When someone mentions St. Louis, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Romance, candle lit dinners, and a cozy bed and breakfast? Or is it the Arch, St. Louis Cardinals, and beer? Until recently, I would have said the latter, but now I can say it also includes the former.
If you're looking to unwind, and get away from the kids for a night, I've found the perfect place... and it is the Park Avenue Mansion.
There have been times when we've dropped the kids off with a babysitter, only to wonder how they were doing mere moments later. However, after my wife and I stepped foot into the Park Avenue Mansion, the kids were an afterthought (at least for the night).
First, we were greeted by one of the owners, Mike, who quickly made us feel at home and proceeded to give us a tour of the house. The house includes a beautiful living room containing a cookie jar stocked full of cookies (which is always a good sign for a cookie lover like me). The house also has a library full of books.
Soon we were escorted out to the garden, which had multiple water features, a secluded swing, and plenty of other places to unwind. The garden would have been a perfect place to enjoy a late night drink (if it hadn't rained).
Then there was the bedroom, which contained a beautiful canopy bed, Jacuzzi tub, and a view of the garden below. Mike informed us that we should leave the window open at night, because when all is quiet, you can hear the gentle babbling of the garden's water feature.
Since the Park Avenue Mansion is located in the heart of historic Lafayette Square, it is within walking distance of many great restaurants and shops, like the Chocolate Bar. My wife was eager to dig into the Chocolate Bar's 'Brownie Royale,' and after we had finished, we were glad that all we had to do was roll our bloated bodies one block to get back to our room.
So if you're ever in the St. Louis area, and need some rest and relaxation, be sure to check out the Park Avenue Mansion, you won't be disappointed.