A relaxing and scenic drive to the fresh air and countryside of Steelville, Missouri is a wonderful way to spend the weekend. With little travel effort and only a two-hour drive from downtown St. Louis, you can be in the heart of Crawford County enjoying the scenery, waterways and activities that Steelville offers.

Getting There

To begin a wonderful weekend from downtown St. Louis, just jump on I-55 south and merge onto I-44 west. Travel the highway’s beautiful scenery until you reach exit 208/MO-19 and turn left. You will find yourself in Steelville, Missouri after about 90 miles. This weekend vacation destination will rejuvenate your senses and have you wishing the weekend would last forever.

What To Do

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Meramec Music Theater
26 W. Highway 8
Steelville, MO 65565
(573) 775-5999

Saturday evenings are a great time to take in a show at Meramec Music Theatre. This more than 500-seat theater has quality musical entertainment booked through the Christmas season. Doug Gabriel, The Isaacs, Greater Vision and a Christmas show in December are just a few of the entertaining events visitors can enjoy on their getaway to Steelville. Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under.

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Cuba Lakes Golf Club
241 Highway O
Cuba, MO 65453
(573) 885-2234

There is nothing like a relaxing round of golf on a beautiful crisp fall day. Not far from Steelville proper is Cuba Lakes Golf Club. Try your hand at a round of Twilight Golf after 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. For only $10, play nine holes or pay $15 to play 18 holes. Perhaps unlimited golf on Sunday’s Family Fun Days is what you’re looking for. The price is right, too. Only $25 dollars gets you unlimited golf but for $30, golf comes with brunch.

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Peaceful Bend Vineyard
1942 Highway T
Steelville, MO 65565
(573) 775-3000

The best way to enjoy fall harvest time is to relax while sipping a glass of your favorite wine and listening to some live music. Sit back and take in the fabulous fall weather and splendor of the autumn colors. Peaceful Bend Vineyard has an entertaining musical lineup each Saturday in October and a vast array of spirits to provide the perfect atmosphere and relaxation. No cover charge or reservations are needed.

Where To Eat

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Frisco’s Grill & Pub
121 S. Smith St.
Cuba, MO 65453
(573) 885-1522

Stop into Frisco’s Grill & Pub for some great food and casual dining. Frisco’s has family-style dining or private rooms for larger crowds. The bar is ready to serve up your favorite adult beverage and the atmosphere is more than welcoming. Start with an appetizer and move on to the very reasonably priced entrees which range from $13 to $21. The kids’ menu items start at $4. There is something for everyone at Frisco’s.

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The Traveler’s Table
126 Dillard Mill Road
Davisville, MO 65456
(573) 244-5300

Just because you are away from home doesn’t mean you have to forego home cooking. At the Traveler’s Table, these chefs specialize in classic dishes from all across the country with that made-from-scratch touch. Traveler’s Table serves a special menu with classic dishes. It is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. so the experience, like the food, is always unique. Lunch entrees start at $6 and dinner entrees start at $14.

Where To Stay

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The Walnut Group
P.O. Box 919
Steelville, MO 65565
(573) 775-2400

Choose from a variety of quaint and comfortable accommodations, from cottages to clubhouses, offered by The Walnut Group. These diverse and appealing lodging choices offer Steelville visitors the ability to structure the kind of weekend retreat they are looking for by choosing from the different lodging options. Rates range from $125 to $295 per night with a two-night minimum.

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Bass River Resort
P.O. Box BB
Steelville, MO 65565
(800) 392-3700

Perhaps a slightly more rustic experience is what you desire in a weekend getaway. Bass River Resort offers you camping, cabins, houses or lodges for your weekend accommodations. It also provides an abundance of on-site activities from zip-lining and horseback riding to canoe trips and hiking. Camping rates begin at $8.50 per person per night for both primitive and RV camping. Various cabin rates range from $59 to $379 per night.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.