In the American literary tradition, authors have often been emphatic about unplugging from the daily grind. Take your own transcendental trip with this week's Escape to St. Louis, Missouri, for a one-night stay for two at the Seven Gables Inn.
Your unique narrative begins with a wine and cheese reception upon arrival (if you arrive on weekdays), followed by Ghirardelli chocolates in your room. Choose between a Superior Courtyard King room ($109), overlooking the courtyard of the 32-room historic property, or a Corner King Mini Suite ($125) featuring original artwork and a spacious bathroom. Either way, each room's antique furnishings and luxury amenities—like Aveda bath products, Fiji water, terry cloth robes, and complimentary wireless Internet—provide the perfect setting for pampering.
In the morning, the plot thickens with a complimentary Euro-continental breakfast including Wolfgang Puck coffee, pastries, and several hot breakfast selections. The Tudor-style boutique hotel sits at the center of the action in St. Louis' Clayton business district; take a walk through Clayton's 16-acre Shaw Park before browsing the specialty shops and art galleries on Clayton Road. Then, travel ten minutes to downtown St. Louis to visit The Gateway Arch, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, or the Saint Louis Zoo.
In the evening, the inn's pub, Molly Darcys, turns dining into a novel concept by combining American favorites—such as St. Louis-style pizza, burgers, and homemade potato chips—with an extensive list of Irish whiskeys, bourbon, and scotch, and dishes like fish and chips and Guinness stew. Drop in on a Friday night for live music from local artists, or join the party just outside the inn at Clayton's summertime Parties in the Park on the third Wednesday of every month.
Want more? Combine vouchers to stay for up to five nights.
Whether you're searching for an existential Escape or just a romantic interlude, this getaway promises to be a real page-turner.
PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON August 1, 2020
PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON January 31, 2013
Seven Gables Inn
A One-Night Stay for Two in a Superior Courtyard King Room ($109) or Corner King Mini Suite ($125)
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