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Romantic Getaways and Things to Do in and Around St. Louis Missouri

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Romantic Getaways and Things to Do in and Around St. Louis Missouri: So many popular destinations, restaurants, hotels and hidden gems in this area! 

Romantic Things to do in St. Louis - restaurants, hotels, and more!

If romance is in the air and you’re looking for a weekend getaway or something romantic to do with your love, then you’ll love these ideas! Ladies, don’t miss the post “5 Ways to Prepare for a Romantic Weekend with Your Husband”.

Romantic Getaways and Things to do in and Around St. Louis Missouri

The St. Louis area is full of fun and interesting attractions, hotels and restaurants.

But, what about taking a weekend away from home for a couples’ getaway? If you’re in the midwest, you don’t have to travel far to get away from it all.

Let’s go over the top favorites in the St. Louis area for a weekend getaway or a romantic evening…

St. Charles Missouri – New + Historic District

The city where Lewis and Clark launched their expedition in 1804 can be the site of your own adventure.

From sampling local wine and beer to tasting history, St. Charles offers a wonderful spot to get away from it all for a romantic weekend.

Set up your weekend visit at any of the local hotels or bed and breakfast inns.

Hotels, B&B and Places to Stay

Streets of St. Charles

If you love more of a commercial place to stay, staying near and in a hotel by the Streets of St. Charles may be your best bet!

You’ll find classy dining like sushi, steakhouses and even small ice cream shops, and fun things to do like go to the AMC movie theater, all within a short walk from the Drury Plaza Hotel.

Embassy Suites in St. Charles

Not too far from the Streets of St. Charles, the Embassy Suites is also great for a romantic weekend. You can book your own suite (grab a bottle of wine and box of chocolates or strawberries for a romantic evening in).

PLUS…the hotel offers complimentary wine and beer social each evening, as well as made-to-order breakfast.

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles

Located between the historic district and the Streets of St. Charles, and located along the river, is the Ameristar Casino, Resort & Spa in St. Charles.

Gamble, dine, catch a live show and hop on the trolly to hit the historic district when you want to adventure out. But don’t forget to schedule an appointment for the spa to really kick off your romantic weekend!

Lococo House Bed and Breakfast

Close to the historic district, the Lococo House Bed and Breakfast is located in an old brick house, offering a sense of history. During a trip to England, the owners fell in love with the bed and breakfast concept and have worked at providing personal experiences over nearly three decades.

Historic District of St. Charles

Enjoy time together as you visit the shops and boutiques in St. Charles’ Historic District. The beauty of the buildings’ architecture alone is worth a walk. While you’re in the area, visit 519 on Main where you can have personalized gifts created.

The historic district is full of bed and breakfasts like the Boone’s Lick Trail Inn that’s RIGHT on main street, or even Airbnb’s that are less commercial and can put you right on historic main street!

Fun Things to do in St. Charles

While St. Louis is known as the home of Budweiser, craft breweries are located around the area. Two Plumbers and an Arcade combines brewing craft beers with nostalgic arcade games, such as Pac-Man, Tetris and Super Mario Brothers. You can grab dinner, enjoy some brews and play games on your date night.

If wine is more your style, take a tour of Missouri’s wine country with a drive along Missouri-94, where you can visit cute towns and sample wines at several vineyards and wineries, including Defiance Ridge Vineyards, Montelle Winery in Augusta, as well as Augusta Winery.

Romantic Restaurants and Dining Options in St. Charles

As for romantic restaurants to dine at, check out Prasino for a casual upscale menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients. Entrees include wood fire-grilled steak and seafood, as well as burgers and salads.

Bella Vino Wine Bar and Tapas has been serving customers since 2013 in the historic district. With a menu offering small plates with items such as meat and cheese, chorizo stuffed dates and chicken taquitos, Vino is a perfect spot to enjoy an evening of tasting wine and food.

Lewis & Clarks is another fantastic option where you can choose from a large menu featuring steaks to chicken salad sandwiches! Enjoy eating outside on the outdoor balcony during the warmer months!

