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A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri is a great Midwestern city to visit if you are looking to get a taste of the heart of America. Between beautiful parks, great food, fun museums and a wonderful culture, there is a lot to do in St. Louis.

During October 2016, I did a weekend getaway to visit my good friend Kathryn out in St. Louis. It was my first time in the Midwest and Kathryn showed me a great time in her home city.

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

In this blog post, discover the best things do to during a fall weekend getaway to St. Louis, Missouri.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


Getting to St. Louis:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

One of the best ways to visit St. Louis is if you are following the famous Route 66 during a USA road trip. If you are doing a road trip from East or West or vice versa, it is best to rent a car.

Since I wasn’t doing a road trip out west, I flew a few hours to St. Louis from Newark, NJ. I found cheap plane tickets through Skyscanner.

Looking for an RV for your next trip, reserve here!

Where to Stay:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

No matter what neighborhood you decide to stay in during your time in St. Louis, there are loads of cute coffee shops, great restaurants and cafés, wonderful boutiques and thrift shops, beautiful parks and so much more.

In regards to accommodations, you could find hotels to suit all budgets within the city and there are also a plethora of Airbnb and HomeAway options.

Top Things to do in St. Louis:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

Stroll Around Cherokee Street:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

Cherokee Street in St. Louis gained commercial importance during the late 1800’s due to the convenience of the new electric streetcar lines. Due to that, Cherokee Street attracted merchants to establish stores, cafés and other businesses. I loved walking down Cherokee Street with Kathryn and admiring all of the colorful buildings, street art and lovely smiles that all of the local residents carried.

We stopped at the perfect coffee shop called The Mud House right on Cherokee Street. Right when I stepped into The Mud House, I already felt at home. The baristas were welcoming and they had an adorable courtyard where you can relax and enjoy your beverage in the sun. Once we grabbed our coffee, we strolled around and stepped into a few clothing and home goods boutiques, bookshops and antique stores.

Cherokee Street is known for a variety of awesome antique shops. My favorite was The Purple Cow as it offered unique paintings, art glasses, light fixtures, old neon street signs and vintage store advertising. It is so cool to see how advertising, font letters and art has transformed dramatically over the years. The Purple Cow even has a backyard where there is a small pond and little walkway to maneuver around and explore.

Forest Park and the St. Louis Art Museum:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

During the weekend I visited Kathryn in St. Louis, the weather was absolutely perfect, so we definitely wanted to take advantage of being outside. We drove on the famous Route 66 that runs through the country (starting in Washington D.C. and ending in Los Angeles) and headed over to one of the most beautiful urban parks in the world, Forest Park. This wonderful treasure of St. Louis is 1,300 acres, making it larger than New York City’s Central Park. Fall foliage was just beginning in Missouri, so we couldn’t wait to stroll around the entire park.

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

Our first stop was to the St. Louis Art Museum, located at the top of Art Hill. This stately building offers a collection of more than 33,000 works from all different parts of the world. You can walk around the different exhibits, attend a show or eat at the museum’s artistic restaurant, Panorama. As we walked through each exhibit, we were inspired by the variety of different talented and hard-working pieces of art. In addition, we got to see a beautiful wedding in the museum.

After exploring the St. Louis Art Museum, we couldn’t wait to run down Art Hill to the serene Emerson Grand Basin. On Art Hill, there were people lying out and napping, reading or having a picnic. Circling around the park was a lagoon where families, couples and friends were paddle boating. You can walk around the park through beautiful Spanish moss, gardens and meadows. There is also an archery range, ball fields, chess tables, cycling tours, a golf course, playgrounds, history museum, science center and zoo.

To take a quick break from walking around and catch up on each other’s lives, we relaxed and watched the stunning waterfalls on Government Hill – home to the World’s Fair Pavilion, which opened in the early 1900s as a gift from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Committee.

Explore the Art and Foodie Scene in The Grove:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis’ Towner’s Grove area (also known as ‘The Grove’) is a thriving business district that offers great places to eat, shop, drink, dance and listen to awesome music.

Kathryn and I walked around the area and stopped in a few thrift shops, got freshly baked goodies at Insomnia Cookies and listened to live street music. St. Louis has been known for early blues and jazz, country and bluegrass music. All of the musicians that we heard in The Grove were extremely talented.

