From dance lessons to football practice and eventually holiday shopping and meal prepping, do you constantly find yourself running from place to place just trying to find enough hours in the day to get it all done?
Well, we say, “Hold that thought! Mom deserves a weekend away with her girlfriends.”
Fall is the perfect time to gather up your friends and take some time for relaxing, exploring, and just enjoying, and St. Louis is a great place to escape to without traveling too far from home.
Check out our perfect girls weekend itinerary:
Start by taking our 1:40 pm flight to St. Louis.
From the airport, you can take the Metrolink train to the area of your hotel, or use a local taxi or rideshare service. For a girls weekend, or any friend trip, it’s important to find a hotel with suites that fit several people. Embassy Suites Downtown is a great option to put you near the action.
Once you check into your hotel and get settled, it should be just about time for happy hour. If it’s not, you know what they say: it’s 5 o’clock somewhere! Try Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar. It’s just a few minute walk from the Embassy Suites, and they have a lengthy drink menu with something for everyone.
When you start to get hungry, head to Cinder House (formerly Cielo Restaurant and Bar) in the Four Seasons for a delicious meal with a side of fantastic city views. You’re on vacation - treat yourself!
If after dinner you’re still ready to have some fun, hit The Crack Fox for some cocktails, dancing, and maybe a live performance. We hear this is a cool, unique place with awesome cocktails.
When you wake up, we’d recommend checking out a local coffee shop or eatery for breakfast and your morning caffeine fix. Perhaps Rooster is just the right fit.
After breakfast, it’s time to take a trip to the spa! After all, what girls weekend would be complete without one? There are several highly-rated spas to choose from, so we recommend looking for the best one for the particular treatments you’re looking to enjoy.
Once you’re fully relaxed and detoxed, it will probably be time for lunch. If you had back downtown towards the Embassy Suites to get changed, you won’t be far from Sauce on the Side, a very highly rated quick stop with a variety of options. If the weather is nice, you can enjoy your meal outside, too.
After lunch, we recommend either checking out a museum or doing some shopping. If you decide to take the museum route, we’d highly recommend the St. Louis Art Museum. There are a number of rotating and permanent exhibits, and admission to the museum is always free. Check out their website to see which exhibits will be in town when you’re visiting. The restaurant at the art museum, Panorama, is actually rated quite highly and would be a great spot for dinner. If you decide not to try Panorama, head to one of the areas in the next paragraph for dinner and beyond.
If you decide to shop and explore, we’d recommend heading over to The Loop, a several-block area with specialty shops, restaurants, and multiple entertainment options. It’s a great place to stay for dinner and even some post-dinner festivities. If you’re looking for a more traditional shopping experience, try Union Station, an antique bus and rail terminal that’s been turned into a shopping mall with restaurants and nightlife, as well.
This brings you to Sunday morning. Maybe enjoy the opportunity to sleep in, or head out for a morning yoga class. Check out Southtown Yoga for a studio relatively close to the hotel.
By now, it’s probably time to pack up and check out of your hotel. Enjoy another half-day of activities luggage free by asking the front desk staff to hold your bags until it’s time to head to the airport.
One of the best part of girls weekend is Sunday brunch, so make a reservation at Nixta and enjoy one of the best brunches in St. Louis! From brunch, hop over to Gateway Arch National Park to explore, before heading back to the hotel to grab your luggage and make your way back to airport.
Catch our 3:30 flight back to FLW and make it home with plenty of time to catch up before the busy work/school week starts up again Monday morning!