For a quick respite, all I need to do is head down highway 94 to Wine Country Gardens. In the beginning the garden center was known for their acres upon acres of daylilly's, and the bucolic view of the Missouri River bottoms. Your heart rate is guaranteed to lower the minute your car tires crunch atop their gravel drive, Wine Country Gardens is that peaceful. The two-story farmhouse features a wrap-around arbor and is perfect place to while away a few hours. A cafe offering a variety of sandwiches and salads along with a wide variety of wine invites the visitor to linger. In recent years additional patios, a large dining hall, and an outdoor bandstand offer space for theme dinners, parties and weddings. I feel lucky indeed to have this gem a short 15 minute drive from home.