Later in the evening, we enjoyed dinner at Lulu’s Local Eatery. This cute neighborhood restaurant started out as a food truck in 2012 and opened as a restaurant in 2014. Lulu’s practices sustainability by offering a 100% plant-based menu using all-natural, local and organic ingredients. They even sell craft beers from local breweries. (I love places that support local businesses!) In addition to its mission and great food, one of the main reasons why I loved Lulu’s is because it has an awesome courtyard to the side that is lit up with stringed lights.

A Night Out in St. Louis:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

Between breweries, sports bars and nightclubs, there is something to suit everyone’s party style in St. Louis. During my weekend with Kathryn in the city, we visited Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, a fun biergarten that offers amazing lagers, ales, ciders, wine and German food.

We also visited the fun Taha’a Twisted Tiki, a cool island-inspired bar that offers tropical drinks, boardwalk food and a fun ambiance. We had such a blast dancing to the best of 90’s music and sharing funny stories in front of cozy fire pits. I got to meet Kathryn’s high school and childhood friends that night and they were all super friendly and welcoming to me!

Savor Classic American Staples:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis has a long relationship with the classic American diner. Even though I can argue that New Jersey has some of the best diners, it is rumored that the original was founded in St. Louis. I was told that I had to try a classic St. Louis diner during my visit, so we decided to get typical late night munchies after our night out. We ended up getting a fulfilling “early” breakfast at Courtesy Diner, which originated in the 1930’s.

In addition to diners, St. Louis is also known for its donut shops. I grew up enjoying some of the best on Sunday mornings down the shore, so I appreciate a great homemade donut. During one of the mornings I was in St. Louis, we went over to World’s Fair Donuts, one of the first bakeries to open in St. Louis. When we arrived, the line to get donuts was out the door, so I knew I was in for something amazing! When we finally got in, there were a variety of different donuts. I got a delicious red velvet donut that easily melted in my mouth.

Experience Fall Fun at Grant’s Farm:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

One of the best places to experience typical fall fun such as apple and pumpkin picking is at historic Grant’s Farm, which is named after President Ulysses S. Grant. We got to walk the Katy Trail that goes through the beautiful farm area and admired the changing leaves. In addition, the farm has a lot of great events and a zoo.

Cool off with a Frozen Custard:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

In addition to diners and donuts (along with the St. Louis Bread Company, which is also known as Panera Bread), St. Louis is also famous for its frozen custard. After walking around Grant’s Farm, Kathryn and I headed over to the famous Ted Drewes to get the heavenly frozen custard staple called a Concrete. Since it was a gorgeous day outside, there were tons of people enjoying their Concretes. It definitely hit the spot!

(Bonus: Even though we didn’t end up going, my friend Kathryn mentioned a cool restaurant located in her suburban hometown outside of STL called Maplewood. The restaurant, called Boogaloo, features a fusion of Cuban, Creole and Caribbean cuisines and their swing bar is what makes it famous. It is similar to a Tulum vibe.)

Wander through Downtown St. Louis:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

My last day in St. Louis ended up being a “tourist” day in the city. When we headed into downtown, one of the first places Kathryn and I stopped at was FleishmanHillard’s headquarters – the PR agency where we met and interned at during summer 2013, right after we graduated college!

Right around the corner from FleishmanHillard is the famous Chili Mac’s Diner – known for their famous spaghetti and chili dish. I am honestly not a chili person, so I just ordered a typical breakfast dish, but the diner itself made me feel like I was living in the 50s and their staff were super welcoming.

Visit the Iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

After fueling ourselves at Chili Mac’s, we walked down to the iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch – a monument symbolizing the city’s role as settler’s pioneered out west. It now stands as a unique architectural wonder in the United States. This beautiful structure is the tallest man-made monument in the USA and it is the highest point in downtown St. Louis.

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

A trip to the Gateway Arch is not complete without taking the four-minute ride up to the Observation Deck where you can see up to 30 miles. You can purchase your tickets in the Old Courthouse that is located across the street from the Arch. To get to the top, you sit in a little yellow tram. It seems scary, but it goes super slow up to the top. Once you reach the Observation Deck, you can get awesome aerial views of Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals; Ballpark Village; Edward Jones Dome; the infamous Mississippi River along with the five unique bridges that connect Missouri to neighboring Illinois.

