EXCURSION
"Hannibal is the area where Mark Twain grew up and where all the stories of Huckleberry Finn came from. It has quaint shops and bed-and-breakfasts, set in the Mark Twain era. We stayed at a B&B and ate at a place called LulaBelle's, which the owners said used to be a brothel. Hannibal is a neat place to find out some of the history of St. Louis and Mark Twain. We got a couple of Wave Runners and went on the lake there and had a good time."

ONE GREAT GAME DAY


"St. Louis is a tremendous sports town. Whether it's baseball, football, or hockey, the fans are just phenomenal. The great thing about our fans is that they're so positive. They've kind of accepted us and brought us in. I don't know how many times we hear, 'We're glad you're in St. Louis.' It's not like in some cities, where as soon as you do something bad, they turn on you and don't like you anymore. No one's ever come up to me and called me a bum or said, 'What were you thinking?' or 'You lost the game for us.' It's all been 100 percent positive, whether we won the Super Bowl in 1999 or whether we lost it last year. The first game that I remember feeling like I was part of St. Louis was in my first year in 1999, when I was starting and we beat the San Francisco 49ers in St. Louis for the first time in 17 or 18 tries. When they say that a stadium is electric, it was that day. That was really the game where all the excitement kind of blew up, and the city hasn't been the same since. People said, 'Hey, now we've got a football team.' "

kurt warner's st. louis essentials


lodgin
adam's mark st. louis
, moderate; (314) 241-7400

hyatt regency, expensive; (314) 231-1234

sheraton west port plaza, moderate; (314) 878-1500

restaurants