Desoto Getaway

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

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Ron148 on November 4, 2003

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.${QuickSuggestions} 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 grounds. Be sure to go to the observation deck for an impressive view of St. Louis and the Mississippi River.

Desoto is nicely located as a base to make day trips and explore everything this area has to offer.${BestWay} The resort is located about 10 miles from shopping and restaurants, so a vehicle is a must.

Silverleaf's Timber Creek Resort

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Ron148 on November 4, 2003

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 two bedrooms and located in a three story building. Each unit has a full kitchen with a table and four chairs and a breakfast bar with two stools. The large bedroom has a private bath and a Jacuzzi. The second bedroom is a lockout unit with a private bath, microwave and small refrigerator. Each unit has a deck/balcony with a table and four chairs. There are two TVs and a VCR.

The resort has nice amenities which include a miniture golf, five hole, par-three golf course, tennis courts, outdoor pool with hot tub, and two lakes for fishing and boating. There is a small fee for boat and canoe rentals. There also have a nice recreation center with a game room, pool/ping pong tables and a fitness center. This building has a nice atmosphere with a fireplace and snack bar. The grounds also have outside picnic tables and grills. The resort also offers archery and has equipment to checkout.

The resort also has an RV park which has a laundry (sorry, no wash machines in the units).

One of the biggest advantages if this resort is the location. It is close to St. Louis and many other activities in the Ozarks and along the Mississippi River. It is about 10 miles from a good selection of stores and restaurants.

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

Historic Old Brick House

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Ron148 on November 4, 2003

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.

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

Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Ron148 on November 4, 2003

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 mood music. They are extremely busy, but with their seating capacity a short wait is well worth it. Our dining room was an old type pub environment and the waitresses are similiarily dressed. This is a casual restaurant. They have limited hours, from 10am to 3pm Tuesday thru Friday. They are open until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, but closed on Mondays.

I elected to have their daily special, chicken fried steak. I selected a strawberry salad, which was a lettuce salad with strawberries and a sweet poppy seed type dressing. It was great. This was followed by the delicious main course.

Just when I thought I was too full to eat anything else, it was time for dessert. With a bakery in the restaurant, they have a full line of cookies, cakes, rolls, muffins, bars, and pies. I decided on having a slice of pie, but there were over 25 choices. After having a summit meeting with the waitress, I decided to have a slice of pecan fudge cream pie. It was worth every calorie. The waitress delivered my slice of pie that towered a good six inches above the plate. I had to share my good fortune with my family, but it was one of the best desserts I have ever eaten.

This is a must dining experience.

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

Missouri Botanical Garden

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Ron148 on November 4, 2003

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

Gateway Arch

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Ron148 on November 4, 2003

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 you look down into Busch Stadium and watch a baseball game! The trip to the observation deck and back takes about an hour.

In the base of the arch is a visitor center and two movie theaters. They show movies about the arch's construction, Great American West and Lewis and Clark. The movie admission is $6 for adults and $2.50/$3 for children.

Once you are done admiring the inside of the arch, keep right on exjoying the memorial. The arch is part of a national park located on 91 acres along the Mississippi River. Explore some of the sites along the river or stroll the park with your camera and enjoy the many different perspectives of the arch. Take lots of film because the grounds are beautiful and presents numerous photo opportunities of the arch.

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

Sainte Genevieve, MO

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Ron148 on November 4, 2003

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 great movie about the history of the area. Contact them at 800/373-7007 for information. They have maps and information on the various historic buildings and tour information. Don't miss taking a tour of the Church of Ste. Genevieve (free), which has a recorded presentation on its history. Take a stroll in the historical district and enjoy their craft and antique shops.

This area has other attractions such as state parks, hiking trails, and even a wine country. French and German settlers have been making wine here since the 1700's. For more information visit their website.

Sainte Genevieve, MO
Desoto, Missouri

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