Baseball fans looking for a special Christmas gift should consider booking a trip to Jupiter, Fla., to watch the Cardinals in spring training next March.

Readers of STLSportsPage.com can also take advantage of special rates at the newly-renovated Homewood Suites in Palm Beach Gardens (shown left)  minutes away from Roger Dean Stadium.

Each spring, Rob Rains takes STLSportsPage.com on a Road Trip so our readers can get the latest in Cardinals news. Many wanting to escape the cold weather in St. Louis look forward to the annual trek themselves, but some Cardinals fans have never been. If you fall into that category, you should consider going. Whether you fly or drive Spring Training is a great family trip or even just long weekend getaway.

Rains usually prefers to drive as taking the car enables one to bring all the supplies needed for a great time in the sun-- as well as the video and audio podcasting equipment needed to bring the news back to our readers.

For the trip down, The Drury Hotels have several locations and many will want to include a day or two in Orlando to go to the theme parks with their family. The Drury Hotels has a big hotel right in the heart of Orlando. Other stopping points along the Road Trip to the Jupiter area include: Nashville, Tenn.;  Atlanta, Georgia; and Valdosta, Georgia.

Fans who may be wanting to travel to an away Cardinals Spring Training game can check out the hotel in Fort Myers too. STLSportsPage.com has a special promo-code discount for our readers at the Drury Hotels: https://www.druryhotels.com/Reservations.aspx?promocode=SPORTS

The STLSportsPage.com Spring Training Headquarters Hotel is the Homewood Suites, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-- which is right there adjacent to Jupiter. 

Guests who book reservations at the Homewood Suites for March before Feb. 2 are eligible for this special rate. This is the seventh consecutive year the Homewood Suites has joined up with STLSportsPage.com to offer special rates for Cardinals fans.


Those who have stayed at the Homewood Suites in the past will be amazed to see the transformation from last year to this year. They gutted the lobby and completely updated it. The result is breathtaking.

"We are excited for everyone to see it," said Director of Sales and Marketing Christie Netzel. "Once March gets here those pastel colors will be joined by a sea of red as the Cardinals fans descend into the Jupiter/Palm Beach Gardens area for Spring Training."

Click this link to make your reservation:

http://homewoodsuites.hilton.com/en/hw/groups/personalized/P/PBIHWHW-STL-20180301/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

The group name is StlSportsPage.com and the Group code is STL.

Guests who enter the hotel will be overwhelmed by the crisp, new white decor. Gone is the homey rust-colored décor, making way for a Florida-bright lobby. This new renovation lets the light of the Palm Beach area in and though it screams of a beach-area resort, it is also very comfortable and keeps with the Homewood Suites feeling of being "at home."


Each year the Homewood Suites welcomes STLSportsPage.com readers with specially priced rooms. In recent years so many Cardinals fans have flocked to the hotel because of the great amenities-- including the free transportation to the spring training games. The Cardinals' 30-game Grapefruit League slate is set to begin on Friday, Feb. 23, so fans heading south early also can of course book a room at the Homewood Suites. 


Pitcher and catchers report Feb. 13 with the first pitcher and catcher work out set for the next day. The full squad reports Feb. 18 and first full squad workout is Feb. 19.

Annual STLSportsPage.com Charity Fundraiser: March 7


For the past five years the Homewood Suites has teamed up with STLSportspage.com to put on a charity event which benefits Rainbows for Kids in St. Louis and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Palm Beach. The event is free and open to all fans of STLSportsPage.com and any guests staying at the Homewood Suites.

The Spring Training Charity Bash features free food and drink as well as a silent auction, but the highlight of the event has always been a player from the Cardinals who attends and entertains on a sports panel with Mike Trim of WPTV News in West Palm Beach. Trim, a Cardinals fan, originally from Hermann, Mo., who is a television anchor and always donates his time to do the panel with Rob Rains of STLSportsPage.com.

To order Spring Training Tickets contact Roger Dean Stadium:

SPRING TRAINING 2018 SCHEDULE
FRIDAY
Feb 23, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

SATURDAY
Feb 24, 2018
1:10PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets
First Data Field - Port St. Lucie, FL

SUNDAY
Feb 25, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - Houston Astros at St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

MONDAY
Feb 26, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Minnesota Twins
Hammond Stadium - Fort Myers, FL

TUESDAY
Feb 27, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox (Split Squad)
JetBlue Park - Fort Myers, FL

WEDNESDAY
Feb 28, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Baltimore Orioles
Ed Smith Stadium - Sarasota, FL

THURSDAY
Mar 1, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - Minnesota Twins at St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

FRIDAY
Mar 2, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - Boston Red Sox at St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

SATURDAY
Mar 3, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves
Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex - Kissimmee, FL

SUNDAY
Mar 4, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - Houston Astros at St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

MONDAY
Mar 5, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

TUESDAY
Mar 6, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

WEDNESDAY
Mar 7, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

THURSDAY
Mar 8, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - Miami Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

FRIDAY
Mar 9, 2018
6:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Houston Astros
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches - West Palm Beach, FL

SATURDAY
Mar 10, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - Miami Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

SUNDAY
Mar 11, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches - West Palm Beach, FL

TUESDAY
Mar 13, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

WEDNESDAY
Mar 14, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Houston Astros
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches - West Palm Beach, FL

THURSDAY
Mar 15, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - Baltimore Orioles at St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

FRIDAY
Mar 16, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches - West Palm Beach, FL

FRIDAY
Mar 16, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - Miami Marlins at St. Louis Cardinals (Split Squad)
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

SATURDAY
Mar 17, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves
Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex - Kissimmee, FL

SUNDAY
Mar 18, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

TUESDAY
Mar 20, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

WEDNESDAY
Mar 21, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Miami Marlins
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

THURSDAY
Mar 22, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

FRIDAY
Mar 23, 2018
1:10PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets
First Data Field - Port St. Lucie, FL

SATURDAY
Mar 24, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals
Roger Dean Stadium - Jupiter, FL

SUNDAY
Mar 25, 2018
1:05PM Spring Training - St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches - West Palm Beach, FL

Make your reservations now: 
http://homewoodsuites.hilton.com/en/hw/groups/personalized/P/PBIHWHW-STL-20180301/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG