St. Louis, Missouri: The Chess Capital of America

When we were passing through St. Louis, now known as the “Chess Capital of America” this Summer - I knew we were going to have to make a stop.

We stayed at a very fun 3-story historic building with a cute cat (below) and lots of charm.

Every detail seemed to be from the pages of a magazine (below), the host kept to himself but this place was perfect for us.  Book through this link for $35 off your stay!



The Green Room - Benton Park


Saint Louis, MO, United States
Spacious second-story room with king bed, private bathroom and balcony in over hundred year old home. Full access to kitchen, dining, and living areas on main floor. Room also has coffee bar with m...

We took a nice walk through the park to a local cafe where we shared a delicious breakfast and conversation. I didn't love the cafe enough to recommend it, but I really enjoyed the architecture of the buildings we saw along the way. And you know I just love a good brick wall!


The chess district was great. Lots to learn and some cool photo ops in the museum, and of course we played a game or two. They didn’t have a shirt in his size, but I picked up a postcard from the museum to send to my in-laws. I loved the big queen chess piece painting on the wall and edited it to include one of my personal mantras: "Wake. Pray. Slay."

My husband is a huge fan of chess. He reads books on chess theory, participates in formal chess competitions, and watches videos of people playing chess. At one point in our relationship, he spent so much time with his chess that I grew jealous and started calling it “Chessica.” But he’s gotten much better and keeps his chess under control now! ;)

We had to get on the road after chess, but I loved the vibe of St. Louis, I hope to return someday!

Content by Laura Gabriele