We both took Friday off of work and left early in the morning for the 6.5 hour drive from Columbus to St. Louis. We made a quick pit stop for lunch and arrived in St. Louis around 3:00 PM (with the 1 hour time change).
Before checking in at the B&B we were staying at, we drove over to the Ulysses S. Grant National Historical Site. Another thing I should note about Todd, besides enjoying alcohol-related trips, he also likes to go to National Historical Sites and National Parks to get stamps in his National Park Passport. We try to make stops at these sites whenever we can since there are hundreds across the country. The historical site, known as White Haven, commemorates Grant's life in the military and his presidency. White Haven was a plantation worked by slaves when Grant married his wife and this is where his wife grew up and they later lived together as a family.
After a tour of White Haven, we went stopped by our B&B, Brewer's House Bed & Breakfast, to unload our bags and freshen up. The B&B was really neat because it was a Civil War vintage home. The innkeeper, Rick, also made a fabulous breakfast each morning!
We went to dinner in Laclede's Landing at Morgan Street Brewery. The food was nothing special but Todd enjoyed his first taster flight of beers of the trip.
We ended Friday night at Ted Drewes for frozen custard
After a great breakfast cooked by Rick on Saturday morning, we were out the door to head to the Soulard Farmer's Market, which first started in 1779, and is one of the oldest & largest farmers markets west of the Mississippi.
Our next stop of the day was the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which included both the Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse. I was excited to head up to the top of the arch and Todd was excited to get a few more stamps in his passport.
Todd & I before we headed down...it was really windy on Saturday so the Arch was shaking and I wasn't feeling very well because of it
Next stop was lunch at Schlafly Tap Room
Our last stop on Saturday was Anheuser-Busch for a Beermaster Tour. There is a free tour but we decided to splurge and spend the $25/person to go on this more in-depth tour. We've been to a lot of breweries and been on a lot of tours and Todd said this was by far his favorite. It didn't hurt that we each got 4 beers to drink and since I don't really drink much beer, Todd actually got 8 beers.
So you do the math....Todd + 8 beers + 2 hours = passed out by 6:00 PM
We actually ate a ton at lunch and were hoping to go to a late dinner in the Hill at a good Italian restaurant but after Todd got a couple hours of sleep, we still weren't really hungry and just hung out at the B&B the rest of the evening.
Sunday morning, after another fabulous breakfast, we packed up for the drive home. We stopped at Ram Restaurant & Brewery in Indianapolis for a late lunch/early dinner and arrived home around 7:00 PM after an awesome weekend!