How to Prep Your Home For Vacation

If you’re heading out of town soon, you’re likely packing and preparing. But have you given thought to the home you’re leaving behind?

Webber offers the following tips to prepare the home before leaving for vacation:

Unplug appliances – Appliances continue to use energy even when the device is turned off. It is best to unplug all devices including phone chargers, computers, televisions and coffee pots. This will not only save energy, but it will prevent damage from lightning strikes and power surges.

Adjust air conditioning – The air conditioning system uses a significant amount of energy. Turn the temperature up 10 degrees higher than it is usually set, or have a professional install a programmable thermostat that can be adjusted to turn on and cool the home just before returning from vacation.

Clean garbage disposal – The waste disposal is notorious for developing unpleasant odors while the house is empty. It is wise to flush the garbage disposal out with ½ cup of white vinegar and hot water while the disposal is turned on.

Change the setting on the water heater – There is no need to heat water for an empty home. Adjust the water heater to vacation mode. If the water heater does not have a vacation mode, turn the temperature down. This will save a significant amount of money on the energy bill.

Put lights on a timer – According to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), there are more than 2.15 million burglaries each year, with the majority occurring in the peak vacation months of July and August. If a home is dark, it is a sure sign that someone is not home. Put a couple of lamps on a timer inside the home. Set these to go on and off at different intervals. This will give the illusion that someone is home and make the home less vulnerable to burglaries.

Treat stagnant water in toilet – Water left inactive in the toilet can produce a foul odor and a difficult to remove ring that forms around the toilet bowl. To prevent this, place ½ cup of bleach in the toilet bowl just before leaving home.

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2 St Charles Real Estate Offices Raises over $1,800 dollars in 3 hours for Greater St Louis Children Charities

IMG_5130For the past 11 years on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, our agents (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties) volunteer, rain or shine, on one of the coldest days of the season to strap on their aprons and support The Greater St. Louis Area Children’s Charities by selling newspapers in St. Louis Post-Dispatch Old Newsboys Day.

Getting up well before dawn this morning, the St Charles Branch converged on their intersection at Hwy N and Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St Charles & the WingHaven Lake St Louis Branch took their place at the intersection of Bryan Road & WIngHaven Blvd in O’Fallon to start selling papers for nothing more than a simple donation. The donations collected today go to an important cause and support more than 270 LOCAL charity programs for children.

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It was amazing to see the community come together this morning. Thank you to all the generous contributors who slowed down their cars, rolled down their windows and donated as little as a quarter all the way to $20 dollars for a newspaper.

The efforts of these 2 offices helped raise $1863 dollars for Greater St Louis Children’s Charities in a little over 3 hours. This group of men and women never cease to amaze me. Tis the season, Take a bow and Job well done!

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Local Real Estate Office Keeps People Warm while waiting in line for FREE JingleFest Tickets…

We pulled up to our office this morning and there was a line of people in front of it. There were people everywhere. Could we have been so lucky that they were waiting in line to buys houses??? Has my dream FINALLY coming true??? They’re knocking down our doors to get to work with the best real estate office and agents in St Charles County…

Well they weren’t waiting to purchase a home, (sad face) but we met a lot of great people and were able to help spread a little warmth and cheer on this cold and rainy day… We decided to go out and meet the people braving the elements for a chance at FREE Jinglefest tickets and helped keep them warm, by offering our lobby to warm up, bathrooms and all the Hot Chocolate and Coffee they could drink… It was a lot of fun…

What is Jinglefest??? I’m glad you asked… Our neighbor a few doors down T…Mobile was giving away FREE Jinglefest tickets to the first 100 people who walked through their doors.. This is a great concert that is coming to The Family Arena Friday, December 12th from your friends at 92.3 WIL… “get your COUNTRY on!!!”

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For more info on the concert visit- http://www.wil92.com/jinglefest-2014/  or to purchase tickets visit Metrotix or visit the Family Arena Box Office at- http://familyarena.com/event/92-3-wils-jinglefest

For more info on the #1 Locally Owned and Operated Real Estate Company in St Louis come and visit us or just stop in for a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or to warm up on a cold winter day… We LOVE company…

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Preserve your pumpkin carvings and keep them looking fresh

pumpkinPreserve your pumpkin carvings for weeks after Halloween…

With Halloween fast approaching, share this on you and your friends  page so you can remember to do this at carving time.

After you scoop out and carve your pumpkin, dip it in a large container of bleach and water (use a 1 tsp:1 gal mix). The bleach will kill bacteria and help your pumpkin stay fresh longer. Once completely dry, (drain upside down), add 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water. Brush this solution onto your pumpkin to keep it looking fresh for weeks.”

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween from your friends at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties St. Charles County Office & 365 Things to do in St Charles Missouri…

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St Louis Area Wineries

You know you’re from St. Louis when ‘wine country’ means Hermann, Augusta or Ste. Genevieve. We’ve put together a collection of some of our favorite St. Louis area wineries. Enjoy!

