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

Audubons

Audubons Library

Cellar 56

Experience the history of Audubon’s by hosting your next event in Cellar 56. Our casual “speakeasy” atmosphere still displays the charred stone walls from one of the building’s most memorable fires.

Seats up to 48.

Library Room

Nestled behind the frosted glass doors in Audubon’s Restaurant, The Library Room is an elegant and intimate venue perfect for a variety of events. Great for wedding rehearsal dinners, small wedding receptions, anniversaries, or any other special occasion you have need for.

Seats up to 60.

Call 573-883-2479
theaudubons.com

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

Chaumette Winery
573-474-1000
www.chaumette.com

Crown Valley Winery
866-207-9463
www.crownvalleywinery.com

DuBourg Centre
573-883-2731
www.stegenevieveparish.com/21

Watertower Winery
573-883-7473
www.facebook.com/watertowerwinery/

Weingarten Vineyard and Garten
573-883-2505
www.weingartenvineyard.com/

Civil War Interpretive Event

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Saturday August 27, 2022

When: 4th Saturday in August

Call us at 800-373-7007 or 573-883-7097

A family-friendly, living history event! Observe Civil War camp life and demonstrations of marching, and musket fire. Learn about Ste. Geneviève citizens who fought in the war, some on each side.

It is actually being held on Saturday, August 27th. The camp will be set up in the yard of the Felix Valle House State Historic Site. From 11:00am to 11:45am on that day, we will do a re-enactment of the Federal troops taking money from our bank during the early days of the Civil War.

The re-enactment will be on the corner of Merchant and Main in front of the Show Me Shop.

Hotel Audubon (City)

Hotel Audubon, Ste. Genevieve MO

9 North Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573.883.2479

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 providing 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. Geneviève Historic District.

Audubon’s Hotel is a rated establishment within the prestigious AAA Diamond Program, assuring guests that the quality of their stay is of the highest importance. Woven into the storied history of Ste. Geneviève, Missouri, Audubon’s Hotel is where the past meets the present!

Green Tree Tavern NPS Site

244 St Marys Rd
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-880-7189

The Green Tree Tavern is the oldest verified vertical log building in Ste. Geneviève. 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 Ste. Geneviève National Historic Park.

Open seasonally.

Sassafras Creek Originals

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311 St. Mary’s Road
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-513-2491

Hours

Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Open holidays only

Sassafras Creek Originals showcases hand-crafted Colonial/Primitive Early American Folk Art, Will Moses puzzles, woven coverlets and table runners, tinware, colonial teas, women’s 18th-century outfits, handpainted gameboards, hand-sewn bandboxes, and hand-hooked wool.

Each room is like a step back in time!

Goosehill Loft (County)

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18260 State Rt. B
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
573-768-0306

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. Geneviève. Come enjoy the views and serenity as much as we do!

The Haney Hill House (County)

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24345 State Route WW
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-747-1000

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 up to six.

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.

Main Street Inn (City)

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221 North Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-880-7500
Email

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.

Belle Ever After Boutique

BelleEverAfter

1 S Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-7100

Hours

Monday thru Friday Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday thru Sunday Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wonder what you’re going to wear for that special occasion or just for a comfortable everyday look? Belle Ever After Boutique has clothing, jewelry, shoes, and more for women of all sizes and ages!

Become a part of the Belle Family! We are about building a community of confident, loving individuals who feel good in their own skin! Shop our hand-selected clothing and accessories that will help you feel confident and beautiful!

E*Klek*TiX

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130 N Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Email [email protected]
Call us at: 573-330-2620

Always a sure bet to find a unique gift, E•Klek•TiX Gallery and Studio feature original work by local artist J Rissover and a collection of gift and decorative items from many parts of the world.

Ms. Bette’s Place (City)

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248 Market Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Ms. Bette’s Place is ready for you and your guests. The Marie LaPorte House is one of the oldest homes in town dating back to perhaps the 1790s. The decor is French country with some eclectic touches. There’s plenty of room to get comfortable with 3 bedrooms a front porch, living room, kitchen, and bathroom.

Ms. Bette’s is located in the heart of the Ste. Geneviève historic district so you can easily walk to the best restaurants, shops, and attractions.

Mimi’s Homestyle Cooking

Mimi's

675 Ste. Geneviève Dr.
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-880-7313

Hours

Open Daily from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Serving: Breakfast and Lunch Daily
Family, friendly, home-cooked meals and catering. Mimi’s is a locally owned and run family business. Their recipes are inspired by Ste. Geneviève’s Mimi, Cindy Viox.

Ste. Geneviève Art Colony

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Ste. Geneviève Welcome Center
66 South Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-7097 or 800-373-7007

For several summers in the 1930s, an Art Colony located in Ste. Geneviève conducted a Summer School of Art. Instead of painting rolling hills or flowers, the artists portrayed the human condition and Depression-era events.

Information about the school and some of its creations are on display at the Ste. Geneviève Welcome Center. Gravediggers, portraits, and lime kiln workers are depicted.

The Summer School instructors include Thomas Hart Benton, Fred E. Conway, Joseph James Jones, Miriam McKinnie, Joseph John Paul Meert, Jesse Beard Rickly, Aimee Goldstone Schweig, Martyl Schweig, E. Oscar Thalinger, Joseph Paul Vorst, and Matthew E. Ziegler.

Another display of Art Colony works can be viewed in the stone building behind the Shaw house.

Traditional Artisans Showcase

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ASL Pewter Foundry
Third Weekend in July
183 South Third Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
573-883-2095

This traditional art show and sale feature artisans from the Midwest who have been selected by Early American Life Magazine as the best in their fields. These artists and fine crafters display and sell their work and happily educate the public on the traditional way in which these items are made and used.

Guest artists have included Mike Ochonicky – scrimshaw; Doug and Julie Dawson – tin cookie cutters and other tinware; Vernon DePauw – woodcarving; Suzette Krummel – Penny Rugs; Tom Wintczak –  redware pottery, and fracture; Kandye Mahurin – painted game boards on antique bread and cutting boards.

The Inn at Weingarten (County)

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12323 Rottler Lane (off Hwy 32)
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-2505

Hours: Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (reservations required)

Elevate your experience with luxury suites in Ste. Geneviève Wine Country! Upscale American cuisine is offered on Saturday evenings.

Visitors can enjoy steak, seafood, chicken, and a variety of fresh-made pasta. Everyone’s tastes differ, so in addition to a collection of red and white wines, they offer micro-brew beer. Visitors can enjoy a unique experience, superior customer service, and an extraordinary atmosphere.

Grapevine Grill at Chaumette Vineyards and Winery

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24345 State Route WW
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-747-1000

Grapevine Grill

Lunch: Thursday thru Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dinner: Thursday thru Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tasting Room Bar

Thursday thru Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Thanks to its locally sourced, fresh ingredients and Executive Chef Rob Beasley’s mastery of the culinary arts, the Grapevine Grill has been ranked as one of the top winery restaurants in the nation.

