Hotel at a Glance: The Cheshire
The Cheshire may have been built in the 1960s just outside St. Louis, but its half-timber facade and delicate flower gardens suggest a 16th-century English inn. It’s believed that the 4-star inn’s founder drew inspiration from Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese––a 350-year-old London tavern. You can see touches of this influence, from complimentary tea served throughout the day to a British-style pub where you can drink a pint of ale.
- European-inspired breakfast: Nibble fresh-baked croissants and sip tea during the complimentary breakfast.
- Old World elegance: The guest rooms are trimmed in period furnishings that recall the trends of the Tudor Revival. Before bed, enjoy a complimentary chocolate made by a local St. Louis chocolate company.
- 1,700 types of wine are available at The Restaurant to pair with truffle honey-glazed duck breast or locally sourced spit-roasted chicken. Fox and Hounds tavern serves traditional fish ‘n’ chips and artisanal cheeses in a pub-style setting.
- Stay cool: Cabana beds sit in the shade on the sunlit deck surrounding the inn’s outdoor pool.
- Nearby attractions: Saint Louis Zoo is less than a mile away, and downtown St. Louis is just 10 minutes away by car.
- Accolades: The Cheshire received AAA’s Four Diamond rating.
St. Louis, Missouri: Urban Park Space and Brewery Tours in the Gateway City
The first thing you notice about the St. Louis Gateway Arch is its height: at 630 feet, it’s the tallest manmade monument in the United States, and it dwarfs the other buildings of the St. Louis skyline. Less obvious is the fact that the Arch is exactly as tall as it is wide, stretching out along the banks of the Mississippi River. You can take a ride to the summit for a bird’s-eye view of the city’s skyline and riverboats riding the Mississippi. Make sure you get to the Arch before 10 a.m.; after that, the lines start to get long, and tickets sometimes sell out in the afternoon.
Forest Park’s more than 1,200 acres of green space are also worth a visit. Contained in this space is the Saint Louis Zoo, which corrals hundreds of species in several different habitats; it’s frequently cited as one of the best zoos in the country, and entrance is free. At high noon, sunbeams create a natural light show on the geometric façade of the Jewel Box, a 1936 art-deco greenhouse in the southeast quadrant of the park. To the north, there’s the Boathouse, where you can rent a pedal-powered boat to explore Post-Dispatch Lake.
Though it was originally a hub for railroads and the fur trade, St. Louis eventually became known for being the headquarters of brewing giant Anheuser-Busch, which began producing there in 1852. On a tour through the red-brick brewery, you can sample beers and visit the stables where the company keeps its iconic clydesdale horses.