Augusta Winery
High & Jackson Street, Augusta, MO 63332 Phone: 888-MOR-WINE

In 1988 the Augusta Winery was established by Tony Kooyumjian to produce the highest quality wine possible in the Augusta Viticultural area. The Augusta Winery features those high quality wines, ranging from dry dinner wines to sweet dessert wines. Numerous medals from around the country attest to the quality of these wines. Augusta Winery is centrally located in the historic town of Augusta, Missouri. In 1980 Augusta was recognized as the first U.S. Wine District, or Viticultural Area #1, because of its unique soil, climate, historical significance and quality of wines produced from grapes grown in vineyards that date to the 1800’s. Augusta vints its wines in small quantities so special care may be given to each lot. The Winery also features a tasting room, gift shop area with wine related items and locally produced cheese, sausages and bread available.

Blumenhof Winery
On Hwy 94 in Dutzow, MO 63342 Phone: 800-419-2245

Blumenhof Winery is located in the historic village of Dutzow, Missouri’s oldest German settlement (founded in 1832). The winery takes its name—”Court of Flowers” in German—from the Blumenberg family’s ancestral farm in northwestern Germany. Beginning with its first vintage in 1986, Blumenhof Winery has been dedicated to growing, producing and bottling a wonderful selection of Missouri-grown varietal wines from their own vineyards established in 1978. Winning state, national and international awards for several years attests to their quality and commitment. Tasting room and gift shop, along with inside and outside areas to enjoy their wines are also available.

Cave Vineyard
21124 Cave Rd., Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 Phone: 573-543-5284

Cave Vineyard is a family owned establishment. It derives its name from the Saltpeter Cave, located on the property. The vineyard was established in 2001 and is tended to by our family to produce wine that we hope brings your family and friends together. The tasting room offers the opportunity to sample our fine wines and purchase hand-crafted quilts and products from local artisans. Share a bottle of wine in our natural cave wine cellar or enjoy our tasting room view overlooking the beautiful rolling hills of Ste. Genevieve.

Chandler Hill
596 Defiance Rd., Defiance, Missouri 63341 Phone: 636-798-2675

Chandler Hill is unique in that they offer a selection of the very finest wines from both California and Missouri. Their California varieties come from their vineyards on the sunny slopes of Napa Valley and the legendary Central Coast. They offer a tasting room, winery, marketplace and restaurant.

 

Charleville Vineyards & Winery
16937 Boyd Road, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 Phone: 573-756-4537

Charleville Vineyards is a family owned vineyard. After harvesting grapes for seven years, Charleville opened its tasting room in early July, 2003. The property houses a tasting room and patio. You can sip their fine wines in a rustic country setting high atop a hill overlooking a panoramic view of some of the highest points in Ste. Genevieve County. Experience the essence of a working vineyard! The owners will be happy to share information about not only the wines but the grapes that make them so special. The vineyard is situated on a rolling hillside above the Saline Creek Valley. Charleville Vineyards is located off of Highway WW near Coffman in an area historically known as “Clearwater”, overlooking the Saline Creek Valley in Ste. Genevieve County MO.

Chaumette Vineyards & Winery
24345 State Route WW, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 Phone: 573.747.1000

The rich and romantic heritage of France runs deep at Chaumette Vineyards in the heart of Sainte Genevieve County. Here, just a few miles from the historic river port, amid graceful hills, luxurious views, and carefully tended vines sits a proud addition to America’s quality vineyards. Chaumette is located on 310 acres of lush meadows and quiet splendor. Enjoy the sophisticated rural experience with original art in the Gallerie De Vins, on a tour of the Vineyard or Winery or in one of several wine classes. Chaumette is located off Highway I-55, (exit 150) at Highway 32, go west 100 feet to Highway B, then South for 14 miles to Coffman. Take Highway WW approximately 2.5 miles to the winery.

Cottleville Wine Seller & Wine Garden
5314 State Hwy N. St. Charles  MO 63304 Phone: 636-244-4453

The Cottleville Wine Seller house has it’s roots deep in Missouri history. Constructed in 1849, the building was erected on Plank Road, now called Highway N. Lorenzo Cottle was the founder of Cottleville. The land was owned by his father, Dr. Warren Cottle. He was the first in the country to build a mill in the early 1800′s. You can still find some of the stone throughout old town Cottleville.In 1849 the nearby metropolis of Saint Louis, with a population of 63,000, was the jumping-off place for Forty-Niners eager to make their fortune in the gold fields of California. In 1849 the first President from Missouri took his place in the White House. Senator David R. Atchison, the Pro Tem of the Senate, was named to fill the vacancy between the resignation of James Polk and the inauguration of Zachary Taylor. Atchison’s term lasted only one day–a Sunday–because Taylor refused to be sworn in on the Sabbath for religious reasons. The historical house has weathered over 160 years of civil and international wars, depressions, political turmoil, and recessions, culminating in its modernization and renovation in 2008.

