Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the tree house; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape…”  To Kill a Mockingbird

Summer is officially here, friends! Today marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. If you haven’t already done so, today is the perfect time to create your “summer bucket list,” or list of things you must do before fall approaches, the days shorten, and school begins again.

  • Buy a bunch of beautiful daylilies. This is first on the list because the time to do so is almost here. This Saturday, June 24, Kimmswick will host the Annual Daylily sale. You can find over 75 varieties of summer’s most gorgeous perennial. All proceeds support the Kimmswick Visitor Center.
  • Indulge in a summer feast. Every season seems to bring specific food cravings, and summer is no exception! Perhaps you dream of a light and creamy chicken salad on a croissant or a colorful tropical salad with a tangy, sweet dressing. Maybe you wish to spend the afternoon on the veranda with a tall glass of Sweet Tea or an ice-cold beer. Of course, if you’re all screaming for ice cream, we’re happy to put a scoop next to your favorite Blue Owl dessert.
  • Shop Kimmswick. You simply must stop and stroll around in our charming, historic town. There are so many delightful and unique shops to enjoy. You’re sure to find the perfect gift for any occasion.
  • Explore St. Louis for free. Whether you live in this area or are vacationing here, St. Louis is loads of fun for everyone. Even better, you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy it. Forest Park, the famous Louis Zoo, the Science Center, Grant’s Farm, and several area museums have no charge. Even The Muny offers select free seats. You can enjoy life as a hometown tourist for days without spending a dime on admission.
  • Explore nature. Our area is also filled with beautiful trails, wildlife, and fantastic swimming holes. Explore at least one state or county park before summer ends.
  • Witness the Eclipse. Where will you be on August 21? The Great American Eclipse is generating much excitement. Positioned just south of St. Louis, we are in a prime viewing area! The Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery will be OPEN & TAKING RESERVATIONS for this event, no matter how large or small your group may be (the usual 5 or more rule will not apply).  Call early to reserve your spot!

I look forward to seeing you over the summer, friends! I hope that your “bucket list” is filled with exciting activities, wonderful memories, and big dreams! Remember that Dreams Really Do Come True!

 All My Love,

~Mary