St. Louis Travel Diary


The Husband whisked me away to St. Louis for a quick trip two weekends ago for a belated birthday present, and it was great, great fun! We prefer to do “experience gifts” for birthdays (example: trips, concerts, ziplining, etc.) instead of the traditional physical present, so this was my gift this year!

We stopped on our way over to see his parents, sister, and our adorable niece on Friday night and spent the night at his parents’ house. Then in the morning, we hit the road for St. Louis. It may have been the hottest day I’ve experienced this year…99 degrees in the middle of the day (and humid on top of it), so we didn’t get to experience everything we wanted to see, but that just means that we have to go back.

We also stayed in the CUTEST Airbnb that The Husband found and booked himself. Like we got into it and I could not stop saying cute, so I guess he knows me pretty well (hah!). I’ll try to do a full write up on our Airbnb experience (now that we’ve stayed in three different ones) soon, because it is REALLY changing the travel game for us.

Check out below for our other St. Louis favorites (beyond the world’s cutest Airbnb)and what I wore during the hot, hot heat!


Top Ten Things to Do in St. Louis (in the order we did them):

  1. Citygarden – A quick walk through downtown St. Louis leads you to this mini Central Park-esque park in the middle of St. Louis. It’s described as an “urban oasis” and while I’m not sure what that means, there were sculptures and other artwork, so many plants, fountains, two splash parks for kids, etc. Very well done park, St. Louis!
  2. Crown Candy Kitchen – My mother-in-law told us about this right before we left and recommended it for a sweet treat. They serve GIANT ice cream sundaes, malts, and diner food. We lucked into getting a teeny tiny booth for two next to the cutest elderly couple. The husband of the couple told us that he had come here 80 years ago and couldn’t even see over the counter to order, so you know it’s good if you keep coming back for 80 years.
  3. St. Louis Gateway Arch – Duh. This is probably the most well known thing in St. Louis (besides the St. Louis Cardinals, their baseball team). It was finished in 1965 and is a marvel to see. We paid the extra $10/per person to go up in it, and it was an experience! They fit five adults into this tiny little tram car and then up you go. The views from the top can’t really be beat, so I would definitely recommend the trip to the top. The area is under construction to really build up the monument right now (it’s 50th anniversary), so it’s a bit beat up, but I bet it’ll look great in the future!
  4. Forest Park – Umm, confession time. We actually ran out of time, and just drove by this beautiful park, but it looks amazing and I can’t wait to go back and see it! It’s where St. Louis had the World’s Fair in 1904, and The Husband said it had a structure called the Jewel Box that was filled with “flowers and pretty things,” so you know it has to be good! ;)
  5. The Kitchen Sink – This was our lunch spot for the weekend! Huge portions and a huge variety of items on the menu (hence the name)! Not my favorite restaurant of the trip, but it is hard to compete with ice cream, BBQ, and brunch (see below), so I’ll cut it some slack!
  6. St. Louis Zoo – 1.) You have to go because it is free, which is unheard of these days, and 2.) Because it’s really well done. We unfortunately didn’t get to spend much time here, and most of the animals were too hot to even come out into the open. I did get to see my three favorite zoo animals: giraffes, red pandas, and zebras. We also got to see a baby elephant going for a swim with his mom. Too cute!
  7. Cardinals, Cardinals, Cardinals – The baseball team was in town and playing. I’m not the biggest fan, but one of our fellow tram riders told us that the games are a town favorite. Maybe next time (though we did see the stadium from the top of the Arch).
  8. Delmar Loop – We had planned to spend more time here also, but ran out of time, but apparently it was voted one of the top 10 streets in America. There is tons of shops, restaurants, and art galleries, and just really unique things.
  9. The Shaved Duck – True life, I waited 1.5 hours for dinner. No one who really knows me will believe this (because I am super super SUPER impatient), but I did. The Husband had done his research on local restaurants and stumbled upon this gem. We decided to have a late dinner, so we got there around 7:30pm and saw tons of people waiting on the sidewalk. 1.5 hours later, our name was called and we enjoyed some of the BEST BBQ I have ever had. Seriously, so good, and so well worth the wait. Check it out if you’re in town (but maybe try an off time, as it is definitely popular right now)!
  10. Rooster – Go here for brunch and order the caramelized banana and nut french toast (and then come share it with me). Sooooo amazing that words just can describe it. The rest of the menu looked great too, but I’m not sure I’ll ever try anything else again! ;) Their website says they have been voted the best breakfast in Missouri, and let me tell you…those Missourians are no dummies. I honestly would drive back to St. Louis JUST to eat here.


St. Louis, we had a blast, despite the heat, and I can’t wait to go back again! Thanks to The Husband for a great birthday trip!


  • On Target item: Mossimo Embellished Sandals (exact)
  • Hat: Old Navy (super similar)
  • Purse: vintage Coach (thrifted; similar)
  • Nail Polish: “Redgy” (exact)
  • Dress: Old Navy (exact)

  • Love the dress! How do you look so cute in hats?! I don’t think I can wear them.

  • L Magoon

    That top photo is fantastic. . . if you ever need a photo portfolio for anything, I’d use that one! It’s just a great pic (snapped by your hubby?).

    Aargh!! thought I was choosing an icon photo, cuz that big dude creeps me out, but I accidentally posted a humungous photo of a flower. Oh well, hope your day is as bright and sunny as that flower!!! :)

  • Liv

    Great photos. If I ever get the chance to visit St. Louis I now all the best places to visit, thanks to you :)


  • I love that you came to St. Louis! I live just 3 blocks from the Shaved Duck which is so so so dangerous but worth it. I spent half of last week chilling in city garden on my lunch breaks during jury duty and it is such a nice retreat away from the city, in the city. I know everyone always recommends the City Museum (which is a blast) but you really covered some of my favorite places in the Lou!

  • I stinking love that dress. I’ve heard some awesome things about Airbnb too.