Learn All About Budweiser at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

Another must-see while visiting St. Louis is the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, also known as the original Budweiser factory. When we first arrived at the brewery, the smell of fresh beer surrounded us. It was like visiting Hershey Park in Pennsylvania for the first time when you smell nothing but the warm welcome of homemade milk chocolate.

From the historical architecture to learning about the latest brewing technology, the beer tour has a captivating story that will have you excited to share with family and friends. As you walk around the campus, you can pet the famous Clydesdale horses that are used for promotions and commercials by Budweiser. These beautiful horses are most popular for Budweiser’s Super Bowl ads.

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

(If you go to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery during the holidays, you definitely need to see the Christmas lights and parade with the Clydesdales.)

After the tour, we were able to sample freshly brewed Budweiser and we even got a free drink at the brewery’s bar! It was so cool because there were a ton of different flavored beers to try from Budweiser’s selection of brands that you can’t find at a typical bar.

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

Overall, I had a great weekend visiting my friend Kathryn in St. Louis, Missouri during October 2016. I hope you all enjoyed reading about my time exploring this great city and if you have any questions, please email me at [email protected].

Basic Facts of the United States:

Currency: United States Dollar, Capital: Washington D.C., MO State Capital: Jefferson City

Click here to join my private blog sharing Facebook group.

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

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4 Comments

  1. Bri on September 9, 2019 at 8:56 am

    You’re so cute! I def need to spruce up some old blog posts, too. You did such a great job!! And your photos look great. I still use old pics to this day, haha!

    • Taylor Deer on September 9, 2019 at 9:16 am

      Thank you so much Bri! It definitely makes a different renovating old blog posts for sure. 🙂

  2. World of Lin on September 9, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    I never heard of that city before but it looks like a lovely place to visit in Missouri! Especially that Gateway Arch looks truly awesome! 😍

    • Taylor Deer on September 9, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      It’s very underrated in the United States. They have a lot of cool hidden gems. 🙂

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St. Louis

Best things to do in St. Louis

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A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri is a great Midwestern city to visit if you are looking to get a taste of the heart of America. Between beautiful parks, great food, fun museums and a wonderful culture, there is a lot to do in St. Louis.

During October 2016, I did a weekend getaway to visit my good friend Kathryn out in St. Louis. It was my first time in the Midwest and Kathryn showed me a great time in her home city.

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

In this blog post, discover the best things do to during a fall weekend getaway to St. Louis, Missouri.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


Getting to St. Louis:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

One of the best ways to visit St. Louis is if you are following the famous Route 66 during a USA road trip. If you are doing a road trip from East or West or vice versa, it is best to rent a car.

Since I wasn’t doing a road trip out west, I flew a few hours to St. Louis from Newark, NJ. I found cheap plane tickets through Skyscanner.

Looking for an RV for your next trip, reserve here!

Where to Stay:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

No matter what neighborhood you decide to stay in during your time in St. Louis, there are loads of cute coffee shops, great restaurants and cafés, wonderful boutiques and thrift shops, beautiful parks and so much more.

In regards to accommodations, you could find hotels to suit all budgets within the city and there are also a plethora of Airbnb and HomeAway options.

Top Things to do in St. Louis:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

Stroll Around Cherokee Street:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

Cherokee Street in St. Louis gained commercial importance during the late 1800’s due to the convenience of the new electric streetcar lines. Due to that, Cherokee Street attracted merchants to establish stores, cafés and other businesses. I loved walking down Cherokee Street with Kathryn and admiring all of the colorful buildings, street art and lovely smiles that all of the local residents carried.

We stopped at the perfect coffee shop called The Mud House right on Cherokee Street. Right when I stepped into The Mud House, I already felt at home. The baristas were welcoming and they had an adorable courtyard where you can relax and enjoy your beverage in the sun. Once we grabbed our coffee, we strolled around and stepped into a few clothing and home goods boutiques, bookshops and antique stores.

Cherokee Street is known for a variety of awesome antique shops. My favorite was The Purple Cow as it offered unique paintings, art glasses, light fixtures, old neon street signs and vintage store advertising. It is so cool to see how advertising, font letters and art has transformed dramatically over the years. The Purple Cow even has a backyard where there is a small pond and little walkway to maneuver around and explore.

