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ACCOMMODATIONS:Moonrise Hotel (6177 Delmar in the Loop; 314-721-1111) is perfect for business and leisure travelers and has a rooftop terrace. Its Eclipse restaurant is rated one of the best in the city, and the hotel is centrally located in the Loop, St. Louis’ charming shopping district.
ACCOMMODATIONS:Crowne Plaza St. Louis — Downtown(200 N. Fourth St.; 314-621-8200) provides 16,000 square feet of meeting room space including the Promenade Deck. Guest rooms are spacious, and dining options include the scenic Union Grill with three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. For intimate meetings, ask about the private access Concierge Lounge.
DINING: Exo (3146 Locust St.; 314-534-1500) is a lounge open for late evening entertaining, special events, and dining. Their specialty: southern American cuisine they describe as “Our Comfort Soul Food.”
ATTRACTIONS: Brennan’s (4659 Maryland Ave.; 314-361-9444) comes highly recommended by James, who is in a partnership with Adan y Eva cigars, as a place to entertain clients and cigar aficionados. Located in Central West End, it is also a popular wine bar.
ATTRACTIONS: Citygarden (8th and Market streets) is a 2.9-acre, open (nongated) botanical and art oasis marked by architectural fountains and a variety of perennials, grasses, and rain gardens in the middle of downtown St. Louis. Among its 23 pieces of sculpture is one by African American sculptor Martin Puryear.
ATTRACTIONS: Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; 314-721-0072) is located in Forest Park offering one of the most comprehensive art collections in the country. The free museum is committed to making fine art available to everyone.