  

Crown Valley Winery
23589 St. Rt. WW, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 Phone: 573-756-WINE

Nestled in the rolling hills and scenic views of Coffman in historic Ste. Genevieve County, Crown Valley Winery is a gem to behold with over 300 acres of which 120 are vineyard. The architecture and interior features unique materials such as hand-carved oak doors with reclaimed stained glass, copper and wrought iron crafted by local artisans, leaf stamped copper bars and church pews from the 1930’s. Live musical guests play most weekends. Also available are winery tours, tastings, a banquet facility, a deli, gift shop, and indoor/outdoor seating.

Hermannhof Vineyards
330 East First Street, Hermann, MO 65041 Phone: 800-393-0100

HermanhofHermannhof’s ten magnificent stone cellars and charming brick superstructure are among the 100 early Hermann buildings placed on the National Register of Historic places. Construction of a brewery/winery commenced in 1848 and was completed in 1852. In 1974, the Hermannhof Cellars were purchased by the Dierberg family and renewal began. Today, all the cellars are utilized in premium wine production of 15,000 cases. These historic cellars contain casks made from white oak from the forests of France and Missouri. For a truly memorable experience, The Inn At Hermannhof features spacious, historically decorated guest rooms with luxurious amenities.

 

Montelle Winery
On Hwy 94 in Augusta, MO 63332 Phone: 636-228-4464

Montelle Winery is located atop Osage Ridge just 1½ miles east of Augusta, Missouri. It commands a magnificent view of the Missouri River, the Village of Augusta and the surrounding farms and vineyards. Montelle Winery is a combination of Montelle Vineyards, founded in 1970, and Osage Ridge Winery, founded in 1984. The present owner, Tony Kooyumjian, acquired the winery in 1998. Winner of numerous awards, Montelle has achieved fame for its superb dry and semi-dry table wines. These wines include Seyval, Vidal, Vignoles and red wines such as Chambourcin, Cynthiana and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their semi-dry wines are popular as well as their German-style white wines. They are also noted for their rich dessert and fruit wines.

Mount Pleasant Winery
5634 High Street, Augusta, MO 63332 Phone: 636-482-4419

George Munch, who came to the area with his brother, Frederick, from Germany, founded Mount Pleasant Winery in 1859. He established the winery in an area that reminded him of his homeland. Today, Mount Pleasant is the largest grower of grapes in the Augusta Appellation with over 60,000 vines. Approximately 4,800 of these are vinifera – Chardonnay and the Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Other varietals include Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Rayon d’Or, Vignoles, St. Vincent, Chambourcin, Couderc, Chardonnel, and Cynthiana. Enjoy wine tasting and then settle down on the patio with its majestic view and enjoy a bottle of wine and maybe some bistro food from the Augusta Grocery. During the winter months you can enjoy romantic candlelight dinners, or more lighthearted evenings at a murder mystery dinner theater.

Sainte Genevieve Winery
245 Merchant Street, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 Phone: 573-883-2800

Located in the historic district of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, the oldest French settlement west of the Mississippi, is Sainte Genevieve Winery. A special connection is felt with the French through their rich history and their wines. The winery is located in a beautiful 5,000 square foot, turn-of –the century home. Sainte Genevieve Winery is a family owned and operated business that was established in 1984.

Stone Hill Winery & Vintage Restaurant
1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, MO 65041 Phone: 800-909-WINE

Since its establishment in 1847, Stone Hill Winery has undergone significant and inevitable changes. From early success as the nation’s second largest winery to the catastrophic times of Prohibition, from its use as a mushroom-growing facility to the resurgence of Missouri’s wine industry, Stone Hill Winery has evolved into a world-class winery. Today, perched dramatically on a hill overlooking the beautiful German town of Hermann, Stone Hill Winery & Restaurant is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Missouri Wine Country. Each year Stone Hill welcomes thousands of visitors who enjoy not only the award-winning wines and juices but also the region’s Old-World hospitality and surrounding beauty. Stone Hill’s visitors enjoy spectacular scenery from the winery’s Conservatory on the inside to the commanding view overlooking the town of Hermann on the outside. For more traditional surroundings, guests may dine in casual comfort at the adjacent Vintage Restaurant, where hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and German specialties are lovingly served with European flair. Once the winery’s original stable and carriage house, this beautifully restored building features a private room for lunch or dinner, and special group menu selections are available.

Sugar Creek Winery
125 Boone Country Lane, Defiance, MO 63341 Phone: 636-987-2400

Travel scenic highway 94, also called the Missouri Weinstrasse (wine road), and the first stop you find is Sugar Creek Winery. This area, one of the oldest settlements west of the Mississippi, including the winery grounds, was part of the original land grant given to the frontiersman Daniel Boone to settle the area. Old vineyards have been replaced with current popular varietals such as Vidal, Cynthiana, Chambourcin and an exciting new varietal Chardonel, a hybrid of Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc. The winery also contracts with other Missouri grape growers to meet production requirements. Whether you enjoy the outside terrace, gazebo, or the cozy indoor parlor turned tasting room; Sugar Creek offers a wonderful way to spend a relaxing afternoon. The inviting atmosphere of Sugar Creek Winery & Vineyards welcomes everyone to come & enjoy their favorite wines, cheese, sausage, and snacks along with a small gift shop.

