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Be our guest in a warm and welcoming lower level. A private entry, 1 bed/1 bath cozy Airbnb. Enjoy your self check-in stay which includes a queen size bed, living room, Wifi, kitchenette and coffee bar. Accommodations include a brightly lit den/office. Your stay is a 3 min. drive from historic downtown  Ste. Genevieve , where you can enjoy restaurants, shops, antique mall,wineries,hiking, biking and French colonial history. Host’s reside in the upper level. 

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Holiday Christmas Festival

When: First full weekend in December
Times: All day Saturday and Sunday
Location: Historic District
Admission: Free
800-373-7007
573-883-7097

Experience a wonderland of festivities during the annual Holiday Christmas Festival. A cultural celebration of 500 years of holiday themed music performed by renowned musicians from across the region is featured at free performances in historic churches and other downtown venues. Other activities include a Christmas parade, caroling, colonial decorations, free pictures with Santa for the little ones, the Art Guild Art Show & Sale, downtown shop refreshments, some historic site open houses and an old-fashioned Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Saturday evening at the Welcome Center!

Deja vu Spirit Reunion

Fourth Saturday in October

Would you like to hear the story of a US Senator who has been buried three different times? A Civil War colonel who died at the battle of Shiloh? Meet up with a modern-day spirit of Missouri’s first US Representative? Or “meet” one portraying the well-to-do, or the not so well-to-do, residents of Ste. Genevieve’s history before 1880? Visitors will experience these stories and more as the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve hosts its annual “Déjà vu Spirit Reunion” in historic Memorial Cemetery. Tour the cemetery via lantern light and chat “face to face” with friendly spirits clad in traditional dress and enjoy a hauntingly good time. Sponsored by the Foundation for Restoration of Ste Genevieve.

Rural Heritage Day

Fourth Saturday in October

Rural Heritage Day is a celebration of history, reverie and reminiscence dedicated to the hard working founders of Ste. Genevieve. Come see how it used to be done – whether it’s farming, cooking, spinning, lace making, leather working, soap making, wood carving, gardening or good old-fashioned games. Watch demonstrations of the handicrafts of yesteryear. Stay till the evening and enjoy the “Spirit Reunion” – a fundraiser for Memorial Cemetery that features costumed ‘Spirits’ telling the stories of the early settlers buried there.

Jour de Fête

Second Full Weekend in August

The annual Jour de Fête is southeast Missouri’s largest outdoor Crafts Fair. Held in the heart of Ste. Genevieve’s Historic District, visitors can browse through arts and crafts booths. Shop till you drop and enjoy live music, foods, living history demonstrations and other activities at this family-friendly event.

Freedom Celebration

Ste. Genevieve’s Independence Day public gathering with music, speeches and fireworks. Admission is FREE! At noon there is a traditional celebration with church bell ringing, Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic speeches, and music, as well as an honor salute by various local organizations. That evening the local Muny Band will perform patriotic music, and at dusk, Fireworks will explode in Ste. Genevieve’s Pere Marquette Park.

French Heritage Festival

Second Weekend in June

Celebrating 300 years of French culture and traditions! Living history, live traditional music, La Veillee folk dancing at the Felix Valle State Historic Site, French foods, re-enactors in period dress, historic home tours, street dance with wine & beer tent, promenades (parades), children’s activities, walking tours, tea with ‘Marie Antoinette’ at the Guibourd and much more!

Spring Garden Walk

Weekend Following Mother’s Day

The Ste. Genevieve Master Gardeners’ annual Garden Walk, held in the downtown historic district is a unique opportunity to tour private and public gardens. Several gardens are part of historic homes in Ste. Genevieve and are typical of the 18th century time period. Other activities include a Master Gardeners’ plant sale, private vendors, discounts at participating downtown merchants, art exhibits and, on Saturday, the Farmers Market.

Ste. Genevieve Kings Ball

First Saturday in February VFW Hall, Memorial Drive

The King’s Ball, originally held to celebrate twelfth-night, is another early French settler tradition that dates back over 250 years. Attendees are encouraged to dress in French Colonial attire and participate in traditional music and dance. Some guests dress their tables with candelabra, tablecloths, wine and food so dancers can “nibble their way around the hall and visit”. Don’t miss this this “French” Mardis Gras in Missouri! Sponsored by the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve, proceeds benefit historic preservation activities and other projects.

La Guiannée (La Guignolèe)

New Years Eve

Founded by French merchants and fur traders, Ste. Genevieve remained a French speaking enclave for many years in the newly Americanized Midwest. Sadly, the last generations of native French speakers are disappearing, but cherished traditions like La Guiannée still remain. This ancient tradition, analogous to the English custom of Wassailing that dates back to Europe’s Middle Ages, is celebrated by descendants of those French settlers. You can watch and participate with these singers and musicians as they celebrate this 250 year old tradition each New Year’s Eve in the streets, cafes and pubs of Ste. Genevieve’s Historic District.

Heavenly Hotel

Heavenly Hotel

502 N Third Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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This exquisite 1903 building has totally been renovated inside and out! It’s stunningly beautiful! Prepare to be swept away.
Although an historic building, Heavenly Hotel is super modern and clean, with tons of beautiful antiques along with modern amenities. Relax in the living room which features a comfy couch, TV with Netflix, WiFi, and a fireplace. Each of the two bedrooms have queen beds. Lay back and relax with candle, book and wine in the modern soaker tub & refresh with our luxury exclusive Heavenly Hair products. If you wish to cook or fix breakfast, the kitchen has granite Countertops, Stainless appliances, dishes, and cookware. A washer and dryer are also included at this fabulous location.

 

From the Robin’s Nest

22010 White Sands Road
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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Saturday, Sunday 10-2 or by appointment 314-742-3881

From Robin’s Nest is a boutique located in Ste Genevieve, Mo specializing in cottage home decor and other items that make your home feel special and cozy. The shop sits on a beautiful location blending the beauty of nature outside and in. Each item is handcrafted, recreated or mindfully selected by the owner, Robin Mazo. Robin loves her gardens and will also bring to the shop fresh elderberry, pecans, fruit, vegetables and flowers. Everything she loves about nature and beauty will be reflected in her shop ever changing with the seasons.

1810 House

409 LeCompte Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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The 1801 House is a newly renovated historic home that has kept its unique style and charm throughout while boasting a modern kitchen and appliances. Whether you feel like making a full meal, baking a cake or cookies, or just baking a pizza or taking advantage of the romantic meals cookbook (in the island), you should find everything you need in this kitchen. Enjoy relaxing in the jetted spa tub after a day exploring the National Park Historic District or the many local area wineries, breweries, distillery, shops and restaurants. The 1801 House has three bedrooms (1 king, 1 queen, 1 double) and 2.5 bathrooms. Come have your morning coffee or evening drinks on the wonderfully inviting covered porch as you plan your day or evening activities.

Sun Goddess by Property Lovers

Sun Goddess by Property Lovers

Market Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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Sun Goddess is location in the wonderful charming historical town of Ste, Genevieve, MO. It is super modern and clean, with tons of beautiful personal touches for each guest. This whole house rental has 2 bedrooms, each with king-size beds. Sun goddess is only a short walk (10 mins) to restaurants, museums, old time ice cream shoppe, boutiques, and bars. Ste. Genevieve is known for amazing wineries, and the Trolley to wine country (20 – 30 min scenic drive away) is available for pick up right from the driveway. Always a spectacular time!

Magnolias Loft

Magnolias Loft

109 North Main Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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Magnolias Loft is a stylish, cozy, perfect place to stay for 2-4 guest to gather and have fun! Magnolias Loft is located in historic downtown Ste. Genevieve. You can stroll the quaint streets of Ste. Genevieve to shop, eat, and enjoy all the history this town has to offer, all within walking distance of this great location. Magnolias sleeps up to 4 with a queen and a double bed. It also features a stocked kitchenette. Come stay at this well-appointed location.

Louie’s Smokin’ Hot

360 Merchant Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Open Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 11-7, Sunday 11-4
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Louie’s Smokin’ Hot is a specialty grocer featuring hot sauces and hot smokes. This store carries hot sauces, BBQ sauces and a variety of other sauces and mustards. Sample infused olive oils with some homemade baguettes. Try fig, truffle, maple, and Sicilian lemon infused balsamic vinegars. Louie’s also carries fine cigars in a humidity controlled humidor. Enjoy sitting and sampling!

 

Top Christmas Towns in the Midwest

Visitors to Ste. Geneviève will find historic buildings and cabins, like the Sassafras Creek Cabin, decorated for the holidays. | Photo courtesy R. Mueller

AAA Magazine ranked the top Christmas towns in the Midwest.  Ste. Genevieve came in at #2! Considering a Holiday Getaway? Check Out These Charming Small Towns (aaa.com)

Party like its 1745 in the old French village of Ste. Geneviève where the new blends with old traditions during the Holiday Christmas Festival on the first full weekend in December. On Saturday, December 4, festivities kick off with a parade led by Santa, followed by shopping opportunities and open houses honoring French Christmas traditions. On Saturday afternoon, the Felix Vallé House State Historic Site, which dates to 1818, re-creates Le Réveillon—a traditional feast usually served after midnight Christmas Mass that includes 13 desserts honoring Jesus and his disciples.

Then return to Ste. Geneviève on December 31 for La Guignolée, a French New Year’s Eve tradition. Follow costumed La Guignolèe revelers as they march to select sites in town and sing a beggar’s song for drinks and favors. The party continues at their final stop, the Centre for French Colonial Life, and participants welcome the New Year.

