AAA Four-Diamond British-Style Inn with 18th-Century Antiques and a Traditional Tavern
Legend says that when the original owner bought the suburban St. Louis property that would become The Cheshire in 1960, he wanted to re-create his experience of visiting Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a 17th-century tavern tucked away on a London side street. He modeled The Cheshire’s half-timber façade after the old pub, then used 18th-century antiques, British artwork, and elaborate stained-glass windows to complete its English transformation. Recent renovations to the inn have added WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and other modern amenities, but the property retains its traditional British charm within. Outside, American and United Kingdom flags fly over an English-countryside-style courtyard that’s just a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Louis.
Guest rooms continue the British theme through carved wooden headboards and diamond-glass windows in the Tudor Revival style. In addition, each deluxe king room pays tribute to a famous author from across the pond with a framed biography.
In the morning, head downstairs for pastries, coffee, and tea. For lunch and dinner, the Fox & Hounds Tavern serves fish ‘n’ chips, local cheeses and paté, and other English specialties. No traditional meal is complete without a pint of draft beer or one of the tavern’s many varieties of Irish, American, and Scottish whiskey. Plush armchairs surround the tavern’s central stone fireplace, making it a nice spot to warm up on a cold night.
Richmond Heights, Missouri: Quiet Suburb with Upscale Shopping near the St. Louis Zoo
Richmond Heights is a quiet, mainly residential suburb about 7 miles west of downtown St. Louis. Rife with tree-lined parks, Richmond Heights was named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for more than 10 consecutive years, a distinction given to cities that excel in tree management and care. Here, you’ll find a couple of well-known shopping centers, including the Saint Louis Galleria, an indoor shopping mall, and The Boulevard Saint Louis, a pedestrian-friendly boulevard lined with upscale boutiques and restaurants.
Head a few miles east to nearby Forest Park to visit the Saint Louis Art Museum, home to more than 33,000 works of ancient and modern art. Forest Park also hosts the Saint Louis Zoo, a 90-acre zoo with more than 19,000 animals. Kids will have a blast at its interactive children’s zoo, where they can climb a giant spider web, pet a snake, and play chess against an owl.
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