Our first stop on our agenda was the Missouri Botanical Gardens. http://mobot.org/ Such a beautiful place! It was a 100 degrees, but still worth every minute.
|Glass sculpture chandelier just inside the entrance|
|Home Garden (check out the size of the cabbage)|
Center for Home Gardening annual bed
Founder of the Garden
Henry Shaw's Country Home, Tower House
Henry Shaw's Mausoleum
Gladiolas in the Bulb Garden
It was so hot! We were melting so we left a little early, and headed to our B&B. We stayed at the Park Avenue Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Historic Lafayette Square.
Park Avenue Mansion is a beautiful Victorian style townhouse built in 1874.
Courtyard and side view of building
|They even had a goldfish pond |
|Our lovely room! Lafayette Suite|
Our innkeeper thought we were coming on Monday. He and his wife miscommunicated. She was on vacation in Wisconsin, but he was awesome and upgraded our room at no charge. In fact, we got the nicest suite. Troy wanted to reserve that room anyway, but it was $160/night+. Out of our price range. He made up the room While we waited we went down to the Park Avenue Coffee shop for a cool drink. I got an Iced Mocha, and Troy got an Iced Thai Latte. They were so refreshing. It was such a quaint neighborhood. They even had a canine hitch on the side of the building for man's best friend. So cute!
So much more fun than the franchise hotel! It was such a delightful place, so warm and homey. Elegeant and special.
We got dressed up for dinner and headed out to the French Bistro, Vin de Set. It was a upscale bistro. We had indoor rooftop dining and a lovely view of the St. Louis Arch. Their food was amazing. We ordered cheese for an appetizer. They had lots of cheese to chose from, but we chose Delice d'Bourgogne (cowsmilk, buttery sweet like Brie) and Bellavitano (creamy, raspberry ale soaked).
It was served with Strawberry Chutney, Mango Chutney, Mustard, Red Wine Olives, and Pickled Brussel Sprouts (very tasty), and bread. They also brought out bread served with Olive tapanade, olive oil and some sort of butter. YUMMY! Strawberry Chutney is to die for! I must make some of my own with the strawberries from our patch. We had a lovel salad with mixed greens, caramalized onions, sunflower seeds and gouda cheese served with the house vinegarette. Troy ordered the 12 oz Pork Chop with mango salsa and seasoned vegetables.
For my entree I ordered the Steak au Poivre, grilled beef tenderloin medallions with yukon gold mashed potatoes, seasoned vegetables and brandy-pink peppercorn sauce. The picture of my plate was too dark, and didn't turn out well. I think our waiter thought we were nuts, cause we kept taking pictures. We don't normally celebrate this extravagantly, but it's fun every now-and-then. Troy always has a camera in his hand. It's a Gilmore family thing!
After dinner we wanted to walk along the riverfront by the arch. It was such a hot night. It was probably still 98 in the shade even at dusk. We were walking up and down the riverwalk trying to find the best place to take our picture. We couldn't find one. The sun was going down, so we just snapped a photo while Troy held the camera.
We drove around downtown St. Louis. We loved the St. Louis City Hall. What an amazing piece of art.
We were so full from dinner we didn't have room for dessert. We decided to wait and go to Bailey's Chocolate Bar in the Historic Lafayette District. It was very much out of our normal comfort zone, but it was very romantic. Troy had a Blonde Brownie with Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce. I had a Cocoa Pumpkin Bar with Cinnamon Ice Cream. It was YUMMY! It was very strange to see people coming to the bar for "dessert" in limos. However, they were probably there for the drinks. Not me...Don't drink. We had some yummy fancy dessert though. It was a magical evening with my awesome husband.
The next morning we got up to enjoy our morning coffee in the library.
We opened our gifts.
|Trying to guess what was in the box.|
|He even wrapped it special, cause he said I would. :)|
|Troy's wrapped gift.|
We enjoyed a lovely breakfast prepared by our innkeeper.
We started at Cherokee Row in St Louis, but it was a bust. Everything was closed on Monday. We decided to head to Alton, and drive up the Scenic Riverway. We did a little antiquing, but again not too much was open. We still had a great time. We enjoyed just being together. We ate lunch at My Just Desserts.
They are famous for their chicken salad. Troy enjoyed a sandwich and salad. I enjoyed the Chef Salad with poppyseed dressing. It was a quaint little "country" restaurant in an old warehouse.
We made one last stop at the Pink Elephant Antiques on I-55 on our way home. It was such a great time being together. It was nice to not have an agenda, and to just take it as the day unfolds. I look forward to growing old with you. I love you, Troy. Thank you for a special weekend!