Shopping, Dining & Lodging

thanks to St. Charles County’s ongoing surge in population, an increasing number of stores, restaurants, and hotels have been flocking to the area, expanding local convenience and creating new destination points.

One of the new shopping trends making its mark in St. Charles County is the emergence of “lifestyle centers” which combine trendy, upscale outdoor shopping centers with urban styling, green space, and quick access to parking. The first to open in the community in 2008 was The Meadows in Lake Saint Louis. Located at Interstate 64/Highway 40 and Lake Saint Louis Blvd., this premier center is anchored by Missouri’s first Von Maur department store.

Meanwhile, construction is underway on the Streets of St. Charles, bringing another lifestyle center to the community at Interstate 70 and Fifth Street in St. Charles. Once fully developed, this distinctive 1.4 million square foot mixed use community will include retail, dining, entertainment, hospitality, residential and office components.

The flagship of shopping centers in St. Charles County has long been Mid Rivers Mall at Interstate 70 and
Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters. This regional mall with 14-screen cinema is home to over 150 retailers and is anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillards, JCPenney, Macy’s and Sears.

Fishing, hunting, and outdoor enthusiasts alike flock to the St. Louis region’s only Bass Pro Shop located at Interstate 70 and Fifth Street in St. Charles.

Those looking for collectibles, crafts and antiques will enjoy the shops on Main Street in historic St. Charles and in other parts of the community like historic O’Fallon. And throughout the community, all the national retailers along with local boutiques can be found on major roadways such as Zumbehl Road in St. Charles,
Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters, Highway K in O’Fallon, Highway N in Dardenne Prairie and Lake Saint Louis, and Wentzville Parkway in Wentzville.

Whatever the occasion, craving or budget, local residents and guests will find plenty of mouth-watering options and distinctive flavor on the menu, thanks to the many award-winning establishments in St. Charles County.

The community includes all the national restaurants along with unique local dining venues. For instance,
St. Louis Magazine named BC’s Kitchen in The Meadows in Lake Saint Louis the “Best of the Best New Restaurants of 2009.”

The region’s newest addition to the Underground Restaurant movement can be found at the Stone Soup Cottage in historic Cottleville.

To escape the ordinary, visit Kitaro-Bistro of Japan at Highway K and Interstate 64/Highway 40 in O’Fallon.

Diners will enjoy the freshest seafood in a posh yet comfortable atmosphere complete with warm biscuits served hot off the pan at Bristol’s Bar & Grill in WingHaven.

Some of the many popular eateries in historic St. Charles include Little Hills Winery & Restaurant,
Lewis & Clark’s, The Trailhead Brewing Company, Picasso’s Coffee House, and Magpies.

For the European pub experience, try McGurk’s Irish Pub in historic O’Fallon, or enjoy a happening late night at the Blue Sky Café on Highway N in O’Fallon.

And never fear --- anywhere you go in St. Charles County, you are never far from chains such as Applebee’s, Bob Evans Restaurant, Denny’s, McDonald’s, Olive Garden, Panera Bread Company, Steak n’ Shake and others.

Hotels and B&Bs
For those only visiting St. Charles County, there are abundant lodging and hospitality services designed for everyone from vacationers to long-term business travelers.

The largest luxury hotel in the area is the 24-story Ameristar Casino Resort Spa that opened in early 2008 with nearly 400 all-luxury suites, a 7,000-square-foot full-service spa, indoor and outdoor pool with landscaped grounds and waterfalls.

Modern elegance and first-class amenities abound at the John Q. Hammons Embassy Suites in St. Charles. This 12-story hotel offers 296 suites, has a full-service “Spa Botanica” day spa, and is attached to the
St. Charles Convention Center.

Overlooking the 9th hole of the Missouri Bluffs Golf Course, a brand new, 100-unit Wingate Hotel is now serving the Missouri Research Park and surrounding area at Interstate 64/Highway 40 and Highway 94 near Weldon Spring.

Other hotels located around the community include Best Western, Comfort Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Hilton Garden Inn, Red Roof Inn, Super 8 Motel, and others.

Romantics and history bluffs alike can also take their pick from dozens of cozy and unique bed and breakfasts found all around the community.

In Augusta, the H.S. Clay House Bed and Breakfast and Guest Cottage was named one of the region’s “Top Three Most Romantic Places” by the St. Louis Business Journal. Or enjoy fine lodging in historic St. Charles at the Boone’s Lick Trail and Inn overlooking the Missouri River.

From locally owned restaurants, shops and hotels to regional and national chains, St. Charles County has just about everything possible to make living or visiting here a memorable experience.

For more information about shopping, dining and lodging in the community, please contact one of the local chambers of commerce or the St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.