On top of the extensive menu, they have weekly features that highlight the freshest farm-to-fork ingredients. Cajun Nights on Thursdays offer an exquisite salad and seasonal Cajun-Creole-Southwest style entrée for only $15. On Fridays, enjoy some of the freshest fish in Missouri, courtesy of the Honolulu Fish Company. Sit on the porch during fair weather and indulge in one of our fine wines paired with a hearty meal as you soak in the sweeping vistas of the vineyard.

Reservations are not required, by highly recommended.

If you’d like to stay with us, we’ve recently expanded our villas. Rent a rustic, French-colonial-style villa so you can truly enjoy your weekend getaway.

Established in 1990 by Hank and Jackie Johnson, Chaumette is one of the Midwest’s premier wineries, offering a unique and memorable experience for every guest. Their award-winning wines may be experienced in the eloquent tasting room that houses the winery’s own Grapevine Grill. A gift shop and art gallery, along with live music in the warm months, is just a sampling of your total wine country experience at Chaumette.

Their facilities are available for weddings, parties, family gatherings, and corporate and private events. Also, the all faith chapel, St. Vincent’s-in-the-Vineyard, is available for reservation for private ceremonies.

Alcohol: Beer, Wine, and some Cocktails

Missouri Staycation: Ste. Genevieve County

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Town&Style

When was the last time you saw a sky completely full of twinkling stars? Or heard cows lowing outside your bedroom window? Or tasted grapes fresh off the vine? If, like me, the answer is ‘never,’ shame on us. Especially since a short hour’s drive can put us smack dab in the middle of some of the prettiest countryside in the U.S.

Ste. Genevieve County, just 60 miles from home, combines natural beauty with more worldly attractions (about a dozen wineries and a French Canadian settlement dating to the 1740s) to offer a weekend getaway that will make you feel like you’ve been away much longer.

Our immediate destination was Chaumette Vineyards & Winery on State Rte. WW, a popular destination among St. Louisans who have likened it to French wine country. The changing fall colors, a quiet cozy retreat and a gourmet restaurant—that was enough for an overnight escape. Anything else would just be a bonus, I thought.

Turns out we got all that and then some. Chaumette proved to be an idyllic setting, with rolling hills all around. Its ‘villas,’ attractive suites built up on wooden piers to replicate the French architectural style found in historic Ste. Genevieve nearby, had wraparound wooden porches with views of the endless rows of grapevines. Inside, we lacked for nothing, from a walk-in closet to Kaldi’s coffee.[toggle]

A hike around the property took us past the large dining room and tasting room building, set high on a hill for optimum views of the rows of Chardonel, Norton and Vignoles vines, as well as nearby cow pastures. Past that, a small chapel nestled in the woods, ready for couples who want a country wedding (of which, apparently, there are many). Intending to do the entire 3-mile loop around Chaumette, we disappeared into the woods down a gravel path, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

About half a mile in, we came upon an adjacent winery/brewery, Charleville, known for its Hoptimistic IPA. Turns out we zigged when we were supposed to zag, or something like that. But we were on country time, and decided to just go with the flow—Charleville, it is. On a much smaller scale than Chaumette, it was built in the same year, 2013, and we sidled up to the thick wooden bar for a Strawberry Pale Ale, $1.80 a taste, $5 for a flight of five.

Back at Chaumette, it was time for one of the weekend’s highlights: dinner at Grapevine Grill, where CIA-trained chef Rob Beasley has gotten some buzz as far away as St. Louis. A native of Louisiana, he infuses the menu with Creole-Cajun flavors; do not miss the Louisiana Shrimp, whatever you do. The flourless chocolate cake, drizzled with port and caramel sauce and plump cherries, should be on your dessert radar, too. We walked the third of a mile or so from our villa to the dining room in the dark, hoping the enormous sea of stars would light our way. Alas, it’s pitch dark out there, even with starlight, so bring a flashlight.

Day two had its own agenda, with plans for some serious hiking in the gorgeous environs, followed by exploration of historic Ste. Genevieve until the homes closed or we dropped of exhaustion, whichever came first. The hike, a 1.5-mile loop around Pickle Springs Natural Area, was breathtaking, with water features, massive boulders called hoodoos and deep stone set-backs the park map dubbed ‘canyons.’ Bring hiking boots! It is as pretty a sight as I’ve seen, but with its own Midwestern forest character of lush woods and trickling water.

Be sure to give yourself enough time for the county’s jewel in the crown: historic Ste. Genevieve. Main, Market and Merchant streets have the lion’s share of tourable properties, but homes all around town proudly display wooden plaques with the date of their founding and the name of their original family. You’ll see many in the 1700s and 1800s, several of them open for touring (not necessarily every day, however): the Louis Bolduc, Felix Valle, Jacques Guibourd, Jean-Baptiste Valle, Bequette- Ribault and Bauvais-Amoureux homes. They’re French in origin, mostly built by French Canadians who traveled south down the Mississippi to escape persecution by the British or to seek better commercial opportunities.

As a living record of Missouri’s French colonial history, the town of Ste. Genevieve is a National Historic Landmark. It originated as a French colonial settlement, and in 1803 was sold to the fledgling United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Most homes built during the French colonial period, including many that visitors can tour, were constructed in a distinctive style typical of French Canada called vertical-log. The wooden beams are lined up vertically, unlike the horizontally stacked logs of the typical log cabin. Interestingly, Ste. Genevieve has the largest number of these vertical log homes in the U.S. And, it has three of the remaining five poteaux-en-terre homes in the entire country, structures that are supported by wooden columns anchored directly in the dirt. Also noteworthy: it is thought that the oldest rose garden in Missouri is here, behind the Jean-Baptiste Valle House (circa 1794).

Apparently the rose cuttings came from none other than Madame Therese Chouteau, considered the matriarch of St. Louis.

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Kaskaskia Island Birding

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Kaskaskia Island, IL
Off of Highway U
Near St. Mary, MO

Kaskaskia Island’s sloughs and ponds are a Mecca for water birds. Birders flock to this area. Birds can be viewed along most roads on the island.  Herons, egrets, ducks, and stray whooping cranes are often seen here near the Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge. Even though Kaskaskia is part of Illinois it can only be reached from Missouri.

To visit Kaskaskia, go south on Highway 61 to Highway U in St. Mary.

Rust Artisans’ Shop

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173 North Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-535-9056

Hours

Thursday thru Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Rust Artisans’ Shop is a gallery of unique hand-crafted items by several local artists.

They also carry clothing from Thailand. Most importantly, luminaries and lights made of old corrugated tin utilize the surplus of corrugated tin in Missouri.

Ste. Geneviève County Fair

County Fair

Come Out July 7 – 9 2023

The Ste Genevieve County Fair is the ultimate summer event that promises you a thrilling experience unlike any other! Buckle up for our adrenaline-pumping truck pull, where gigantic trucks will drag and compete to clinch victory. But if that’s not enough excitement for you, unleash your inner speed demon at the derby and watch as cars smash into each other in their quest to be crowned champion.

