15 Romantic Getaways Near St. Louis, Missouri - Updated 2023

romantic getaways in st louis
Kali Sayak
Kali Sayak 

The state of Missouri is teeming with options for those looking for a romantic getaway. St. Louis alone has some of the best themed hotels and staycations. The neighboring cities and counties of Kansas, Branson, Fulham, Springfield and more offer a host of exciting activities like hiking, swimming, or visiting national museums and art houses. Whether you love the adrenaline rush or prefer chilling by the lake sipping on some exquisite wine, there is something for everyone a short drive away in Missouri. The following is a list of great destinations to visit around Missouri and some fantastic properties that make for a comfortable and luxurious stay for couples on a getaway. Find out more about these romantic getaways near St. Louis, Missouri.

1. Excelsior Springs, Missouri (from USD 160)

The Elms Hotel, Excelsior Springs, MO
Source: Photo by Flickr user Nicolas Henderson used under CC BY 2.0

Almost four hours away from St. Louis is the city of Excelsior Springs, where picturesque parks seem to be in abundance. If you’re looking for a low-key weekend trip with your special someone, head over to this city and pay a visit to its many recreational facilities like Century Park and Get Fit Park. There’s even an off-leash dog park, Century Bark, in case you’re bringing your furry friend with you. One of the best accommodations for your romantic getaway here is the famous Elms Hotel & Spa, which is only a short walk from the Historic Hall of Waters.

The Elms Hotel & Spa, a Destination by Hyatt Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 401 Regent St
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Sauna

2. Galena, Illinois (from USD 397)

20200209 28 Galena, Illinois
Source: Photo by Flickr user David Wilson used under CC BY 2.0

One of the quirky little towns in Illinois that could be where you spend your romantic weekend is Galena. It’s about five and a half hours from St. Louis. Galena is known for its 19th-century structures, especially the 1826 Dowling House. Spend a day in Horseshoe Mound Preserve, a park with panoramic views of adjacent states. Get to know more about Galena and book a stay at Goldmoor Inn & Resort. The four-star resort offers a spa and a hot tub, perfect for cozying up with your loved one.

Goldmoor Inn & Resort

Address: 9001 North Sand Hill Road, Galena, Galena (IL), United States, IL 61036

3. Eureka Springs, Arkansas (from USD 11753)

Street View, Eureka Springs
Source: Photo by Flickr user Clinton Steeds used under CC BY 2.0

Another place near St. Louis where you can peacefully enjoy your romantic getaway is Eureka Springs in northwest Arkansas. The well-maintained Victorian structures in its Historic District, which all surround the natural springs, are some of the must-sees in the city. When you find yourself on this side of the Ozark Mountains, you may find it worthy to stay at 1905 Basin Park Hotel, one of the preserved buildings in the Historic District. Splurge and get yourselves the deluxe king room, where you’ll have a nice view of the iconic street.

1905 Basin Park Hotel

Address: 12 Spring Street , Eureka Springs, Eureka Springs (AR), United States, AR 72632

4. Hannibal, Missouri (from USD 246)

Hannibal, Missouri
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Just a little less than two hours from St. Louis is Hannibal. It’s one of the cities by the Mississippi River. Some of the iconic attractions in Hannibal are Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum and Rockcliffe Mansion. Consider staying at Garth Woodside Mansion Bed and Breakfast when you visit the city. Besides the breakfast options of vegetarian or full English/Irish, the other conveniences provided are free Wi-Fi, parking, and flat-screen television. There’s also a cozy garden, as well as a lounge, where guests are encouraged to cap their day off.

Garth Woodside Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Wifi Available

Address: 11069 New London Gravel Road
Accommodates: 2

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Garden Non-smoking rooms Fishing Laundry Free parking

5. Ridgedale, Missouri (from USD 323)

Table Rock Lake
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Ridgedale is an ideal getaway for couples who wish to have a peaceful time away from the world’s stress. This suburban community is famous for Top of the Rock, a mountain peak overlooking the ethereal Table Rock Lake. If you’re the adventurous type, this outdoor behemoth has areas for hiking, cycling, and climbing. When you’re leaning toward Ridgedale for your next romantic vacation, we highly recommend making D’Monaco Resort on Table Rock Lake your next home away from home. Spend an unforgettable time with your partner and make it your best memory yet!

