St Louis weekend questions

Aug 18th, 2006, 05:08 AM
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Oh yes Christmas Lights at the zoo!!!

Another festive venue to see a beautiful display is a park called Tilles Park. It is fun for kids of all ages!! It is right off I64. You can take a horse and carriage ride or a car. There are great little buger and pizza restaurants nearby for dinner.
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Aug 18th, 2006, 05:14 AM
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I've been visiting a friend in StL for years and go every December. I didn't know about Christmas lights at the zoo. I'll have to put that on my list for this year.

It's what I love about Fodor's. Been going to StL 3 or 4 times a year for 15 years and still learn something new.
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Aug 18th, 2006, 08:51 AM
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I know exactly what you mean, Indy. We've lived in the Chicago area for over 23 years now and I frequently learn something new about it on Fodor's!

It's been a long time since I've been to the zoo in Forest Park. But I took my kids to Brookfield Zoo year round when they were little. And I agree with the poster who said that, in many ways, the winter is actually better than summer.
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Aug 18th, 2006, 10:43 AM
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Totally agree. We are zoo people, and Brookfield Zoo Members and we have had tremendous evenings and daylight hours at the zoo in Winter. The docents have more time to initiate lessons, or interaction between animals and patrons, if allowed, as well.
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Aug 18th, 2006, 03:11 PM
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First of all in St. Louis the football Cardinals are called the "Big Red". The only time you should use the terms "Cards" is when talking about the baseball St. Louis Cardinals.

There are plenty of good hotels close to the Edward Jones Dome. Within a 3 block radius is the Renaissance, a very nice Hampton Inn, a Drury Inn and an Embassy Suites. A few blocks further away you have two Hiltons (one new, one the old Marriott) a Drury Suites and the Westin. Skip the Radisson and the Adams Mark if possible.

Ted Drewes is fun in the winter as he self Christmas trees during the season. Fun times.

The zoo is good during the winter. They just has a baby elephant born a few weeks ago and she should go on display soon. The crowds will be tremendous for a while but should calm down in the winter.

He'll love the City Museum.

Also Joe Edwards should be opening his "Flamingo Bowl" sometime this fall in the 1200 block of Washington Ave (only a few blocks from the Renaissance and the Dome). Should be fun for a kid since his Pin-Up Bowl in the UCity loop draws good daytime crowds for children.
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Aug 18th, 2006, 03:25 PM
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What is the "Flamingo Bowl"? Obvioulsy a bowling alley, but what else, I had not heard of that. I know he is involved in the project near the Dome which I cannot remember the name. I have seen plans and it looks amazing.

It seems what he touches turns to gold!
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Aug 19th, 2006, 07:06 AM
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I've only driven by the Flamingo Bowl and can't see anything since they had the windows papered off.

It is not part of the Bottle District which will be built to the north of the Dome. They should be starting on that area soon since our lot for tailgating for Rams games used to be in that area and is now closed.

I haven't heard any details except it will be a slightly larger version of the Pin-Up Bowl. I saw a recent interview with Joe Edwards but it mainly focused on his building a boutique hotel between the Pageant and the Pin Up Bowl in the Delmar Loop. No details abaout Flamingo. It's sounding like he may partner with a national boutique chain (like Kimpton). He's also wanting to go mid-rise and have a 10 to 12 story building.
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Oct 1st, 2006, 08:42 PM
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It's never TOO COLD for Ted Drew's & the lines are shorter in December!
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"First of all in St. Louis the football Cardinals are called the "Big Red".

Actually, they are called the Arizona Cardinals.
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Oct 2nd, 2006, 01:54 PM
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This message makes me a little sad! I'm a St. Louis native who just found out that we will be moving to Charlotte, NC in about 2.5 weeks. Reading about St. Louis makes me realize all the great things that are here.

teamwilson, I hope you have/had a good time!

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Oct 2nd, 2006, 02:46 PM
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Wow. I had a freind move from here to Charlotte about 4 years ago.

I hear it is lovely. Are you in STL now?
just think of it as a new adventure!!! Good luck and keep us posted!
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Oct 2nd, 2006, 02:51 PM
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Tracy, sorry to hear of your imminent departure. One less voice from St. Loo where there aren't too many to begin with..... Charlotte is nice though. Have a safe journey. Dave
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Oct 2nd, 2006, 02:56 PM
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There is a very nice Hampton Inn right across the street from the stadium the Rams play in. We were there recently and were very pleased with the hotel.

And definately GO TO THE CITY MUSEUM. It's wonderful. Both you and your son will love it!
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Oct 2nd, 2006, 03:53 PM
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We stayed at the Hilton downtown in June. Very nice hotel, we got a great rate from
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Oct 3rd, 2006, 10:25 AM
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annesherrod, I am still in St. Louis although only until the 18th. I'm on a quest to visit all of my favorite restaurants before I leave!

dcd, you are certainly right...not enough St. Louis voices on this board! No worries though...I will still plug my hometown whenever I see the St. Louis questions pop up!

I've yet to visit Charlotte (we will be there this upcoming weekend) but I hear its lovely and we are looking forward to the change of scenery, although St. Louis will always be my real home.

Best wishes,
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Oct 3rd, 2006, 02:51 PM
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The best of luck to you!! Did you or your husband get a transfer?

I am going to Miso's this evening and since it is so nice we are going to The Seven Gables Inn outdoor courtyard for a drink.
Let me know if you try some "new old" restaurants before you take off!

Again - Good Luck to you.
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Feb 20th, 2007, 03:50 AM
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Thanks for all the insite. I thought I should follow up and let everyone who answered know what we did.

We stayed at the Drury Inn right next to the stadium. If you have kids that are autograph hounds THIS is the spot. My son got 32 autographs - the players park on one side of the hotel and walk through the building to reach the stadium. The Drury itself was just ok physically but the staff was outstanding; they had a full free breakfast buffet and a small indoor pool.

We were lucky that our home team UVA was in the fnal 4 NCAA soccer tourney - so we checked that out on Saturday. Also hit the Arch and the Cardinals museum. Kinda ran out of time after that.

Great time thanks for the input
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Feb 20th, 2007, 05:36 AM
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teamwilson - So glad to hear you had a good time in Saint Louis!!

I will have to remember about the Drury for autographs - I have an 11 year old son too!!
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