Bauman’s Deep Woods Escape

334 Hammermill Trail
Ste. Genevieve County, MO 63670
https://Bauman’s Deep Woods Escape.com/lodging

Deep Woods Escape is like being at your own private luxury resort that is surrounded by nature and only 7 miles from town. This 4500 sq ft spacious cabin is nothing short of breathtaking with a touch of modern mixed and unique rustic detail, it is country sophistication at its best! So MANY [toggle] activities for every season. Take relaxing soak in the hot tub, splash in the 40′ heated pool, unwind witha drink at the indoor or outdoor bar, snuggle up by the fireplace, roast smores or tell ghost stories at the outdoor firepit, sit on one of the many decks or patios drinking coffee and watching the sunrise or listen to the pure enjoyment coming from your friends, family, kids, grand kids or co-workers. Play ping pong, billiards pool, horseshoes, washers, sand volleyball or one of the many board or card games. Blast your favorite song on the Sonos wifi speaker system (yes, I said blast the only people you are going to bother are the ones in group).

Ste. Genevieve Levee Wildlife Refuge

Stormy Crawford Way
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7097

One aspect of the Ste.. Genevieve Urban Levee is to provide habitats for a variety of wildlife and to provide access for people to experience and enjoy this area. Take Stormy Crawford Way from Main Street toward the Ste. Genevieve Urban Levee to embark on a walk on top of the levee. Kiosks along the way tell of the history of the area as well as what birds, plants, or fish might be found nearby. Dear or opossums might pass by. Meadowlarks or herons might fly by. Besides the cottonwoods, notice oaks or cypress trees. Walk north or south to explore whatever might come along and enjoy a sunny walk atop the levee!

Ste. Genevieve Voted #2: Best Small Town Cultural Scene

 

Ste. Genevieve ranked #2!

Impressive #2, Ste. Genevieve

Magnolias

60 South Third Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Magnolia’s Est 2021
Open daily 10-6
573-880-7089

Magnolias is a trendy, upbeat boutique and gift shop specializing in unique, affordable, fashion-forward clothing, shoes & gifts. Come see the variety of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, and scents. Even dinnerware and Yeti items are available! Need gift ideas? Come to Magnolias! Free shipping over $75!

‘Saving St. Louis’ Exhibit Opens At Centre For French Colonial Life

Things to Do in Ste. Genevieve - CFCL war exhibit Tower

French Colonial America (FCA) unveils “Saving St. Louis,” an exhibit explaining the role of the 60 militiamen who traveled upstream and were instrumental in thwarting the British attack on May 26, 1780, opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8 at the Centre for French Colonial Life.

Militia and living history specialists will be on site for the opening and every Saturday throughout the summer.

The “Saving St. Louis” exhibit features original and reproduction weapons and equipment used in this region by both French and Native American peoples during the late 18th century. Additionally, militia reenact and professional photographer Ronald Rayfield recreated scenes of the 60 Ste. Genevieve fighters at the battle to help visualize the story.

“It may come as a revelation to many visitors, even those who are familiar with the American Revolution, that the story of the Battle of St. Louis and the role played in it by citizen soldiers from Ste. Genevieve, is not as commonly known as it deserves to be,” FCA Executive Director Geoff Giglierano said.

The Centre for French Colonial Life is the museum building and entry point for FCA’s historic campus. The campus also offers hourly guided tours of the historic Louis Bolduc House (circa 1788) and Bolduc-LeMeilleur House (circa 1820) and grounds as well as the “Hands-On History” program at the Beauvais-Linden House (circa 1820).

The campus is owned by French Colonial America, a recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit.

May 8 activities also include “Tunes, Tomahawks & Tours,” with live music, tomahawk-throwing and activities at the Linden House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $3 cash only.

The Centre for French Colonial Life will be open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until further notice. Admission for the exhibit is $5 per adult, $3 for children, and free to military members with an ID. The Centre for French Colonial Life is located at 198 Market Street in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Ample free parking is available behind the facility.

Follow www.Facebook.com/CFCLandBolducHouse for further information and updates.

French Colonial America’s Gift Shop

198 Market Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
French Colonial America store
Monday, Thursday, Friday,
Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
573-883-3105
Located at 198 Market Street inside the Centre for French Colonial Life, the gift shop sells carefully selected items to enhance the educational experience of the museum campus. Books, CDs, and children’s games are all available. Additionally, the shop sells branded and merchandise items with FCA’s signature trademarked logo — shirts and sweatshirts, hats, drinkware, and postcards are all available.

Chocolate Walk 2022

Do you love eating chocolate and shopping? Then this event is for you! Join in the delicious fun on the first Saturday in February in historic downtown Ste. Genevieve. With the purchase of a ticket, you will be able to sample a yummy chocolate treat at each participating shop while you explore the unique items for sale! Only 300 tickets are available, and they always sell out in advance. To purchase a ticket go to: www.downtownstegenevieve.org. This event is sponsored by Downtown Ste. Genevieve.

 

 

Quintessential Rivertown Spice and Tea

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195 Market Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Quintessential Spice and Tea
Friday thru Monday 10:00-6:00
314-620-8345
bradley@qrstea.net
Quintessential Rivertown Spice and Tea has over 75 varieties of tea and over 100 different spices for you to savor! Take a break and delight in the wonderful selections available. Besides a gift shop, there is a tasting lounge. Many varieties of tea are available for purchase in single serving size which you can try hot or cold, hang out and enjoy!

Christmas Store and Collectibles

282 Market Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Open Saturday and Sunday 10:00-4:00
573-271-7004


Christmas Store and Collectibles is open year round! Get your Christmas fix any weekend by dropping by to see what has been donated. Christmas decor and special items are available at great prices! Treasured collectibles are for sale too. Glassware, dishes, needlework, and more are waiting for you to add to your collection! 

Pat’s Pastries

Pat’s Pastries

123 Merchant Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Pat’s Pastries
Open Tuesday-Sunday 6:00am-4:00pm
Open Friday-Saturday until 9:00pm!
573-883-6539
patschaafpastries@gmail.com

Pat’s Pastries is an old time small town bakery/cafe in historic downtown Ste. Geneviève specializing in old time baked treats and custom orders. In addition to the baked goodies, Pat’s Pastries has soups, sandwiches, and other exciting foods and a small selection of Ebb and Flow Fermentations craft beers!

Thrive Nutrition

207 Plaza Drive
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Thrive Nutrition
Open Monday-Friday 6:00am-3:00pm
Saturday 8:00-2:00
314-681-8098
thrivenutritionstegen@gmail.com
Healthy on-the-go shakes are available in many flavors, even Chunky Monkey at Thrive Nutrition! Come in for a breakfast or lunch shake, energy tea, cookie, or cheesecake. There is bound to be something to make you salivate at Thrive Nutrition.

Dove’s Nest

288 S Main Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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Welcoming Dove’s Nest is located in beautiful historic Ste. Genevieve. Dove’s Nest was built in 1907 and is recently renovated. The entire bungalow is yours during your stay. It includes 2 bedrooms (one king and one queen), a comfy living space with gas fireplace and NetFlix, a full kitchen, laundry, and outside picnic/grilling space. Dove’s Nest is just a short walking distance from downtown shopping, wineries, restaurants and bars. Historic properties are just a stone’s throw away. People travel from all over the country to experience Ste. Genevieve and its French culture. Tour historical buildings in the oldest permanent European settlement west of the Mississippi River
or just come and relax.

Junior Ranger Makes Ste. Genevieve Her 345th National Park Stop

Aida Frey showed off some of the Junior Ranger badges she has obtained during trips to 345 national parks as of December 29, when she stopped in Ste. Genevieve.

Aida Frey from the Chicago area visited Ste. Genevieve on December 29, 2020, making her 345th stop at a national park.

Frey is a participant in and a proponent of the NPS Junior Ranger program. Her business card calls her the “Sweetheart of the National Parks.” She posts about her travels on Facebook (Junior Ranger Aida Frey), Twitter (@jrranger) and Instagram (@juniorrangeraida). She also has a written a book, “America, Can I Have Your Autograph?”

Frey and her family stopped through Ste. Genevieve during a trip that also included three national trip stops in Texas — Big Bend National Park, Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River, and Fort Davis National Historic Site.

The Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park was established as the 422nd unit of the National Park Service on October 30, 2020. There now are 423 national park units.

With Visit To Ste. Genevieve, Kovalski Adds Another National Park To His List

Four years ago this month, Dr. Paul Kovalski completed a 30-year journey to visit all the national parks. The dentist from Marlboro, New Jersey saved for last a park in his home state — Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. It was his 413th different national park.

Dr. Paul Kovalski posed with Mickey Koetting on the porch of the Guibourd-Valle House before Koetting led a tour of the 1806 home, one of the historic structures open for touring in Ste. Genevieve.

The National Park Service keeps adding parks, however, and Kovalski keeps traveling.

On Thursday, December 17, he visited Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park, the second-newest unit in the National Park Service system — No. 422. (The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument was established as the 423rd unit on December 10.)
Kovalski, who also volunteers many hours per year at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, brought to Ste.Genevieve some items from that park as well as other national parks he has visited. While he rates Glacier National Park as tops on his list, he thought the story of St. Croix Island, founded in 1604 as one of the first settlements of New France, would be of interest to Ste. Genevieve history buffs.
While in Ste. Genevieve, Kovalski toured the Guibourd-Valle House operated by the Foundation for Restoration. He also visited the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center; the National Park Service headquarters at the Jean-Baptiste Valle House; and the Green Tree Tavern, which is owned by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources but has been legislatively approved for transfer to the National Park Service.
Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park was established on October 30, 2020. It includes the Jean-Baptiste Valle House on South Main Street and the Bauvais-Amoureux House on St. Mary’s Road. The National Park Service is working with the city of Ste. Genevieve to jointly operate the Welcome Center, which also has been approved for transfer to the National Park Service.
Since establishment, the park has attracted visitors interested in having their National Park Service passport books stamped. Also among the visitors so far is David Kroese, an author who chronicled his visits to all the national parks in his book, The Centennial: A Journey through America’s National Parks System.

