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TOKY Friday: Get Outta Town

Oct 24 2014 Friday 5

Beautiful fall weekends give us the itch to travel. Here are a few of our favorite places to get outta town and escape for a weekend and recharge.

Bonus: They’re all close to St. Louis so you can get the maximum amount of relaxation and autumn goodness for your mileage. 


Chicago, IL & Castlewood State Park, MO

chicago fall

Weekend roadtrips! Two weeks ago I went to Chicago for a blustery weekend and a show — which was great! And this weekend I’m headed to Castlewood for a jaunt through the woods! Hooray, fall!

Kelcey Towell, Designer


Missouri Wineries & Lake of the Ozarks

MO winery fall 

One of my favorite October outings is to a winery.  It is also fun to go down to the lake for a weekend this time of year.  It is always pretty with the foliage.

/ Becky Liefer, Accounting Manager


 Champaign-Urbana, IL

Illini football

I’m really excited to return to my alma mater this fall for an Illini football game. The campus always looks amazing this time of year and I especially can’t wait to revisit all of my favorite restaurants and bars that I have been craving — I will definitely be bringing back frozen Papa Del’s for myself and my family.

/ Daniel Korte, Web Developer


Lake Taneycomo, Branson, MO

Taneycomo cabin

My family goes down to stay in cabins on Lake Taneycomo every fall. Grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, cousins… the whole gang. The trip involves boating, fishing, bonfires, cookouts, cigars and lots of family time. I didn’t get to go this year, but going there in the fall, being on the lake, seeing the colors and hanging out together… favorite fall trip every year.

/ Emily Standley, Account Manager


Middle of Nowhere

Cabin in the woods

Staying at a cabin in the woods and watching Cabin in the Woods.

/ Geoff Story, Creative Director


 Shawnee National Forest, IL

Garden of the Gods

I adore Shawnee National Forest in Southern Illinois – camping, hiking, wineries, breathtaking views, prehistoric rock formations i.e., Garden of the Gods, and the most incredible Fall colors in the Midwest and beyond- and less than three hours from STL.

/ Jane Winburn, Account Manager

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Written by Lindsey Vehlewald