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.

 

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!

 

 Include

 

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.

 

 Eclipse

 

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!

 

 

Ciao,

The Captain

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