Rollin on The River Bike Rental llc

291 Merchant Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Rollin’ On The River
Open Wednesday-Saturday 10-5
Call or email to make an appointment.
573-330-4105
frewil1969@hotmail.com

Ste Genevieve’s premier bike rental! Rent a bicycle to tour beautiful Ste. Genevieve or stop in to buy a t-shirt, pet treat, or home décor item. Visit the historic homes. Ride to the Ferry Landing to see the Mississippi River. Stop by the Welcome Center for information on bike routes. Credit Card/Photo ID required.

Iron Gate Cottage

Iron Gate Cottage

52 N Third Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

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his quaint cottage is located in historic downtown Ste. Genevieve within walking distance to historic sites, restaurants, and shops. In half an hour you can be visiting our beautiful wine country and hiking spots.This property includes the full house with all the amenities needed. 1 bedroom and extra sleeping available in the common space for a total of 4 guests.

Blue Cottage

256 Market Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

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Come explore the streets of Ste. Genevieve, located right outside this 2-bed, 1-bath cottage! With museums, historical sites, and restaurants within walking distance, and state parks and vineyards within a short drive, this home invites you to easily experience the area’s rich culture and scenic outdoors. After long vacation days, enjoy some local cuisine or whip up a meal in this vacation rental’s full kitchen. Look forward to a memorable, laid-back getaway during your stay at ‘Blue Cottage.’[/wrc_column]

Vrbo listings for Ste. Genevieve

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Vrbo Listings for Ste. Genevieve

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Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

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Check out listing for Ste. Genevieve on Vrbo! MS Bette’s, Gabouri Place, Rubies Rental, Writers’ retreat (Type Inn), Cozy Haven and Sam’s Vacation Rental in Downtown Historic Main Street are all located in town. Out in the county a Chic Ste. Genevieve Home with nice interior amenities, a gorgeous 5 bedroom Log Home, The Retreat hosted by The Woodworker’s Wife, Twin Turret Farm and Castle, and Funks Inn, a post Civil War era home can be found.
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Crown Country Lodging

13600 State Route F
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
1-866-207-9463
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Three different types of accommodations are available through Crown Country Lodging. Coffman House is a renovated early 1900s country store. Both Brewhouse and Moonshine House are within walking distance of Crown Brewing and Distilling Co. Rent the whole house or just one room with access to the living areas.

Tiny Homes at Baetje Farms

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Tiny Homes at Baetje Farms

8932 Jackson School Road
Bloomsdale, MO 63627
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573-483-9021
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Welcome to the Luxury Tiny Homes at Baetje Farms, where comfort meets countryside. These homes will awaken your senses and enlighten your soul with the cozy, yet spacious intimate feel beneath the stars. Just 3 miles off Interstate-55 at the entrance to wine country, in Bloomsdale, MO, Baetje Farms is home to a World Renowned Artisan Goat cheese. Drawing inspiration from our rich French country heritage, these luxurious suites are sure to impress! Features [toggle] include white planked oak floors, shiplap walls, white marble tiled bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows with flowing curtains, pops of color and charming chic décor throughout. Accommodating up to 17 guests across all 5 tiny homes, you will have your choice of four romantic 1-bedroom suites or one large two-story that sleeps 9 comfortably. Each home has its very own on suite with wet bar, refrigerator, Keurig, and microwave. Sneak away as two for the weekend or rent out all the tiny homes for an intimate weekend among friends and family. There is not a detail forgotten! The farm is your perfect place to stay.[/toggle]

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Reaching Halfway Point Between Eclipses

Monday, December 14, marks 1,211 days since the Great American Eclipse of 2017, and 1,211 days to the next total solar eclipse for Ste. Genevieve — on April 8, 2024.

A solar eclipse did take place on Monday, December 14, and it was viewable in Argentina and Chile in South America.

A photo of the 2017 solar eclipse taken in Downtown Ste. Genevieve.

Ste. Genevieve was included in the path of totality on August 21, 2017 — the first time that was the case since perhaps the 1400s.

The St. Louis area had not previously been on the centerline for a total solar eclipse since 1442, and St. Louis won’t be on the centerline for the 2024 eclipse.

The 2024 centerline will cross the United States from Texas to the northeast. The north edge of the centerline will not extend as far up as Festus but it will include Ste. Genevieve County.

As the northern end of the centerline, Ste. Genevieve will have about 2 minutes of totality; Cape Girardeau will have about 4 minutes as the midpoint of the centerline.

Ste. Genevieve had more than 2 1/2 minutes of totality in 2017 by being at the midpoint of the centerline and near the point of longest duration in Southern Illinois.

In 2017, Ste. Genevieve hosted a one-day musical festival leading into the eclipse event, and a viewing event took place at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center.

For more information on the 2024 eclipse, click here.

Forbes magazine had a story about the halfway as well.

Ste. Genevieve Art Center and Art Museum

DuBourg Place and Merchant Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-535-9833

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Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm

The Sainte Genevieve Art Center features displays on the county’s rich art history and art by local artists. The center is home to the Ste. Genevieve Art Guild and will offer art classes, workshops and other events. Come in and browse the impressive displays!

Sassafras Creek Cabin

Sassafras Creek Cabin

St. Marys Road
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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Historic log cabin circa 1840 moved to property June 2020. Take a step back in time with furniture and decor to match the cabin’s time period. Located between two houses in newly formed Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park. Within walking distance to downtown and other historic tour sites. Adjoins Early American gift shop called Sassafras Creek Originals which is housed in the circa 1850 Brooks house.

Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park Established

The Jean-Baptiste Valle House is serving as the headquarters for the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park, which was established on Friday, October 30.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and U.S. Representative Jason Smith on Friday [October 30] announced that U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt has completed the final step to formally establish the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park.

Blunt and Smith led the legislation, which was signed into law in March 2018, to establish the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park and designate it as a unit of the National Park System.

This is the first National Historical Park to be established in Missouri.

View the complete news release from Senator Blunt’s office here.

To view the release from the Department of the Interior, click here.

Click here for story from the Daily Journal.

36th Annual Holiday Christmas Festival Set For Dec. 5-6

Ste. Genevieve’s Holiday Christmas Festival — one of the largest such celebrations in Missouri — will take place this year … with some modifications to address COVID-19.

The event returns for its 36th year with the ever-popular parade on Saturday, December 5, and more than a dozen concerts taking place over the two days.

Masks will be required at all indoor concerts and lectures per request of the musicians and speakers. Masks also will be required at the Lions Park Spectacular, where children can have their photographs with Santa and Mrs. Claus taken under social-distancing guidelines.

Event organizer Annette Rolfe said the many musicians who offer entertainment annually at the event looked forward to coming back this year.

“Everyone is really on-board,” Rolfe said. “All they want is the precautions. If we follow the rules, we can make this work.”

Rolfe emphasizes that the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department strongly suggests wearing a mask at public venues.

Parade participants will be allowed to throw candy as they usually do, though masks and gloves are being encouraged for those who do.

The parade route from the Valle Catholic Desert to Third Street to Market to Main to Washington to Second to Merchant and back to the desert is long enough to encourage social distancing for parade-watchers. It will kick off the festival at 11 a.m.

The Lions Park Spectacular beginning at noon will include hot chocolate, hot dogs and chili in addition to free photos with Santa. Children eat free when accompanied by an adult. Music will be provided by Vernon Flieg, the first of many musical performances on the weekend.

Christmas crafts for children will be offered by Ste. Genevieve artist Diane Wilson beginning at noon at the Orris Theatre. Masks will be required and social distancing will be observed.

The indoor music venues also will observe social distancing with seating limitations.

The musical performances on Saturday afternoon feature an acclaimed group of performers, Concerts will be given by the Joyful Sound Ringers handbell choir, Southeast Missouri State University professor Matt Palisch on the pipe organ at the Church of Ste. Genevieve, the Southeast Missouri String Quartet, the Isaac Lausell Trio, Adele Martin and Bluesette, saxophonist Gerry Huggins and guitarist Stormy Bennett. In addition to the Catholic Church, venues include Holy Cross Lutheran Church, the First Presbyterian Church, the Orris, and the Jean-Baptiste Valle House, which serves as the headquarters for the newly established Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park.

Huggins will play at the 18th-century Jean-Baptiste Valle House on Saturday, as will Martin and Bluesette.

Martin was born in Belgium and now lives in Illinois. She bills her sounds as French cafe music. “You’ll feel like you’re on the Left Bank [of Paris],” Rolfe said.

Bennett, from Ste. Genevieve, has played gospel and patriotic music at events and shows throughout the region.

In addition to the concerts, French Colonial America director Geoff Giglierano will portray a French priest in a program exploring the importance of faith in colonial communities.

The Guibourd-Valle House, owned and operated by the Foundation for Restoration, will host an open house Saturday evening from 4 to 6 p.m. with colonial decorations and live music.

At the same time, Music Art Love will feature live music by Academy Hill.

All of that activity Saturday leads into the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. outside the Welcome Center. Gary Scheel will emcee the event. Les Chanteurs Francais with Bill and Patti Naeger will perform, along with the Ste. Genevieve High School Madrigal Choir.

The First Presbyterian Church will host its Live Nativity scene beginning at 6 p.m., and carols will be sung outside the church.

Sunday’s schedule includes afternoon concerts by violinist Megan Heithaus, Lausell on guitar and renowned harpist Amy Camie leading up to the 4 p.m. finale featuring the Ste. Genevieve Muncipal Band Wind Ensemble in the Church of Ste. Genevieve.

Lausell, who teaches at the Southern Illinois University School of Music in Carbondale, has been a festival mainstay. He teams with professor Jimmy Beers and Dr. Richard Kelly for the modern jazz trio on Saturday and then performs selections spanning 500 years of French, Italian, Spanish and American music with his classical guitar performance on Sunday.

