Everyone needs down-time!

Everyone needs a bit of down-time!

A new word has appeared on my radar lately: stay-cation, meaning an affordable vacation that one takes in their own home region vs. traveling to an exotic locale. We all need some down-time, time off the clock, whether we’re working full time at a paid job or at finding one, or finding work as a freelancer/rainmaker.

I’ve had a lot of stay-cations in my life, and one of my favorite spots for a week of rustic peace and low-key activity is Pere Marquette Park up the Mississippi River a ways from St. Louis, on the Illinois side. The renovated cabins there, plus the amenities of the expanded and renovated, historic lodge, the surrounding state park and its fitness trail, horse-back riding, etc., the great view of the Illinois river, and the quaint towns and shops on the Great River Road along the river can keep you relaxed and/or busy for a good week.

I read about another stay-cation option yesterday in The Daily Sauce, an e-mail I get from St. Louis’s own Sauce Magazine. This stay-ca is on the upscale side, but a great option for us in the St. Louis region, for sure. Here are the details (and if you haven’t signed up for >The Daily Sauce< yet, I highly recommend it. They cover not “just food,” but all sorts of lifestyle and leisure information for the region):

Sky’s the Limit

Anyone aspiring to high leisure will be elated to know the Sky Terrace at Four Seasons Hotel has sexied up the summer. New posh poolside cabanas are available for day-long rentals on a first-come, first-served basis. The standard package includes water and fruit kabobs – but you can also keep cool with buckets of beer and bar bites; pitchers of cocktails and nibbles; or a bottle of champagne and caviar.

Spa treatments are likewise new on the Sky Terrace. But if an hour-long massage is more activity than you’re looking for, you can just lounge. Indulgent day passes for the pool are making a debut this season as well.

Sauce pick: Hanging out the Sky Terrace at Four Seasons Hotel
Where to get it: Four Seasons Hotel, 999 N. Second Street, St. Louis
Info: 314.881.5800 or www.fourseasons.com

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