Now Reading
Ready to get away? Try a COMO staycation

Ready to get away? Try a COMO staycation

  • "Ready to get away? Try a COMO staycation" originally appeared in the May 2024 "Weekender" issue of COMO Magazine.

In my role as mayor, one of my favorite tasks to do is provide the welcome at visiting conferences and large meetings being hosted in Columbia. Often when this happens in other cities, the mayor providing welcome will jokingly encourage the attendees to go out and spend money to boost the local sales tax. While this is true and I want visitors to do that, I normally tell attendees to “get lost” in our city. I expand upon that by talking about the numerous sites to see in Columbia that visitors don’t often get to see when they just come in for a conference. I love Columbia and showing it off to people is the best. 

As we enter the season of warmer weather and longer days, it’s natural for many of us to feel the urge to embark on adventures and explore new horizons. However, you don’t always have to venture far to find excitement and relaxation. In fact, right here in Columbia, we are blessed with an abundance of hidden treasures and opportunities for a fulfilling staycation. 

In a time when the world is constantly on the move, taking a step back to appreciate the beauty and charm of our own city can be incredibly rewarding. So, why not plan a staycation right here in Columbia? Allow me to share some ideas to help you make the most of your time off without straying too far from home. 

Firstly, let’s talk about exploring our natural wonders. Columbia is surrounded by breathtaking parks and trails that offer a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Whether it’s hiking at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, picnicking at Stephens Lake Park, or cycling along the Katy Trail, there’s no shortage of outdoor adventures waiting to be discovered and local vendors to help you plan your activity. 

For those seeking a more cultural experience, look no further than our vibrant arts scene. Spend an afternoon browsing the galleries downtown or catching a performance at the historic Missouri Theatre. You won’t go hungry with the diverse culinary scene that Columbia has to offer. From funky bakeries and cash-only burger joints to upscale dining establishments, there’s something to satisfy every palate right here in our city. 

Of course, no staycation would be complete without a bit of relaxation and pampering. Treat yourself to a spa day at one of Columbia’s many wellness centers or unwind with a leisurely stroll through the picturesque University of Missouri campus. And for those looking to add a touch of luxury to their staycation, consider booking a stay at one of Columbia’s boutique hotels. 

But perhaps the true beauty of a staycation lies in the opportunity to rediscover the simple pleasures of home. Take this time to indulge in your favorite hobbies, whether it’s gardening, cooking, or simply curling up with a good book. Invite friends and family over for a backyard barbecue or host a movie night complete with popcorn and homemade treats. 

Ultimately, the key to a successful staycation is embracing the spirit of exploration and adventure right in your own backyard. So, whether you’re a lifelong resident or a newcomer to our city, I encourage you to take some time to discover all that Columbia has to offer. 

As mayor, I am constantly amazed by the warmth and creativity of our community, and I am proud to call Columbia my home. So, as you plan your next getaway, I invite you to consider staying right here in Columbia and experiencing the magic of our city for yourself. 

Thank you for being a part of our vibrant community, and here’s to many more unforgettable staycations in Columbia!  

Barbara Buffaloe photographed in Downtown Columbia

Barbara Buffaloe currently is serving her first term in office as the mayor of Columbia.

What's Your Reaction?
Not Sure

404 Portland St, Ste C | Columbia, MO 65201 | 573-499-1830
© 2023 COMO Magazine. All Rights Reserved.
Website Design by Columbia Marketing Group

Scroll To Top