Forest Park and the St. Louis Art Museum:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

During the weekend I visited Kathryn in St. Louis, the weather was absolutely perfect, so we definitely wanted to take advantage of being outside. We drove on the famous Route 66 that runs through the country (starting in Washington D.C. and ending in Los Angeles) and headed over to one of the most beautiful urban parks in the world, Forest Park. This wonderful treasure of St. Louis is 1,300 acres, making it larger than New York City’s Central Park. Fall foliage was just beginning in Missouri, so we couldn’t wait to stroll around the entire park.

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

Our first stop was to the St. Louis Art Museum, located at the top of Art Hill. This stately building offers a collection of more than 33,000 works from all different parts of the world. You can walk around the different exhibits, attend a show or eat at the museum’s artistic restaurant, Panorama. As we walked through each exhibit, we were inspired by the variety of different talented and hard-working pieces of art. In addition, we got to see a beautiful wedding in the museum.

After exploring the St. Louis Art Museum, we couldn’t wait to run down Art Hill to the serene Emerson Grand Basin. On Art Hill, there were people lying out and napping, reading or having a picnic. Circling around the park was a lagoon where families, couples and friends were paddle boating. You can walk around the park through beautiful Spanish moss, gardens and meadows. There is also an archery range, ball fields, chess tables, cycling tours, a golf course, playgrounds, history museum, science center and zoo.

To take a quick break from walking around and catch up on each other’s lives, we relaxed and watched the stunning waterfalls on Government Hill – home to the World’s Fair Pavilion, which opened in the early 1900s as a gift from the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Committee.

Explore the Art and Foodie Scene in The Grove:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis’ Towner’s Grove area (also known as ‘The Grove’) is a thriving business district that offers great places to eat, shop, drink, dance and listen to awesome music.

Kathryn and I walked around the area and stopped in a few thrift shops, got freshly baked goodies at Insomnia Cookies and listened to live street music. St. Louis has been known for early blues and jazz, country and bluegrass music. All of the musicians that we heard in The Grove were extremely talented.

Later in the evening, we enjoyed dinner at Lulu’s Local Eatery. This cute neighborhood restaurant started out as a food truck in 2012 and opened as a restaurant in 2014. Lulu’s practices sustainability by offering a 100% plant-based menu using all-natural, local and organic ingredients. They even sell craft beers from local breweries. (I love places that support local businesses!) In addition to its mission and great food, one of the main reasons why I loved Lulu’s is because it has an awesome courtyard to the side that is lit up with stringed lights.

A Night Out in St. Louis:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

Between breweries, sports bars and nightclubs, there is something to suit everyone’s party style in St. Louis. During my weekend with Kathryn in the city, we visited Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, a fun biergarten that offers amazing lagers, ales, ciders, wine and German food.

We also visited the fun Taha’a Twisted Tiki, a cool island-inspired bar that offers tropical drinks, boardwalk food and a fun ambiance. We had such a blast dancing to the best of 90’s music and sharing funny stories in front of cozy fire pits. I got to meet Kathryn’s high school and childhood friends that night and they were all super friendly and welcoming to me!

Savor Classic American Staples:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis has a long relationship with the classic American diner. Even though I can argue that New Jersey has some of the best diners, it is rumored that the original was founded in St. Louis. I was told that I had to try a classic St. Louis diner during my visit, so we decided to get typical late night munchies after our night out. We ended up getting a fulfilling “early” breakfast at Courtesy Diner, which originated in the 1930’s.

In addition to diners, St. Louis is also known for its donut shops. I grew up enjoying some of the best on Sunday mornings down the shore, so I appreciate a great homemade donut. During one of the mornings I was in St. Louis, we went over to World’s Fair Donuts, one of the first bakeries to open in St. Louis. When we arrived, the line to get donuts was out the door, so I knew I was in for something amazing! When we finally got in, there were a variety of different donuts. I got a delicious red velvet donut that easily melted in my mouth.

Experience Fall Fun at Grant’s Farm:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

One of the best places to experience typical fall fun such as apple and pumpkin picking is at historic Grant’s Farm, which is named after President Ulysses S. Grant. We got to walk the Katy Trail that goes through the beautiful farm area and admired the changing leaves. In addition, the farm has a lot of great events and a zoo.

