See it in St. Louis

From food to sports, the host city of the 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo has something for everyone

The 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo will take place August 6-9 in St. Louis, a city known for blues music and Build-A-Bear Workshop. But the “Gateway to the West” has much more to offer. After attending education sessions all day and networking with colleagues at evening receptions, take in some unique sites before you head home.

Cheap dates

Catch a Cardinals game. The Cardinals play the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium on August 9, 10, and 11 and the Colorado Rockies on August 12, 13, and 14. Snag first-base terrace tickets for $5.

Sample free beer. Nestled in the heart of the Soulard neighborhood, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery is representative of the historic architecture built from St. Louis’ signature red brick. Tours include stops at the Budweiser Clydesdale Stable, Beechwood Lager Cellars, plus free samples. Open daily; free admission.

Get a taste of history. Want to know more about the home of the 1904 World’s Fair and the city that Miles Davis and Samuel Clemens called home? See St. Louis history on display at the Missouri History Museum. Free general admission; fee charged for some special exhibitions. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with hours extended until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Labor Day.

It’s science. The St. Louis Science Center has more than 700 displays, an Omnimax theater, and a planetarium. Bring the kids to visit the Discovery Room, where children can conduct experiments with magnets or water and read in the book nook. Free general admission. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Stunning scenery

Marvel at the Gateway Arch. Soaring 630 feet above the Mississippi River, the Gateway Arch serves as a testament to St. Louis’ pioneer spirit and sense of adventure. The Opening Night Celebration from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on August 6 will be held on the grounds of the Gateway Arch, and visitors can buy $10 tickets online to catch a tram that ascends to the observation deck every 10 minutes.

Take a garden stroll. The Missouri Botanical Garden, founded in 1859, is a National Historic Landmark with 79 acres of gardens. Check out statues, fountains, and historic structures and take in international plant life with a visit to the Chinese, Japanese, or Ottoman gardens and the rainforest located inside the Climatron geodesic dome. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit a downtown oasis. Situated in the midst of a bustling downtown, Citygarden is a stunning collection of lush plantings and internationally renowned sculptures. The 2.9 acres are filled with water and stone architecture and design, offering a unique gathering place in the city.

Observe a work of modern art. The Laumeier Sculpture Park has more than 80 works of contemporary sculpture within a 105-acre natural landscape. The park expands the context of contemporary sculpture beyond the traditional confines of a museum, and the open-air museum and sculpture park also hosts various exhibitions and a number of family-friendly cultural events each year. Admission is free. Open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset.

The 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo will take place August 6-9 and has new learning formats and thought-provoking speakers who will give you ideas you can implement as soon as you get back to the office. For more information and to register, visit www.asaecenter.org/annualmeeting.

3 Ways to Eat Like a Local

Eat your way through these three St. Louis restaurants that rate high with locals.

1 Pappy’s Smokehouse
3106 Olive Street
www.pappyssmokehouse.com

Rated as one of the city’s top 40 restaurants by St. Louis Magazine in 2010, Pappy’s Smokehouse is the place to get barbecue ribs and sandwiches. Pappy’s, featured on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, has created a special dish called “The Adam Bomb,” named after host Adam Richman. The dish has a full slab of ribs, a beef brisket, a pork sandwich, chicken, four sides, plus a Hot Link Frito Pie. For $42.99, it’s a meal fit for a small group.

2 Crown Candy Kitchen
1401 Saint Louis Avenue
www.crowncandykitchen.net

Opened in 1913, Crown Candy Kitchen has kept the atmosphere of its early days. With a soda fountain and vintage jukebox, Crown Candy Kitchen is one of the oldest St. Louis establishments still in existence. The restaurant is great for a reasonably priced lunch or dinner, but it’s perhaps better known for its homemade chocolates, malts, and huge ice cream sundaes.

3 Blueberry Hill Restaurant & Bar
6504 Delmar Boulevard
www.blueberryhill.com

Located in the Loop, Blueberry Hill is a restaurant and music venue that features local artists and touring acts, including Chuck Berry, who plays here often. If music isn’t your scene, you can find darts, pinball, video games, a photo booth, and an extensive beer selection.