Cape Girardeau first impressions

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:

It’s hot.

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.

IMG_0769The doughnuts are colossal.

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.

Cape's slogan is "Where the river turns a thousand tales".

Cape’s slogan is “Where the river turns a thousand tales”.

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.

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9 Responses to Cape Girardeau first impressions

  1. Stacy September 9, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    It was HOT, wasn’t it? That’s late summer in Southeast Missouri for you! I’m glad it cooled down after Saturday. Love that the donuts were an immediate impression, haha, and I’m so excited to hear more about your visit!

    • Francesca September 18, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

      OMG Stacy, the heat was unreal! It didn’t stop me from inhaling one of those hot, gooey doughnuts, though!

  2. Lance | Trips By Lance September 9, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    We’ve driven through many times on our way from Memphis to St. Louis, Springfield and Chicago but I’ve never spent time in Cape. Maybe you’ll give us reason to do more than just stop for gas on our way north. I guess I didn’t realize how accessible the city is to the river.
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    • Francesca September 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      I hope you do more than stop for gas next time, Lance!

  3. Kiera @EasyTravelMom September 9, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    I really need to get to Missouri! I’ve never seen the Mississippi River that I can think of and the “Cape” sounds wonderful, minus the heat. I think we were in Michigan at the same time you were in Missouri and it was 90 there, so I can’t imagine how hot Missouri was!
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    • Francesca September 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

      YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER?! We need to remedy this. STAT.

  4. Adam Sommer September 10, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    Those are great donuts! Glad to see you had a fun time!
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    • Francesca September 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

      Thanks, Adam. I could go for one of those doughnuts right now…. 😉


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