Pretty interesting! Love when a hotel has a bit of authenticity and history in its walls.

Antique chandeliers inside the lobby that have been in the building since the beginning!

9am: After sleeping like a rock, mom and I walked to Fretboard Coffee after perusing yelp for a bit (when am I not?) I decided this place looked kind of cool. (All about those yelp reviews and strange coffee shops ya know? haha). This Ernie’s Cafe is right next door. Isn’t it cute?! (Minus the plastic chairs in front)

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When a coffee shop looks like a science lab inside an abandoned garage you can bet they have top notch coffee. Which they did. The coffee was on fleek.

Science lab vibes, no?
Stephen’s Lake

We decided to get some exercise in before the drive so we drove to Stephens Lake park with coffee in hand and walked around the lake. I ended up making mom do 4 sets of 20 lunges for which she was hating me the next day haha. YEAH MOM.

The lake is a must see if you’re in Columbia, or a student who just wants some nature away from stressful school life. SO beautiful!!

11am: After showering and packing up, we checked out of the hotel (grabbed some candy) and acai bowls at Nourish Cafe. If I were to open a healthy, quick grab and go restaurant/cafe, it would look a lot like this place. Acai bowls, fresh juice, nut milks, salads, etc. We were so happy to find this gem.

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Nourish Cafe for breakfast.
Hidden in an alleyway was this cute shop. It was closed but we wanted to go in so badly!!

11:30 And we were off! Next stop: Kansas City, MO.


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