Heithaus, who has been part of the event for 13 years, performs in the string quartet on Saturday afternoon and then provides the music at the Guibourd-Valle on Saturday night before returning to play solo on Sunday afternoon.

Camie is new to the Holiday Christmas Festival. She is a certified clinical musician and spiritual harpist who will weave together holiday favorites in a seamless tapestry that wraps you in the spirit of Christmas.

Following her 3 p.m. performance in the Church of Ste. Genevieve, the municipal band’s wind ensemble will perform a concert of traditional Christmas music that also will get listeners into the Christmas spirit.

Also on the weekend, the Ste. Genevieve Art Guild will have its Christmas show in its new building on the Courthouse Square and the new Museum Learning Center will have Christmas displays in its courtyard.

“My goal is that people feel safe,” Rolfe said. “Even in this time, we want to have a magical place that people can come to and have a wonderful experience.”

For more information on the event, go to www.visitstegen.com.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, December 5

11 a.m.

— FREE Christmas Parade, Ste. Genevieve Historic District.

12 noon

— Lions Park Spectacular, FREE pictures with Santa (Masks Required), Market Street. Hot chocolate, hotdogs, and chili. Kids under 12 eat FREE, when accompanied by an adult. FREE Vernon Flieg performs traditional country, rock and Christmas tunes.

— FREE Christmas Crafts for Children by Diane Wilson (Masks Required) at the ORRIS, 265 Merchant Street, ENDS AT 2:00 p.m.

1 to 1:45 p.m.

— FREE pipe organ concert, and Joyful Sound Ringers directed by Matt Palisch, Professor of Organ for SEMO State University and Director of Music for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jackson, MO. The Joyful Sound Ringers perform both at St. Paul’s worship service and also special concerts and workshops associated with the hand bell association of St. Louis. Program includes Christmas carols by the ringers and organ solos at the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church, 49 DuBourg Place. ONE CONCERT ONLY.

— FREE Southeast Missouri String Quartet concert performed by accredited directors, teachers and symphony performers at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 200 Market Street, featuring Baroque, Classical, and Romantic period Austro-German music.

— FREE The Isaac Lausell Trio, modern jazz with standards in Latin music featuring award winning Dr. Isaac Lausell from SIU School of Music, Carbondale, Professor Jimmy Beers, and Dr. Richard Kelly, at the First Presbyterian Church, 160 S. Main Street.

— FREE Authentic French Café music, jazz, soul, blues, and Christmas tunes. Performed by Adele Martin and Bluesette at the Historic Jean-Baptiste Valle House, 99 S. Main Street.

2 to 2:45 p.m.

— Repeat of above concerts: String Quartet, Isaac Lausell Trio, and Adele Martin and Bluesette.

— FREE Matt Palisch, Professor of Organ for SEMO State University and Director of Music for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Jackson, MO will perform a solo pipe organ concert featuring multiple genres of music from Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Impressionistic to 20th and 21st Century Christmas tunes at the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church, 49 DuBourg Place. ONE CONCERT ONLY

— FREE French Colonial American Executive Director Geoff Giglierano portrays Pere Sebastian Louis Meurin in a “First Person” program that explores the importance of faith in 18th century French Colonial communities of upper Louisiana and the intersection of European and Native American spirituality, at DuBourg Centre, 305 Merchant Street. ONE LECTURE ONLY.

3 to 3:45 p.m.

— FREE saxophone solo performance by Gerry Huggins, featuring contemporary, smooth jazz, and holiday music at the Jean-Baptiste Valle House, 99 S. Main Street.

— FREE acoustic guitar concert performed by Stormy Bennett specializing in thumb rhythm and melody at the ORRIS, 265 Merchant Street.

4 to 4:45 p.m.

— Repeat of above concerts: acoustic guitar and saxophone.

4 to 6 p.m.

— FREE Guibourd House hosts an open house at Fourth and Merchant Street featuring a display of Colonial Christmas decorations. Baroque period solo violin performance by Megan Heithaus. ENDS AT 6 p.m.

— FREE Blue Grass music performed by Academy Hill at Music Art Love, 199 N. Main Street. ENDS AT 6 p.m.

6 p.m.

— FREE Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, at the Welcome Center, 66 S. Main Street, featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus. Performances by Les Chanteurs Francais with Bill & Patti Naeger, SGHS Madrigal Choir, and hosted by Gary Scheel.

— FREE Live Bethlehem Nativity Scene, First Presbyterian Church, 160 S. Main Street. Christmas carols will be sung outside the church.

— Lynn, Jack, and Jen Trio performing pop standard’s from the 30’s to the 70’s, with a little country and Broadway at Audubon’s Grill and Bar, 9 N. Main Street.

Sunday, December 6

12:30 to 1:15 p.m.

— FREE violin solo performance, performed by Megan Heithaus, featuring Impressionistic period music, at the Welcome Center, 66 S. Main Street.

— FREE classical guitar concert performed by renowned artist Dr. Isaac Lausell, DMA, SIU School of Music, Carbondale, featuring 500 years of French, Italian, Spanish, and American music at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 200 Market Street.

1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

— Repeat of above concerts: Violin and Classical Guitar.

3 p.m.

— FREE renowned artist Amy Camie performing unique solo harp interpretations in her program “Embracing the Spirit of Christmas” weaving together holiday favorites in a seamless tapestry that gently opens the heart and lovingly wraps you in the spirit of Christmas at the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church, 49 DuBourg Place.

4 p.m.

— FREE Ste. Genevieve Municipal Band Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church at 49 DuBourg Place.

Saturday and Sunday

— Ste. Genevieve Art Guild Christmas Show will be open at the historic “Museum” building, 310 Merchant Street. Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

— The Ste. Genevieve Museum Learning Center will have Christmas displays in their Courtyard, 360 Market Street. 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

— Visit historic sites, museums, art galleries and shops.

MASKS REQUIRED AT ALL INDOOR CONCERTS AND LECTURES PER REQUESTS OF THE MUSICIANS AND SPEAKERS!

The Ste Genevieve County Health Department strongly suggests wearing a mask at public venues.

Museum Learning Center Opens

The Daily Journal reported on the October 16 soft opening for the Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center.

The facility at 360 Market Street features items from the Darrough Collection, which includes dinosaur sculptures, and items related to Ste. Genevieve history from the old museum.

The Museum Learning Center currently is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission includes a ticket to return when more of the museum is open.

Read the Daily Journal story here.

Le Technique Salon & Day Spa

73 North Main
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-2557
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Le Techniques Salon & Day Spa

Le Techniques is a beautiful salon & day spa located in the heart of downtown Ste. Genevieve. It offers personalized hair services and spa treatments in a friendly and relaxing environment. Services include, hair, nails, massages, facials, eyelash extensions, make-up application, facial waxing and body waxing. Call to make an appointment!

Baetje Farms

8932 Jackson School Road
Bloomsdale, MO 63627
573-483-9021
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Baetje Farms

Visit Baetje Farms for a one of a kind wine and cheese tasting! Baetje Farms is open to the public Monday through Thursday and often on Sunday. Check the web link for updates. While you are there, feed the goats and then feed yourself award-winning goat cheese for a truly memorable experience! Their brand-new venue, The Artisan, is available to rent for your special occasion as well.

Masquerade on Main

183 North Main
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-535-9056
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Masquerade on Main

In Masquerade on Main, take a selfie in one of several creative scenes in which visitors can strike a pose!
Currently there is an old-timey scene, a goth / Cathedral scene, a saloon, a pirate ship, steampunk, Day of the Dead / Voodoo / Halloween, a sparkly Forest, a cemetery and a brick wall to take pictures in, on and around… Pose in either in your street clothes ($1), with props ($5), or in the hundreds of costumes for men women and children ($20). There are no set hours yet, but call to get in at almost any time.

Octane Tour Impressed With Drive Through Ste. Genevieve

The Daily Journal published a story about the Octane Tour’s visit to Southeast Missouri during the weekend of September 11 to September 13.

The tour attracts dozens of car enthusiasts in the St. Louis area for weekend getaway drives. This year’s drive featured Ste. Genevieve County and its wine country.

Several classic cars stopped in Ste. Genevieve on Friday, September 11, and parked at downtown parking lots.

Organizer Matt Burcham was impressed with Ste. Genevieve, telling the Daily Journal:

“The response that the Ste. Genevieve businesses had with us coming into town was crazy. Everybody had handmade signs welcoming the Octane Tour.

“Some people had even made up some dash plaques and handed them out to us and other people met us, and it was really cool. All these people were taking pictures of these signs and putting them on Facebook. It was nice to see the area wanted us here. We want to try and patronize these places as we can.”

Summer Showcase Puts Ste. Genevieve’s Variety In Spotlight

A number of programs will be taking place in Ste. Genevieve the weekend of August 14 to August 16 as part of the first Summer Showcase. Local residents and visitors both are encouraged to enjoy what the region has to offer … and to practice social-distancing and take safeguards to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The showcase is an opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy activities at the historic downtown attractions and the community center campus. Shops and restaurants also may have special events and sales taking place this weekend. Many of the events are outside, allowing for social distancing practices. For instance, the downtown walking tour series that began in early June will continue this weekend and include two evening tours.

A National Park Service ranger led a recent walking tour in Ste. Genevieve’s downtown historic district this summer. The National Park Service has worked in cooperation with Missouri State Parks, the Foundation for Restoration and French Colonial America to offer a variety of free, themed walking tours on weekends this summer. The tours will be part of the Summer Showcase schedule.

Walking tours are set for 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The tours are offered by the National Park Service, Missouri State Parks, the Foundation for Restoration, and French Colonial America. The tours cover about one-half mile in the downtown and take 30 to 45 minutes.

Among the highlights of the tours this weekend: the evening tour on Friday features Ste. Genevieve’s historically documented scandals, while the Saturday evening tour talks about life in Ste. Genevieve from cradle to grave and focuses on the Church of Ste. Genevieve and Missouri’s oldest organized cemetery. Saturday morning is the debut of a tour focusing on natural disasters.

The tours offer an alternative for those who want to experience Ste. Genevieve’s history without going into the buildings, though those are open as well.

The Guibourd-Valle House (1 N. Fourth St.) will have an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday.

Ste. Genevieve’s German Band, a division of the Municipal Band, will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the corner of Main and Merchant streets as part of the Saturdays in Ste. Genevieve series.

French Colonial America will have a tomahawk-throwing competition on Saturday. Entry is included with $2 admission to the Linden Hands-On History House (125 S. Main St.). Prizes will be awarded in various divisions. Activities on the French Colonial America campus also will include outdoor games from the colonial period in the yards of the Bolduc and LeMeilleur houses.

French Colonial America also will have a free croquet course and yard games at the Bolduc House and a free exhibit and bread-making demonstration at the Centre for French Colonial Life.

The Ste. Genevieve Milice will be stationed in downtown for a living history exhibit.

The Guibourd-Valle House will be serving tea and lemonade in its garden on Saturday.

Saturday also will see food trucks in downtown, with Kenny’s Flipping Burgers from 2 to 6 p.m., and Luna’s Shaved Ice from 4 to 6 p.m. along Market Street near the intersection of Second Street.

River Rapids Waterpark at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center will be open until 9 p.m. on Saturday (August 15) and offering discounted rates as part of the Ste. Genevieve Summer Showcase.

The state-of-the-art River Rapids Waterpark on Progress Parkway will help cap the day with a rare night-time swimming event. The waterpark, which opened in July of 2019, will stay open until 9 p.m. and will offer twilight rates after 4 p.m.

Among the businesses that have announced plans for the weekend:

— Lewsi Winery (57 N. Main St.) will feature artists on Friday and Saturday during its regular hours from 2 to 6 p.m. Suzanne Thompson will demonstrate “enhanced pointillism” on Friday and answer questions while social distancing. Brenda Thompson will paint on Saturday and field questions from visitors.

— Sassafras Creek Originals (311 St. Mary’s Road) will be offer make-and-take Moravian Stars every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

— Sweet Things Sweet Shop (242 Market St.) will host the Ste, Genevieve Stompers dance group for 15-minute performances at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

— Music Art Love (199 N. Main St.) will host an acoustic night with Brianna Moore at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 15. The cover charge is $5.

— ASL Pewter Foundry (183 S. Third St.) will feature artist/jeweler Patti Zieche-Davisson on Saturday and Sunday.

— Harold’s Famous Bee Co. (234 Market St.) will be celebrating its 1-year anniversary with various promotions from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

— The artists of Silver Sycamore Gallery of Fine Art (302 Market St.) will be in the gallery during business hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

The Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Concert Series will conclude on Friday with Chattahoochee, a tribute to country music star Alan Jackson. The performance at the Orris Theatre begins at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the chamber’s website (stegenchamber.org).

For car enthusiasts, there are two events on Saturday night.

The Gear HeadZ car club of Ste. Genevieve will host their monthly car cruise event on Third Street between Market and Merchant, The free event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. All cars, trucks and bikes are welcome.

The Ste. Genevieve Racing Series will have its bi-weekly racing event on Saturday at the Ste. Genevieve County Fairgrounds. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for the grandstand.

Businesses and organizations in Ste. Genevieve have adopted precautions with regard to preventing the spread of the coronavirus, and the county has maintained a low level of active cases since the pandemic began. Masks are encouraged, as is social distancing and frequent hand-washing. Some businesses do require masks and/or limit the number of visitors.

For more updated information on the activities or businesses, contact the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center at 800-373-7007 or visit the VisitSteGen Facebook page.

(*Updated — The Luau on Main and the Movie Under the Stars have been canceled.)

STE. GENEVIEVE SUMMER SHOWCASE

LIST OF EVENTS

Friday, August 14

10:30 a.m. — Walking Tour: Creating a Creole Way of Life, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Silver Sycamore artists will be on site at their gallery, 302 Market St.

2 to 6 p.m. — Artist Suzanne Thompson at Lewsi Winery, 57 N. Main St.

4 to 6 p.m. — Open house at Guibourd-Valle House, 1 N. Fourth St.

6 p.m. — Walking Tour: Ste. Genevieve’s Historically Documented Scandals, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

8 p.m. — Concert: Chattahoochee, a tribute to Alan Jackson, part of the Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce Summer Music Series, at the Orris Theatre, 265 Merchant Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission $20 per person.

Saturday, August 15

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Make and Take Moravian Star, every hour at Sassafras Creek, 311 St. Mary’s Road.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Yard games (croquet, petanque, and more) in the yards of the Bolduc House/Bolduc-LeMeilleur House.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — ASL Pewter Foundry, 183 S. Third St., will feature artist/jeweler Patti Zieche-Davisson.

10:30 a.m. — Walking Tour: Natural Disasters, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — German Band performance at the pergola, Main and Merchant streets.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Tomahawk-throwing contest at Hands-On House, 125 S. Main St.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Silver Sycamore artists will be on site at their gallery, 302 Market St.

Noon to 5 p.m. — Tea and lemonade in the garden of the Guibourd-Valle House, 1 N. Fourth St.

1:30 p.m. — Ste. Genevieve Stompers clogging dancers, at Sweet Things Sweet Shop, 242 Market St.

2 to 6 p.m. — Food truck: Kenny’s Flipping Burgers on Market Street, between Main and Second streets.

2 to 6 p.m. — Artist Brenda Thompson at Lewsi Winery, 57 N. Main St.

3 p.m. — Ste. Genevieve Stompers clogging dancers, at Sweet Things Sweet Shop, 242 Market St.

4 to 6 p.m. — Food truck: Luna’s Shaved Ice, on Market Street, between Main and Second streets.

4 to 9 p.m. — Twilight Swim at River Rapids Waterpark. (Twilight rates are $2 off daily rates: $5 for 62 and over, $6 for ages 13 to 61; $5 for ages 3 to 12; and free for under 2.)

5 to 9 p.m. — Ste. Genevieve Gear HeadZ car cruise, on Third Street between Market and Merchant streets.

6 p.m. — Walking Tour: Cradle to Grave, departing from the Guibourd-Valle House, 1 N. Fourth St.

6:30 p.m. — Ste. Genevieve County Racing Series, at Ste. Genevieve County Fairgrounds, Grandstand opens at 5 p.m.; hot laps at 5:30 p.m., $3 admission to grandstand.

7 p.m. — Concert: Brianna Moore, at Music Art Love, 199 N. Main St., $5 admission.

Sunday, August 16

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — ASL Pewter Foundry, 183 S. Third St., will feature artist/jeweler Patti Zieche-Davisson.

10:30 a.m. — Walking Tour: Enlightened Women of Ste. Genevieve, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

11:30 a.m. — Walking Tour: The Story of Pelagie Amoureaux, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

1 to 3 p.m. — Live music at Music Art Love, 199 N. Main St.

 

Dairy Queen

18575 Highway 32
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-9800
Daily 10:00am-10:00pm
Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen near Ste. Genevieve is open daily 10:00am-10:00pm.

Subway

725 Ste. Genevieve Dr. (HWY 61)
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-5330
Daily 7:00am-9:00pm
Subway

Subway in Ste. Genevieve is open daily 7:00am-9:00pm. weekdays and 8:00-9:00 weekends

McDonald’s

706 Ste. Genevieve Dr. (HWY 61)
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-2271
Daily 5:30am-11:00pm
McDonald’s

McDonald’s in Ste. Genevieve is open daily 5:30am-11:00pm.

Slice of Heaven

Slice of Heaven

996 Market Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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Only a short walk to restaurants, museums, old time ice cream Shoppe, boutiques and bars. Ste. Genevieve is known for amazing wineries. The Trolley is available for pick up right from the driveway! Slice of Heaven is super modern and clean, with tons of beautiful antiques from claw foot tub, 1800 sink, old radio with Alexa inside, vanity, desk & much more. The bedroom has a queen-size bed. The living room welcomes you with a comfy couch(no pull out), WiFi, antique desk, tv, Netflix, and Alexa. In the bathroom enjoy a claw foot tub, rain shower, towel warmer, towels, & exclusive Heavenly Hair products. The kitchen features stainless appliances, dishwasher, stove, and refrigerator. Dishes, cookware, washer & dryer are included as is breakfast (for you to make).

Luna’s Shaved Ice

21561 Highway 32
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Luna’s Shaved Ice

Open Seasonally 11:00am-9:00pm

Luna’s Shaved Ice has the fluffiest shaved ice around and features all natural syrups, hand dipped ice cream for shaved ice sundaes, and fresh fruit toppings!

Music Art Love

199 N. Main St
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
954-805-5992
Wednesday-Thursday 10:00-4:00
Friday 10:00-8:00
Saturday 10:00-6:00
Sunday 11:00-4:00
MusicArtLove.com

Music Art Love is an eclectic gallery of art, decor, and music and hosts a variety of events: live music, art classes, featured artist receptions, open mics, exercise classes, acting workshops, inspirational talks, etc. Guests may bring in their coffee or glass of wine from the local establishments and play musical instruments, play games, read in-store books, and of course, buy that unique one-of-a-kind item! It’s a wonderful way to experience the creative scene that’s unique to Ste. Gen! Check for event postings on Facebook: Music Art Love or website MusicArtLove.com

Most Beautiful Town, Editor’s Choice

Editor’s Choice for Most Beautiful Town

RURAL MISSOURI

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Established in the 1740s, Ste. Genevieve was the first European settlement in Missouri, and much of its historic charm and ambiance is due to the remarkable preservation of the original French colonial settlement. Its narrow streets and fenced gardens surround dome of the most significant 18th century architecture in the nation.

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Hands-On History at the Linden House

116 S. Main St
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-880-4123
Centre For FrenchColonialLife.org
Open Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., May through October, and by group booking.

The Linden House features fun and educational French Colonial Activities for kids. Visit and experience colonial crafts and skills by “shopping” in our vintage store, learn about history and language in our 18th century school room, throw a tomahawk* or use a bow and arrow in the yard, and so much more! *Age 8+, close-toed shoes required.
Available by group booking.

Bolduc & LeMeilleur Houses

entry at 198 Market St
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-3105
Centre ForFrenchColonialLife.org
Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 12-5

The Bolduc House is a National Historic Landmark and is restored back to the way it was in the 1790s. The Colonial furnishings in this vertical log structure demonstrate how people lived back then. The LeMeilleur House next door illustrates the next generation of house construction and décor. Guided tours are available with an emphasis on French and Spanish culture, influence, and architecture.

Tickets for tours available on the bottom of most hours may be purchased at the campus gift shop inside the Centre for French Colonial Life.

Adult/$10, Student/$5, free to military with I.D. Available to student and adult groups as well. Call to schedule a group tour.

The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center

360 Market Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-3466
The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center
Open Friday-Saturday 10:00-4:00
Sunday 11:00-2:00

The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center has opened some of its galleries, including some of Guy Darrough’s impressive dinosaur replicas and evidence of the Missouri dinosaur currently being excavated. Additions are being made with galleries focusing on local history. Native American, French, German and mining exhibits will feature unique artifacts from Ste. Genevieve’s past.

Common Grounds

10 S 3rd Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-880-7092
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Common Grounds
Tuesday-Friday 6:00-4:00
Saturdays 6:00-3:00
Closed Sunday, Monday

Common Grounds is a unique Coffee House that employs special needs individuals, giving them the feeling of independence while giving the customers smiles. They serve various coffees and hot beverages as well as pastries, salads, and light sandwiches.

Silo Farm Haus

Ste. Genevieve, MO, wine country
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The Silo Farm Haus is centrally located in the heart of wine country. This beautiful property is tucked away on a portion of a 200 acre farm, just minutes from 9 local wineries, breweries and an award winning restaurant. The Silo Farm Haus boasts nearly 800 square feet of a truly unique, round house experience! An upstairs, spacious loft features a queen size bed that sleeps 2. Downstairs features a full size eat-in kitchen. You will find all the items you need if you wish to prepare a meal. Just off the kitchen is a cozy living room with plenty of comfortable seating including a loveseat that folds out to a futon, rocker recliner chair, an accent chair and a custom made bench for two! An air mattress can accommodate 2 additional guests to sleep in the living room downstairs. There is one bathroom located downstairs with a full size shower, plenty of towels, a hair dryer and luxury toiletries for you to enjoy during your stay. A laundry room with a large washer and dryer, and iron are included making this Silo a complete home away from your home! [/wrc_column]

Funks Inn

Located near Bloomsdale, MO
314-471-9478
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Christian Funk built this stone house in 1870 as a family farm home. It has been remodeled for its use today but is historically correct including antiques of the time, post-Civil War era furniture. Although the beds are antique, bedding and towels are all new. There are 3 bedrooms that sleep 6, plus 1 full and 1 half bath. The quaint kitchen includes a dishwasher. Also on site is a pool table and washer/drier. Funks Inn is located near Bloomsdale just north of historic Ste. Genevieve Missouri.

Lavendar Moon

Crone’s Cupboard

34 S 3rd Street Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-535-0074
Lavender Moon Crone’s Cupboard
Open most days 10:00-5:00
Closed Sundays and Wednesday afternoons

At Lavender Moon custom made blends of essential oils for your personal needs are created by a Registered Aromatherapist with 20 years experience. Available are lip moisturizers, bath salts, teas, herbs, lotions, creams, cleaning products, infusions, extracts, and of course Metaphysical supplies and products, ie goddess oils, Chakra kits and so much more! Many, many products are made from the ingredients of Mother Earth, providing you with the highest quality essential oils to help you achieve your needs! Schedule a personal consultation!

USA Today Feature Article on Ste. Genevieve

Hotel Audubon, Ste. Genevieve MO

USA Today Feature Article on Ste. Genevieve

Hotel Audubon, Ste. Genevieve MO

Hotel Audubon, established in 1903 and re-opened in 2018, shares Ste. Geneviève’s historic charms
GARY GARTH, SPECIAL TO USA TODAY

Ste. Genevieve was featured in this USA Today gallery article about its architectural and historical significance.

Read the article HERE.

Bauman’s Hillside Hideaway

14789 Leroy Drive
Ste. Genevieve County, MO 63670
https://Bauman’s Hillside Hideaway.com/lodging

The Bauman’s Hillside Hideaway is a spacious, amenity rich, rustic home in a private/wooded setting in Ste. Genevieve County. This property is only 7 miles from historic downtown Ste. Genevieve and only a 7 – 15 mile drive through rolling hills to wine country. It can comfortably sleep 11 guests in beds (2 King rooms, 2 Queen rooms, 1 room with 2 twin’s & 1 of the twins has a trundle). It also has 3 roll away beds and 2 full size baby beds that can be put in some of the larger bedrooms and/or in common areas. There are 3.5 baths. This exceptional hideaway features a 40’ private in-ground heated swimming pool, hot tub, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, pool table, Ping-Pong table, darts, washers and endless indoor/outdoor activities.

River Rapids Waterpark

1301 Progress Parkway
Ste. Genevieve MO 63670
573.883.5244
RiverRapidsWaterPark.com

River Rapids Water Park has daily and seasonal memberships available. This amazing facility includes several tubular tall water slides. The lazy river offers a relaxing float around the park. A 6 lane lap pool features a zip line, climbing ropes, and a diving board. An exciting kids’ play area has 30 different activities to enjoy. Come for a splashing good time!

Mecker Research Library

198 South 2nd Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-9622
MeckerLibrary.com
Speakers’sBureau.com

The Mecker Research Library was founded to provide a central location for materials concerning the historic Ste. Genevieve District and surrounding region. This is a non-circulating library open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 AM to 4 PM, other times by appointment. It contains [toggle] resources for researchers studying French American Colonial History, the Ste. Genevieve District, and the mid–Mississippi Valley region as well as indexes of related historic written materials available at public institutions in the region. The Mecker Library also maintains files to identify private sources of information which are helpful to persons researching the history of the region. Mecker Library maintains a Speakers Bureau presenting informative presentations on the area, its people and customs at no cost for non profit organizations.[/toggle][/wrc_column]

Harold’s Famous Bee Co.

Harold’s Famous Bee Co

150 Market Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
800-748-9810
Harold’s Famous Bee Co.
Open 12:00-4:00 Wednesday-Saturday

Harold’s Famous Bee Co. carries a line of honey for sampling and for purchase. Different local honeys are also featured weekly. They also carry several products using ingredients harvested from the honey bee. Their flagship product, Harold’s Famous Bee Cream, is the only [toggle]patent approved formulation that harnesses the healthy benefits of honey bee venom to effectively soothe joints, muscles, and dry, rough skin. Harold’s unique method of venom extraction causes no harm. Besides honeys and their signature cream, lip balm and facial creams are available. Honey ice creams and meads have recently been added!

Iggy’s Pop Shop

233 Merchant Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-880-7075
Iggy’s Pop Shop
Monday, Wed, Thursday: 2:00-10:00
Friday: 3:00-10:00
Saturday: 3:00-10:00
Sunday: 3:00-10:00
Comics, Gaming, Events, and Everything Pop Culture! Explore this gaming and comics center!

Audubon’s Walk

Saturday of French Festival (June 10, 2017)
Atop Urban Levee
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7097
800-373-7007

The famed ornithologist John James Audubon lived for a short time in Ste. Genevieve. Audubon’s Walk is a naturalist lead hike atop the Ste. Genevieve Urban Levee. Come see what shows up: cliff swallows, horned larks, red-winged black bird, eastern bluebird and more!

Brewhouse

13600 State Route F
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
1-866-207-9463
CrownCountryLodging.com
Within walking distance of Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. sits Crown Country’s two-story, split-level accommodation. Brewhouse is the upper level. Guests can enjoy an outdoor covered porch, living room and kitchen with dining room table. Bathrooms are in the hallway. Whole House: Full Floor: Sleeps 15: 8 rooms (3 queens, 4 full beds, 1 twin), 4 bathrooms, or just rent a room. Includes free Wi-Fi, cable, a barbeque grill, and access to a fishing pond with a pier.

Moonshine

13600 State Route F
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
1-866-207-9463
CrownCountryLodging.com

Within walking distance of Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. sits Crown Country’s two-story, split-level accommodation. The lower level is Moonshine House. Guests can enjoy an outdoor covered porch, living room and kitchen with dining room table. Bathrooms are off the hallway. Moonshine House is handicap accessible. Whole House: Full Floor: Sleeps 14: 7 rooms (3 queens, 4 full beds), 5 bathrooms, or just rent a room. Includes free Wi-Fi & cable, a barbeque grill, and access to a fishing pond with a pier.

Farmhouse

14287 Mill Valley Lane
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
1-866-207-9463
CrownCountryLodging.com
Right at the edge of Crown Farms lies this quaint 3 bedroom, split level farm house that overlooks Coffman Creek.
Whole house rental includes a total of 3 bedrooms (one king & 2 queen beds) and 2 bathrooms, or just rent a room. Guests are invited to enjoy full access to the kitchen, dining room, living room and patio. WiFi and Cable included.

Norah’s Nest & Breakfast

Norah’s Nest & Breakfast

198 N Main Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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Norah’s Nest & Breakfast is located within walking distance of Historic Downtown Ste. Genevieve. This bohemian-style apartment features a living room and kitchenette downstairs and two bedrooms with queen size beds and one bathroom upstairs. There is also a small courtyard for fresh air and people watching.

