Cardinals can work up a mighty thirst, so the
group boarded special trolleys that wound their
way to the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Brewery
Experience for a tour of the iconic beer factory.
If there is one place in the U.S. that could be
considered the home of American-style brew,
this is it.
If you bring a group to St. Louis, you have to
consider this tour, which is both informative and
entertaining. The brewery includes a substantial
beer garden that will slake the thirst of attendees
after learning about the King of Beers and seeing
the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales, their stables
and maintenance routine.
Next, it was back to the ballpark area for some
happy hour conviviality at Three Sixty, boasting
commanding rooftop views of the symbol of St.
Louis, The Gateway Arch, as well as Busch Stadium
and all of the construction projects happening in its
environs. From 400 feet up, groups of up to 300 can
drink in the views while enjoying high-quality food
and various venues.
Available options include outdoor, rooftop bar
and firepit areas.
For dinner, the group ventured to the St. Louis
Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton.
Housed in the historic former train station of the
same name, this property is a true charmer,
with a soaring Grand
Hall and a wide array of
rooms, including about
40 that pay tribute to
the heyday of rail travel.
Due to its layout as
the former main train
station of St. Louis, and
as a retail center, the
property offers more
than 100,000 square
feet of meeting and event space
and stunning settings.
A one-of-a-kind meetings excur-sion available through the St. Louis
Union Station Hotel is to hire the
property’s 10 vintage rail cars for a
rolling dinner and beverage tour of
the surrounding area.
The “closer” when it comes to selling the St.
Louis Union Station Hotel, though, has to be its
phenomenal light show. Popular computerized
light shows that dance across the arched roof
of the Grand Hall include a history of the station
that references its use as a primary disembarking point for soldiers in World War II, as well as
a Beatles light show that would make ’60s artist
Peter Max—known for his colorful, psychedelic
When asked if the light show, which was
saved for the last part of the dinner, was the ulti-
mate sales closer, Union Station Hotel Director of
Sales Sara Bedwell Newell shot me one of those
looks that told me my
question was truly
rhetorical, as the psy-
chedelic light spectacle
is the Ultimate Closing
The big news at the
property, though, is the
new St. Louis Aquarium
at Union Station, a
more than 1 million-gal-
lon fresh and salt water
offering scheduled for
a fall 2019 debut, with
a nearby observation
wheel akin to the Orlando Eye that can hoist
groups 200 feet in the sky to enjoy appetizers,
cocktails, networking and more.
Other key highlights of the program included
a ride to the top of the city’s iconic Gateway
Arch, which is set to wrap a nearly $400 million
makeover with accessibility and special events
firmly in mind, and a casual final night event at
Flamingo Bowl, where attendees could let their
hair down and socialize in the hip private event
space while shooting pool and knocking down
some pins—or missing the pins entirely!
And the whole kit and caboodle would’ve fell
apart in a twisted scheduling wreck if not for
the expert help of Best Transportation (www.
besttransportation.com), our partners for airport
transfers and off-site events.
Whew—It’s a wrap! But check out www.
Meetings Today.com/MTLIVE for more info and
to register for our last event of 2018, Meetings
Today LIVE! South, held Oct. 28-31 at the Hilton
Marco Island in Marco Island, Fla.
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MARRIOTT ST. LOUIS GRAND
LUNCH AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, ST. LOUIS
TYLER DAVIDSON WITH (L TO R): JOVANA GRCIC,
DONNA MASIULEWICZ AND JENINE HUMBER
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM
SALAD DISPLAY, THE RITZ-CARLTON, ST. LOUIS
JONI STALEY AT THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS HOF MUSEUM
BALLERINA FOUNTAIN, THE RITZ-CARLTON, ST. LOUIS