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We decided to take a twist of our popular travel series instead keep this edition local for a quarantine style staycation in St. Louis. St. Louis holds a special place in our hearts as it plays home to our KellyMitchell headquarters. Just because we’re sheltering in place doesn’t mean it has to limit us making the most of our city. It just means we have to take a few extra precautions to keep ourselves and our communities safe. So here’s our take on a weekend staycation in St. Louis during Covid-19.

Friday

5:00 PM – Arrange a virtual happy hour with your coworkers

There is no better way to unwind from the work week than sitting back, having a couple drinks, and laughing with friends. To really spice up your happy hour, grab a specialty margarita from Mission Taco Joint for the occasion. Mission Taco is now offering their delicious house made margaritas to go. They offer several options to choose from that are sure to get you in the best happy hour spirits. You can even use Houseparty’s built in games if you want to liven up the happy hour a little more!

7:00 – Try A New Dinner Recipe

The extra time at home is a great chance to brush up on your culinary skills and attempt to make the delicious recipe that keeps popping up on your Pinterest page. If you have a new cooking method you haven’t quite mastered yet, like your instant pot or air fryer, find a recipe that utilizes one of these. For those true beginners, make your culinary adventure as easy as possible and allow you to stay away from the grocery store, Pastaria in Clayton has rolled out their Pasta kits for two. This kit can be picked up directly from the restaurant in Clayton MO. The restaurant is also offering take and bake pan pizzas, lasagna, and more. There is nothing quite as satisfying as taking a meal all the way from its raw ingredients to the table.

8:30 – Watch a Movie with your Quarantine Buddy

After dinner, change into your comfiest clothes, maybe a super soft #314together tee, grab the blankets, and unwind by watching a movie with your quarantine partner or with friends remotely using Netflix Party. If you’re wanting a little extra pampering for your movie night, treat yourself to a Kind Soap Company self-care packages because who couldn’t all use a little extra self-care right now.

Saturday

9:00 – Take a Scenic Walk

Start your day off by immersing yourself in nature and enjoying the beautiful scenery of Tower Grove Park. Don’t be deterred, the roads are only closed to vehicle traffic in order to promote safety by allowing pedestrians additional space to maintain social distances. Allow the fresh air to clear your mind while exploring any one of the parks beautiful pavilions. Witness the beauty of the Waterlily Ponds, fountains, and ruins featured in the park. The second largest park in St. Louis has no shortage of beautiful sites to get you out of the house while allowing you to connect with nature.

1:00 – Pick Up Lunch at a Local Eatery

Swing over to Lulu’s Local Eatery for a delicious carry out lunch. Lulu’s is conveniently located off Grand Street right next to Tower Grove Park. Enjoy their plant based, local, and organic bites that are sure to quench your craving for the exquisite dining experience you’ve been missing while quarantined. Lulu’s also offers 15% off your meal if you ride your bike to the restaurant so bonus points if you’re able to pull that off!

1:30 – Enjoy a Waterfront View

Head over to Riverview Drive and enjoy your lunch while witnessing a waterfront view. Pick out your favorite playlist or podcast, stream it over your car stereo and go to your happy place. Tune into one of our favorite podcasts, OverArching, that covers topics involving business, arts and culture in St. Louis. Watch the riverboats float along the Mississippi River with serenity. Eating lunch in your car has never been so peaceful.

3:00 – Spend Some Time Journaling

Unwind from the day with a journaling and meditation session. Journaling can help you be more mindful about quarantining and everything going on around you. The Service Bureau Fine Stationery and Gifts located in Ladue offers unique journals and other paper products that would be great places to write. They are currently offering curbside pickup for their customers during this time and best of all, a portion of The Service Bureau’s proceeds go to charity so you can feel good while you shop!

6:00 – Play a Game

Grab a game to play with the people you are quarantined with. If you have a deck of cards there are countless games you can play ranging from two players and up such as Rummy, Blackjack, or War. If you have a couple sets of di you can play Yahtzee together after printing off a couple game sheets online. Happy Up Inc. in Clayton, MO is offering shop-by-phone services and curbside pickup for all their board games and toys. Visit their website to find the perfect option for your family game night.

Sunday

11:00 – Brunch

Bring Home a tasty brunch to enjoy with a bubbly mimosa (pro-tip complete with the juice of your choice, think beyond orange to grapefruit, cranberry or apple cider).  Russell’s Café & Bakery is open for carry out orders at all three of their St. Louis Locations. Swing by and pick up a full brunch spread for you and your family. Call up a long distance family member to catch up via video chat while you enjoy your meal. Just because you can’t go to a restaurant right now, it doesn’t mean your Sunday brunching has to come to a halt.

2:00 – Exercise Your Green Thumb

While you are spending more time at home invest in some beautiful landscaping to brighten up your view. Place an order online or over the phone with Garden Heights Nursery for your plant and other gardening needs. The staff will bring your order out to your car and even place it inside or outside your car to allow both parties to remain safe. If you’re looking for something smaller or are in an apartment setting, Lokey Designs offers beautiful DIY succulent kits that give you all the materials to create stunning succulent gardens for your home or office space. When you can’t go out as much, bring the outdoors to you.

4:00 – Yoga Session

Settle in and prepare your mind a body for the week to come with an online Yoga session. Joy of Yoga STL offers online yoga classes you can sign up for. Enjoy a full-length yoga session with an instructor in real time from the comfort of your home. Blue Sky Yoga is also offering virtual yoga classes with their certified instructors at a discounted price from their regular classes. They offer classes for individuals at all levels. A night of yoga is the perfect way to end a fun filled weekend in St. Louis, quarantine style.