 

 

Fall Lawn Care & Maintenance Tips

Taking the time and effort to prep your lawn for the cooler fall and winter months will result in lusher, greener grass once the temperatures start rising again. Here are some tips to make sure your lawn is ready to take the cooler months fall and winter months that are just around the corner.

Fertilizing
Fertilizing before cold weather arrives gives your yard nutrients that are good for strengthening roots and increasing the nutrients stored for an earlier spring green. While the top growth of grass stops, grass plants are storing nutrients and energy for the following season.

To determine the best ratio of fertilizer for the soil in your yard, you should utilize a soil test. Otherwise, look for fertilizer with a nitrogen-phosphate-potassium (NPK) ratio of 3:1:2 or 4:1:2.

When applying the fertilizer, make sure that you follow the application instructions and rate information on the package and use a calibrated spreader to apply the correct amount. It is also a good rule to apply the fertilizer in the fall about 2-3 weeks before the ground freezes so the plant can start to take up some of the nutrients.

Instead of pacing the yard with a push spreader, consider a tow-behind spreader attached to your riding lawn mower or garden tractor. An attachment, such as a pull-type spin spreader , can quickly distribute fertilizer evenly across your yard.

Aerating
Aerating, the process of removing plugs of soil and thatch from the lawn, is ideal in cooler months. It encourages deep rooting, improves water and nutrient penetration, and promotes growth of beneficial soil microorganisms. There are a variety of techniques you can use to penetrate the soil such as spiked shoes or spray-on liquids, but to most effectively aerate soil, attach a de-thatcher, or a plug aerator behind a riding mower or tractor to remove plugs of soil from two to three inches deep.

reseedReseeding
Over time, grass does get old and needs to be replaced. Worn-out lawns invite weeds. Reseeding is a fast, inexpensive way to help bring your lawn back to its lush, green, healthy self without tearing everything out and starting over. It’s also a great way to introduce a new type of grass.

The best time to seed your lawn is in the fall. The soil is still warm but the air is cooler. There are fewer weeds for new grass to compete against. Since your trees are starting to shed their leaves, there’s plenty of sunlight. Also, diseases that attack seedlings are less active. If you put down a layer of seed in the fall, all the thin areas start growing grass, and your lawn starts to look terrific again and will be lush and green again in the spring.


Mulching
If you prefer not to rake or bag grass or leaves, mulching with a mower is an ideal alternative. Be sure to mulch leaves only when they are dry to avoid damp and wet leaves clumping or building up under mower decks.

Remember that grass needs sunlight in the fall to help store food for winter, so don’t wait until your lawn is completely matted down with leaves to mulch. A thin layer of mulched leaves is ideal and helps add nutrients to the soil, reducing the need for fertilizer.

Selecting the right mower with mulching attachments or features can save a great deal of time and help ensure a consistent layer of mulch across the yard. For example, John Deere 100-Series lawn tractors have three-in-one mowing decks, which allow you to choose to mulch, bag or allow side-discharge.

Composting
Creating a compost pile allows you to turn organic material into rich soil. The fall season is a good time to create a compost pile with decaying yard matter, such as vegetables, grass clippings and leaves, which can provide nutrient-rich soil for spring planting. For best results, alternate layers of “brown,” or high carbon materials, with grass clippings.

Using a rear bagger with your lawn mower or tractor will help make collecting grass clippings a breeze, and adding to your compost pile is as simple as backing up to the spot and unloading. Another optional mower attachment, the lawn sweeper, brushes leaves into a hamper, much like a broom and dustpan.

Taking these steps will prepare your lawn for the cold winter months and help it come back strong, healthy and beautiful in the spring.

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St Louis Rooftop Restaurants and Outdoor Patios

We’ve put together a list of our favorite St. Louis area dining spots that have patios or rooftops.  Enjoy the perfect weather while it lasts because you know St. Louis. . . . soon we’ll be seeking the air conditioning and insisting ‘it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!’

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360 | Downtown
One South Broadway | (314) 241-VIEW
Soaring nearly 400 feet above downtown St. Louis, Three Sixty is the ultimate rooftop bar. Located atop the perfectly positioned Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, Three Sixty offers sweeping views in all directions – hence the name – including a birds’ eye view right into Busch Stadium.


Atomic Cowboy
| Tower Grove
4140 Manchester | (314) 775-0775

Broadway Oyster Bar |Downtown
736 South Broadway | (314) 621-8811

Cielo at the Four Seasons | Downtown
999 North Second Street | (314) 881-5800
At the Four Seasons in Lumiere Place, Cielo sits eight stories above the city’s skyline. This classy outdoor patio offers magnificent views of the Arch and Mississippi River.

