Travel & Outdoors

Top Holiday Escapes Near St. Louis

December 8, 2012 6:00 AM


St. Louisans may sometimes feel trapped in the middle of our nation’s midwest map, but with very little effort, there are actually some wonderful destinations nearby. Without logging a ton of miles or spending a ton of money on air travel this holiday season, enjoying an awesome weekend getaway is definitely possible. Here is a list of top holiday escapes near St. Louis.


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Heaven On Earth Bed & Breakfast
17170 Deer Mountain Road
Marthasville, MO 63357
(636) 433-2511

Located only 50 miles from St. Louis in pastoral Marthasville, Missouri, Heaven On Earth Bed & Breakfast definitely lives up to its name. Nestled into the beautiful wooded valleys of the Missouri River Basin, this scenic escape offers pure tranquility to its guests. Its private cabins include jetted tubs, wood-burning fireplaces and incredible scenic views. Plus, this is not too far away from the wineries in nearby Washington. Serenity is waiting so make a reservation soon.

Related: Getaway Guide: Weekend Trip to Bowling Green


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Grafton, Illinois
118 E. Main St.
Grafton, Il 62037
(618) 786-7000

Grafton, Illinois, just north of St. Louis, is a lovely little town situated right where the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers merge. Though many St. Louisans may have visited Grafton over the years for one reason or another, staying and enjoying all it has to offer for a full weekend is an entirely different experience. There are charming antique and craft stores, as well as plenty of entertainment and dining. Plus, visitors can partake in a unique seasonal perk during the winter months: observing the American bald eagle.


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Big Cedar Lodge

612 Devil’s Pool Road
Ridgedale, MO 65739
(417) 335-2777

Big Cedar Lodge offers luxurious accommodations, phenomenal dining, elegant spa services and five-star service all tucked into a unique wilderness setting. As Missouri’s premiere resort destination, located just minutes outside of Branson, people from all over the country come to visit this truly unique Ozark Mountain retreat. With top-notch amenities, a wide variety of adult or kids’ activities and first-class service to pamper you during your stay, unforgettable memories will surely be made. Big Cedar is just over four hours from St. Louis. Make your escape now.


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Hermann, Missouri
Welcome Center
312 Market St.
Hermann, MO 65041
(800) 932-8687

Another charming place to escape to near St. Louis is historic Hermann, Missouri. With its lovely and quaint riverfront and sprawling country hills, Hermann is known as of one the state’s most beautiful little towns and is also situated in the heart of Missouri wine country. Located only 90 minutes from downtown St. Louis, visitors will absolutely love the incredible views from the area’s many wineries, its delicious dining options and wonderful shops and lodging. Hermann also offers a convenient trolley service that runs throughout the town and it has a wide variety of seasonal events. Additionally, many of the fabulous wineries have their own holiday festivities planned. What a cozy way to celebrate during the cold winter months.

Related: Getaway Guide: Weekend Trip to Springfield, IL

Meredith Johns is a freelance writer covering all things St. Louis. Her work can be found on


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