The first order of business was to find what we hoped would be a nice place, which we found on our favorite site for lodging - HomeAway.com.
We found the Vineyard to be everything it said it was on the HomeAway website. Given the choice between the grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast or the apartment above the Carriage House, Tiki jumped at the chance for the carriage house.
Built in 1890, this place has been meticulously renovated. The carriage house was comfortable and perfect for a weekend getaway.
There were two comfortable beds; one in a bedroom, and one situated in the corner of the main room. The couch in the living room was also very comfortable, once Tiki sunk down into it, he didn't want to get up for a while.
But what he saw across the room intrigued him - a cabinet full of small antique dolls, all just about his size.
For dinner the first night and breakfast both days, the kitchen was well stocked with more pantry items than what is usually found in vacation rentals. Everything was clean and ready to go.
French doors opened to a view of the neighborhood, which was an eclectic collection of renovated and dilapidated 1800's and early 1900s homes.
The next morning, after a good night sleep - Tiki was off to explore St. Joseph. Unfortunately, the Riverwalk Trail was closed because of flooding.
Next, Tiki set off to find Fort Smith. Driving through St. Joseph was a bit of a challenge. There are many one-way streets and this particular weekend there were many street closures.
But after a few wrong turns, we found the very small and quiet Fort Smith, overlooking the city.
This place has an incredibly large number of artifacts. Room after room was filled with relics from days gone by. Each room of this former hotel has a theme.