D'Monaco Resort Condos on Table Rock Lake

Wifi Available

Address: 4125 State Highway 86
Accommodates: 7

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Non-smoking rooms Fishing Family rooms

6. Kansas City, Missouri (from USD 319)

Kansas City Sunset

Your next couple’s getaway near St. Louis could be in this vibrant city. Think Kansas City and think barbecue, jazz heritage and fountains. Time can both come to a stand still or fly past you in this bustling town. In about a 4-hour drive (250 miles, 400km), Kansas City sees a downpour of tourists through the year. Jazz lovers can spend a fine evening visiting the American Jazz Museum in the historic 18th & Vine Jazz District. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art houses nearly 40,000 works of art. Couples can enjoy a glorious sunset from the Liberty Tower atop the National World War I Museum. You can end the day by grabbing a pint at the Boulevard Brewing Co and enjoying a fine Kansas City barbecue. The Raphael Hotel is a luxury stay for a couple with a premium room view and great hospitality. The rooms comfortably sleep two guests and come with fresh linens, a coffee maker and free WiFi.

The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection

Wifi Available

Address: 325 Ward Parkway
Accommodates: 6

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Terrace

7. Independence, Missouri (from USD 129)

20160707 89 Independence Temple, Independence, Missouri
Source: Photo by user David Wilson used under CC BY 2.0

The city of Independence is at about a four-hour drive (240.3 miles, 390kms) from St. Louis, Missouri. This city near Kansas is famous for the Truman Library & Museum. The museum’s fascinating exhibits detail the life and career of the former U.S. president, Harry S. Truman. Couples with an interest in history and culture will have a great time at the Frontier Trails Museum, where artefacts and wagon tours illustrate the pioneer era. At the nearby Community of Christ Temple, one can trace the area’s Mormon heritage. Foodies will be spoilt for choice at the many Italian and American restaurants serving delicious cuisines. The Woodstock Inn is set in a quaint, quiet neighbourhood in the city. The rooms are large and spectacularly clean. The overall property has design elements borrowed from architecture all over the world. Breakfast is complimentary and provides a fresh start to the day.

Woodstock Inn Bed & Breakfast

Wifi Available

Address: 1212 West Lexington Avenue
Accommodates: 3

Parking Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Tennis court Garden Non-smoking rooms Laundry Facilities for disabled guests

8. Lake Ozark, Missouri (from USD 159)

Lake Ozark, MO JB Hooks 04
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Lake Ozark in Camden County is another worthy place for your next romantic outing. One of the top attractions in the area is Lake of the Ozarks, a man-made lake that was a result of the impoundment of Osage River in the early 1930s. Add boating around the lake to your itinerary when you decide to stay in the city. Other attractions that you may be interested in seeing are Bridal Cave, Bagnell Dam, and Ha Ha Tonka State Park. We recommend that you stay at Camden on the Lake Resort for your getaway, and be greeted with excellent hospitality and top-notch amenities!

Camden on the Lake Resort & Spa

Wifi Available

Address: 2359 Bittersweet Road
Accommodates: 6

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Terrace

9. Fulton, Missouri (from USD 123)

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Fulton County is a place of historical importance located at a two hour’s drive (105 miles, 220 kms) from St. Louis, Missouri. It was here that Sir Winston Churchill once gave the fiery ‘Iron Curtain’ speech. This and many other glimpses from the past unfold at the amazing National Churchill Museum, Brick District and Backer Auto World Museum. For couples, there are plenty of ways to stay entertained in Fulton. Fine artists and craftsmen, small businesses, wineries, and great hotels are just some of the attractions here. There is also an abundance of natural beauty, like that of the Katy Trail State Park. Baymont by Wyndham is a premium couples’ stay in Fulham County. It’s located on the highway and is known for its clean rooms, great service and excellent breakfast. The rooms come equipped with all the modern amenities required for a comfortable stay.

Baymont by Wyndham Fulton

Address: 2205 Cardinal Drive

Parking Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry

10. Springfield, Missouri (from USD 184)

Source: Photo by user Nikki Tegtmeyer used under CC BY 2.0

Springfield is a city in southwestern Missouri. Couples interested in nature will find this a perfect destination and can reach here in just over three hours ( 215 miles, 346 km). One of the major attractions is the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, teeming with trails and botanical gardens. The curious minds should also visit the Discovery Center of Springfield, a science centre with interactive exhibits on everything from the DNA to dinosaurs. Couples with children will especially enjoy Dickerson Park Zoo, in the north. It features animals from around the world and a train ride to see them all. If you’re looking for more magic, head to Fantastic Caverns and hop onto a Tram running through a cave filled with stalagmites. The Walnut Street Inn is a peaceful and quiet house in Springfield. The property is rustic and huge with indoor fireplaces and tasteful rooms. The air-conditioned rooms contain a mini-bar, wardrobe and a coffee machine.