Cafe Eau at the Chase Park Plaza | Central West End
212 N Kingshighway Blvd | (314) 454-9000
The expansive patio at Cafe Eau overlooks the pool while an outdoor fireplace warms up cooler nights. On Fridays and Saturdays during the summer you can even catch live music from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

City Diner | South Grand
3139 S. Grand Blvd. | 314-772-6100

Forest Park Boathouse | Forest Park
6101 Government Dr | (314) 367-2224
Casual restaurant, bar and boat facility in the heart of Forest Park. Patio seating is all lakeside with a large, outdoor stone fireplace for cool evenings. Always dog friendly, the Boathouse offers ‘Happy Hours’ every Wednesday during the summer (5:00 – 7:00) where you’ll get half-priced appetizers and drink specials. Live music can be heard every Friday and Saturday night.

Frazer’s Restaurant & Lounge | Benton Park
1811 Pestalozzi Street | (314) 773-8646
Also known as Frazer’s Brown Bag, the restaurant serves up food with a global flair. Make sure to check out the chalkboard on the patio for specials.

Great Grizzly Bear | Soulard
1027 Geyer Ave | (314) 231-0444

Hammerstone’s | Soulard
2028 South 9th Street | (314) 773-5565
Live music Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Humphrey’s Restaurant and Tavern | Midtown
3700 Laclede Ave | (314) 535-0700
Across from SLU’s campus, this college bar serves a classic menu and offers a long happy hour (11 – 7) on their back patio. You can often hear live music on summer evenings; check their website for details.

iTap | Soulard
1711 S. 9th Street | 314.621.4333

Mandarin | Central West End
3139 S. Grand Blvd. | 314-772-6100
Asian inspired rooftop lounge.

Moonrise Hotel’s Rooftop Terrace Bar | University City
6177 Delmar | 314-726-2222
Take the elevator at the Moonrise Hotel to the rooftop and you’ll discover the Rooftop Terrace Bar offering panoramic views of the Delmar Loop. The Terrace Bar only serves cocktails so you’ll have to head downstairs to Eclipse Restaurant or next door to Pi Pizza.

McGurk’s | Soulard
1200 Russell Boulevard | (314) 776-8309
McGurk’s has one of the largest patios in St. Louis with two bars, outdoor heaters and tons of tables to enjoy the pub’s Irish bar food.

Paddy O’s | Downtown
618 South 7th Street | (314) 588-7313
What St. Louisian hasn’t enjoyed a cold Budweiser at Paddy O’s before or after a Card’s game? Now with an enlarged patio area including a rooftop addition – Paddy’Os is a definite not to miss Downtown patio.

Sage | Soulard
1031 Lynch Street | 314.256.1203
In historic Soulard next to the Anheuser Busch Brewery is this urban oasis. A multi-leveled patio coupled with Sage’s extensive menu.

Sasha’s on Shaw | Shaw
4069 Shaw Boulevard | (314) 771-7274
Close to the Botanical Gardens is Sasha’s – specializing in fine wines and craft beers. The patio itself has a garden feel as tables nestle on uneven stonework next to overflowing flower beds.

Square One Brewery | Lafayette Square
1727 Park Ave | (314) 231-2537
Stop in to view Square One’s brewing process or enjoy one of their beers on tap in the beer garden. Fountain and outdoor bar.

Tortillaria | Central West End
8 1/2 South Euclid Ave. | (314) 361-4443

Venice Cafe | Soulard
1903 Pestalozzi Street | (314) 772-5994
One of the most eclectic, colorful patios you’ll find in the St. Louis area with live music 6 days a week. But take warning, Venice Cafe is a cash only bar.

Vin de Set | Lafayette Square
2017 Chouteau Avenue | (314) 241-8989
Gorgeous, classy rooftop restaurant where you can enjoy city views, french cuisine and craft cocktails.

Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria | Central West End
3515 Lindell Blvd. | (314) 534-8486
Close to St. Louis University and the Moolah Theatre you can enjoy a slice of Vito’s pizza, surrounded by fountains, flowering plants and umbrella tables.

 

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Bartolino’s South | South County
5914 South Lindbergh| (314) 487-4545

Corner Pub | Fenton
13645 Big Bend Rd | (636) 225-1300
Casual pub in a suburban strip mall with an extensive outdoor patio, modern classic bar food and a full menu of cocktails.

Fenton Bar and Grill | Fenton
701 Rudder Road | (636) 305-7041

Helen Fitzgerald’s | Sunset Hills
3650 South Lindbergh| (314) 984-0026
A staple in South County, ‘Helen’s’ has great food and nightlife to boot!

Iggy’s Mexican Cantina | Valley Park
13645 Big Bend Road | (636) 225-0500

Joey B’s | Concord Village
189 Concord Plaza| (314) 843-2121
The South County location offers a nice patio in addition to many tasty menu items.



