Planning a Winter Getaway? St. Louis Is All Within Warm Reach

From delightful dining and comfortable hotels to cozy indoor attractions and other hot spots, St. Louis is an affordable, hot winter getaway for young and old alike.

Don’t let the cold temperatures put a chill on your travel plans, especially with warm and inviting St. Louis just a short drive away. The following is a piping hot primer to warm you up for a wonderful winter excursion to the Gateway City.


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Vin de Set Rooftop Bar & Bistro

Take Comfort in Good Eats

Wintertime calls for comfort foods and St. Louis has plenty of signature dishes to please your palate, such as gooey butter cake, toasted ravioli, pork steaks, The Slinger and St. Louis-style pizza. In addition to the signatures, outstanding independently owned restaurants abound in unique neighborhoods including The Hill, Central West End, Midtown, Soulard, South Grand, Lafayette Square and the Grove.

Red hot recommendations: Mona’s , Zia’s on the Hill, Soulard’s Restaurant, Gamlin Whiskey HouseTreehouse.


The Cheshire Hotel
The Cheshire Hotel

Enjoy a Warm Stay

The winter wind may be whipping up outside but you’ll be quite snug in St. Louis. Whether you’re looking for a cozy Bed & Breakfast or a full-service hotel with all the comforts of home, there’s an exciting assortment of accommodations in St. Louis. With more than 39,000 hotel rooms throughout the metropolitan region –8,000 of which are within revitalized downtown, St. Louis has the ideal spot to make you feel warm, toasty and right at home.

Red hot recommendations: The Park Avenue Mansion B&B, The Cheshire Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, Moonrise Hotel, St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Drury Plaza at the Arch


The Fabulous Fox Theatre
The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Life is Grand Indoors

Interesting indoor events, A+ attractions and excellent venues make St. Louis a perfect place to keep Old Man Winter at bay. Home to more than 30 arts organizations, eight entertainment and performance venues and a dozen museums and galleries, the Grand Center theater district can keep you warm throughout your stay.

Red hot recommendations: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, Sheldon Art Galleries, Jazz at the Bistro, Powell Hall, The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Flamingo Bowl
Flamingo Bowl

Find Your Winter Spark in Forest Park

Inside and out, venerable Forest Park can’t be beaten for wintertime fun with the Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art Museum and the Saint Louis Science and James S. McDonnell Planetarium open throughout the year. Also, Forest Park features eight restaurants for your dining pleasure. And, no Forest Park winter visit is complete without an invigorating skate at Steinberg Ice Rink and a thrilling, snowy sled ride down Art Hill.

Red hot restaurant recommendations: The Boathouse Restaurant, Snowflake Café at Steinberg Skating Rink, Bixby’s at the Missouri History Museum, Panorama at the Saint Louis Art Museum

Winter on Washington Avenue

St. Louis is home to many great streets and neighborhoods, including Washington Avenue, named one of the “10 Best Streets in America” by the American Planning Association. Trendy, Washington Avenue turns up the dial on the entertainment barometer with plenty of restaurants, bars and nightlife.

Red hot recommendations: Flamingo Bowling, The Dubliner Irish Pub and Bistro, Alpha Brewing Co, The Over/Under Bar & Grill, Hiro Asian Kitchen, Flannery’s Pub

Written by Mark Hermes from the St. Louis CVC. Photos courtesy of the St. Louis CVC. 

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