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Once known as the Gateway to the West, this city is now the final stop for many savvy travelers. From baseball games and breweries to one of the most vibrant Italian enclaves in the country, we can think of plenty of reasons to say, “Meet me in St. Louis.”
By Amanda Gleason
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark Get a souvenir baseball and two tickets to a Cardinals game when you book the Grand Slam package at this high-rise overlooking Busch Stadium.
Moonrise Hotel Measuring 10 feet in diameter and weighing 3,000 pounds, the world’s largest man-made moon spins above the rooftop bar at this hip hotel, whose retro lobby sports egg chairs.
The Cheshire Reserve the mod-styled James Bond suite, then grab a martini at Fox & Hounds, the cozy onsite pub decorated to resemble the living room of an English country house.
Get into the swing of things when you…
Step Up to the Plate
Want to find the superfans of St. Louis? Head to Ballpark Village, a new entertainment complex situated on the north side of Busch Stadium. Chock-full of restaurants and bars, including the colossal Budweiser Brew House (with 239 taps!), this $100 million venture opened in April, the same day as the Cardinals’ home opener. Fox Sports Midwest Live!, an indoor plaza with a retractable roof, features a 40-foot LED screen to ensure you won’t miss a play, but the main attraction is Cardinals Nation. This four-story tribute to the team houses a restaurant and bar, a shop selling rare collectibles, a rooftop deck overlooking the field (tickets required), and the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can eye items like Stan Musial’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. How’s that for heavy hitting?
Pay a visit to:
Ted Drewes Fans have been flocking here for the frozen custard—a creamy alternative to ice cream—since 1930. Owner Ted Jr. vows the business will forever be family-owned.
Saint Louis Zoo Watch Malayan sun bears, Andean bears, and African painted dogs strut around their new habitats, which were unveiled last month at this favorite family attraction.
Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart…
Jump Right In
In 1995, artist Bob Cassilly set out to create an all-ages fun house by showcasing quirky objects he found around the city. The result: the eclectic City Museum. You’ll know it by the functioning Ferris wheel on the roof, a 1940 model found in a barn and restored to glory five years ago. A hodgepodge of oddball items that visitors are free to touch, the museum is constantly adding to its collection with new finds and donations from around the world. “We accept things that make us happy,” says director Rick Erwin. You’ll be joyful too when you sail down the 10-story spiral slide and crawl through the industrial-size cooling coil once used to chill beer at Anheuser-Busch. “Until Cassilly’s death two years ago, everything came from his head,” says Erwin. “Now we build in his spirit.”
Quell your cravings at:
Juniper Inside this new Southern-style eatery’s brick walls, you’ll discover the city’s best fried chicken—juicy and crisped to perfection—but save room for the lemon-gingersnap ice cream.
Anthonino’s Taverna Passionate about pasta? Head to The Hill—a neighborhood brimming with Italian eateries. At this one, dig into toasted ravioli, a St. Louis specialty.
Blueberry Hill Choose from more than 80 beers, including local brews, at this iconic restaurant and music club that’s been thrilling guests since 1972. Bonus: St. Louis native Chuck Berry performs here every month.
Get in touch with the city’s creative side as you…
In 1904, St. Louis played host to the World’s Fair, so it’s only fitting that the historic event’s scenic setting, Forest Park, is now home to the city’s most renowned cultural institutions. Strolling through the 1,300-acre expanse, you’ll encounter the Saint Louis Art Museum, a Beaux Arts beauty that served as the Palace of Fine Arts during the big event. This grand structure still stirs up attention, thanks to the 2013 opening of the East Building. Featuring 21 new galleries, the addition houses an astounding collection of works by German painter and sculptor Max Beckmann. Across the park, The Muny—the country’s oldest outdoor theater—comes alive this summer with performances of musicals like Grease and The Addams Family through August. Now that’s what we call a season finale.
The Pageant Both local and national acts—ranging from Lyle Lovett to Beck—give St. Louisans good reason to rave about this live music venue.
Kakao Chocolate Chocolate-coated almond bark, bacon brittle, and sea salt caramels are among the treats you’ll find inside this sweet shop’s two area locations.
Missouri Botanical Garden Seeking more art? Check out the 25 nature-inspired sculptures made from 300,000 Lego bricks, on display until September 7.
Dip deeper into the city’s beer scene when you…
Toast the Town
This city’s history has long been steeped in beer: Anheuser-Busch, one of the country’s biggest brewing companies, began here in 1852, and its St. Louis facility—one of 12 in the U.S.—is its largest. During a tour, you’ll sample beers in the historic brewhouse, visit the Budweiser Clydesdales, and peek at the bottling lines. But the maker of the King of Beers isn’t the only game in town. Take Saint Louis Brewery, which makes some 70 varieties under the Schlafly brand. This homegrown company operates the Schlafly Tap Room and Schlafly Bottleworks, which offers free weekend tours. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., another craft brewer, combines its two breweries with beer gardens. Settle in and sip the Schnickelfritz, a Bavarian-style wheat. Prost!
Getting There Fly into Lambert–St. Louis International Airport (STL).
Getting Around Most area attractions and neighborhoods are easily reached by taking the city’s MetroLink light-rail and MetroBus.
Getting Out The St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase (July 13–17) is a celebration of local cinema.
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