Midwest Living Review
A romantic hideaway from another era, Fleur-de-Lys would be the perfect spot to hole up for a weekend. The spacious 1913 Tudor Revival mansion has been gorgeously preserved but still offers plenty of homey touches. Rooms are decorated in standard vintage decor but are spacious and inviting (from $150, including gourmet breakfast). For the ultimate in relaxation, head down the hall to the hot tub connected to a balcony with a view of the historic neighborhood (guests reserve the tub in advance). Downstairs, help yourself to drinks, fresh fruit and homemade cookies in the kitchen or curl up with a book in the library. If you're in a social mood, you can gather with other guests around the fireplace and baby grand in the parlor (complimentary liqueur is sometimes served). Three large dining rooms, complete with massive oak and mahogany pocket doors, allow you to enjoy a romantic, secluded dinner if you wish. Four-course dinners cost $200 per couple; the chef offers a lively menu that could include sweet potato pancakes with lobster cream sauce, lamb chops with porcini wine sauce, squash cannelloni, chocolate fondue, and lemonade cake with blackberry coulis. In the afternoon, you can get tea with scones and finger sandwiches for $30. For an after-dinner walk, stroll across the street to Reservoir Park or amble about seven blocks to Tower Grove Park, a Victorian-era acreage designed for horse carriages and filled with pretty, brightly painted pavilions. You can get there by horse-and-buggy, too; a half-hour ride is $45, an hour is $65. And for an additional $25, the inn owners will tuck a chilled bottle of champagne in the carriage with you.