Summer Goals

Back in June, I set some summer travel goals for myself. Now here’s the time where I grade how well I did and show off where I went.

1. Shop at 5 different (and new!) stores in the area

B: I made it to 4 out of 5 shops. I ended up at the Home Decorators Collection store in St. Louis and my local Goodwill store (where I picked up some nice decanters). This past week I also made it to my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore which I found full of cabinets, paint supplies, bathroom hardware, and really anything you might need for a home rehab project. The money goes back to Habitat for Humanity so this is a great place to visit.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The other place I made it to was a consignment and antique store known as Garvey Decor located in St. Charles, Missouri. While the inside might appear to be chaos, there were a ton of little finds if you were willing to search around. There were even items for sale in the bathrooms.

Garvey Decor

I’d recommend Garvey Decor for anyone searching for furniture (hutches and desks especially) or household items they might remember from their childhood.

2. See the great outdoors

Missouri Botanical Garden Dale Chihuly Walla Walla Onions

A: The Botanical Gardens. My goal was to make it to either the City Garden or the Missouri Botanical Gardens and I made it to the Botanical Gardens in August. I’m so glad I made the trip there and saw the beautiful gardens on a nice day this summer. Next year they’ll be hosting a Chinese Lantern Festival that I’ll be sure to visit.

3. Visit Six Flags

F: I never made the trip. With an unusually hot July and a husband working overtime it was hard to fit this into the schedule. I regret not making here and I still could make it before the end of the season for Fright Fest but I might just hold off till next year when there’s a new ride opening up.

4. Try 3 new restaurants

A+: 3? Try 4! I made 3 my goal but I actually visited 4 new restaurants this summer. I had some pizza at Pi Pizzeria in St. Louis, ate fish and chips at Llwelyn’s Pub in Winghaven, and had frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf.

Then for my anniversary I went out to dinner at Big Sky Cafe in Webster Groves, Missouri. The restaurant has tons of open windows to view the beautiful gardens and guests dress business casual. The menu is described as “revitalized American comfort food” and they definitely hit the mark. The dinner menu includes one list of classic dishes and one list of dishes that change at the chef’s pleasure (stay up-to-date on specials via their facebook page).

Image credit: Big Sky Cafe

When we were seated, our server brought us complimentary glasses of champagne to celebrate our anniversary. He also brought us some water, corn muffins, and crisps. We each started with a Caesar salad that came with pancetta on top. We both debated our dishes but my husband ended up with the beef tenderloin filet (the green peppercorn sauce is what makes the dish) and I ended up with the pot roast. The wine was heavy in the pot roast but that’s a great thing, making it rich and thick and a perfect gravy for the mashed potatoes. I had my dish with the apple pear tamarind sangria and they matched perfectly. We also treated ourselves to the cherry crisp (delicious but could have used more ice cream) before feeling totally and completely stuffed. While both my husband and I had beef dishes, the chef here is a vegetarian so there are plenty of options for people of most diets.

5. Visit St. Charles

Hot Summer Nights in St. Charles

Hot Summer Nights in St. Charles

A: Historic St. Charles. My goal was to either visit the old or the new of St. Charles and I made it to Historic St. Charles for Hot Summer Nights. This actually ended up being one of my favorite parts of summer so I am thrilled that I made it out for the event. I can’t wait to go next year.

6. Go berry picking


A: Blueberries, yum! I made it out to Wind Ridge Farm in New Melle, Missouri back in July. I managed to pick a ton of blueberries and have a fourth of July snack, a blueberry buckle, and even later on some blueberry muffins.


I made it to about 84% of the places I meant to (points off for Six Flags and the shop, a bonus point or two for the extra new restaurant). Pretty good but I can always do better to get to know St. Louis. To view photos of what I did all summer, make sure to check out my flickr page.

How did your summer goals go? Don’t forget, this is one of those things that’s more about the journey than the destination. Stay tuned tomorrow for my Fall 2011 travel goals!

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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  • Mark

    Great post! My favorite place to got and grab a bite is Villa Farotto in the Valley! Not only is there pizza incredible, they have the best toasted ravioli on the planet! Also, Wednesday–Saturday enjoy live music on the terrace. Check ’em out!