O’Leary’s | Sunset Hills
3828 S Lindbergh Blvd | (314) 842-7678

 

West County  

Brick House | Chesterfield
2 Mcbride and Son Center Dr, | (636) 536-6291

Harpo’s | Chesterfield
36 Hilltown Village | (636) 537-1970

iTap | Chesterfield
161 Long Rd | (636) 537-8787
Does not serve food but is very popular for its huge selection of craft beers.

Lester’s | Chesterfield
14810 Clayton Road | (636) 230-0055

Table Three | Wildwood
16765 Main Street | (636) 458-4333
Fresh American contemporary cuisine in a laid back atmosphere.

 

Central County

Amigo’s  Cantina | Kirkwood
120 W Jefferson Ave | (314) 821-0877
Home of the ‘best’ margarita’s in St. Louis! Enjoy patio dining and mexican entrees.

Bar Louie | Kirkwood
110 North Kirkwood Road | (314) 238-2300

Hacienda Mexican Restaurant | Rock Hill
9748 Manchester Rd | (314) 962-7100
Colorful and bright, Hacienda’s patio is the perfect place to meet friends for a margarita and Mexican fare. Thursdays during the summer are unlimited drinks specials and live music.

John P. Fields | Clayton
26 N Central Ave | (314) 862-1886

Milagro Modern Mexican | Webster Groves
20 Allen Ave  | (314) 962-4300

Olympia Kebob House & Taverna | Richmond Heights
1543 McCausland Avenue | (314) 781-1299
Enjoy excellent Greek fare including gyros and flaming cheese on their casual front patio.

Piccadilly at Manhattan | Maplewood
7201 Piccadilly Ave | (314) 646-0016

Robust | Webster Groves
227 W. Lockwood Ave| 314-963-0033
Elegant wine bar in downtown Webster Groves. Enjoy wine flights, wines by the bottle or glass and a menu that pairs to the wine profiles.

Schlafly Bottleworks | Maplewood
7260 Southwest Ave | 314-241-2337
Casual dining restaurant and home to Schlafly’s bottling operations. Menu uses organic and local ingredients. The patio is tent covered and a perfect place for cooling off with a Heferweizen.

 

Jefferson County

Frankie Gianino’s | Imperial
1209 Main St. | 636-461-2020
Classic bar food, cold drinks and large patio.

Detour Bar and Grill | Imperial
2855 Seckman Rd | (636) 333-2804
Excellent food, great drinks and a tremendous time.

Tanglefoot Steak House | Festus
1198 West Gannon Drive | (636) 931-7373

 

St. Charles County
 

Bar Louie | St. Charles
1650 Beale Street | (636) 669-0400

BC’s Kitchen | Lake St. Louis
11 Meadow Circle Dr | (636) 542-9090

Chandler Hill | Defiance
625 Defiance Rd | (636) 798-2675
This venue is far more than a winery. Enjoy the food and book your event here!

Little Hills Winery | Old Town St. Charles
501 S. Main. | 636) 946-9339

Llywelyn’s | Old Town St. Charles
100 North Main | 636-724-8520
With so many successful locations throughout St. Louis, it must be good!

Llywelyn’s | Winghaven
7434 Village Center Drive | 636-625-8655

Massa’s | Winghaven
3072 Winghaven Blvd | (636) 561-5202

McGurk’s | O’Fallon
108 S Main St | (636) 978-9640
If you’re looking for fun, food and drink outdoors in O’Fallon, this is THE place!

Old Millstream | Old Town St. Charles
912 South Main St. | (636) 946-3287

Prasino | St Charles
1520 S 5th Street | (636) 277-0202

Q – Quintessential Dining & Nightlife | Old Town St. Charles
149 N. Main | (636) 443-2211

Tony’s on Top | Old Town St. Charles
32 North Main Street | 636-940-1960

Hendel’s | Florissant
599 St. Denis Street | 314-837-2304

 

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Cherry Street Grill | Troy

892 Cherry Street | (636) 528-9999

Calvin’s Restaurant | Eolia
105 N Main St | (573) 485-2005

One Tank Road Trips from St. Louis

With the rise of gas prices, we’ve put together a list of destinations from St. Louis that are three hours or less. They may not be ‘one tank’ dependent upon your car’s gas mileage but they should at least come close…

Black River Lodge | Lesterville, MO | 2 hours
Black River Lodge is 250 acres with one-half mile of riverfront on the Black River. The Lodge offers 66 carpeted, air-conditioned units, recreation hall and a dining room overlooking the scenic Black River. Rates include three meals daily served family style. There are activities for children five days a week including games, crafts and refreshments. Black River Lodge is located within easy driving distance of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, Elephant Rocks State Park, and Taum Sauk Mountain State Park.

Bearcat Mountain Lodge| Lesterville, MO | 2 hours
Bearcat Lodge offers camping and cabins on the Black River. A 1/2 mile of Black River beachfront, floating and weekend concerts are just some of the am entities you’ll find here. A close drive to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, Elephant Rocks State Park, and Taum Sauk Mountain State Park.

