St. Louis, Missouri
After Hours: Citygarden
Citygarden opened in 2009 and is a stunning addition to downtown St. Louis. It features 24 pieces of sculpture by internationally renowned artists, and a spray plaza with 102 computer-controlled spray jets and custom lighting where children can play.
Performing Arts: Fox Theatre
Built in 1929, the Fox Theatre, also known as “The Fabulous Fox,” is a former movie palace and current performing arts centre. The interior of the restored Art Deco building features decorative Asian motifs among other ornate details. The Fox currently seats 4,192 theatregoers plus 234 in the private Fox Club. Theatre attendees can enjoy Broadway shows as well as performers such as Lady Gaga and the Jonas Brothers.
Family Fun: Get Outdoors
Enjoy a nice breakfast in Cielo restaurant before being transported to Forest Park, one of the country’s largest urban parks. Located within Forest Park, the St. Louis Zoo is home to more than 19,000 wild animals and offers complimentary admission. St. Louis Science Center and St. Louis Art Museum are also must-sees before leaving Forest Park, both attractions offering complimentary general admission. Another option is to embark on a brief 10-minute walk to the Gateway Arch and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Take an enclosed tram to the top of the Arch and view the city skyline and surrounding area from 630 feet (190 metres) above ground.
Spa: Wrap and Massage
The signature “di-vine wine” body wrap is a hit. Get a full body massage after this body wrap and then a sampling of wine and some grapes—heavenly. Rich in antioxidants, the signature di-vine wine body wrap at the Four Seasons Spa decreases signs of ageing and inflammation in the skin. After the clay-and-red-grape wrap, the therapist applies a grape-seed facemask and performs a luxurious scalp massage. A full-body massage follows, and a small sampling of wine and locally grown grapes is served afterwards.
Italian Cuisine, Fresh Ingredients
At Cielo restaurant, guests enjoy a dining experience that they will not find anywhere else in the city. Modern Italian cuisine is made with food sourced from local farms; excellent views from the restaurant’s award-winning patio consistently exceed guests’ expectations.
Itinerary: A Perfect Day
Fuel up with a sweet or savoury crêpe from Rooster café before exploring Missouri Botanical Garden, the nation’s oldest botanical garden and a National Historic Landmark. Open since 1859, the 79-acre (30-hectare) garden features a geodesic-design greenhouse, maze, butterfly house, and Chinese and Japanese gardens, just to name a few. Enjoy lunch or a snack at the Terrace Café, then explore the wonderful gift store. If it’s baseball season, catch an afternoon game and cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals, 11-time World Series Champions. Or visit the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Be sure to save room for an early dinner … Pappy’s Smokehouse is a place you won’t want to miss!