How To Vacation In Our Hometown

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Our new issue, Voyages + Discoveries, has my wanderlust kicked into serious overdrive. With pages of beautiful adventures, my craving for adventure has been heightened. While most people consider a vacation as going out of town, a staycation in your hometown can be just as fun. Instead of getting away from the ‘Lou, stay in, get a hotel and see the town as a tourist.

Where To Stay

With themed rooms, like “James Bond” and “Romeo and Juliet,” The Cheshire is a fun and relaxed place to rest your head for the weekend. It’s also the perfect place to feel like you’re getting “away” while staying in St. Louis.

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Photo courtesy of Saint Louis Union Station

Saint Louis Union Station is going through a major transformation. Sitting it the heart of Downtown, it’s the perfect location to hit all the best STL spots.

Things To Do


Photo courtesy of Bowood Farms

Bowood Farms is like a mini oasis in the city. Stroll along the plants in the green house and purchase a few of the wonderful household items. Be sure to say hi to the cat and dog—it’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

We could spend hours upon hours getting lost in Left Bank Books. Whether you’re looking for a specific book or for unique greeting cards and gifts, Left Bank Books has something for everyone.

If you’re looking to shop, you can’t go wrong at The Vault. With racks upon racks of designer clothes—seriously marked down—you’re bound to score a deal of a lifetime.

Looking for the perfect unique gift for friends and family? Look no further than Urban Matter. From floor to ceiling, there are beautiful and interesting items you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

If the weather happens to be nice, spend some time strolling around the sidewalks of Forest Park. However, if we’re getting a little STL summer rain, head inside Saint Louis Art Museum where thousands of paintings await you.

Where To Eat

For Breakfast: Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Sub Zero Vodka Bar for an unlimited fresh sushi buffet with sushi rolls, nigiri, house-made breads and fresh fruit. Try a selection of brunch cocktails from Sub Zero’s signature screwdrivers to its spicy bloody marys—my personal favorite!


Photo courtesy of Whiskey and Soba

For Lunch: Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria will delight your taste buds. Try one of the signature pizzas, like the wood-roasted chicken or fig & squash. If you’re in the mood for something a little more traditional, you can’t go wrong with a margherita pizza.

For Dinner: Grab some delicious Mexican food and margaritas at Mission Taco Joint in Soulard before heading out for the night. It’s an excellent spot for booze, tacos and street corn.

What items are on your must-see list for St. Louis? Tell us using #ALIVEvoyage.

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