The tractor pull is not to be missed either – engines revving loudly as tractors attempt to haul unimaginable weights. But it’s not all about high-octane action at this fair – there’s something for everyone!

Get ready to groove along with great music from local bands while indulging in some amazing food – think hot dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and so much more! So mark your calendars because the Ste Genevieve County Fair promises an unforgettable outing filled with fun activities everyone can enjoy!

Call the Welcome Center for more information: 573-883-7097.

French Christmas – Felix Valle House

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Merchant and 2nd Streets
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call 573-883-7102

This annual holiday celebration at the Felix Valle State Historic Site highlights the music, customs, and crafts of early French Colonial Christmas in Ste. Geneviève. The celebration, known as Le Reveillon, features costumed guides who explain the early 19th-century customs of Christmas. Traditional foods and music of the period are featured on the first Saturday in December.

4th Friday Art Walk (Feb thru Nov)

ArtWalk

Historic Downtown Ste. Geneviève

Bring your friends and enjoy a leisurely stroll among the shops, restaurants, and art galleries of downtown Ste. Geneviève. During the 4th Friday Art Walks, Ste. Geneviève art galleries offer visitors the opportunity to view the works of local and regional artists displaying a variety of art forms.

During the Fourth Friday Art Walk, many businesses in the Historic District participate by extending their store hours from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Start your tour at the Welcome Center where you can view two important art collections, as well as pick up a map to the galleries. The 4th Friday Art Walk is sponsored by the Gallery Association of Sainte Geneviève. Art Walks are on the fourth Friday of each month from February thru November.

Refreshments may be served at various locations and there are five restaurants with regular evening hours in the historic district.

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Small Shop Saturday (Nov)

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Saturday, November 26, 2022
Location: Historic Downtown Ste. Geneviève
800-373-7007
573-883-7097

Shop Small Saturday is a nationwide event created by American Express and sponsored locally by the Ste. Geneviève Downtown Renewal Project and The Ste. Geneviève Chamber of Commerce. This event’s purpose is to encourage sales for local small businesses. So shop local and support small business owners!

Moonlight Madness (July)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Location: Historic Downtown Ste. Geneviève
800-373-7007
573-883-7097

Enjoy a Christmas-in-July-themed shopping extravaganza on the second Wednesday in July. Participating shops in the Historic District will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and offer special discounts.

Sponsored by Downtown Ste. Geneviève

Cookie Crumb Trail

COOKIE CRUMB TRAIL

Location: Historic Downtown Ste. Geneviève
800-373-7007
573-883-7097

Attention shoppers: Follow the Cookie Crumb Trail! Sample cookies and collect recipes to get started on your own Christmas baking! Participating downtown shops will feature a different cookie recipe and have sample cookies for you to taste.

Proceeds go to a local family in need. Just in time for Christmas!

Ste. Geneviève – Modoc Ferry

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573-883-7097
Locally referred to as The French Connection, the Ste. Geneviève – Modoc Ferry is a quick connection between Ste. Geneviève, Missouri, and southern Illinois.

From Ste. Geneviève, the ferry offers a quick route to Fort de Chartres, Pierre Menard Home, and Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Parks – as well as other interesting attractions in Southern Illinois.

To access the ferry go north on Main Street which ends at the ferry landing.

Call ahead to make sure it is running. 

Ste. Geneviève Muny Band Concerts

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8:00 p.m. Thursday evenings in June and July
Valle School Parking Lot
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
573-883-7097
800-373-7007

Ste. Geneviève’s Municipal Band performs a variety of favorites each week: polkas, marches, show tunes, kids’ tunes, and popular melodies. Sit in your car or bring a lawn chair and blanket to enjoy one of the few municipal bands still around, a Ste. Geneviève tradition for over 70 years!

Ste. Geneviève Trolley

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Historic District and Wine Country
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Call us at 573-535-1911

Ste. Geneviève Trolley was established in 2016 to provide a safe and friendly transportation service for the community.

For a $20 fee, riders will receive an all-day ride wristband and will be able to take the trolley from one of the downtown stops to several of the county wineries. Call 573-535-1911 to make arrangements.

Dr. Benjamin Shaw House Gift Shop

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Merchant and Second Streets
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-7102

Open Daily

Just across the street from the Felix Valle House is the Dr. Shaw House. Today it houses a gift shop featuring books concerning French Colonial history and children’s books in French, colonial period items, and soaps.

Behind the Shaw House, is a stone building that houses works from the Ste. Geneviève Art Colony. For several summers in the 1930s, an Art Colony located in Ste. Geneviève conducted a Summer School of Art. Instead of painting rolling hills or flowers, the artists portrayed the human condition and Depression-era events. Information about the school and some of its creations are on display at the Ste. Geneviève Welcome Center.

The Summer School instructors included: Thomas Hart Benton, Fred E. Conway, Joseph James Jones, Miriam McKinnie, Joseph John Paul Meert, Jesse Beard Rickly, Aimee Goldstone Schweig, Martyl Schweig, E. Oscar Thalinger, Joseph Paul Vorst, and Matthew E. Ziegler.

History Conference

Hist Conf

Where: Ste. Geneviève County Community Center
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
800-373-7007
573-883-7097

The Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Geneviève hosts an annual history conference at which presentations are made on the history of Ste. Geneviève and the surrounding area.

Presentations are on a variety of subjects from pre-European settlement to the French colonial period as well as the 19th and 20th centuries.  The event starts with a continental breakfast and then lunch.

A reception for conference attendees will be held on Friday evening.

French Veillée

2014 FrenchFest FVhouse

June 11, 2022

Felix Valle State Historic Site
Merchant and Second Streets
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
573-883-7102

On the second weekend in June, enjoy an evening in the garden of the Felix Valle House at this recreation of a La Veillée, a traditional French Colonial summer social gathering as part of the French Heritage Festival.

Featured at the event will be French folk dancing, folk tales, candlelight tours of the home, and refreshments.

L’Ecole du Soldat

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Where: Historic District
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
800-373-7007
573-883-7097

A family-friendly, living history event! Come explore the traditions of the “School of the Soldier.” This is a fully packed weekend of lectures and camaraderie with plenty of events to see.

On Saturday, attend a public heritage auction of discovered “desirables” – memorabilia, collectibles, “accouterments,” utensils, and “watcha-may-call-its.” In addition, Ste. Geneviève has the greatest concentration of original French colonial buildings in North America. Plus it is the only surviving French colonial village in the United States.

At Ecole du Soldat activities of that early era are reenacted.

Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church

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49 DuBourg Place
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
573-883-2731
Website

The current, brick Ste. Geneviève Catholic Church is the third Catholic church erected on this block. As Ste. Geneviève was moved to higher ground due to flooding, the original log church was moved here in 1794.

