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Alert reader Larry H. tips this, from the June 2006 issue of "Chicago" magazine: the Lou makes the list of "14 Great Getaways."

What they liked: the Central West End, the Ritz, Monarch, the Pulitzer, the Shakespeare Festival, new Busch, the Arch and the A-B tour. A respectable (if predictable) list...but mine would probably be a bit different.

It could look like this (and could change on a dime!): the Loop, the Arch, Niche (restaurant, not store, no offense to the store), the Royale, Cherokee Street, Tower Grove Park/Farmers' Market, MOCRA, Riverfront Trail.

How about yours? Pick a list of 8 St. Louis things you'd make an itinerary of.

Posted under STL in the News by Amanda Doyle on Thu., Jun 1, 2006 at 4:10 PM



Crown Candy Kitchen
Contemporary Art Museum
Boutiques in the Loop
The Muny
Shaw Coffee
City Museum
Botanical Garden
Venice Café

[Posted by Jessica on Fri., Jun 2, 2006 at 11:21 AM]

If I were to craft an itinerary for friends visiting from out of town, I'd like to do these things, preferably by bike:

New Roots Urban Farm
Blacks in Wax History Museum
Laclede's Landing Wax Museum - esp. the Last Supper display!
Soulard Farmer's Market for lunch
Paint Louis Flood Wall
Left Bank Books Used Book Basement
Camping in Forest Park
Breakfast at Delmonico's on Delmar

[Posted by Heaps on Fri., Jun 2, 2006 at 12:01 PM]

Drinks and soul food at Marsha's Ltd.
Monday night MC battle at the Hi-Pointe
A neighborhood house tour
The Loop
Atomic Cowboy
History Museum to put it all in context
City Museum
Riverfront Trail

[Posted by Brian Marston on Fri., Jun 2, 2006 at 1:14 PM]

In an effort not to duplicate too many of the above excellent lists

Tower Grove Park: a venue for relaxation, exercise and who can beat watching your kids playing baseball as the sun dips low in the sky.

South Grand restaurants and stores. Where to begin? Lemongrass, Pho Grand Mangia. Loose yourself for an afternoon in Dunaway books.

Art Museum/Forest Park. Catch the special exhibits at the museum for free on a Friday. Taking a boat out on the lake is one of the best values for family entertainment. In the heat of summer cool off by rowing through the spray from the fountains.

Crown Candy Kitchen. Hot Fudge Newport. No contest.

Neighborhood coffee shops. Each has its own charm.
Hartford, LaDolce Via, Shugga's. The staff get to know you, and you usually bump into a friend or two. Who makes your favorite scone?

Euclid Records. Great quality vinyl for only $5. Another place where I could spend half the day if time allowed. There's always something rare or surprising to tempt me. Last purchase: Aimee Mann.

Maplewood outdoor pool (Manchester just west of Big Bend).
Not as cheap as it used to be, but a great place to swim and relax. They just need to retune the radio to 88.1

The loop. One of the few places in STL where all races go and hang out and most folks are cool and relaxed. In-store gigs at Vintage Vinyl, plus the witty marquee.

The neighborhoods where we live. I live in Shaw and really value the friendships I've made with neighbors, churchgoers and schoolparents. Often people fall into more than one category. People really do look out for each other.

The Arch. Its interesting how this unique work of art and engineering has become the symbol of our City for many.
The lines are simple and timeless. Its THE place where first time visitors want to go, and its always fun to be the guide.

[Posted by Gerry Connolly on Thu., Jun 8, 2006 at 3:36 PM]

Perfect Lazy Saturday:

early a.m. -- Botanical Gardens, World's Fair Doughnuts, Gringo Jones
lunchtime -- Soulard Market (beer, brats & browse)
all afternoon -- Forest Park
evening -- Lafayette Square, Soulard
after midnight -- BB's

[Posted by Jessica Anderson on Thu., Jun 22, 2006 at 3:04 PM]

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