There are MANY dining options on historic main street and the Streets of St. Charles to choose from. You definitely won’t go hungry!


Located about a 90-minute drive east of St. Louis, off Interstate 70, Hermann is like taking a trip to Germany without a passport.

Home to a popular Oktoberfest in the fall, Hermann is an impressive town to visit any time of the year.

Wineries + Bars

With several wineries and vineyards in the area, including Stone Hill Winery, Adam Puchta and Hermannhof Winery, sampling great Missouri wine is a short drive around the area.

Not to be outdone, Tin Mill Brewing Company and Black Shire Distillery offer tastes of locally crafted beer and spirits, such as vodka. The attractions are located among beautiful scenery.

With about 40 whiskey varieties and wines available, the Bank Bar at Schiller provides an upscale lounge experience for a nightcap in Hermann.

Fun and Shopping

A walk through history is available at the Hermann Farm, a living history museum tracking the arrival and growth of the German immigrant story in Hermann.

Another spot to learn about local German history is the Deutschheim State Historic Site.

Browse and maybe buy your own piece of history at the city’s antique stores, including the Antique Attic Mall and Antiques Unlimited 2.

Hermann Restaurants

For a taste of German cuisine, enjoy dinner at Vintage Restaurant. Located at the Stone Hill Winery, the restaurant is located inside an old carriage house. Featuring authentic German entrees such as sauerbraten and spaetzle, the restaurant also offers traditional American dishes, including ribeye and salmon.

Harvest Table offers freshly made entrees for a casual dining experience. Enjoy homemade bread as an appetizer before dining on entrees such as shrimp and grits, ribeye or prime rib, as well as blackened whitefish.

Hotels and Inns

Hermann is home to unique hotels and bed and breakfast inns. The Harbor Haus Inn and Suites offers a cozy place to stay. With a nice view of the area, and easy access to the town’s attractions and trolley, Harbor Haus ensures a comfortable stay. The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast, as well as suites with porches and balconies.

Fans of bed and breakfast inns will enjoy a stay at Captain Wohlt Inn. The B&B is a wood-framed house built in 1886 and renovated about 10 years ago. The inn is located a short walk from Hermann’s attractions.

Aviston, Illinois

Located on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, Aviston offers a quiet weekend stay about 45 minutes from St. Louis.

Accommodations and B&B’s

Reserve a cabin at Hidden Lake Winery or the Timmermann House B&B. Either choice will be spot on, as they offer relaxing stays.

Hidden Lake – which is also a winery – offers 10 cabins secluded in the Silent Forest. The area was once home to bootleggers, who would hide their products in the area.

Timmermann House is located in an old farmhouse, originally built in the 1940s. With a homemade breakfast, it’s hard to go wrong choosing a romantic getaway here. The B&B offers warm cookies during the day, as well as beautiful views of sunrise and sunset.

Fun and Dining

During the day, take a trip around the area, visiting the Excel Bottling Company in Breese. Home to more than a dozen flavors of soda bottled in southern Illinois, visitors can buy a crate of their favorite flavors or a variety. The company’s most popular soda is Ski, a combination of lemon and orange.

The company has been in business since the mid-1930s. The company added craft beer to its inventory in 2012. In Germantown, Bob Eversgerd sought to build a Civil War fort replica. Built in 1984, the fort is open for public tours.

Visit the Trenton House in Trenton and try a steak, fried chicken or shrimp for dinner.

Belleville, Illinois

About a 30-minute drive from St. Louis, Belleville offers a bit of history, as well as wine and craft beer tasting opportunities.

Fun Things to Do

While visiting for a romantic getaway, Belleville beckons for you to visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.
The shrine, named for the Virgin Mary, is a beautiful architecture design surrounded by nature. A tour of the shrine enhances a visit to Belleville.

A perfect date waits with a visit to the Schmidt Art Center, where you can take in one of the center’s special art exhibits. Located on the campus of Southwestern Illinois College, the art center hosts a series of special exhibits throughout the year.