A stone structure replacing the log building was consecrated in 1837. As the congregation grew a larger church was required, and a brick building was constructed around the stone one. The stone church continued to be used until the new church was completed in 1880. Then the remaining old stones were removed out the doors. In 1911 this church was expanded again with the addition of the altar apse and the two side transepts.

Come inside to admire the stain-glass windows and marble adornments!

Maison Hubardeau Guest House (c1789) (City)

Hubardeau

102 N. Fourth 6 Jefferson Streets
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-5307

Built by French Canadian settler, Simone Hubardeau, this turn-of-the-century limestone house with a courtyard is filled with period antiques. The house has sleeping accommodations for up to six guests together with cooking facilities. Available by the room or whole house.

Sam’s Vacation Rental (City)

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124 North Main Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Call us at 573-535-9056

This recently restored second-floor loft apartment is located on Main Street in Historic Ste. Geneviève. The first floor is the home of Beanik Cafe and Pastry. The apartment has a private front and rear entrance and features an alcove with seating facing Main Street.

Sam’s Vacation Rental offers a spacious country kitchen with stove/range, refrigerator/freezer, cabinetry, seating as well as dishes, pots/pans, coffee maker, blender, toaster, and microwave. The two private bedrooms offer a queen and a full.

Inn St. Gemme (c1848) (City)

78 North Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
573-631-8665
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Located in the heart of the historic district is the newly renovated Inn St. Gemme Beauvais. This Inn was built in c1848 and is furnished beautifully with antiques. It offers themed king and queen suites with private baths, WIFI, cable, and DVDs. Stay in The Garden Room, The Governor’s Chambers, or in the Hunter’s Glen for example. Full breakfasts are served.

Noted as one of “11 Little Known Inns In Missouri That Offer An Unforgettable Overnight Stay” Only in Your State

Dr. Hertich’s House (c1850) (City)

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99 North Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 505-210-0008

Dr. Hertich’s House is a premier Airbnb within walking distance of all major historic houses, historic sights, and various restaurants in Ste. Geneviève. This 1850 house was the residence and clinic of one of Ste. Geneviève’s first doctors.

Newly restored under new ownership, Dr. Hertich’s House is luxury lodging perfect as a getaway for honeymooners, anniversaries, and other special occasions. The Doctor’s House offers four, three-room suites with king beds, gas-burning fireplaces, and large whirlpool baths.

National Park Designation

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Ste. Genevieve gets national park designation, but much remains to do before it will open

STE. GENEVIEVE, MO. • The iconic National Park Service arrowhead emblem that directs visitors to famous national landmarks, such as Yellowstone and Yosemite, will eventually point tourists to a small Mississippi River town where French houses date to the 1700s.

The long-sought formation of the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park was approved by Congress and signed into law March 23. It authorizes the National Park Service to acquire about 13 acres, including historic buildings, for inclusion in the park about an hour south of St. Louis.

Getting the national park designation was the culmination of 20 years of effort that local officials hope will bring more tourists to the town of nearly 4,500.

Momentum grew in 2005 when Congress ordered the Department of Interior to study whether part of the city and county meet federal criteria to be included in the national park system. The study began in 2010. It was supposed to take three years, but it wasn’t until 2015 that the National Park Service released its findings, which declared dozens of properties as historically significant and suitable for a park designation.

Now comes the job of getting it open. When that will happen, likely a few years from now, and specifics about how it will function largely remain unknown.

“We want to see things happen at a fast pace, but I don’t think you can do that, especially when you’re dealing with the federal government,” said Paul Hassler, the town’s mayor for the past year. “There are things that have to be in place and it’s going to take some time.”

He and many others in Ste. Genevieve are bullish on the boost that a national park site will bring to the town, and are eager to work with the National Park Service to do what needs to be done.

Hassler was part of a group who went to Washington last fall to speak before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources to push for the designation. Three people from his Ste. Genevieve contingent dressed in traditional French garb, which is a familiar site around the town — its French colonial past is a core part of the town’s identity, and tourism is a vital part of the area’s economy.

The original Ste. Genevieve settlement was founded around 1735 — the first permanent European settlement in what is now Missouri. The town is famous for its historic buildings that have survived the centuries, especially those using “poteaux-en-terre” construction, which means “posts-in-the-earth” and refers to its vertical logs built directly on the ground. Ste. Genevieve is home to three such buildings, part of the largest concentration of colonial French architecture in North America.

Some of the town’s many old buildings already are owned by the state and private groups who give tours, and also by people who live in them.

Between 25,000 and 40,000 people visit the town each year, said Sandra Cabot, its director of tourism. She said that number is conservative, and could double once the national park is open.

“Even buying gas — everything contributes to the local economy,” she said of the expected spike in tourists.

Developing a timeline is the next step in getting the national park running, she said.

No land for the park has been acquired, and the soonest it could be funded would be next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, said Alexandra Picavet, a National Park Service spokeswoman.

Typically, a new park site would start with a budget of perhaps $150,000 with one staff member to spearhead the planning process.

“All new parks start small and grow over time,” she said.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2016 that acquiring the land for the Ste. Genevieve park would cost about $335,000, and that state-owned property within its footprint likely would be donated to the park service. Privately owned property was expected to be purchased by the park service over five years.

The office also estimated the park service would spend about $1 million a year on maintenance and operating costs for the park after the property is acquired.

Park features

The Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park, under the current design, would be in two sections.

The smaller area would be a 4-acre parcel including the state-owned Delassus-Kern House on U.S. Highway 61. A resource study and environmental report released in 2016 calls it “a large example of vertical log architecture encased in late Victorian additions” that has been owned by the state since 1993. No significant stabilization has been done, the report said, partly because of work to learn more about the house’s origins and partly because of restoration costs.

The biggest portion would be about 2.5 miles away, on St. Mary’s Road just outside the town’s historic downtown. That area, about 9 acres, would include the state-owned Bauvais-Amoureux House, which is part of the Felix Valle State Historic Site, and adjacent properties, such as a former inn known as the Creole House.

That chunk of land also would cover the Bequette-Ribault House, which was restored by owner Hank Johnson, who also owns Chaumette Vineyards & Winery just outside of Ste. Genevieve.

Johnson gives tours and hosts wine tastings at the house, which dates to 1808 and is significant for its original Norman truss roof and poteaux-en-terre construction.

He is thrilled about the national park designation, and said he is interested in exploring a public-private partnership with the National Park Service for his site, which includes the Lasource-Durand cabin.

That could happen. Legislation authorizing the park encourages agreements between the park service and other landowners, said Picavet, the park spokeswoman.

“The energy and the interest the community has shown in this site is a great indicator of how we’ll be able to work together in the future,” she said.

Such a shared arrangement seems unlikely for a modern-day business like the Huck and Roth Garage, a boat-repair shop in the proposed national park’s boundaries.

Jerry Roth, who has owned it for more than 50 years, said he’ll wait to see if he gets an offer to sell to make way for the future park.

“I’ll have to make up my mind then,” he said.