Walnut Street Inn

Wifi Available

Address: 900 East Walnut Street
Accommodates: 2

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms

11. Columbia, Missouri (from USD 84)

Jesse Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia
Source: Photo by user Adam Procter used under CC BY 2.0

Columbia is the capital city of South Carolina. The city makes for a beautiful romantic getaway if you are looking for the peace and quiet of nature. The city is set amidst huge parks with animal enclosures and botanical gardens. Columbia Museum of Art hosts a diverse collection of art forms dating back to centuries. An 18th-century marvel, Robert Mills House is another famous mansion, surrounded by beautiful flower gardens. Columbia is just two hours away (125 miles, 200 km) from St. Louis. Once there, Best Western Plus Columbia Inn makes for a great stay for couples. It is located on Clark Lane, Columbia and it has a swimming pool and a fitness centre on its premises. Couples can also bring their pets along if they are staying here. The rooms are spacious and come equipped with all the modern amenities.

Best Western Plus Columbia Inn

Wifi Available

Address: 2904 Clark Ln
Accommodates: 4

Parking 24-hour front desk Fitness centre Garden Non-smoking rooms Business centre Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests

12. Hermann, Missouri (from USD 238)

Source: Photo by user Robert Stinnett used under CC BY 2.0

Hermann is a city located near the center of the Missouri Rhineland and south of the Missouri River. It can be reached by just over an hour’s drive (80 miles, 128 km) from St. Louis. The city’s seven wineries produce about one-third of the state’s wine. Apart from being a wine lover’s delight, the city is also visited by couples heavily during the Oktoberfest through the first four weekends in October. Being a town built primarily by German immigrants, Hermann has also emerged as the sausage capital of the state. The Inn at Hermannhoff is a great property for a couple’s stay. The rooms are large, air-conditioned, and they come with all the modern amenities like a coffee maker, flat-screen TV, wardrobe and refrigerator.

Inn at Hermannhof

Wifi Available

Address: 237 East 1st Street
Accommodates: 9

Parking Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Non-smoking rooms

13. Osage Beach, Missouri (from USD 144)

Osage Beach, MO Grand Glaize Bridge 01
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If your idea of a romantic getaway is being as close to the water as possible, head to Osage Beach from St. Louis. Situated near a lake and river, Osage Beach is about three hours away from St. Louis, Missouri. One can explore the Bagnell River Dam or go boating or canoeing at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Lake Cove is also known for fabulous summer parties. The Tan-Tar-A Resort Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Waterpark is a great option for couples to stay. The balcony offers a stunning lake view and the breakfast is excellent. The rooms are large and they come with modern facilities to make your stay comfortable.

Margaritaville Lake Resort Lake of the Ozarks

Wifi Available

Address: 494 Tan Tar A Drive
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-hour front desk Tennis court Fitness centre

14. Boonville, Missouri (from USD 64)

Amazing Red Fall Color
Source: Photo by user Robert Stinnett used under CC BY 2.0

Boonville is a city in Cooper County and is one of the best romantic weekend getaways near St. Louis. The city is a famous getaway destination for couples, with a plethora of entertainment and outdoor activities on offer. The Katy Trail State Park is a haven for hikers. One can enjoy Boonville’s vibrant history by touring the local mansions, shop around the town or simply relax in the pool at the Boonville Aquatic Center. Couples have found their stay in Days Inn by Wyndham extremely comfortable. Large, clean rooms and delicious breakfast make for a memorable stay. Some rooms have a large tub in the private bathroom. The location is close to major attractions in the city.

Days Inn by Wyndham Boonville

Address: 2401 Pioneer St, Boonville, MO, USA, 65233

24-hour front desk Family rooms WiFi Available Non-smoking rooms Free parking WiFi available in all areas Parking Heating

15. Branson, Missouri (from USD 399)

Branson, Missouri
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Branson is an Ozark town in southwest Missouri. This romantic day trip from St. Louis is a four-hour drive away, with a distance of 252.1 miles (405kms). It is a melting pot of culture, nightlife, and amusement parks and makes for a great romantic getaway. The fun at Branson is always on with a host of live entertainment shows, outdoor activities, and events. Popular attractions are the Marvel Cave, the Wild West-style Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner and Silver Dollar City, an 18th-century amusement park. Located close to the Silver Dollar City is The Eagle’s Nest Condo, spacious apartments for a family. The air-conditioned apartments contain two double beds and one sofa cum bed. All amenities like a washing machine, refrigerator, DVD player and a flat-screen TV are provided.

Eagle's Nest Condo Resort

Address: 200 Lantern Bay Lane

Outdoor pool (seasonal) Free WiFi Children's playground Non-smoking rooms Hot tub Tennis court WiFi Available Parking

Explore these great romantic getaways

If you are in Missouri and are looking for romantic getaways, you have plenty of options. Places like Oakmont, Columbia and Fulton take you to the tranquillity of nature. Hermann and Kansas City take you down memory lane with their historic exhibits and the Osage Beach sets you up for some thrilling outdoor adventures. Whatever your pick, these stays will help you make the most of it.

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