Blue Springs Ranch | Bourbon, MO | 1.5 hours
Located on the Meramec River, Blue Springs Ranch has cabins, camping, horseback riding, floating and a new zip line.

Caryle Lake | Caryle, IL | 1 hour
The largest man-made lake in Illinois offers fishing, hunting and sailing opportunities. Camping areas abound along with swimming beaches.

Clearwater Lake | Piedmont, MO | 2.5 hours
A great lake for water sports – speed boats, pontoons, wave runners and water skiing. Nearby cabins and camping.

Garden of the Gods | Southern Illinois | 3 hours
In the Shawnee National Forest, Garden of the Gods contains unique sandstone rock formations that make it a popular attraction.

Elephant Rocks State Park| Belleview, MO | 2 Hours
The giant elephant-shaped granite boulders are the star at Elephant Rocks State Park. Enjoy hiking, picnicking and climbing (permit required).

Ha Ha Tonka State Park | Camdenton, MO | 3 hours
Imposing architecture and breathtaking scenery combine to make Ha Ha Tonka State Park one of Missouri’s most treasured spots. Located on the Lake of the Ozarks, the park features the stone ruins of a turn-of-the-20th-century castle built by a prominent Kansas City businessman high atop a bluff. More than 15 miles of trails traverse the park, leading visitors to sinkholes, natural bridges, caves and down to the lake.

Hermann, MO | 1.5 hours
Hermann, Missouri has been chosen several times for the title of Missouri’s most beautiful town. Hermann offers the charm of old Germany and beautiful vineyards in the hills above town. Hermann has 8 wineries within 20 miles and over 70 Bed & Breakfasts.

Holiday World | Santa Claus, Indiana | 3.5 hours
With the world’s #1 wooden roller coaster and the world’s longest water coaster Holiday World is definite amusement park fun. The park offers nice perks like free parking, free unlimited soda, free sunscreen, and free tube rental.

Johnson Shut Ins | Middlebrook, MO | 2 Hours
Nature’s water park on the Black River with natural chutes, waterfalls and pools. Make sure to pack a lunch, old tennis or water shoes to wear in the water and get there early. . . since the park only allows a limited number of visitors.

Katy Trail | Across Missouri
Hike or bike 237 miles of trail stretching across Missouri.

Kimmswick, MO | 25 Minutes
Charming town with 20 quaint shops, local festivals including the Strawberry Festival in June, and famous Blue Owl Restaurant.

Hannibal, MO | 2 Hours
Visit historic Hannibal, Mark Twain’s boyhood home, to learn more about his life here as a young boy, ride aboard a riverboat, explore area caves or enjoy the charming town filled with shops and wineries. Other nearby attractions include Mark Twain Cave, Cameron Cave and Mark Twain Lake.

Meramec Caverns | Stanton, MO | 1 Hour
Take a guided tour of a seven-level natural wonder, once the hideout of Jesse James. Camping, zip-lining and riverboat tours.

Meramec Spring Park| Saint James, MO | 2 Hours
Beautiful wildlife reserve with the fifth largest spring in Missouri. The park offers two museums, fish hatcheries, fishing, trails, cafe and museum.

Onondaga Cave |Leasburg, MO | 1.5 hours
Take a guided tour of the underground wonderland of Onondaga Cave. Canoeing, camping, fishing and boating.

Pere Marquette Park | Grafton, MO | 1 Hour
Take a scenic drive up the Grafton River Road to Pere Marquette Park where you’ll find hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and boating. Stay the night at their cabins or campground or take the drive back to Grafton to enjoy dinner and drinks at Fast Eddies or the Rotten Apple.

Purina Farms | Gray Summit | 1 Hour
A must-go destination for animal lovers and enthusiasts of all ages. Free admission gets you access to shows, educational family friendly activities wagon rides, hay maze and more.

Rend Lake |Marion, IL | 1.5 Hours
Thirteen mile reservoir with 162 miles of lakeshore. Enjoy swimming beaches, fishing, boating, hunting, trap shoot, camping, hiking, and bike trails. Nearby museums, cafes, dinner playhouses, theatres and wineries.

Riverside Reptile Ranch | Stanton, MO | 1 Hour
Get up close to turtles, snakes, alligators and even lions and tigers. If random road side attractions are your thing coupled with animals that can bite your hand off, then this is the place for you!

Sam A Baker State Park |Patterson, MO | 2 Hours
It only takes a few minutes to fall in love with Sam A. Baker State Park. The cool waters of the St. Francois River and Big Creek frame a wooded setting with trails that range from easy to challenging. Ancient mountains, towering trees, and fresh air are hallmarks of the park. Rustic cabins, a campground, a separate campground for equestrians, and a lodge with good country cookin’ round out the Sam A. Baker experience.

Springfield, IL | 2 Hours
Over one million visitors a year come to see Springfield’s historic Lincoln sites, which include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, the Lincoln Home and Neighborhood, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Lincoln Tomb, Lincoln’s New Salem, and more. Other attractions include the Dana-Thomas House, the Old State Capitol, the Illinois State Capitol and the Executive Mansion.