Local business owners say the national historical park designation will highlight Ste. Genevieve’s charms.

The town seems to be hidden, said Judith Sexauer as she readied her art gallery and frame shop, Galleria Ste. Genevieve, for an art walk on a recent Friday. The building dates to 1860.

“There are people who just go to national parks,” she said. “I think this is going to add to getting us on the map in darker letters.”

Sara Menard is excited too. She’s president of the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve, and owns Sara’s Ice Cream shop.

The foundation would keep its properties, including the Guibourd-Valle house, which it would continue to operate separate of the national park site. Menard is hopeful the foundation will benefit from the National Park Service being in town.

Nelson and Delia Nix of Oakville toured another historic building, the Felix Valle house recently. Both said Ste. Genevieve already had the feel of a national park, so much so that they asked for a National Park Service passport stamp after the tour.

The Valle house is set to remain state-owned, but the Nixes will be able to take another day trip south and get that stamp someday — whenever the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park opens.

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Midway Bar & Grill

Midway Bar

13551 Hwy 32
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-1006

Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Daily
Cuisine: Traditional American
Alcohol: Beer and Wine

The Kozy

Kozy Kitchen
701 US Hwy 61
Bloomsdale, MO 63627
Call us at 573-483-2898 Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Daily

Sunday thru Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Cuisine: Contemporary Americana such as fish tacos, catfish, homemade burgers, hand-cut fries, and onion rings

Alcohol: Beer and Wine

Dew Drop Inn

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710 Hwy 61
Bloomsdale, MO 63627

Call us at 573-483-9992
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Serving: Lunch and Dinner Daily

Cuisine: Traditional Americana

Alcohol: Beer and Wine

Hickory Canyons Natural Area

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Hickory Canyons Natural Area, Sprott Road
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Lamotte sandstone formed box canyons here from the sandy beaches of a shallow ocean that existed 500 million years ago. Millions of years of erosion and uplift of the Ozark Plateau exposed the sandstone we see today.

After a rain event, a wet-weather waterfall can be enjoyed from the end of the 1/4 mile hiking trail on the east side of the county road. Another 1-plus mile trail loops through a canyon on the west side of Sprott Road.

In the winter, the bluffs drip with icicles that sparkle in the sun. This area is botanically rich, supporting glacial relics, species that were more common in Missouri 12,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Since then, the climate has warmed, forcing some species to inhabit micro-climates that mimic the cool, moist conditions of glacial times. Glacial relics at Hickory Canyons include hay-scented fern, fir clubmoss, and winterberry. The area is rich in fern species with over a dozen species represented.

Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary

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19620 State Route B
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Call us at 573-883-9909

Enjoy a 45-minute guided walking tour of Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary. Learn where the animals were rescued from, their personalities, and how you can help these amazing big cats as well as their wild relatives.

After the tour, head down to our Education Center and Gift Shop where you can view and even touch tiger artifacts such as teeth, claws, and a tiger pelt, just to name a few.

Visitors receive a complimentary tasting of Fizzy Izzy Root Beer named after our very own, Izzy tiger. All of the pathways are paved and accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

April thru Nov | Thursday thru Sunday | 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and  3:00 p.m.
Dec thru March | Saturday, and Sunday | 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and  3:00 p.m.

Anvil Saloon & Restaurant

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46 South Third Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call 573-880-7060

Hours

Sunday thru Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday thru Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Serving: Lunch, Dinner Daily
Alcohol: Wine, Beer, and Cocktails

Famous for its onion rings, fried chicken, pork tenderloin, and homemade desserts, the Anvil Saloon & Restaurant has called Ste. Geneviève home since 1855. The bar came from an actual 1850s steamboat which traveled the Mississippi River.

Audubon’s of Ste. Geneviève

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Audubon’s Restaurant

9 North Main Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-2479

Hours

Monday thru Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Alcohol: Wine, Beer, and Cocktails

Located in a century-old building in the Historic Downtown District of Ste. Geneviève, Missouri, Audubon’s Restaurant is a popular landmark for residents and tourists alike.

Open for lunch and dinner, our menu is the perfect balance between healthy and comfort food. Audubon’s invites you to share in a long tradition of hospitality and award-winning food and drink in one of Ste. Geneviève’s most historic restaurants!

The relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, and creative menu make this the perfect place to dine. Whether you’re looking for a delicious sandwich, brick oven pizza, mouth-watering steak, or just a cold beverage; we’ve got you covered!

Old Brick House

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90 South 3rd Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-2724

Hours

Monday thru Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Serving Breakfast Monday to Friday
Lunch and Dinner Daily

Built around 1800, the Old Brick is one of the oldest brick buildings west of the Mississippi. It has served as a territorial courthouse as well as a school.

Cuisine: At the Old Brick House, you can find sandwiches and fine dining, a fabulous hamburger, or a famous 40-ounce steak. Daily and Sunday a luncheon buffet is available.

Alcohol: Wine, Beer, and Cocktails

Sara’s Ice Cream

Sara Ice Cream Shop

124 Merchant St.
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-5890

Hours

Open Seasonally from April thru Mid October
Daily Hours 12:00 p.m. to 5 or 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy Ice Cream, Novelty Cones rolled in local pecans, Phosphates, Soda, and Coffee, all served at a historic soda fountain surrounded by antique memorabilia.

Sirros Family Restaurant

261 Merchant Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-5749

Sunday thru Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily

Cuisine: Dine-in or carry-out, pizza, pasta, and “samiches.” A children’s menu is also available. A popular choice of Restaurant and Dining in Ste. Geneviève!

Alcohol: Wine, Beer, and Cocktails

Stella & Me Cafe

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198 North Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
573-883-3078
Daily 5:30 a.m. to 2:00ish
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Stella and Me is a quaint, lunch cafe in downtown Ste. Geneviève, MO. Come enjoy award-winning sandwiches and salads, daily soup selections, and “just a bite” desserts.

Breakfast Cuisine: Specialty egg sandwiches, artisan toasts, and specials are served in a quaint, cozy, tearoom-like setting.
Lunch Cuisine: Sandwiches, Salads, Soups, and Specials. Top off lunch with a “Just A Bite” desert! Click on the Stella and Me Facebook page to see what’s cookin’.

Café Genevieve

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950 Ste. Geneviève Dr (Hwy 61)
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-3562

Hours

Tuesday thru Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Serving: Lunch and Dinner Daily
Breakfast: Saturday and Sunday

Cuisine: American and Local Specialties

Alcohol: Wine and Beer

China King Restaurant

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110 Plaza Drive (off Hwy 61)
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-8868

Serving Lunch and Dinner, Monday thru Saturday

Cuisine Asian specialties

El San Felipe

El San Felipe

21454 Highway 32
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-2015

Hours

Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

El San Felipe serves lunch and dinner daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. You can order delicious meals to go, for curbside pickup, or for seating inside or on the patio. Menus are available at this link.