La Fleur

Off Highway 61
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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Le Fleur is close to the Ste. Genevieve Historic District as well as shops and restaurants. This entire, comfy house is available. It has five bedrooms, 1 king, 1 single, 1 queen, 1 couch, 2 sofas. It has a full, modern kitchen and even a washer and drier. 

Cozy Haven

296 S Main Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
airbnb.com

Cozy Haven is located near the Ste. Genevieve Historic District, shops, restaurants, and wineries. Cozy Haven is a cottage with one bedroom that can sleep up to four people. Pets up to 20 pounds are welcome as well. It includes a full kitchen, an outside barbeque area, WiFi, and Smart TV.

Little Bit of Whimsy

Little Bit of Whimsy

Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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This rustic, peaceful setting is just minutes away from the Ste. Genevieve Historic District, shops, wineries, and restaurants. A Little Bit of Whimsy is totally separate from the home above with a private entrance. It includes one bedroom with two beds, accommodating up to three guests. The living space has a mini fridge, microwave, and Keurig for your use.

Yellow Cottage

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Yellow Cottage

363 St. Marys Road
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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Celebrate Ste. Genevieve

195 Wehner Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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Celebrate Ste. Genevieve offers breathtaking views of the “big field” while at the same time being just blocks away from downtown. You’ll feel like you’re staying at a French chalet, but in reality, you’ll be at a Ste. Genevieve French re-creation. The home was modeled after Ste. Genevieve’s age-old architecture but has all the modern amenities of new construction with two queen bedrooms and 1 bath. The decor celebrates everything Ste. Genevieve.

Type Inn

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Ste. Genevieve Type Inn

619 St. Marys Road
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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Gabouri Place

Gabouri Place

365 S Gabouri Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-747-8897
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This cozy Victorian home was completely renovated in 2018. Circa 1890, Gabouri Place retains most of its original wood flooring, but has been updated with new appliances, Direct TV, Wi-Fi, and a gas fireplace. The master suite is on the main floor while two bedrooms and another full bath are on the second floor. A laundry room and a private fenced yard are included. Just a few blocks from restaurants and historic district!

DuBourg Centre

305 Merchant Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-2731

 Located in the Ste. Genevieve historic district, the DuBourg Centre is a newly renovated 100 year old building offering one of the most beautiful event spaces in southeastern Missouri. It offers seating from 25 to 250 for corporate meetings, holiday parties, wedding ceremonies and/or receptions, rehearsal dinners, as well as bridal or baby showers.

Weddings, Reunions, Meetings

Reunions

Audubon’s Grill and Bar

573-883-2479

www.audubonstegen.info/

Cave Vineyard
573-543-5384
www.cavevineyard.com

Chaumette winery

573-747-1000

www.chaumette.com

Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary

573-883-9909

www.crownridgetigers.com

Crown Valley Winery

573-207-9463

www.crownvalleywinery.com

DuBourg Centre

573-883-2731

www.ste.genevieve.parish/21.com

Ste. Genevieve County Community Center

573-883-5244

www.sgccc.com

Watertower Winery

573-880-3887

www.facebook.com/watertowerwinery/

Weingarten Vineyard and Garten Haus Restaurant

573-883-2505

www.weingartenvineyard.com/

Other Venues:

American Legion Hall
573-883-5883

Knights of Columbus Hall
573-883-7549

Ste. Genevieve Elk’s Lodge
573-883-7257

VFW Hall
573-883-2207
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Civil War Interpretive Event

When: Second Weekend in September
Where: South Gabouri and Front Streets in the Ste. Genevieve Historic District
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
800-373-7007
573-883-7097

A family-friendly, living history event! Observe Civil War camp life and demonstrations of marching, musket fire, and cannon fire. Learn about Ste. Genevieve citizens who fought in the war, some on each side. At 1:00 gather at the corner of Main and Merchant streets to observe a re-enactment of the 1861 bank raid by Federal Troops.

Hotel Audubon

Hotel Audubon, Ste. Genevieve MO

Hotel Audubon

9 North Main Street
Ste. Genevieve MO 63670
www.audubonstegen.info
573-883-2479

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Audubon’s Hotel is truly a step back in time. Our seven boutique-style rooms offer Old-World charm with modern amenities, and a staff dedicated to provide you with a stay you will not soon forget. First opened in 1904 as the City Hotel and fully remodeled in 2018, this century-old building provides comfortable, boutique-style lodging, nestled in the heart of the Ste. Genevieve Historical District. Audubon’s Hotel is a rated establishment within the prestigious AAA Diamond Program, assuring guests that the quality of their stay is of highest importance. Woven into the storied history of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, Audubon’s Hotel is where the past meets the present!

Green Tree Tavern

244 St Marys Rd
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-880-7189
Green Tree Tavern
Open seasonally
The Green Tree Tavern is the oldest verified vertical log building in Ste. Genevieve. Officially dated to 1790 by dendrochronology studies, this “poteau sur sole” (post on sill) vertical log construction was built by the French Canadian Nicolas Janis. This impressive structure has also been used as an inn, a tobacco store, and the first Masonic Lodge in Missouri. The Green Tree is transferring to the Sainte Genevieve National Historic Park. Open seasonally.

Sassafras Creek Originals

311 St. Mary’s Road
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-513-2491
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Friday: 10:00-5:00
Monday: Open holidays only
Sassafras Creek Originals

Sassafras Creek Originals showcases hand-crafted Colonial/primitive early American Folk Art. Each room is like a step back in time!

Missouri’s First Settlement Turns a New Page

VIP Jackson

The Good Life: Ste. Genevieve

Story by Lyda Kay Ferree, The Southern Lifestyles Lady. Photography courtesy of Ste. Genevieve Tourism.

In August 2014 I made my first multi-day trip to Ste. Genevieve (pop. 5,500), America’s Original French Colonial Village. Prior to that I had made a few stops for meals when returning home from St. Louis, one hour from Ste. Genevieve. Then in early September of this year I returned to Ste. Genevieve (or Ste. Gen as some call it). In fact, I can visualize having a small apartment there. Perhaps it’s my father’s French ancestry (Normandy, France) that keeps drawing me back to this charming city.

It has been listed on America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and most recently the scenic and charming Ste. Genevieve, Missouri’s oldest town, is now under consideration as a new National Park, according to Sandra Cabot, Director of Ste. Genevieve Tourism. “There has been a recommendation by the U.S. Department of the Interior that Ste. Genevieve be considered as a future National Historic Park site,” said Cabot.

In addition, the Green Tree Tavern along St. Mary’s Road that looks out over Les Grand Champs (The Big Field) is the oldest French colonial structure (1799) built by a French Canadian from Quebec. “This tavern played an important part in Ste. Genevieve’s story,” stated Cabot. “It celebrated its opening in September. By the spring of 2019 the tavern will be added to the list of tourist attractions in Ste. Gen. It will certainly be a grand addition. A huge structure, it is probably the most handsome and impressive structure from the outside of the building.”

“Fall is such a sweet and sentimental time and one of the best seasons for both weather and scenery. If you are looking for a weekend or mid-week escape, or if you need to rekindle your holiday cheer, you can be sure to find just what you’re looking for here!”

— Sandra Cabot, Director Ste. Genevieve Tourism

History Of St. Genevieve

Founded in 1735, St. Genevieve (Genevieve was the patron saint of Paris, France) is the oldest permanent European settlement in the state of Missouri. Established on the west bank of the Mississippi River, the village of St. Genevieve was settled about two miles south of its present location. The village was one of several important French communities forming a region known as the Illinois Country, part of the vast territory held by France in North America at the time. Many of St. Genevieve’s earliest residents were French Canadian habitants who farmed the rich, alluvial soil adjacent to the village. They also produced salt and mind lead from nearby sources.

World events impacted the inhabitants of Ste. Genevieve in 1762 when France ceded all its holdings west of the Mississippi River to Spain as a result of the French and Indian War. Despite the transfer and new Spanish government in the region, Ste. Genevieve retained its distinctive French character and language. The disastrous flood in 1787 triggered the gradual relocation of the village to higher ground to its present location between the forks of the Gabouri Creek.

Much of the charm and ambiance of historic Ste. Genevieve is due to the remarkable preservation of the original colonial settlement. Its narrow streets and fenced gardens surround some of the most significant eighteenth century architecture in the nation. These French Colonial style buildings were constructed from massive, hand hewn logs that were set vertically to form the walls of the home. Heavy timbers were mortised and pegged into sturdy trusses that supported the impressive double-hipped roof covering the house and its wide galleries or porches. Fascinating variations of this architectural style are found in the historic homes of colonial Ste. Genevieve as well as in Quebec, Canada and Normandy, France.

As the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 propelled Ste. Genevieve into another chapter in history, its French speaking residents suddenly found themselves citizens of the newly expanded United States. Soon the rush of Americans into the Louisiana Territory left its mark in Ste. Genevieve as well. Today there is a curious mix of eighteenth and early nineteenth-century architecture found in Ste. Genevieve. Mid-nineteenth century German immigrants left their legacy of charming rock and brick homes and stores through the community.

Today Ste. Genevieve’s National Landmark Historic District offers visitors an unparalleled glimpse into its colonial past.


Did You Know?

Ste. Genevieve is Missouri’s first settlement, founded by the French in the early 1700s.

Named by “Country Living Magazine” as One of the 50 Most Beautiful Places in America

Ranked 3rd by “Only in Your State” as one of the 17 Most Charming Towns in America


Itinerary

Late afternoon on Friday, September 1 (Labor Day weekend) I arrived at the Ste. Genevieve Great River Road Welcome Center. There I picked up literature including my itinerary, B&B info, a Visitor’s Guide, a Wine Country map, Hiking Trails map, French Colonial brochure and an Historic District map. Then I watched a short video of the city as I had not seen it in several years.

