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Guide To A Long Weekend In St. Louis

June 21, 2014 7:00 AM

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From its humble beginnings as a trading post in 1764, St. Louis has grown into a city rich in history and charm. St. Louis is home to German, French and Italian immigrants whose cultures survive today. The German brewers settled in St. Louis because of its expansive underground cave system. The first American lager brewery, founded by John Adam Lemp, and the world famous brewery Anheuser-Busch, founded in 1860, is still headquartered in St. Louis. While spending a long weekend in St. Louis, you can see the grandeur the 1904 World’s Fair, visit the Italian “Hill” and wander through the historic Soulard area and the riverfront that made the city what it is today. Staying in an historic bed and breakfast close to the city makes it simple to take advantage of the historic local restaurants and modern activities.
Where to stay

Lemp Mansion
3322 DeMenil Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 664-8024
www.lempmansion.com

St. Louis is one of the top 10 haunted cities in America. The Lemp Mansion is a leader in this haunted city. William J Lemp, owner of the Lemp Brewery, purchased the mansion as a residence and an office for the brewery. The caves below the mansion gave him easy access to the brewery. The tragic deaths of the Lemp family began in 1901 and continued to plague the family until 1943. Ghost hunters come from across the globe to catch one of the Lemp family ghosts in action.

The Brewer’s House Bed and Breakfast
1829 Lami St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 771-1542
www.brewershouse.com/brewers_house

During the Civil War, St. Louis housed the federal arsenal, now Jefferson Barracks, and was central to the Union forces. One of the remaining Civil War homes, The Brewer’s House Bed and Breakfast has been converted into a modern bed and breakfast and features two suites. The period bed and breakfast offers intimate breakfast dining, private gardens, a hot tub and a spacious common room featuring a parlor stove crafted in St. Louis during the Civil War.

What to do

Soulard Farmers Market
730 Carroll St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 622-4180
www.soulardmarket.com

Soulard Farmers Market began in 1841, survived the 1896 F8 tornado, and today offers shoppers five shopping areas to explore and enjoy. Soulard Market offers more than fresh produce and meats. Within the five shopping areas are an array of shops and carts featuring fresh flowers, fashion boutiques, hand-made jewelry from local artists and craft vendors. Soulard Market also has small cafes to enjoy a relaxing coffee or tea.

Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
2658 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 340-5790
www.mostateparks.com/scott-joplin-house-state-historic-site

Scott Joplin, the “King of Ragtime,” was an African-American composer and pianist. His career generated 44 original ragtime pieces. One of his pieces, the “Maple Leaf Rag,” was said to have become ragtime’s first and most influential hit. Scott Joplin died at the age of 49, and his ragtime music gave birth to Jazz and Swing music in the Big Band era. The house was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1976.

Forest Park
5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 367-7275
www.forestparkforever.org

Forest Park, located in west St. Louis, is 450 acres larger than New York’s Central Park, and immersed in St. Louis history. When Forest Park first opened in 1876, the park was rural, with unpaved roads, heavily wooded areas and wetlands fed by the River Des Peres. That changed in 1904 when Forest Park was chosen at the site of the World’s Fair. The wetlands were converted into five lakes, the dense forest was cleared and buildings for the Fair were erected and still stand today.

In addition to the historic St. Louis Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum, Forest Park has two golf courses and tennis courts available for public use. The sidewalks and numerous roadways are excellent for cycling and rollerblading. The smaller lakes created for the World’s Fair are stocked for fishermen. The largest lake created for the World’s Fair is now the Boathouse at Forest Park, with year-long rentals of canoes, flatbed boats and paddleboats.

The Saint Louis Zoo is one of the top 10 zoos in the nation, with more than 19,000 animals living comfortably in their natural habitats. The large walk-through birdcage at the Zoo was erected during the 1904 World’s Fair and was the catalyst to forming the St. Louis Zoo. Since then, the Zoo has expanded to include animal show places that include Red Rock, featuring lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars, River’s Edge, housing elephants, cheetahs and hyenas, and The Wild, with terrains and animals from the sub-Antarctic to tropical rain forests.

The Fox Theatre
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 534-1111
www.fabulousfox.com/default.aspx

If you are in the mood for exciting entertainment, the Fox Theatre in midtown St. Louis has a fine selection of Broadway shows and dance performances. The Fox Theatre first opened in 1929 as a movie theatre, and retains the charm that made it a stunning showplace.

Related: Five Reasons To Visit St. Louis For Spring Break

Where to eat

Adriana’s on the Hill
5101 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 773-3833
www.adrianasonthehill.com

This small restaurant features daily lunch specials. The menu also includes delicious salads, pizzas sandwiches and pasta.

Giovanni’s
5201 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 772-5958
www.giovannisonthehill.com

Stop in at Giovanni’s for a great Italian dinner. Giovanni’s on the Hill is a St. Louis icon, and since its opening in 1975, has been consistently rated as one of the finest Italian restaurants. Giovanni’s has hosted celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Frank Sinatra, Yogi Berra and Paul McCartney, and its premiere service and fantastic food will make you believe you are a star.

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Pennee Struckman is an accounting professional in St Louis, MO. She currently writes for Examiner.com on topics related to parenting teenagers and living well on a budget in St. Louis. She is also a professional financial management writer with articles and white papers published by a well-known information firm. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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