Cuisine: Mexican

Alcohol: Beer and Wine

Oberle Meats

Oberle Meats

21529 Hwy 32
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-5656

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Serving: Lunch Takeouts Monday thru Saturday

Hours:

Monday thru Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sunday Closed

Cuisine: Take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey at Oberle Meats! Treat yourself to some world-famous Oberle Sausage, smoked pork tenderloin, and garlic cheese. Smoked ribs, pork steaks, chicken, Krakow, and homemade wieners also taste tingling delights.

Since the 1870s, Oberle Meats has specialized in German bologna, later known as Oberle Sausage. It has been made using the same recipe for over 145 years!

Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area

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Magnolia Hollow Drive
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area’s rugged 1,740-acre area is bordered by Establishment Creek and Schmidt’s Island and the Mississippi River. This recreation and outdoor lover’s paradise has steep bluffs and scenic river views.

Eagles are commonly sighted along the river in the winter months. Finally, the management of Magnolia Hollow and Establishment Creek corridors is minimal and designed to protect the steep and sensitive watersheds.

Pickle Springs Natural Area

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Pickle Springs Natural Area, Highway AA
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-3603

Pickle Springs has been designated a Natural Landmark by the National Park Service for its biological and geological values as an undisturbed site. A two-mile trail named the “Trail Through Time” winds through the park and guides the visitor through 500 million-year-old geologic wonders carved in sandstone.

The trail features clear streams, cool canyons, spectacular bluff views, and “The Slot,” a crevice marked with holes, pockets, and ridges. Visitors must climb through the ”Keyhole” to descend to the creek below. Twin footbridges cross Bone Creek and pass Mossy Falls.

The park is a primitive natural area and does not have services. Be sure to bring a camera and plenty of liquids before hiking the trail.

Hawn State Park

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Hwy 144 off Highway 32
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
573-883-3603

Just 25 minutes west of Ste. Geneviève, Hawn State Park is one of the best wilderness experiences that nature has to offer. The nearly 5,000-acre park features beautifully manicured areas for day use tent or RV camping.

The River Aux Vases and Pickle Creeks provide added fun for staying cool in the summer. Dogwood and redbud trees along with numerous types of wildflowers give the park a stunning backdrop for your experience in the spring.

Fall is especially colorful with the trees in their full autumn attire. Maps are available to guide visitors in hiking the many trails ranging from 2 to 10 miles in length.

Perryville RV Resort, LLC

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300 Lake Drive
Perryville, MO 63775

Call us at (314) 493-0224

20 miles south of Ste. Geneviève. The Perryville RV Resort offers 80 pull-through sites with full hook-ups, and tent sites with 110 v electric and water. Lounge area with satellite TV, monthly activities for all ages, group discounts, pavilion, cabins, and a hiking trail around a 100-acre lake.

Centre for French Colonial Life

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198 Market St
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Call us at 573-883-3105

Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 P.M.

The Centre for French Colonial Life is the headquarters for the French Colonial America museum campus. This building houses temporary and long-term exhibits, the campus gift shop, and offices.

At the Centre for French Colonial Life museum, the following special exhibits are on display: Saving St. Louis and To Shelter and Sustain. Saving St. Louis is an exhibit explaining the role of the 60 militiamen from Ste. Geneviève who traveled upstream and were instrumental in thwarting the British attack on May 26, 1780, during the Revolutionary War. The To Shelter and Sustain exhibit highlights the distinctive construction methods of structures utilized by early settlers of primary French descent who became known as “Creoles”.

Admission to the Centre for French Colonial life is  $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Call to schedule a group tour.

Beauvais-Amoureux House NPS Site

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327 St Marys Rd
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-7102
Open seasonally

Built around 1792 by Jean-Baptiste St. Gemme Beauvais, the Beauvais-Amoureux Historic House overlooks Ste. Geneviève’s communal agricultural fields, le Grand Champ.

Its upright cedar log walls are set directly into the earth in the rare “poteaux-en-terre” or “posts-in-the-earth” architecture method of construction. Heavy, hand-hewn timbers form the Norman truss system which supports the steeply-pitched roof that is reminiscent of early French Canadian architecture.

This vertical log home was purchased by Benjamin Amoureux in 1852 and later inherited by his wife Pelagie. Visit Pelagie Amoureux to hear her story. This house is now part of the National Park Service. Tour a display explaining how vertical log buildings were constructed and a large, impressive diorama depicting the village of Ste. Geneviève as it was in 1832!  Free

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Guibourd-Vallé House

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Fourth and Merchant streets
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
573.883.0584
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Guided group tours may be arranged at any time by appointment.
Winter Hours 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. by appointment only.
Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

The Guibourd-Vallé House was constructed for Jacques Guibourd in 1806 in the “poteaux-sur-sole” style with vertical, hand-hewn log walls and a double-pitched roof. This important National Register site is the only historic house in Ste. Geneviève where visitors can go into the attic to view and study up close the Norman truss architecture employed at the time.

The house is furnished with elegant French Antiques.  The museum is owned and operated by the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve as a memorial to its donor and former resident, Jules Felix Vallé.

Admission is adults $8, students $5 and a family $20, groups of 10 or more $5, students $3.  Tours are led by costumed guides.

Guided walking tours in the historic district are also available Monday-Friday at noon starting at and including the Guibourd-Valle House.  Admission is adults $15, students $5, and a family $35.

Bequette-Ribault House

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351 St Marys Rd
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-747-1000

Open Saturdays 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. seasonally by request.

Built in 1808, the Bequette-Ribault House, located across from Le Grand Champ or the “Big Field,” is an excellent example of “poteaux-en-terre” or “posts-in-the-earth” architecture.

Ste. Geneviève is home to 3 out of 5 remaining such buildings. Poteaux-en-terre architecture is in reference to the vertical logs built directly into the ground without a foundation.

The Bequette Ribault House was restored by Chaumette’s owners Hank and Jacque Johnson. In one of its outbuildings, a Hospitality Center features a tasting bar offering tastings and purchases of Chaumette’s award-winning wines.

Public tours are typically available on Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m. and from Memorial Day to October.
Private tours on Saturdays can be arranged during the winter months by calling 573-747-1000.

For more info visit their website.

Felix Vallé House State Historic Site

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Merchant & 2nd Streets
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Call us at 573-883-7102

Hours

Open Wednesday thru Sunday April to October
Thursday thru Sunday: November to March

Travel back to Missouri’s early French roots at Felix Vallé House State Historic Site. The American-Federal style Vallé house was built in 1818 and today is furnished in the style of the 1830s with a host of artifacts that show the American influence on the French community of Ste. Geneviève after the Louisiana Purchase.

This historic site was the home of one of Ste. Geneviève’s premier colonial families, Felix and Odile Pratte Vallé. The house features the family’s living quarters displaying beautiful early Empire furnishings with fully restored, original mantels and interior trim. An outside staircase on the back porch leads to fully furnished, second-floor bedrooms. The charming garden features original brick and frame outbuildings. Special Saturday activities are offered seasonally.

