EASTERN SOUTH DAKOTA TRAVEL GUIDE: PART 4

Hello! I'm back with the final part of our South Dakota travel guide! In case you missed part 1part 2 and part 3, Scott and I partnered with the kind folks at South Dakota Tourism to venture around the eastern part of their beautiful state in early October! Today, I'm sharing all our last full day in SD, which includes a diner breakfast date, sight seeing in Brookings, lunch + sweets in Sioux Falls, more apple picking and of course -- sunset at the Falls Park!

Scott and I woke up early on our last full day in South Dakota and headed downtown for breakfast at Cook's Kitchen -- which we quickly learned was the hippest place to be on a Sunday morning! After a few hot coffees + a classic diner style breakfast, Scott and I hopped in the car and took a little drive through town before we started our trip back Sioux Falls. Among our stops along the way -- Coughlin Campanile, a 164 foot fall chimes tower on the South Dakota State University campus, and a rad "Brookings" mural that caught our eye as we were driving on by!

After a few stops and a drive around town, we hit the road and headed back to Sioux Falls for lunch and an afternoon of exploring. Once we made our way back into town, our first stop was lunch at the Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen. This cute eatery was nestled away just down the street from our hotel and was the perfect place to enjoy a little lunch date on an autumn day. 

Scott and I both opted for specials off of their season menu and were super excited with how quickly they came out (we were starving at this point, haha). Both meals were super delicious and we were only sad that we weren't going to have the opportunity to come back here again during this trip -- everything on their menu seriously sounded so good! Until next time, B&C!

After lunch, dessert sounded like a must -- so we headed back to downtown Sioux Falls to check out a local favorite, CH Patisserie! Opened by a world champion pastry chef, this sweet little shop gives off all of the Parisian vibes and served up some amazing macarons, puff pastries and tiramisu! Scott and I had a hard time choosing just one dessert, so we ended up getting three and splitting them -- best decision ever if you ask me!

It also didn't hurt that their building was too cute on the outside and definitely fit my color palette of the day, haha! Anyways, after dessert it was time for coffee and we had heard that Coffea Roasterie was the the place to go -- so we made the chilly walk through down the street and grabbed a couple of coffees to warm us up (well, one at least -- I swear, you can't take our iced coffee away from us, even in cold temps!). 

After we sipped our coffee and spent a little while warming up, we decided to take one last stroll through downtown to peek through the shops -- Unglued being one of our favorites, and then to head on back to our hotel before our next adventure, one more apple orchard that I just couldn't get off my mind! 

The quick drive down to Hoversten Orchards felt like something out of an autumn filled movie -- colorful with signs of fall everywhere, old barns + fields of corn as far as the eye can see! We didn't have a lot of time to spent at Hoversten's since we wanted to be back at Falls Park for sunset, but the time we did spend there felt pretty special with rows and rows of every kind of apple you kind of think, along with the nicest staff and two sweet gals that so kindly snapped a non-selfie photo of us together! I plan on sharing more about our time there soon, but for now -- just imagine you were apple picking with us in the photo below. ;)

And for the last big stop of our trip, we made our way back to Falls Park for a view of the falls at sunset! The golden light peeking through the trees gave the whole area a warm glow that really helped set the mood for our last night in Sioux Falls. Scott and I both couldn't be more grateful for this opportunity, and would highly encourage everyone to add South Dakota to their travel list soon! This state is SO beautiful and has so much to offer! 

And before I go, Scott and I filmed a vlog while visiting South Dakota! I hope ya'll enjoy it, as we had so much fun filming it! 

Well friends, that about wraps up our time in beautiful South Dakota! I have a few more photos + stories that I plan on sharing here soon (mostly about apple picking, haha), but I just want to thank everyone who sent us suggestions and rooted us on along the way -- Scott and I love traveling SO much and we're so thankful that we get to experience new places together and share our photos and stories with ya'll here! If you would like to see more travel content around these parts, be sure and let us know!

And lastly, a massive thank you is in order for our friends over at South Dakota Tourism for sponsoring this post and inviting us to their gorgeous state during my favorite part of the year! Scott and I are SO grateful for opportunity and can't wait to go back again one day soon!

-Chelsea xo