At the beginning of the month, I travelled to St. Louis for a dear friend’s wedding. My mom and I flew in a day early so we would have an opportunity to explore the city, which was new to us, before the celebrations. Here’s a look at how we spent our weekend in St. Louis
To pinpoint where we would eat, I followed suggestions from Twin Stripe’s St. Louis Travel Guide and by using my own Instagram as a travel guide. It’s amazing to me how many great recommendations you can get from real people versus generic travel guides.
After leaving the airport, we went in search of lunch. We meandered through the outlying neighborhoods and I immediately fell in love with the architecture there. The row houses are tall and narrow, and they lack driveways as there are alleyways in the back. So different from the homes we have in North Carolina.
We settled on lunch at Mission Taco Joint in The Loop, an area of St. Louis near Washington University. We tried the carne asada taco, the baja fish taco and the roasted duck taco, plus a side of their signature off-the-cob Mexican street corn. It was an amazing meal, and I would want to eat here again on my next visit!
After lunch we walked off our tacos in The Loop. The architecture there was so cool, and I loved all the neon signs over the theaters and restaurants. This one is the Tivoli Theatre, a historic cinema.
For dinner, we met my soon-to-be-wed friends at The Shaved Duck in the Tower Grove East neighborhood. It was an insanely good meal of St. Louis-style barbecue, and I loved the handmade details on the walls and the welcome sign on the door.
Our hotel was the Missouri Athletic Club. It was an inexpensive option downtown, a great location for walking during the day or for driving outside the city. Built in 1903, the MAC is a lot like a YMCA — it has exercise facilities as well as overnight rooms. The interior was stunning, with carved wood and embossed metal details all over the lobby.
The next day, Mom and I explored the Gateway Arch, because how could we not? We had limited time before driving to the wedding location, so this was a priority for us though we did not take the elevator to the top. It was a windy and chilly fall day, but I kind of love how the arch blends into the sky in my photos. What a stunning piece of architecture!
Before leaving town, we stopped for lunch at Zia’s on the Hill. The Hill is an Italian neighborhood in St. Louis, and we had heard we needed to try ‘toasted ravioli’ while we visited. It did not disappoint. Important question: How did I live without breaded deep-fried ravioli before?
Our last stop before the wedding was at Pie Oh My in Maplewood. We had been aiming for dessert at Strange Donuts, but they were already sold out for the day. The air outside was thick and sweet, and we realized next-door Pie Oh My was still open. Mom and I enjoyed a cup of tea and one mini-tart each. She chose chocolate ginger pear, and I tried the toffee pumpkin. All I want to do is go back there and eat more pie!
And then, the sight-seeing ended as it was time to celebrate our friends. The wedding was held the next day at this adorable venue, Three Barn Farm. A weekend was hardly enough time to see all that St. Louis has to offer. Next time, I’ll be sure to visit the City Museum and take a trip to the top of the arch! I can’t wait to take another trip there. // susannah