Admission includes guided tours. Meet your guide in the gift shop located across the street. Tours are offered at 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Ste. Geneviève Memorial Cemetery

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5th & Merchant Streets
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
573-883-7544
Open Daily until Dusk

Memorial Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 3,500 people, perhaps up to 5,000. Most grave markers were wooden crosses that have rotted away leaving most graves unmarked. The oldest grave is of Louis Le Clere and is dated 1796. The newest interment, or reinterment, is dated 15 years after the cemetery was officially closed in 1882.

Dr. Lewis Linn was first buried in1843 in Memorial Cemetery, but he did not rest in peace. Because the cemetery had become quite weedy and overgrown, the “model senator” was moved nearby to the new Valle Springs Cemetery. After Memorial Cemetery was cleaned up, in 1938 Senator Linn was buried for the third time. His almost 100-year-old corpse was remarkably preserved in his air-tight, lead-lined coffin, and people lined up to view his face through the window in the lid.

Another burial after the official closure of the cemetery was for Odile Vallé. She wished to be buried with her prominent husband, Felix Valle. In exchange, she donated land for the new cemetery and an enormous sum for the construction of the new brick Catholic Church.

Other notables buried in the cemetery include John Scott, Missouri’s last territorial representative and first Congressman; Jean Baptiste Vallé, the last French commandant of the area; Jacques Misse, an American Revolutionary War soldier; and a Civil War colonel killed at the Battle of Shiloh.

The oldest part of the cemetery is the middle third. This section was for Catholics. As other faiths came to the territory, another section was added uphill. This is where victims of a steamship explosion are buried, as are Native Americans. Some African slaves are buried there as well, while others lay at peace in their enslaver’s plot.

When it became apparent that more room was needed, another parcel was added downhill from the original. Finally, Memorial Cemetery reached capacity and became a health hazard. Burials after May of 1882 were in the new Vallé Spring Cemetery for Catholics, the Lutheran Cemetery, and Crestlawn Cemetery for others.

Only Child Originals

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176 N. Main St.
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-535-9056

Hours

Thursday thru Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Only Child Originals is a whole store of handmade (right here in this building) goodies for your body, home, and garden. The shop primarily sells original jewelry, from everyday earrings to exquisite necklace sets.

Silver Sycamore Gallery of Fine Art

Silver Sycamore

302 Market Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Hours

Friday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Call us at 573-608-0692

Silver Sycamore a Gallery of Fine Art, formerly The Rhinehart & Rhinehart Gallery, is one of a kind! The moment you walk through the door, the variety and quality of the art will take your breath away!
This gallery features the creations of a number of local artists. 

Available by appointment and they offer extended hours for Special Events. Call 701-527-9160 for additional times.

Brix Urban Winery & Market

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245 Merchant St.
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at (636) 735-1198

Hours

Friday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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The Brix Urban Winery and Market tasting room are located in the heart of Ste. Geneviève’s National Historic District.

Guests can find a pleasant respite under the shade of their grape arbor or in their wine-related gift shop that features unique gifts, souvenirs, and collectible items for the home wine enthusiast.

Discover numerous historic attractions within easy walking distance of the winery while tasting a sample of your favorite sweet wine or honey mead.

Most Bed and Breakfast Inns, restaurants, historic homes, and antique shops are in the Historic District.

Ste. Geneviève Golf Course

Golf Club

17450 Clubhouse Ct, MO Hwy 32
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Call us at 573-883-2949

Hours

Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Serving: Breakfast, Lunch, and Supper daily

Amenities: Ste. Geneviève Golf Club is a Par-72, 18-hole design with 4 sets of tees. After playing a round of golf enjoy a sandwich or burger in the Clubhouse.

Alcohol: Full Bar

Pere Marquette City Park

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Pere Marquette Park
North Main Street at Mathews Drive
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

This scenic city park, named for the famous 17th-century French Jesuit missionary, provides a perfect spot for that leisurely picnic or open space for the kids to play. The park features, play structures, soccer and baseball fields, and restrooms.

ASL Pewter Foundry

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183 South Third St.,
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-2095

Daily Hours 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Demonstrations Daily

ASL Pewter Foundry makes high-quality, lead-free pewter products that are functional and works of art.  

European Entitlements

European Entitlements

102 South Main St.
Ste. Geneviève, MO, 63670

Call us at 573-883-8233

Hours

Open Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesday

This specialty shop sells fine European home décor and garden items made and manufactured only in Europe. Discover French linens, Scottish jewelry, Italian and German porcelain, English creamware, Swedish linens, Irish wools, and French and Italian soaps. In addition, many of these products come from companies that have been in business for well over a century.

Tiger Pointe (County)

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19620 Crown Ridge Rd
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-9909

Have you ever wanted to spend a night in tiger territory? Now you can! Come spend a night in one of our beautiful rooms where you will have the opportunity to spend time observing and getting to know the rescued big cats that call our sanctuary home.

Not only will you have a great time, but the proceeds from your stay will go towards providing our rescued cats with the very best care possible!

Tiger View Lodge (County)

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19620 Crown Ridge Rd
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-9909

Tiger View Lodge is the crown jewel of Crown Country lodging. Situated on a bluff at Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, the lodge offers an expansive view of the countryside below.

Stay in one of the three king suites or the executive suite with a poker table and stock bar option. There is a large great room, two sun-rooms and an entertainment room with a TV, pool table and convertible game table. Each guestroom is equipped with its own heating and cooling system.

Located adjacent to Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary.

The Villages at Chaumette (County)

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24345 State Route WW
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-747-1000

The Villages at Chaumette offers twenty-six villas, elegantly designed with nine-foot ceilings, fireplaces, and fully equipped kitchens. The shaded porches overlook panoramic views of beautiful hills, farmlands, and vineyards.

Vineyard House (County)

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23589 Route WW
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-756-9463

Nestled among the vines of Crown Vineyard, the Vineyard House invites guests to revel in the serenity of Crown Country. It is one of the four properties of Crown Country Lodging.

The whole house rental includes 3 bedrooms (1 king bed, 2 queen beds, and 1 full bed) and 2 bathrooms. Guests are invited to enjoy full access to the kitchen, dining room, living room, sun porch, and patio. Breakfast is included at Tiger Ridge Restaurant.

Ruby’s Rental (City)

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147 N. Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-247-3800

If you are looking for a unique, eclectic, fun place to get away, welcome to Ruby’s Rental! Walk just 3.5 blocks to downtown historic Ste. Geneviève. Ruby’s Rental has one bedroom (sleeps-2), a sleeping loft (sleeps-2), and a Charlie Thomas original Murphy bed (sleeps-2) in the living room.

Hidden Valley RV Park & Storage

Hidden Valley RV Park

St Hwy OO
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
314-324-9901

12 Miles north, Hidden Valley RV Park is located on the north side of Highway OO just off Interstate 55 at Exit 162 in northern Ste. Geneviève County. Hidden Valley RV Park has 17 RV pads with full hookups and laundry facilities.

