Spring break staycations


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Susie Seidel, Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again: classes are either slowing down or hitting hard, all in preparation for a long awaited spring break. Unfortunately, between spring sports practices, unaligned breaks between districts and the busy schedules that students and their families are accustomed to, not everyone can pack up and jet off to Hawaii for the week. Luckily, there are plenty of memorable and affordable “staycation” opportunities around St. Louis for every interest.


For “The Homebody”

Even a serious homebody can experience local adventure in Chesterfield. The Chesterfield Valley is known for its great restaurants and stores, as well as only being a 15 minute drive from school. For a sleep-away getaway, the Chesterfield Doubletree is a beautiful hotel right in the heart of the area. As you head out for the day, nothing beats a breakfast at First Watch, which is a great stop for breakfast, lunch and brunch options. Afterwards, check out the Taubman-Prestige outlet mall for all of the new spring styles and steals. When lunch time rolls around, there is a wide variety of restaurants to visit, from fast food to sit down. If your trunk is already beginning to fill with plastic bags, there are plenty of other activities within the radius. Try rock climbing at Upper Limits, a movie at the Wehrenberg movie theater, laser tag at Sports Fusion flips and dodgeball at Sky Zone. To satisfy the appetite you’ll likely work up, the array of dining remains in your hands. Can you believe all of this excitement is only a quick drive from home?


For “The City-Goer”

Just down Highway 40 lies a traditional city with modern flare, and holds options for all members of the family. A great part of town outside of the West County bubble to explore Tower Grove.  with many hidden gems such as from fair trade stores to classic diners, as well as the beautiful architecture and landscapes, Tower Grove is a hidden gem in St. Louis. Breakfast begins at Rooster, a top notch spot with crepes, egg dishes, pancakes and sandwich options. Just across the street is the history-rich Tower Grove Park. Bring a friend, a dog, a blanket and a few games and enjoy your spring break exploring the 1800’s architecture. Just a ten minute drive away is Soulard Market where you can stock up on fresh and local produce, specialized booths. Right across the street is a city favorite, Mission Taco. Here you’ll find mouth watering tacos, burritos, tortas and of course plenty of chips and salsa for all to enjoy. Take a spin and see more local stores, ice cream such as Ted Drewes and Snow Factory, or catch a concert or game. Afterall, Pat Benatar as well as the St. Louis Blues will be in town. For an unforgettable hotel experience, the amazing Hilton at the Ballpark is the spot for breathtaking views of the city and a stunning rooftop dining experience.


For “The Southern Belle”

While many are familiar with the city of St. Louis, lesser  known areas that just a drive away include: One that should top your staycation bucket list is Kimmswick, Mo. Surrounded by many sites for lodging, such as the Quality Inn or Woodspring Suites, Kimmswick is a small town known for its restaurants, shops and hospitality. Stop in at the Blue Owl—which was recognized by Oprah Winfrey—for either breakfast or lunch, and don’t even think about leaving until you try some famous pie! Other stops include the Dough Depot for pizza and other tasty treats or Delta Queen Port of Call for French cuisine. Travel up and down the streets of Kimmswick and stop into speciality shops, of course with pit stops for ice cream and fudge. Enjoy a calm stroll by the river and appreciate the spring air and break from the stress of school.


No matter what spring break will consist of for you, it is ultimately a time for rest, relaxation and spending time with family and friends. Wherever it may take you, stay safe and have fun!