Do you know where to find one of the top hotels in the country? According to TRAVEL + LEISURE, you can find it right here in St. Louis. The magazine has ranked FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ST. LOUIS No. 4 on its ‘Best Large Hotel’ category on its recent Top 50 list. The ratings, compiled via reader questionnaires, were based on rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurant/food and value. Kudos to hotel general manager ALPER OZTOK and his team at the Four Seasons!
Plans for the MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN’s first-ever winter light exhibit have been announced. Unique light installations featuring hundreds of thousands of lights will adorn landmarks such as the Climatron, Tower Grove House and the Kaeser Memorial Maze for ‘Garden Glow 2013.’ The exhibit will allow visitors to walk through sensory light tunnels, as well as more traditional candlelight village displays. Garden Glow, which takes place Nov. 23 to Jan. 4, also will feature music, food and drinks and other activities.
Mark your calendars: SAINT LOUIS CRISIS NURSERY’s Celebrity Waitresses & Waiters’ Night will be held Thursday, Aug. 15, at Plaza Frontenac. The annual event brings together local notables from music, media, sports, business and politics to help raise money for children served by the Nursery. Dinner will be served at several eateries, including BRIO Tuscan Grille, Canyon Café and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, as well as BrickTop’s, which will be featured in Center Court. Visit crisisnurserykids.org for more information.
The SAINT LOUIS ZOO is going on safari, and you’re invited to come along! The Zoo’s Travel Program has planned the 2013 Classic Safari to Kenya for Nov. 3 to 15. The Zoo’s curator of herpetology and aquatics, JEFF ETTLING, who has led trips to Costa Rica, Namibia, the Galapagos Islands and Alaska, will serve as escort for the Kenyan tour. Under his guidance, travelers will get an up-close look at magnificent wildlife, relax in a camp and learn the ways of the nomadic Maasai people, among other adventures. Luxurious accommodations include a stay at a tree hotel on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Proceeds from the trip benefit the travel program and the Zoo’s conservation efforts. For more information, call 800-627-1244 or visit stlzoo.org/travel.
Berlin, Prague and Cuba are the next stops for the CLAYTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. The Chamber is extending an invitation to travel to Berlin and Prague for nine days beginning Oct. 23. From Oct. 27 to Nov. 3, the Chamber also is offering a special opportunity to explore Cuba. The cost of each trip includes airfare, accommodations, transfers, transportation and some meals. An informational meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, at The Center of Clayton (50 Gay Ave.). For more information, call 726-3033.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its Special Collections Department with an open house. On Wednesday, July 24, from 2 to 7 p.m., tours of the department and refreshments will be offered at library headquarters. The department, which houses a wide array of local history and genealogical resources, now include more than 80,000 book titles, as well as hundreds of periodicals, microfilm and microfiche, and CD-ROM titles.