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Ready to say hello to Spring and the promise of new adventures? This Interlude welcomes you to some of the best of St. Louis and starts with glorious gardens. We’ll visits all the hotspots on “The Hill” – the famous Italian area of St. Louis – tour one of the premiere old-world estates and enjoy the acreage surrounding it. And there is more! Love music – we’ve included a visit to one of the newest attractions, The National Blues Museum, totally dedicated to the exploration of both the musical history and impact of the blues genre – what a treasure!
If you’re a foodie you will simply love the lunch trio offered at The Blue Owl restaurant, featured on the food channel four times and Mary’s mile high levee pie! Of course, there is time to shop the quaint shops of Kimmswick, many located in historic homes and buildings dating back to the mid-1800’s.
No trip to St. Louis would be complete without a visit to the Arch and Anheuser Busch Brewery where we will visit the stables of the famous Clydesdales.
Please read the complete itinerary and plan to enjoy a short respite from your day to day life – and begin your Spring with a smile.
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Day 1: Indianapolis / St. Louis Gardens
As you travel to the Gateway city, we’ll stop for lunch on your own en route to St. Louis where our St. Louis guide will join us. St. Louis is home of one of the top 3 Botanical Gardens in the country. Today, we visit one of St. Louis true treasures, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, home to world’s first Climatron building and at the forefront of plant holdings and biological research. Enjoy a private tram ride through the Garden and take in the spring colors in bloom. And be sure to visit the amazing gift shop on your way out.
Check into your hotel for the next the 3 nights, the Drury Inn Union Station. Enjoy a break at the hotel before departing for dinner. Tonight dine on world famous slow smoked St. Louis BBQ. Drury Inn Union Station. (CB,D)
Day 2: St. Louis Neighborhoods
Today we begin with a visit the Central West End neighborhood and tour the Cathedral Basilica, whose over 83,000 square feet of mosaic tiles adorned the interior and is one of the largest such collections in the world. Next we’re on to the famed Italian neighborhood known to locals as “The Hill.” We begin with a visit to Urzi’s Italian Market where you can find a little of everything Italian. You’ll have time to shop in the locally owned Italian Market that has everything from pasta and spices to bulk candy and dishes. You’ll also visit the Missouri Bakery with time to shop for amazing pastries. Lunch today will be at Favazza’s Restaurant on The Hill and for dessert, we visit a St. Louis original, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. This unique, one-of-a-kind custard stand has been in operation since 1929 and has never been franchised.
Enjoy a driving tour through Forest Park, home to the 1904 World’s Fair. Today, Forest Park is home to many of St. Louis finest attractions including the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum, the MUNY outdoor theater. See some of the remaining structures from the 1904 World’s Fair as you meander through this award winning urban park. This afternoon, we also visit the Magic Chef Mansion. Constructed in 1908, the Magic Chef Mansion is one of St. Louis’ premiere old-world estates. Designed by Ernst Janssen for the founder of the Quick Meal & Magic Chef Stove Company, the mansion is surrounded by two-acres in the city’s landmark Compton Hill Reservoir Square neighborhood.
This evening, enjoy the Hot Appetizers at your hotel. This evening is yours to enjoy, there are several restaurants within walking distance. Drury Inn Union Station. (B,L)
Day 3: Blues and the River
Depart for St. Louis’ newest attraction, the National Blues Museum. This museum is dedicated to exploring the musical history and impact of the blues music genre. Whether it’s jazz or folk, country or pop, rock or rap, the Blues has exerted a deep, profound influence that resonates to this day. Part of the reason is that it has always expressed emotional, heartfelt truths about life that continue to speak to generations of listeners, from all corners and walks of society.
Next we’re off to the rivertown of Kimmswick, MO on the banks of the Mississippi River. Enjoy the lunch trio at the The Blue Owl restaurant that has been featured on the food channel four times and Mary’s mile high levee pie was chosen as one of Oprah’s favorite things for her Christmas list. No one is disappointed with the food and especially not the dessert. Choose from all the days offerings and you might want to take home some of their famous apple butter. Enjoy time to shop the quaint shops of Kimmswick offering over 20 unique shops, many located in historic homes and buildings dating back to the mid-1800’s.
Farewell Dinner this evening is a destination in itself. Kemoll’s Restaurant is family owned and part of the St. Louis culture since 1927. Situated high atop the Metropolitan Square building, you will enjoy breathtaking views of downtown St. Louis and the Mississippi River. Drury Inn Union Station. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Arch and Brewers / Indianapolis
After a hot breakfast, depart for home with fond memories of your visit to the Show Me State, but not before you visit two St. Louis icons, the Arch and Anheuser Busch Brewery. Today, you’ll have your choice of either the Arch tram ride to the top, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and the St. Louis region, or the movie, “Monument to a Dream,” which chronicles the construction of the Gateway Arch. And before departing the region, head over to AB Brewery for a short stables only tour, where you’ll see the world-renowned Clydesdale horses and enjoy a complimentary beverage in the hospitality room. (B,L)