Every winter, the St. Louis river region becomes home to hundreds of bald eagles. Take a drive along the Great River Road to see how many eagles you spot along the way, or take a guided tour during Eagle Days, which are offered on various Saturdays in January and February at Pere Marquette. After your eagle tour, warm up with lunch in the Lodge Restaurant or relax in the Mary Michelle Winery. Kick the year off right with an entire weekend away with several packages offered by Pere Marquette Lodge.
Date Night Destination: February
Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner inside the beautiful Lemp Mansion. The special menu includes shared appetizers, two salads, two entrees, shared dessert, and champagne for two. If you prefer a more lively evening, consider visiting the Lemp Mansion for a night of comedy and mystery during a dinner theater performance. Fans of “Downton Abbey” will enjoy their personal invite to a dinner held by the Earl of Grantham himself while solving the mystery of the “Murder at the Abby.” For Valentine’s Day dinner reservations or more information on the Mystery Dinner Theater, contact the Lemp Mansion at 314-664-8024.
Date Night Destination: March
Take part in the Stout & Oyster Festival, Schlafly Tap Room’s largest food and beer festival of the year, March 10-11. For this event, 50,000 oysters of varying varieties are flown in and paired with one of five Schlafly stouts. The event is free and tickets are not required, however guests will be required to pay for any food and drink they consume. If the idea of oysters makes you want to clam up, there will be live music to enjoy and the Tap Room’s full regular menu will be available as well.
Date Night Destination: April
If you’re ready to jazz up your usual date night, a dinner and performance at Jazz at the Bistro will likely do the trick. Check out their website for a list of upcoming shows. Your 7:30 p.m. performance tickets also serve as your dinner reservation before the show. Seating for dinner begins at 6 p.m.
Date Night Destination: May
Laughter is the best medicine, and also the perfect ingredient for a fun night out. The St. Louis Funny Bone in Westport has been tickling audiences for over two decades. Drop in for an open mic night every Tuesday or catch a special guest performance featuring local talent or national touring comedians. Advance reservations are recommended but not required and all tickets include a two drink minimum. While there is no food service offered at the Funny Bone, there are several restaurant options available within Westport. For more information on upcoming comedy shows or other things to do while visiting Westport, visit their website at www.westportstl.com.
Date Night Destination: June
Every June, Forest Park becomes a stage for the Annual Shakespeare Festival. This year’s production of “The Winter’s Tale” will run from June 2-25. Guests may choose to reserve seats, or opt for chairs or blankets in the open seating area. Arrive early enough to enjoy the Green Show, which includes a cast of local strolling performers and an overview of the night’s performance. The main production begins at 8 p.m. New this year, spectators may purchase a Shakespearean Epicurean picnic dinner for two. For parking and other information, visit www.sfstl.com.
Date Night Destination: July
It wouldn’t be a St. Louis summer without a visit to The Muny. Celebrating its 99th season, The Muny will bring several shows in July that are sure to delight with their stories of love and laughter. The 2017 season is promising big laughs for audiences attending, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” during the week of July 5–11. Set to the music of Elvis Presley, “All Shook Up,” showing July 13–19, will have you dancing in the aisles to this fun 1950s love story. “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” takes the stage July 21–27 and vows to not disappoint audiences with this classic love story.
Date Night Destination: August
There’s nothing like a little chill up your spine to beat the sweltering August heat. Ghost stories, dark histories and creepy tales run deep in the St. Louis area. With options on both sides of the river, you are sure to find something spooky enough to drive you right into each other’s arms. For a hauntingly historic tour of downtown St. Louis, check out Haunted History Tours at www.stlhauntedhistory.com. On the east side of the Mississippi, visit www.altonhauntings.com. St. Charles County’s sketchy past can be explored with Haunted St. Charles at www.stcharlesghosts.com.
Date Night Destination: September
Let us unofficially declare September as the Month of Festivals in St. Louis. Beginning Labor Day weekend and continuing all month long, you’re likely to find a festival to suit your tastes on a corner near you. You can begin the month singing the Blues on Laclede’s Landing at the Big Muddy Blues Festival held over Labor Day weekend. Mid-month, explore the best of St. Louis restaurants, all in one place, while enjoying live entertainment at Taste of St. Louis, held at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Finish out the month at Q in the Lou, where visitors can sample fare from top BBQ chefs, learn some grilling tips of their own, and enjoy great live music.
Date Night Destination: October
Fall in love all over again with a bike ride and winery tour along the Katy Trail during the peak fall color season. Begin your journey at Katy Bike Rental in Defiance and head west toward Augusta. Be sure to stop in at Yellow Farmhouse Vineyard & Winery, Augusta Brewery, August Winery and Mt. Pleasant along the way. Adventurers can rent a bike for $5/hr or $25 for the day. For couples who want to stick especially close, tandem bikes are available for slightly more.
Date Night Destination: November
What better way to share the love than spreading some love to those in need? The holiday season is a perfect time to find volunteer opportunities in your area. If you would like to serve others, visit with a local church or food pantry to see if they need help stocking shelves in preparation for the upcoming holidays. November is the beginning of the Salvation Army bell ringing campaign, so contact your local Salvation Army office about ringing bells in your area. If you prefer to spend more time outdoors, contact your local parks department to see if they will be planting any trees during the fall or conducting any park cleanup at the close of the season. For more volunteer opportunities that meet your interests, visit www.volunteermatch.org.
Date Night Destination: December
Get into the holiday spirit with a free walking tour and other festive events hosted by the Anheuser Busch Brewery during the holiday season. Guests will enjoy food, drink samples, shopping and other seasonal fun between Thanksgiving and New Year’s at the historical brewery. Brewery fun does not have to be limited to December as Beermaster tours, Day Fresh tours and even Beer Schools are offered throughout the year. To book a tour, or for more information on Brewery Lights, visit the brewery website at www.budweisertours.com.
Melissa Nordmann currently resides in St. Charles County. She enjoys attending her sons' baseball games and hiking with her family in many of the area's fabulous parks.
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