Ste. Genevieve, MO | 1 Hour
Visit Missouri’s oldest settlement and explore the well-preserved architecture on old Main Street, antique shops, historical sites and nearby wineries.

Splash City | Collinsville | 30 Minutes
Just minutes from St. Louis is the Splash City water park with fun for the whole family. Lap pools, wave pool, water slides, toddler area and more.

YMCA Trout Lodge & Camp Lakewood| Potosi, MO | 1.5 Hours
Enjoy summer getaways at Trout Lodge where accommodations, three full meals and activities are included in the rates. Lodge rooms and private cabins are available on the lake. Activities include swimming, archery, boating, windsurfing, tennis, snorkeling, skeet shooing, sand volley ball, riflery, horseback riding, hiking and more.

Wilderness Lodge Resort | Lesterville, MO | 2 Hours
On the Black River, Wilderness Lodge offers air-conditioned cabins and cottages with rates that include meals. Amenities include a lodge bar, pool, games and floating opportunities.

Whatever adventures you decide to conquer this summer, we hope some of the places mentioned above help you make lasting memories for you while not breaking the bank. Happy travels from your friends at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties

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Protect Your Home in Extreme Cold

Frozen HomeThis winter is reaping havoc on houses throughout our area. Tons of snow, below freezing/record-breaking temperatures and frigid wind chill just to name a few. Make sure you have a Cold Weather Home Defense in place for your palace.

Like the old saying goes, “sometimes the best offense, is a good defense.” Here’s a few tips that can help your home survive the extreme cold of winter.

  • Freezing Pipes- Open sink-cabinet doors to let warm air in. This is critical for plumbing on an exterior wall of a home. Wrap pipes that are exposed and disconnect all garden hoses.
  • Sinks/Faucets- setting at a constant slow stream can help prevent freezing.
  • Burst Pipes- Know where your water shutoff valve or main shutoff valve is located so you can turn off the water quickly in the event a pipe burst.*
  • Close curtains- Unless there’s warm sunlight coming in, keep
    drapes closed to help insulate your home and keep the warmth inside.*
  • Open Doors & Vents-  Let the warm air flow through your entire home. If there are rooms in your home you don’t frequent, do not close them off from the rest of the home.
  • Cover Cracks at Exterior Doors- The old bath towel or blanket does wonders stopping that draft from windowsills and thresholds.*
  • Landscape Décor- Drain all fountains/bird-baths and bring inside if possible. HouseLogicFrozen water can damage them.*
  • Insulate plants- Add extra mulch or rock around plants to prevent them from sagging, cover them and bring all container plants inside for the winter.*
  • Stay off the roof- Besides being dangerous in cold or windy temps shingles, flashing and siding can be brittle during extremely cold temps. Also clean out your gutters before winter hits to allow melting snow to get off your roof and not weigh down your roof and gutters.
  • Power Outages- Check your emergency kit for working batteries, flashlights and a radio.*

Hopefully you get through the winter trouble-free, but in the event a pipe freezes, burst or the electricity goes out, it’s better to be prepared then “left out in the cold.” Stay warm out there.

*** Some Sources for this blog- Houselogic and AOL Real Estate ***

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How to Safely Open a Champagne Bottle

chambottleA champagne toast is a great way to welcome 2014, but be mindful as you uncork the bottle: warm bottles of champagne and improper cork-removal techniques cause serious, potentially blinding eye injuries each year.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology warns that champagne bottles contain pressure as high as 90 pounds per square inch – more than the pressure found inside a typical car tire. This pressure can launch a champagne cork at 50 miles per hour as it leaves the bottle, which is fast enough to shatter glass. Unfortunately, this is also fast enough to permanently damage vision.

Champagne cork mishaps can lead to a variety of serious eye injuries. These injuries sometimes require urgent eye surgeries and can even lead to blindness in the affected eye.

For a safe celebration, follow these EyeSmart tips on how to properly open a bottle of champagne:

  • Chill sparkling wine and champagne to 45 degrees Fahrenheit or colder before opening. The cork of a warm bottle is more likely to pop unexpectedly.
  • Don’t shake the bottle. Shaking increases the speed at which the cork leaves the bottle thereby increasing your chances of severe eye injury.
  • Point the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from yourself and any bystanders and hold down the cork with the palm of your hand while removing the wire hood on the bottle.
  • Place a towel over the entire top of the bottle and grasp the cork.
  • Twist the bottle while holding the cork at a 45 degree angle to break the seal. Counter the force of the cork using downward pressure as the cork breaks free from the bottle.

If you do experience an eye injury from a champagne cork, seek immediate medical attention from an ophthalmologist – an eye physician and surgeon.

Happy New Year 2014

 

Wishing you a very Safe and Happy New Year filled with success and happiness. Happy New Year to you and your family from Prudential Select Properties Saint Charles County Office, 636-720-1100

 

Press release submitted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.