While I was in Saint Louis I went dayly to this factory, where the conference of GAS helded several live demonstrations.
I know that, all year long, they provide private demonstrations, and glass is a spectacular art, not to be missed.
(If you are distant from Saint Louis you better know that you may have glass work demonstrations in Crisform - Portugal, another non-proffit school)
Included in the splendid complex of Saint Louis university, this modern church (built in 1984) follows British models, but, as long as it seems doesn't try to copy anything.
It's nice, well decorated, and favors the area around it.
Built in the end of the 19Th century, this church is part of the University, being also known as the College Church.
Inspired in Irish Gothic, it composes a harmonic contrast with the modern look of the buildings that surround it.
Inside the really posh Chase Park Plaza hotel is a set of 5 small cinemas.
The hotel/cinema is in the Central West End, on Lindell between Kingshighway and Euclid.
Matinee showtimes are only $5 and free parking is available. They serve beer at the concession stand. Nice!
Fast Eddie's is located in Alton, IL and has a very lively weekend bar scene. Food and drinks are all reasonably priced for a cheap, fun night out.
NO CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED, so bring cash (but again, you won't need a lot of it)
Hidden Lake Winery is in Aviston, Illinois (about 30 minutes from the Arch) and is a great little winery situated on its own private lake. As far as local winerys are concerned this place has better wine than any of the others I've been to. Couple that with a steak house (only on weekends) and little cabins you can rent (if you've had too much wine) and this place is definitely worth a visit.
Art on the Square is the #1 Art Fair in the Nation by Art Fair SourceBook 2010, normally running for a full weekend in May. I've been twice now and there is always plenty to do and see with local restaurants selling their food and people wandering all over the Main Street area of Belleville.
After you tour the art that's for sale, stop by one of the restaurants on Main Street to complete the evening.
Belleville itself is a suburb of St. Louis, about 15 minutes east of downtown off of I-64.
We went to the Visitor's Center and after I got my passport stamped, we watched the 16-minute introductory film, A Place Called White Haven, shown in the Visitor Center theater, and went through the museum. Then we visited the Main House:
* Free interpretive visits to the Main House are usually offered every 30 minutes beginning at 9:30 a.m. Typically the last house visit of the day begins at 4:00 p.m.
* Due to preservation and safety concerns, space is limited for each time slot and tickets (which are free, and available at the Visitor Center desk) are required to reserve a place.
Actually in our case, there was no one else there at that time of day/year, so we had a private tour. Inside they had those TV photo screens and video commentary. We found out that White Haven was named after the family farm house, but was actually painted green. Afterwards we toured the site outbuildings.
About 20 miles south of St. Louis is a small town called Kimswick. Off the beaten path, but worth going. Suggest going to Blue Owl for brunch, shopping the small crafty shops for a few hours, then hit Frankie Giannino's (55 & Main Street) in Imperial for the best Italion meal you will ever have
The village was founded in 1837 as a German settlement. The beer brewery was the first stage for the residents; they like the beer so much. Good land for wine in the area led them to grow vines, and by early 1900's, they reaped 3 million gallons. The wine is very good tasting; rivals Europe vineyards in my opinion. The town has 100 historical buildings on the register list, and they all are nicely maintained. Dierberg family of St. Louis bought the wine cellar commerce in 1974 and a town has had revitalized wine fest every summer. It is held in June and well worth a leisure day on a grassy knoll with a bottle of wine in hand.
It is located on the Missouri River and is 100 miles form St. Louis and 200 miles from KC, on Hwy 100
It claims to be in the heart of wine country and probably they are right. It is a small town but little has changed since its founding in in mid 1800's. They have 445 buildings on the Historic Register. It is 50 miles west of St. Louis and on the Missouri River edge. The town has origins from Spanish days of ruling in 1700's. Daniel Boone families spread out to this area in early 1800's, and by 1814, there was a ferry crossing over the river. That solidified the town, and it now has 13,000 residents.
If you are interested in wine, visit either the Augusta or Ste. Genevieve wineries. Each location has several wineries, the most popular being Crown Valley in Ste. Genevieve and Mount Pleasant in Augusta. If you've never been there, you will be amazed at how upscale and fun this experience is. There is often live music. A hidden gem is Cave Winery in the Ste. Genevieve area - after visiting the tasing room, you can buy a bottle and head down a hill to tables inside a large cave. For my money, they usually have the best Norton...
Both areas are about and hour or hour and a half outside of town. Please note these places are extremely popular with the locals, so your best bet is to head out mid-morning. I recommend arriving around noon if you can manage it. The drive alone is worth the trip, plus the towns of Augusta and Ste. Gevieve are both charming and worth exploring on their own.
If you don't mind driving and extra hour, try Hermann, MO. Stone Hill winery is the most popular, but Hermanhoff is also very nice. Check out www.missouriwine.org for lots more info.
This fascinating state park with good-sized museum is not far away at all. If you are interested in early cultures, Native American "anything," or just need to get away from the city, let me suggest a visit. See my tips, under Illinois.
You really need a car to get there, or strong legs & a bicycle.
Elephant Rocks State Park is located southwest of St. Louis. Bismarck is the 'larger' town nearby. Even then, you'll have to get a local map and wander several miles. It's actually near Pilot Knobs on State Routes 21.
Johnson's Shut-ins is located southwest of St. Louis. Bismarck is the 'larger' town nearby. Even then, you'll have to get a local map and wander several miles (maybe 10 m - 16 km). It's actually near Centerville on State Routes 21 & 72.