Explore St. Charles for the Perfect Getaway

By Maggie Kmiecik

Image from courtesy of St. Charles Business Alliance.

Less than an hour’s drive west from Chicago is beautiful St. Charles! This city getaway has so much to offer for anyone looking to shop, eat, and relax.

The city is known for its parks, the Arcada Theatre, museums, and its downtown area. The beautiful Fox River runs through it making it a great destination for couples and families alike!

As COVID continues to be part of our daily lives, St. Charles has taken steps to ensure residents and tourists can feel safe and comfortable exploring the streets, shops, and breweries. The city has closed certain streets to put out additional outdoor seating for restaurants and masks are recommended in public spaces and inside businesses so that visitors can feel comfortable enjoying everything St. Charles has to offer. They've even compiled a list of restaurants providing takeout and/or delivery, as well as businesses offering gift cards or certificates.

If you're not sure where to start planning, take a look at some these itineraries!

For beer lovers, St. Charles has 6 local breweries for you to try! Start your trip with a stop at Pollyanna Brewing. With over 20 beers to choose from, this stop definitely has something for everyone. Next up is Alter Brewing + Kitchen, the newest addition to the family of breweries. Alter features creative, delicious and drinkable beers for everyone and a full kitchen so that you can stop in for a meal before moving on to strolling the local boutiques. Just outside of downtown is Riverlands Brewing. They are known for their sours but feature a menu that will please everyone.

D and G Brewing is a small local brewery located in a unique industrial area within walking distance from downtown. This small brewery and taproom resulted from an overzealous home brew hobby and now you get to enjoy the benefits of their hard work! Another brewery to visit is 93 Octane, they stay true to their roots as they focus on beer that provides a road trip of flavor. Round out the trip with at stop at Broken Brix Homebrew Shop. This is definitely a must for the home brew enthusiast. It has everything you could ever want to know about home fermentation. You can taste different beers on tap while you browse among brew-making kits, kegs, bottling equipment, and more. Scroll down to grab a 10% off offer for any of these locations!

Of course, there's so much more to do than drink beer! If you're active and love being outdoors, check out their Sports Adventure Itinerary. It includes suggestions like Frisbee Golf, exploring the local parks, and swimming. Looking to getaway and have a weekend with the girls? There are so many cute ideas you can explore with your best girls!

Take some time to explore the itineraries for families, foodies, and more and plan your perfect weekend away!

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