Weekend in St. Louis

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Decorating your home doesn’t come without inspiration. And I find that I feel most inspired to get creative with my home when I’m away from it for a while. Sound counterintuitive? Maybe. But it’s no secret that a little fun can leave you refreshed mind, body and soul.

This past weekend I spent a little time in St. Louis, Missouri. I wanted to share a few spots I went to (and loved!) in case you plan to visit.

Here are some great areas to explore:

Central West End

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This cute eclectic area features some nice eateries and a couple shops. We ate at Pi Pizzeria, which has locations all around St. Louis. And I couldn’t visit a city without stopping at a local bookstore. So, I bought a book after perusing Left Bank Books.

Clayton

This neighborhood has a nice strip of restaurants and boutiques. We ate at a really delicious salad restaurant called Crushed Red.

The Loop

Blue Print Coffee

This funky area features six blocks filled with shops and restaurants. I had fun perusing a secondhand shop that I can’t remember the name of and sipping an iced coffee from Blueprint Coffee.

The Hill

Starting in the 1890s, Italian immigrants clustered in this area of St. Louis. Today, the neighborhood still holds to that heritage with dozens of Italian restaurants and stores. We ate at Zia’s, a reasonably priced (and tasty) classic Italian restaurant.

Other highlights:

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company: A craft brewery with a fabulous patio lined with picnic tables and lit by string lights.

Downtown/The Arch: We stayed downtown, which made it an easy walk to the Arch. (Be sure to check out the free museum below it!)

Forest Park: This 1,300-acre park is home to the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Saint Louis Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, The Muny and the Saint Louis Zoo.

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