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Recently, I went to St. Louis to visit a friend, where we shared a room at the Hyatt right downtown, directly across from the Arch. That first day, we ate a late lunch at a great Irish pub about 4 blocks from the hotel. After a lot of walking around and shopping, we ended the evening by eating at the Brewhouse restaurant in the hotel. The atmosphere was very festive, as the Blues Hockey team was in town and on TV. They won and the bar flooded with happy attendees shortly after. St. Louis is a great sports town and we experienced it firsthand.

The next day, we got up early and walked about 2 miles to the famous Soulard Farmers Market, where we enjoyed people watching and drinking the best Bloody Marys I have ever had. Afterward we ate a great breakfast at a local hot spot, where we sat by the window watching people preparing for the annual Tap ‘N’ Run 4K.

After breakfast, we walked to the Busch Brewery and took a great tour, enjoying libations at the end. While walking all the way back to the Arch we definitely enjoyed the antics of the 4K runners along the way.

That evening we went to another hotel for a drink accompanied by a beautiful view of the Arch, then headed to another local hot spot for dinner, ending up at Laclede’s Landing where we enjoyed a great dueling piano bar.

Up again early the next day, we ate breakfast at a great local hot spot that specializes in all local foods before heading to the Arch. No trip to St. Louis is complete without going to the Arch. Unfortunately, my claustrophobia did not permit me to partake, but my companions did go inside and enjoyed it very much.

Before heading to the airport, we traveled to the quaint town of St. Charles where they were having their first monthly “Sunday Funday” of the year.

This was a great, quick, local flavor trip and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

- Written by Connie Schmid

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