Desoto Journals

Desoto Getaway

An October 2003 trip to Desoto by Ron148

Quote: Desoto is nicely located so you can enjoy all the activities in the area while staying in a relaxing and friendly resort. St. Louis has something for everyone and short trips along the Mississippi River or the Ozarks expand your vacation.

Desoto Getaway

Overview

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This is a great area to get away from the big city, while still being close enough to enjoy everything it has to offer. Enjoy a trip to St. Louis to take in everything it has to offer such as the Gateway Arch, sporting events, the Zoo, Botanical Gardens, or Six Flags. Or take a driving tour along the Mississippi River and explore Historic Ste. Genevieve, or drive into the scenic Ozarks.Quick Tips: If you have never been to the Gateway Arch, this is a must. This is the dominating feature of downtown St. Louis. This imposing structure is truely a work of engineering art. You can spend most of the day learning about its construction, going to the observation deck, and strolling on the park ...Read More

Silverleaf's Timber Creek Resort

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Hotel

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Best Things Nearby:Gateway Arch, Six Flags, St. Louis Zoo, Missouri Botanic Gardens, Grant's Farm, day trips to the Ozarks and along the mighty Mississippi River. Best Things About the Resort:The resort is in a beautiful setting and has nice amenities, while still being close to many area attractions. This resort has nice accommodations and facilties and is located on two lakes which provide the opportunities for canoeing, boating, and fishing. It has a 18 hole miniture golf course and a five-hole, par-three golf course, both of which are free. Resort Experience:This has been my second stay at this resort and both stays have been memorable. The units are tw...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 4, 2003

Silverleaf's Timber Creek Resort
4800 U.S. Highway 67
Desoto, Missouri 63020
(636) 586-7448

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The Historic Old Brick House was built in approximately 1780 and was the first brick building constructed west of the Mississippi River. There are two sections of this restaurant, one in the older section of the historical building that has a pub type atmosphere and a more modern section. This is casual and friendly dining.

They have a nice buffet, but I elected to have a monte cristo sandwich, which contained smoked turkey on egg-dipped bread. It was excellent.

Dining at this pub style restaurant was a great experience by taking a step back in time to enjoy a unique meal, in such a well-preserved historical building.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 4, 2003

Historic Old Brick House
3rd Street and Market
Desoto, Missouri
(573) 883-2724

Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery

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Restaurant | "Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery"

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This restaurant is located in a small town located 30 miles south of St. Louis. This river town is a village of antique and craft shops and a well known place to eat, the Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery. Mary Hostetter had a booming Christmas cookie business operating out of her home. In 1985, she went into a partnership with a local restaurant to operate her bakery inside. Her bakery became so successful she eventually took over the restaurant and has expanded her building a number of times. She prepares quiche, croissants, soups, salads, sandwiches, daily specials, and a wide assortment of pies. This restaurant is large and has three separate dining areas, one of which had live mo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 4, 2003

Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery
6116 2nd
Kimmswick, Missouri 63053
(636) 464-3128

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Henry Shaw founded the gardens in 1859, making this one of the oldest botanical gardens in the country. The gardens expand over 79 acres and include 23 thematic gardens. A narrated 20 minute tram tour (cost $3) is a good place to start to get an overview of the park. The gardens at the Tower Grove House, Japanese Garden, and the reflecting pools are beautiful. The Climatron, a geodesic dome, is home to a huge assortment of tropical and subtropical plants, including an orchid collection. You could view the high points of the botanical gardens in a couple of hours, but taken your time an enjoy the entire park and spend the entire day here. Food is available in the park so there is no need to plan ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2003

Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63110
(314) 577-9400

Gateway Arch

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Attraction

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The Gateway Arch is the dominating structure in downtown St. Louis. The arch is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, which commemorates the westward expansion of the US in the ninteenth century. The arch is an imposing structure that's 630 feet tall (that's 75 feet higher than the Washington Memorial). It was constructed from 1963 to 1965 and is made of 886 tons of stainless steel. Take a tram ride to the top (adults $8; children $3 or $5). The tram is a small pod which seats four people and slowly shifts its position as it rises to the observation deck. Once on the observation deck, the view of downtown St. Louis and the Mississippi River is breathtaking. Where else can yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 4, 2003

Gateway Arch
St. Louis Riverfront 707 North First St
St. Louis, Missouri 63102
(877) 982 1410

Sainte Genevieve, MO

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Attraction

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Ste. Genevieve is located approximately 60 miles south of St. Louis. This is the first permanent settlement west of the Mississippi River. It was founded in 1735 by French farmers and fur traders. The entire downtown has been designated as a National Landmark Historic District and consists of about 50 historical buildings. Many of these structures are at least 200-years-old and were built in a number of styles including French Creole, French Colonial, French and Spanish vertical log homes, and American Federal Style using stone. Many architecture students come to few the wide variety of building methods. Start your visit at the Great River Road Interpretive Center, which has a gr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2003

Sainte Genevieve, MO
Downtown
Desoto, Missouri