Staycation: St. Louis / by Alise O'Brien

Here comes summer! Vacation time, right? You may not be leaving town, but that shouldn't stop you from having a 'staycation' right here in St. Louis. 

To start planning your St. Louis Staycation, let's check into the Moonrise Hotel on the Delmar Loop. The building theme is out of this world (literally), with every room boasting a space-theme and bright colors. The hotel even has a rooftop bar and patio for those perfect summer nights under the stars.

Right off Washington Blvd., you can check out the Pulitzer Arts Foundation's latest exhibit "Terra Infirma" by Mona Hatoum. Designed to make you somewhat uncomfortable, the artist has created a series of work that will change the way you look at various household objects. for example, she has created an over-sized grinder, title "Mouli Julienne," as seen below.  

We must check out everything Forest Park has to offer, with highlights like the Grand Basin and the St Louis Art Museum. One of the last remaining exhibits of the 1904 World's Fair, the Grand Basin is a beautiful piece of local history to experience. Visitors are able to take paddle boats out among the fountains to cool down in the St Louis heat.
This summer, SLAM is hosting several exhibits, including "Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost World," and "Sun Xun: Time Spy." 

Next, where should we get dinner? Let's hit the world-famous Blueberry Hill, where The Father of Rock & Roll and first person inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Chuck Berry, inaugurated the Duck Room. A popular music spot, people flock from all over to pay their respects, have some food and listen to great live music.


As our day fades to evening, we would recommend some time at Billy Jean's for a cocktail and dinner. or, swing by Jazz at the Bistro for some smooth late-night entertainment.