I didn't think it could get hotter than during our time in Atlanta. St Louis proved me wrong. Our first stop after arriving in the city was the Gateway Arch. It was an incredibly warm and sunny day and right as we were walking around a sun shower began. After the shower the air was sticky, and hard to breathe in.
We continued our drive to The Cheshire which would be our hotel for the next couple of days.
I went inside to check us in as Greg circled the lot for a parking space. Check in staff were friendly and explained some of the ins and outs of the hotel. The bellhop was very nice and chatted along the way and told us about how the hallway carpets on our floor were recently renovated. After that our hotel stay wasn't great. The parking lot was a nightmare! Between hotel guests, restaurant guests, and convention attendees you were always have to circle around and wait for a spot to open up. The hotel was fine but definitely not for my taste. The antiques and dark interiors ended up feeling a little eerie to me, our room was nice but the bathroom could definitely use an update, and breakfast was below average but luckily there was a Starbucks on property!
On our first night, we decided to try Salt and Smoke. Delmar Loop was packed with people and because we had our dog with us we placed an order to go. Our starter of fried chicken skins was amazing! The skins were crispy, salty, and so good you just kept going back for more. My brisket entree was tender, and my husband's fried jalapeno and cheddar bologna hit the spot! We ended up over-ordering by adding the hush puppies. Sadly we were too full to really enjoy them.
On our second day Fred and I hung out at the hotel and just relaxed rather than dealing with the heat. After Greg got out of work we wanted to try something other than BBQ. We were so glad we opted for Mission Taco Joint. The BBQ Duck taco was filled with a variety of textures along with sweet and savory notes. This taco is quite memorable and will be a favorite of mine!
While Greg was at work, Fred and I checked out of the hotel and explored Forest Park. I can completely understand why it's one of the most beautiful parks in America. Everywhere we drove to in the park was prettier than the last.
Once Greg was done with work he hopped in the car with us and we started our trip home.