Does anyone else go to a college in a tiny town that’s hours and hours away from another major city? Over the past three years, I’ve definitely come to love Kirksville’s charm, but it is still nice to get out of town sometimes––especially right before the midterm season.

My friends and I were originally supposed to go and visit a pumpkin patch and corn maze in Laclede, but the weather had other plans for us. The forecast for last Saturday was overcast and drizzly, making for a not fun time to be carving pumpkins and traipsing through a corn maze. So, we made a last minute decision to drive to Columbia, Missouri for a day of fun.

Columbia, Missouri Main Squeeze

Since I attended Mizzou for a year, my friends considered me an expert in our adventure to Columbia. So, our first stop was Main Squeeze, a vegetarian-friendly restaurant downtown. While I was a student at Mizzou I lived a few blocks away, and would routinely get blueberry smoothies and muffins on my way to class. This time, however, I ordered breakfast tacos and a vegan chocolate chip cookie. I think that the tofu in the tacos were spiced with turmeric and red pepper. They were perfectly spicy and tasty. The cookie was a bit undercooked but still great!

Our next stop was, of course, Lakota Coffee. Lakota is decorated in a style that reminds me of, what I imagine, a cafe tucked away in the Colorado mountains looks like. It’s rustic, and charming in a mountain home sort of way. The tables and chairs are made of wood, with the bark still attached. It’s so charming, and as a bonus they serve the best coffee in town. Per usual, I got a chai and some chocolate covered coffee beans for a treat later in the day.

Right across the street is a store called Makes Scents. Here, you can create your own scented lotion using their scent oils. You can mix and match your favorite scents to create something totally cutsom and one of a kind. I have some great grapefruit lotion, that smells really great. They also sell a bunch of candles and other goodies to make your life as relaxing as possible.

Columbia, Missouri DrinKraftOur final stop was DrinKraft for kombucha. Located in Columbia’s Arts District, DrinKraft makes their own in-house kombucha in a variety of ever-changing flavors. They also sell fine teas and coffee, as well as mixed drinks. The bartender lets you try as many flavors as you want before deciding which one you actually want to drink. The kombucha comes in small and large glasses, and quart sized jars to take home and savor. I got their blueberry sage to take home with me!Columbia, Missouri Root Cellar

Attached to DrinKraft is a local grocery store, Root Cellar. They focus on selling sustainable groceries to Columbia. They had a ton of fresh fruit and vegetables––without wrapping!! Go zero waste! All of their produce comes from local farmers, too, which is pretty incredible.

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