From The Editor: Inside The July Issue

 In Culture

JulyIssueCoverLargeWhen it comes to travel, I’m the type of person who never wants to visit the same place twice. With so many incredible destinations to discover, who can afford to repeat? I’ll admit, my travel bucket list has typically been filled with those once-in-a-lifetime trips—backpacking through Europe, an African safari, (you get the picture)—but the destinations in this month’s travel feature brought my aspirations closer to home.

The story title—“Wanderlust”—says it all. From the nomadic-inspired teepee accommodations at El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas, to the treehouse lodging of Eureka Springs, Arkansas’ Hidden Forest and the art-meets-traveler charm of 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, writer Amy De La Hunt proves there’s plenty to discover right here in the heartland. The creativity and eccentric quality of the accommodations at our chosen destinations is what first drew us to these regional spots, but it was the food, the culture and the distinct character of each that really won us over in the end. Click through for a curated experience at each locale—filled with hidden gems and unexpected tips for the well-traveled St. Louisan. (We promise, you won’t be disappointed.)

For those who are sticking closer to home this summer, there’s plenty happening right here in St. Louis. For the second year, ALIVE is hosting STL Summer Fest, a fun-in-the sun block party on July 10 featuring live music, local foods and indie vendors at the MX District in Downtown St. Louis. The Whitaker Music Festival—one of my favorite summer pastimes—is happening every Wednesday at Missouri Botanical Garden, and for a dose of summer theater, head to Forest Park for a season full of Muny firsts. Now is also a prime time to catch the latest exhibitions and works from three of St. Louis’ most important arts institutions: Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis and the St. Louis Symphony have all welcomed new leadership this summer (read the full interviews with STL’s newest arts leaders here). So be sure to drop in to see what’s new.

And, of course, there’s always our citywide favorite: Cardinals baseball. We had the opportunity to meet the Cards’ red-hot leadoff hitter and second baseman Kolten Wong during this month’s cover interview and shoot. A driving force behind the Cardinals’ explosive season, his fiery nature and intensity for the game was as evident at the shoot as it is on the field. We talked everything from his Hawaiian roots and climb up from the minors to his upcoming wedding and biggest Cardinal mentors. And though Wong and the fans of Cardinal Nation have a ways to go before post-season triumph, you can bet the Red Birds’ dog days of summer will stay hot.

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