The city of St. Louis may be nestled deep in the Midwest, 300 miles from its more popular cousin, Chicago, but it’s certainly not just a “fly-over” state. There’s a case to be made for the hidden gem that is “St. Louie,” a vibrant city bustling with a wide array of fine dining, shopping, music venues, and so much more. Whether you want to experience awe-inspiring city views atop one of the world’s most famous monuments, shop till you drop, or seek out the greener sides of the city, St. Louis has something for everyone. We’ve listed the top things to do in the Gateway City, featuring the hot spots you just can’t miss along with the best places to stay for an adventure-filled weekend.
What to Do:
- The Gateway Arch: Visitors can take a 630-foot ride to the top of this world-famous monument, which offers the finest views in the city.
- Spend the day in one of the largest urban parks in the U.S.: Forest Park, once home to the 1904 World’s Fair, attracts around 12 million visitors a year with its scenic walking and biking trails. Make sure to check out the Jewel Box while you’re there (a stunning greenhouse filled with floral displays), along with the World’s Fair Pavilion (the perfect spot for a picnic).
- Taste tradition at a St. Louis brewery: From touring the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery and getting up close and personal with the famous Budweiser Clydesdales, to experiencing local flavor at Schlafly Bottleworks for a free tour where you can try up to 50 different styles of beer, brew enthusiasts have plenty of enticing options to choose from.
Where to Stay:
The Cheshire, located smack-dab in the middle of all that St. Louis has to offer, delivers an Old World feel and quirky charm that guests are sure to love. Dating back to the 1920s, this inn embodies the city’s traditional roots and authenticity of a traditional British B&B with all of the modern conveniences that today’s traveler demands. The past is effortlessly blended with the future, from the hand-carved mantle in the living room to the stained-glass windows found throughout. Eighteenth-century antiques and historical fixtures live alongside flat-screen TVs and granite bathrooms in each elegantly themed suite. Guests can take advantage of the sleek wellness center featuring state-of-the-art equipment, enjoy handcrafted complimentary chocolates from St. Louis’ very own Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier while relaxing in the courtyard, and even stop in for coffee before exploring the city at the inn’s onsite Starbucks.
Seven Gables Inn
Welcoming and whimsical, Seven Gables Inn boutique hotel provides comfortable and convenient accommodations while serving up some serious luxury. Just a short 15 minutes from Lambert Airport and 10 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Seven Gables is amid specialty shops, art galleries, and fine eateries for guests to explore. Listed on the National Registry of Historical Places, the inn’s steep roofs, massive chimney, narrow windows and decorative half-timbering give the allure of Tudor influence. And when it comes to amenities, guests will be hard-pressed to find a single missing detail. Enjoy Acca Kappa bath products, complimentary Fiji water, an in-room coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, as well as complimentary breakfast each morning. From valet parking to nightly decadent chocolates, every element of the inn has been considered in order to ensure a fun, relaxing stay.