At 5 pm I checked in at the Main Street Bed & Breakfast located at 221 N. Main Street where I was warmly greeted by Innkeeper Jean Sellberg (Her personality is well suited to inn keeping.) She assigned me the Trope Ricard Room upstairs, which has a porch outside the room that during certain hours is a private porch.

Originally built in 1882 as the Meyer Hotel, the Main Street Inn B&B has long been considered one of Missouri’s finest bed and breakfast establishments. Having recently undergone an extensive year-long renovation, the new owner (Dr. Susan McDonald) and innkeeper Jean Sellberg are thrilled to re-open this inn.

My guest room was attractively furnished and had all of the necessary amenities. Upon arrival wine and cheese were offered, and the breakfast the next morning was excellent. Late Saturday afternoon refreshments were served in the parlor to the inn’s guests.

Website: www.mainstrinn.net; phone: 573-880-7500

About an hour later a friend and I strolled two blocks to dinner and en route we popped into Only Child Originals (jewelry designer and metal arts sculptures) and peeped in the windows of other shops.

Our dinner at Audubon’s Bar & Grill (9 North Main), which as I recall was being rehabbed on my previous visit to Ste. Genevieve, was excellent. Regional dining specialties are offered at Audubon’s. The signature dish is Chicken Baetje (goat cheese, their spin on Cordon Bleu). After a delicious meal, I ordered a chocolate martini for a nightcap. Greg Ferguson, one of the four owners who restored the historic building built in 1903, warmly greeted my friend and me as did several of the other owners of this building. Breakfast is served only on Sunday from 10am-2pm. Lunch and dinner are offered Tuesday through Saturday.

A hotel with 8 guest rooms is scheduled to open upstairs this spring.

On Saturday, September 2 I awakened to a sunny, slightly chilly day. After a sumptuous breakfast with other guests in the large dining room, there was time to shop and discover some of the new shops that were not in Ste. Gen on my last visit. The shops include RUST on North Main; the Show-Me Shop, which is always busy and is a must-stop for me with cheeses and wines, culinary tools and cookbooks, as is European Entitlements with fine home and garden décor and beautiful coffee table books. Add to your shopping list the Belle Ever After Boutique near Main and Merchant and First Settlement Antique’s new location next door to Sara’s Ice Cream. I wandered up Merchant Street, stopping in at the revamped gift shop of the Felix Valle State Historic Site, and the new shop RustikSandKandles, and Simple to Sassy (corner of Merchant and 3rd).

Note the newly restored DuBourg Centre, a posh reception center owned by the Catholic Church of Ste. Genevieve.

What a gorgeous church this is! This Gothic-style brick church, which will seat 2,000 people, has beautiful stained glass windows, statues, marble altars and two paintings given to the church by King Louis XVI of France.)

One block away is a trio of new shops: What-Nots and Oddities (across from the Courthouse Square), Rhinehart and Rhinehart’s Art Gallery (a native of St. Gen recently returned after a storied career as an artist; the wall-sized paintings are astounding!) and the ASL Pewter Foundry on Third Street across from the Southern Hotel B&B. There you may watch the artisans at work and shop for lead-free pewter in original designs—some new and some dating to the 1700s. For lovers of vintage jewelry visit Steiger’s Estate Jewelry downtown on Merchant Street.


Ste. Genevieve Calendar Of Events

November 11: Cookie Crumb Trail
November 18: Harvest Celebration on the Route du Vin Wine Trail
December 1, 2 & 3: Holiday Christmas Festival
December 10: French Christmas at the Felix Valle House


Ste. Genevieve Wine Country

A short half hour drive from Ste. Genevieve is the wine country of Missouri. It is especially beautiful in the autumn.

“The wine country is a big tourism draw and it ties in to our local heritage, both of the French and subsequent German influence on wine making traditions,” said Sandra Cabot, Tourism Director. “The beauty of the combination of the wine country and the historic District, which is a national landmark historic district, is that it makes for a perfect 2-3 day visit. You can do the historic sites, the shopping, downtown activities in one day, the wine country the next, and beautiful hiking, biking and scenic tours. There are several hot spots for antiquing in St. Genevieve County. One is St. Mary’s Antique Mall, which can easily take two hours to wander down its aisles, and others are Schultz’s Antiques and First Settlements. Note: St. Mary’s, Missouri is only a 10-minute drive from downtown Ste. Genevieve.

There are 11 wine trails and 10 wineries and microbreweries. A new amenity that originated in 2016 is now available for private charters or on weekends you can reserve a seat and it will pick you up at your downtown Ste. Gen hotel or B&B and take you through wine country. Groups also reserve the trolley for historic district tours. Step-on tours are offered. For more information visit www.VisitStGen and follow the links to transportation (click on Vines to Wines).

Recently Chaumette Winery, owned by Hank Johnson, won several awards, as did Crown Valley. On my last visit I had the privilege of being a guest at Chaumette in a lovely private villa decorated with a Country French flair. I toured an historic on-site chapel and a special events barn, visited the Tasting room, and overindulged at lunch at the Grapevine Grill.

Mid-afternoon a friend and I explored the new parts of the Wine Country: Watertower Winery, Weingarten Winery and the Garten Haus Restaurant.

Back in town, even though I needed a nap at this point, I did more shopping in downtown Ste. Genevieve. One of my favorite quaint shops is Odile’s Linen and Lace, Etc., which features curtains, table laces, pillowcases and handkerchiefs; scarves, hats, jewelry, heirloom caps for babies, gowns and it even has Downton Abbey merchandise. My final stop downtown was the Sainte Genevieve Winery at 245 Merchant St. This shop is open daily from 11 am-5 pm, and it features a full line of premium and traditional wines and wine-related gifts. I purchased several Christmas gifts there.

On Saturday evening I enjoyed my guest room at the Main Street Inn, read and relaxed.

On the morning of my departure, a Sunday, after another delicious breakfast with convivial guests, I met the multi-talented Yvonne LeMire, owner of the Rosemary and Thyme Cooking School. She was preparing for a cooking class called “Ladies Who Lunch.” I was invited to participate, but my schedule did not permit me to do so. She graciously spent time with a friend and me in her lovely Country French home located next door to the Show Me Shop on Main Street.

On my way out of town I drove over to the Bequette Ribault House at 351 St. Mary Road to see the progress made since my last visit in 2014. Most days the owner has a tour guide to explain the history of the home and outbuildings.

As I departed the charming town of Ste. Genevieve, I knew I would return some day (soon, I hope). I am already looking forward to a return visit. Check out the busy Calendar of Events. How about going on the Cookie Crumb Trail in November or celebrating a French Christmas the first full weekend in December or “La Guignolee,” a French tradition on New Year’s Eve? Ste. Genevieve has captured my heart as it will yours.

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The Purple Finch

137 N Main Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-880-7337
Thursday – Saturday 10:00-3:00
Friday 10:00-5:00
The Purple Finch

The Purple Finch is a unique small shop filled with Home Decor, Quilts, Jewelry, Handmade Quilts and Handmade Bath Products.

Goosehill Loft

18260 State Rt. B
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-768-0306
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Goosehill Loft rests on the knoll of 31 acres of peaceful countryside with gorgeous views of rolling hills and large pond. The modernly designed, open room concept loft accommodates up to 4 with a queen bed, 2 futon couches and window seat. Amenities include a kitchenette with microwave, cooktop, mini fridge, full bath and Directv®. Conveniently located minutes away from many wineries, breweries, Hawn State Park, golf courses and historic Ste. Genevieve. Come enjoy the views and serenity as much as we do!

The Haney Hill House

24345 State Route WW
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-747-1000
Chaumette.com
The newest addition to Chaumette lodging is actually a house that can fit up to 10 people! The Haney Hill House is dog-friendly (on the bottom floor only) and can be rented at two, three, four or five bedrooms. This airy home includes ten-foot tall ceilings and a fully-equipped kitchen with a dining table that seats 6. The cozy living room has a gas fireplace surrounded by marble. Secluded in the woods, Haney Hill House gives guests ultimate privacy while still being close to Chaumette winery.

Queen Anne’s Lace

60 S. Third Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Queen Anne’s Lace
Tuesday-Friday: 10:00-6:00
Saturday 10:00-4:00
Sunday 12:00-4:00
573-984-9888

Queen Anne’s Lace is a boutique that is full of awesomeness! The latest styles and unique jewelry make this store a must see shop that’s worth the trip!

THE DARKROOM COMPANY

70 S. Third Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
The Darkroom Company

The Darkroom Company features three components: the gallery, the darkroom, and commercial photography. Talented photographers can use the gallery to display their black and white, framed photos. Classes and [toggle] workshops are offered on composition of black and white photography as well as how to use the darkroom to make prints of these creations. The Darkroom Company is also available for commercial applications for businesses. “Black and white just has a deeper emotional response than color can convey,” Kim Gordon, the proprietor said. “What black and white does is force you to pay attention to light.”

Third Street Inn

406 North Third Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
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Third Street Inn is a 1903 Victorian charmer with wrap-around front porch sitting on an acre lot amidst age old trees. Your group will have four bedrooms and shared access to all other rooms including kitchen, living room, card room, parlor, and more. Owner lives on the property in a new wing addition on the backside of the house with pets.

Main Street Inn

Main Street Inn

221 North Main Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-880-7500
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Originally built in 1882, as the Meyer Hotel, the Main Street Inn B&B has long been one of Missouri’s finest bed and breakfast establishments. After recently undergoing an extensive year-long renovation, the new owners and innkeeper are thrilled to re-open the Main Street Inn B&B and welcome our guests to what we hope will be a truly wonderful experience. If you are looking for a relaxing and peaceful getaway, the Main Street Inn B&B is the perfect destination.