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Aug. 14 deadline set for late September regional trip to Missouri's Boot Heel
POSTED: 07/29/2015
Visit a number of historical, cultural, and wine-related sites in the southeast corner of Missouri during a three-day regional trip being planned by the 50 Plus Department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. This trip is scheduled for late September, but has an Aug. 14 deadline for registration and payment of a deposit.

This trip is called Missouri's Boot Heel. Participants will travel by motorcoach to Kimmswick, where they will enjoy lunch at the Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery, which is famous for its Levee High Apple Pie. The group will continue to Saint Genevieve, a historic French colony established in the 18th century. Tour the authentically-restored Louis Bolduc House, Felix Valle Historic Site, and the Creole home of Jacques Guibourd. Enjoy dinner at the Weingarten Vineyard's Garten Haus Restaurant. Then journey to Cape Girardeau and check into the Drury Suites for a two-night stay. On the second day, explore the "Route du Vin" in the area's wine country. Learn about grape growing in Missouri and find out how boutique wineries have climbed to the top of the industry. Taste local varieties and enjoy lunch at a vineyard along the way. Relax in resort-like surroundings, sip wine in a cave, and stroll the picturesque countryside. That evening, head to Sikeston for dinner at Lambert's Restaurant known as "home of the throwed rolls." On the final day, stop at Trail of Tears State Park and learn about the site's history and see exhibits that detail the forced relocation of the Cherokee during harsh winter conditions in 1838 and 1839. Experience the park's natural features and breathtaking scenery. Enjoy fall colors as you travel home through charming towns along the Mississippi River.

To find this trip in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under 50 plus and then under travel. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keywords "regional travel."

This trip will leave on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 30, and return the evening of Friday, Oct. 2. In addition to bus transportation, two nights lodging, tours, and attraction admissions, this trip includes six meals. The cost is $475 per person for double occupancy or $615 per person for single occupancy. A deposit of $50 for this trip is due by Aug. 14.

For more information about this trip, call (913) 826-3030. The JCPRD's Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches. To register, call (913) 831-3359. For updated program listings, visit the District's website at

While JCPRD’s 50 Plus programs are primarily for people who are age 50 or older, interested parties who have not yet reached that magic age may still be able to attend. Persons 18 and older who are interested in a 50 Plus class are invited to call the District’s Registration Department at (913) 831-3359, and if space is available without forfeiting the place of a person over 50, their registration can be taken.

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