Guide To A Three-Day Weekend In St. Charles

January 25, 2014 7:00 AM


St. Charles is so close to St. Louis that some people commute between the two – but it can be a world away if you need to escape for the weekend. Bike the Katy Trail, taste the local wineries, step back in time at the First Missouri State Capitol Historic Site and the Lewis & Clark Museum or try your luck at the Casino. Here are some of the best places to eat, stay and visit while you’re in St. Charles.

prasino Guide To A Three Day Weekend In St. Charles


1520 S. 5th St., Suite 110
St. Charles, MO 63303
(636) 277-0202

This chic restaurant is the first Prasino outside the Chicago area (there are three in the Windy City) and is fast becoming a favorite in St. Charles. It’s an eco-friendly, sustainable restaurant that serves sustainable seafood, organic produce and meats without hormones or antibiotics, using as many locally sourced foods as possible. The sophisticated menu of small and large plates includes options like truffled potatoes, pork and scallop tacos, short rib nachos, beet salad and tuna tartare. It is a perfect dinner spot, but if you’re coming on Friday or Saturday evening, make a reservation.

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Magpie’s Cafe
903 Main St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 947-3883

The best spots for lunch are the sweet cafés along Historic Main Street. Magpie’s is the perfect venue for lunch or dinner, either inside or on the patio (kept comfortable with fans in summer and eight-foot-long fire pits in winter). The menu includes tasty treats like baked brie, Mediterranean salad, quiches and soups at lunchtime, pastas and bacon-wrapped tenderloin at dinnertime, and so much more. In winter, there’s a special ‘comfort food menu’ that changes weekly. Thursdays through Sundays, Magpie’s comes to life with live music after 5 p.m.

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Raines Victorian Inn
1717 Elm St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 947-4843

This elegant, Victorian-style Bed and Breakfast is the ideal home base to explore historic St. Charles. From its wraparound porch in front to the perennial gardens and gazebo in back, the home’s exterior will charm you and invite you in. Once inside, you’ll find a library, comfortable dining and sitting rooms with distinctive period furnishings, and three romantic rooms to choose from. Each room has its own personality and its own private bath. Each room has a whirlpool tub, small refrigerator, sitting area and comfortable bed with luxury linens. The food at Raines Victorian Inn is plentiful and scrumptious, and the location is central and convenient to most St. Charles attractions.

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First Missouri State Capital Historic Site
200 S. Main St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 940-3322

Walk down the beautiful cobblestoned Main Street in St. Charles to Missouri’s first State Capital building, which dates back to before the state capital was moved to Jefferson City. The building has been restored and is filled with history. Guided tours are available, and interpretive exhibits abound, to help you understand life and government in the early frontier days. You may also want to visit the Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Nature Center to get an inclusive picture of the area’s history.

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St. Charles Ghost Tours
St. Charles, MO
(314) 374-6102

If you’re looking for something a little different, why not try a ghost tour? You’ll be led on a walking tour of the historic downtown area, and you’ll learn a great deal about the history of the area as well as the local ghost stories and legends. Dress for the weather, bring your camera and any other equipment you may want to record ghostly visions. A flashlight might also be handy. This tour is best for adults and older kids who are interested in history as well as the paranormal.

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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at