Afterward, visit the Jo-Al Winery, where they serve fruit wine, or the Main Street Brewery for drinks and to discuss the art. Or, just enjoy wine or craft beer tastings.

Enjoy an evening at the theater with a visit to Lincoln Theatre. The classic movie house is home to new films as well as concerts, such as a tribute to Neil Diamond.


Enjoy a country-style dinner at Eckert’s Belleville Country Restaurant, home to fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans, as well as other entrees such as pot roast and meatloaf. You can also enjoy a homemade burger.

You can also enjoy a sushi dinner at Shichi Sushi Bar.

Or, visit the Hofbrauhauss for beer tasting, amazing food , nd fun events!

Inns and Hotels

Spend the evenings at Our Lady of the Snows Hotel on the shrine’s campus or enjoy a quiet stay at the Drury Inn and Suites in Fairview Heights, about a 10-minute drive from Belleville.

St. Louis

If you’re interested in a staycation or planning a trip to the heart of St. Louis for a romantic getaway, how about reserving a room at the Magnolia Hotel or maybe a bed and breakfast, such as Fleur-de-Lys Mansion.

St. Louis Hotels

The Magnolia Hotel offers a boutique experience in the former Mayfair Hotel, which opened in 1924. Located near major attractions like the Gateway Arch National Park and the Old Courthouse, as well as Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village, the Magnolia St. Louis is perfectly positioned for a romantic getaway. Enjoy a romantic dinner at the hotel’s restaurant and cap the night off with milk and cookies in the lobby before retiring to your well-decorated room.

The Fleur-de-Lys Mansion is one of St. Louis’ premier bed and breakfast inns. Located in a brick façade home in Compton Heights, the B&B is just minutes from attractions such as Forest Park museums and Missouri Botanical Gardens.

Fun Things to Do

Forest Park is home to several museums, including the state history museum and the St. Louis Art Museum. The art museum is a perfect spot to hold hands and browse exhibits from the Renaissance period to contemporary pieces.

The Missouri History Museum offers an interesting to the state’s history, with special exhibits.

If you’re the mood for a “fun” museum, head to the City Museum, where you can act like a kid as you check out exhibits ranging from pieces of architecture that once belonged on buildings around the city to circus acts to a 10-story slide. It’s an amusement park and museum.

Enjoy your date with a visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Open year-round, the botanical garden offers indoor and outdoor exhibits.

A romantic getaway in St. Louis needs to include catching a show or concert at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. Opened in 1919, the classic theatre’s lobby was designed with an east Indian religious theme. The lobby’s 90-foot tall columns resemble a Buddhist monastery. Once home to Vaudeville-style shows, the Fox hosts concerts, musicals and special shows. The theatre also offers public tours.

Or spend a day “in” at the spa at the Four Seasons in downtown St. Louis and order room service that evening to keep things super private.

St. Louis Romantic Restaurants

Spend date night soaking in rock-n-roll history with a casual dinner at Blueberry Hill, the restaurant where the late Chuck Berry once performed monthly shows. A statue of the rock legend across the street in the University district. With a casual environment, the restaurant’s menu includes burgers, salads and fish. Grab a drink in the bar and take a mini tour of music history by viewing the memorabilia inside Blueberry Hill. After dinner, cross over to Fitz’s and share a root beer float to cap date night.

For a classic romantic dinner, enjoy a French dinner at Vin de Set. Located in Lafayette Square, the restaurant includes rooftop dining with a view of the city’s skyline. The menu offers a tour of French cuisine, with dishes such as duck l’orange, beef bourguignon and saffron moules and frites. Add a glass of wine and imagine yourselves at an outdoor café on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Walk Washington Ave. in downtown St. Louis to catch dinner at a tapas or sushi bar, and grab nightcaps at one of the many pubs to choose from!

Where is YOUR Favorite Romantic Destination or Thing to do in St. Louis?

St. Louis and its neighbors offer the ingredients for a special romantic getaway. I’d love to hear what your favorites are, as I believe I could have gone and on and on with multiple locations and destinations in the city!

Drop a note in the comments below to share your favorites!

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