Monday, May 5, 2014

Checking in with Lewis and Clark

            The Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch in St. Louis wants to offer more than comfortable rooms and convention space. The modern hotel housed in an historic building once used as a fur auction, includes an indoor pool and hot tub on the top floor overlooking the famous Arch and all kinds of free amenities, from Wifi and long distance to full hot breakfasts and overindulgent snacks and cocktails at 5:30 p.m.
     The hotel also comes with a history lesson. In the lobby is a recreation of the Lewis and Clark Exposition, which departed May 1804 from St. Louis to explore a route to the Pacific coast. The group included Captain Meriwether Lewis, Second Lt. William Clark, a Shoshone Indian named Sacagawea and and her husband Toussaint Charbonneau. The dog depicted in the lobby exhibit is Lewis' dog, Seaman, who was once stolen by Indians while the group traveled along the route. Although we're not sure who the rabbit is.
            The Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch is centrally located in downtown St. Louis with Busch Stadium only two blocks away and the arch just around the corner. Other attractions are within a good walk or a short cab drive.
            Just so you know, St. Louis was not named for Meriwether Lewis (note the spelling differences) but for French King Louis XIV.

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