Left Friday afternoon and headed to Alton. Decided to go a day early and stay at the Holiday Inn. Nice, clean small holidome. Rate included breakfast. After check in - refreshed and headed to Fast Eddies. Great place to kick back and relax after a hectic week. Had a few drinks and dinner - 2 cheeseburgers, 1 FF for $3.23! Headed back to hotel fairly early to get a good start on St. Louis and the game Sat evening. Enjoyed the hotel's breakfast buffet and headed into the city around 10:00.
Booked through Hotwire and ended up with the Marriott at Union Station for $69. Called the hotel that morning to ask if early check in was possible, but couldn't due to full house the night before. After doing some research, decided to head to Delmar Loop (one area of Stl we had not been to). After an interesting ride, courtesy of Garmin, we arrived around 11:30. Strolled around a bit and ended up at Blueberry Hill. We were really disapointed in both the area and the restaurant. The staff were very rude to everyone that came in and requested a table (we were at the bar). I don't know if they were short staffed or what but someone needs to be in charge and explain courtesy! We decided we'd seen enough and to head to Union Station and the hotel. Walked around a bit and decided to see if we could check in - quite a line, but we were able to go ahead and check in, which was great. Staff were exceptionally nice and helpful - check in was a breeze. Room was clean and nice, but needs updated. I am fairly certain that they are in the process of doing so. Cleaned up and headed to ballpark. Stopped at a couple of places along the way and just enjoyed walking around the area and park. Even though Cards lost, was still fun. Always enjoy a ballpark hotdog! Headed back to hotel after game. This would not have been my pick for location for going to a game, but the price was right! It was just too far away to justify walking down to Leclede's or anywhere in that direction.
Sunday morning got bagels/muffins from Union Station for breakfast and decided to head to St. Charles. Strolled the cobblestone streets and had lunch at Magpies. Delicious! Nice end to our weekend. After lunch, headed back to Illinois.