The Captains 10 Years Together – Part One

On April 22nd 2004 I went on my first date with Meg.  It worked out much better than either one of us could have possibly imagined.  We decided to mark the occasion of our first date with a two day vacation to celebrate.  But instead of traveling we chose to stay in our beloved hometown and enjoy everything that St. Louis has to offer.  And for a bit more of a local flair we decided to only patronize local businesses.  Two days of St. Louis originals!

We began our Monday with lunch at Farmhaus.




We have wanted to try the famous blue plate special at Farmhaus for a while, but getting down to Lindenwood Park midday during the week is difficult.  This was a great opportunity to experience firsthand all of the deserved praise.  Monday’s special included handmade fried chicken, mac & cheese and smashed potatoes.  And for only $10 it included a spinach salad and mango iced tea.  It was incredible!

After lunch we headed down to Forest Park for a stop at the Missouri History Museum.


 History Museum


The featured exhibit right now is part of the STL250 events to celebrate the birth of our fair city.  The exhibit is a fascinating look back at the important people and events in the city’s history and very informative.  If nothing else, it’s a great argument starter.  Just look at this list of famous St. Louisans’ who didn’t make the exhibit!




After the History Museum we headed to the Delmar Loop for a little afternoon fun.  We split root beer floats at Fitz’s


 Fitzs 2

Fitzs 1


And bowled a few games at Pin-Up Bowl.


 Pin Up Bowl


Meg is trying to look tough here while leading through the first 2 frames.  It did not last.  After the game we walked next door to the Moonrise Hotel and checked in to our room.  We have wanted to stay at the new fancy hotel on the Loop and this seemed like a great occasion.  The hotel was dreamed up by self-proclaimed mayor of the Loop, Joe Edwards


 Moonrise Welcome


It featured wall to wall moon decorations that are goofy yet still fun.  Lots of vintage photos of cardboard moons.


 Moet Moon


The suite where we resided was surprisingly spacious


 Moonrise Moon


And feature a gigantic Jacuzzi tub that we enjoyed thoroughly.


 Moet Hot Tub


For dinner we decided to dress up a bit


Moonrise Mirror


And take the elevator down to the Eclipse restaurant on the first floor.


Moonrise Stairs


The food and wine was delicious, but I mostly just glanced lovingly at my beautiful wife.




After dinner we went back to our suite and popped the cork on a bottle of Moët Champagne we brought from home and enjoyed a bubble bath in the Jacuzzi tub.


 Moonrise Cheers


It was an exciting yet relaxing way to enjoy our little St. Louis vacation, and the company was the absolute best!




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