Cool off with a Frozen Custard:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

In addition to diners and donuts (along with the St. Louis Bread Company, which is also known as Panera Bread), St. Louis is also famous for its frozen custard. After walking around Grant’s Farm, Kathryn and I headed over to the famous Ted Drewes to get the heavenly frozen custard staple called a Concrete. Since it was a gorgeous day outside, there were tons of people enjoying their Concretes. It definitely hit the spot!

(Bonus: Even though we didn’t end up going, my friend Kathryn mentioned a cool restaurant located in her suburban hometown outside of STL called Maplewood. The restaurant, called Boogaloo, features a fusion of Cuban, Creole and Caribbean cuisines and their swing bar is what makes it famous. It is similar to a Tulum vibe.)

Wander through Downtown St. Louis:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

My last day in St. Louis ended up being a “tourist” day in the city. When we headed into downtown, one of the first places Kathryn and I stopped at was FleishmanHillard’s headquarters – the PR agency where we met and interned at during summer 2013, right after we graduated college!

Right around the corner from FleishmanHillard is the famous Chili Mac’s Diner – known for their famous spaghetti and chili dish. I am honestly not a chili person, so I just ordered a typical breakfast dish, but the diner itself made me feel like I was living in the 50s and their staff were super welcoming.

Visit the Iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

After fueling ourselves at Chili Mac’s, we walked down to the iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch – a monument symbolizing the city’s role as settler’s pioneered out west. It now stands as a unique architectural wonder in the United States. This beautiful structure is the tallest man-made monument in the USA and it is the highest point in downtown St. Louis.

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

A trip to the Gateway Arch is not complete without taking the four-minute ride up to the Observation Deck where you can see up to 30 miles. You can purchase your tickets in the Old Courthouse that is located across the street from the Arch. To get to the top, you sit in a little yellow tram. It seems scary, but it goes super slow up to the top. Once you reach the Observation Deck, you can get awesome aerial views of Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals; Ballpark Village; Edward Jones Dome; the infamous Mississippi River along with the five unique bridges that connect Missouri to neighboring Illinois.

Learn All About Budweiser at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery:

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

Another must-see while visiting St. Louis is the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, also known as the original Budweiser factory. When we first arrived at the brewery, the smell of fresh beer surrounded us. It was like visiting Hershey Park in Pennsylvania for the first time when you smell nothing but the warm welcome of homemade milk chocolate.

From the historical architecture to learning about the latest brewing technology, the beer tour has a captivating story that will have you excited to share with family and friends. As you walk around the campus, you can pet the famous Clydesdale horses that are used for promotions and commercials by Budweiser. These beautiful horses are most popular for Budweiser’s Super Bowl ads.

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

(If you go to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery during the holidays, you definitely need to see the Christmas lights and parade with the Clydesdales.)

After the tour, we were able to sample freshly brewed Budweiser and we even got a free drink at the brewery’s bar! It was so cool because there were a ton of different flavored beers to try from Budweiser’s selection of brands that you can’t find at a typical bar.

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

A Fall Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri

Overall, I had a great weekend visiting my friend Kathryn in St. Louis, Missouri during October 2016. I hope you all enjoyed reading about my time exploring this great city and if you have any questions, please email me at [email protected].

Basic Facts of the United States:

Currency: United States Dollar, Capital: Washington D.C., MO State Capital: Jefferson City

Click here to join my private blog sharing Facebook group.

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

4 Comments

  1. Bri on September 9, 2019 at 8:56 am

    You’re so cute! I def need to spruce up some old blog posts, too. You did such a great job!! And your photos look great. I still use old pics to this day, haha!

    • Taylor Deer on September 9, 2019 at 9:16 am

      Thank you so much Bri! It definitely makes a different renovating old blog posts for sure. 🙂

  2. World of Lin on September 9, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    I never heard of that city before but it looks like a lovely place to visit in Missouri! Especially that Gateway Arch looks truly awesome! 😍

    • Taylor Deer on September 9, 2019 at 6:01 pm

      It’s very underrated in the United States. They have a lot of cool hidden gems. 🙂

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