Cave Vinyard

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21124 Cave Rd
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-543-5284

Hours

Daily Hours 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Family-owned Cave Vineyard and Winery is a must-stop destination on your tour of Ste. Geneviève’s Wine Country!

Cave Vineyard offers its guests a wide array of award-winning, estate-grown Strussione Wines.

Begin by sampling wines in the tasting room that overlooks some of the most scenic rolling vineyards in the county. Then ride the tram to the cave for an afternoon of live music, picnic lunches, or just to cool off on a hot summer day. Picnic baskets are welcome. Or should you desire, one can be prepared for you in the tasting room.

Please click here for hours, wines available, beers to sample, and information on their biscotti bar.

Charleville Vineyard, Winery & Microbrewery

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16937 Boyd Road
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-756-4537

Located in the western part of Ste. Geneviève County, Charleville takes pride in offering award winning wines and crafted brews.  Located in the western part of Ste. Genevieve County, Our tasting room and patio features a breathtaking view high above Saline Creek Valley. On the property, you’ll find a beautifully refurbished 1860s log cabin adjacent to the tasting room that serves as a two-room lodge for guests as well as an event venue called The View at Charleville.

Chaumette Vineyards & Winery

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24345 State Route WW
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Call us at 573-747-1000

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Thursday through Saturday 11:00a to 8:00p
Sunday 11:00a to 4:00p.

Established in 1990 by Hank and Jackie Johnson, Chaumette is one of the Midwest’s premier wineries, offering a unique and memorable experience for every guest.  Voted best Winery/Restaurant in the U.S. by USA Today reader poll in 2022.

Their award-winning wines may be experienced in the eloquent tasting room that houses the winery’s own Grapevine Grill. A gift shop and art gallery, along with live music in the warm months, is just a sampling of your total wine country experience at Chaumette.

Chaumette’s facilities are available for weddings, parties, family gatherings, and corporate & private events. Also, the all-faith chapel, St. Vincent’s-in-the-Vineyard, is available for reservation for private ceremonies.

Thanks to its locally sourced, fresh ingredients and Executive Chef Rob Beasley’s mastery of the culinary arts, the Grapevine Grill was ranked as one of the top winery restaurants in the nation

On top of the extensive menu, they have weekly features that highlight the freshest farm-to-fork ingredients. Cajun Nights on Thursdays offer an exquisite salad and seasonal Cajun-Creole-Southwest style entrée for only $15.

On Fridays, enjoy some of the freshest fish in Missouri, courtesy of the Honolulu Fish Company. Sit on the porch during fair weather and indulge in one of their fine wines paired with a hearty meal as you soak in the sweeping vistas of the vineyard.

Reservations are not required but are highly recommended.

If you’d like an overnight stay, they’ve recently expanded their villas. Rent a rustic, French-colonial style villa so you can truly enjoy your weekend getaway.

Alcohol: Beer, Wine, some Cocktails

Sand Creek Vineyard & Winery

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3578 Sand Creek Road
Farmington, MO 63640

Call us at 573-756-9999

Hours

Friday 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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Among the rolling hills and vineyards of Ste. Geneviève’s Wine Country lies one of the newest family-owned vineyards in St. Francois County, Sand Creek Vineyard & Winery.

Established in 2002, Sand Creek has recently opened their spacious new tasting room with its handmade railing, beautiful double doors, large stone bar, and heavenly cupola.

Be sure to taste their nine distinctive wines while enjoying a picnic lunch and listening to live, seasonal entertainment on the large, fire-pitted veranda.

In addition, the winery has sausage, cheese, crackers, and chocolates, with draft and bottled beers available for purchase. The tasting room is available for private parties and special events.

The Terrace at French Village

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6188 Highway Y
French Village, MO

Call us at 573-358-7177

Hours

Friday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Located on the northern tip of the Ozark Highland Triangle, the building housing The Terrace at French Village was the 1890s home of the Harold Werner family. The Werners were early pioneering vintners in Missouri. They left a legacy of winemaking in the region that carries on to this day with a single row of their original vines still producing grapes.

Explore our wide selection of wine: sweet red, moscato, riesling, chardonel, norton, french wines, and beer. If you want it, I’m sure we have it. Come in today and discover how The Terrace at French Village wine menu will keep you coming back!

Crown Ridge Tigers Lodging (County)

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Various locations on State Route B
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-9909

Have you ever wanted to spend a night in tiger territory? Now you can! Come spend a night in one of our beautiful rooms where you will have the opportunity to spend time observing and getting to know the rescued big cats that call our sanctuary home.

Not only will you have a great time, but the proceeds from your stay will go towards providing our rescued cats with the very best care possible! Thirteen options are available from a single room rental to enjoying a whole, well-appointed house! Hope to see you soon!

Coffman House (County)

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23491 State Route B
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 1-866-207-9463

Unwind in the peaceful country setting of Coffman House in Crown Valley. It is one of the four properties of Crown Country Lodging.

Coffman House is an early 1900s renovated country store with an enchanting view of the Coffman countryside. Coffman House is conveniently located at the intersection of Highway B and Highway F in the quaint town of Coffman, Missouri. Guests are invited to enjoy the spacious veranda, common living room, kitchen, and dining room.

The whole house rental includes 7 bedrooms (9 queen beds) and 7 bathrooms. Guests are invited to enjoy full access to the kitchen, dining room, living room, and patio.

Triangle Inn (City)

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897 Ste. Geneviève Drive
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 888-883-7191
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Situated along Highway 61 in Ste. Geneviève, Triangle Inn is a traditional motel reminiscent of Route 66 lodging, and located in the triangle surrounded by Highway 32, U.S. 61 and Triangle Dr.

Rosie’s Posies

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121 South 6th Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO, 63670

Call us at 573-883-5240

Hours

Monday thru Friday Hours 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Hours 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sunday by appointment

Beautiful, thoughtful flowers and gift items for any occasion from family parties to anniversaries, baptisms, and holidays.

Rustik Sand Kandles

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252 Merchant St.,
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-517-3751

Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Candles, wax melts/tarts, country crafts, primitive items, and hand-painted driftwood. All handmade!

Show Me Shop

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10 South Main St.
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-3096

Hours

Monday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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The Show Me Shop is home to the finest Missouri wines and gourmet foods. They also have a very large selection of unique gifts, greeting cards, and garden decorations.

Ralston Fine Jewelry

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272 Merchant St.
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-2372

Hours

Tuesday thru Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Formerly Steiger Jewelers, Inc., this business carries fine jewelry, costume jewelry, clocks, crystal, Precious Moments, Cherished Teddies, wedding and anniversary gifts, appraisals, and repairs.

Sweet Things Sweet Shop

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242 Market St.
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-7990

Hours

Tuesday thru Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday  Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
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Sweet Things Sweet Shop, located in the downtown, historic city of Ste. Geneviève, Missouri, is a candy and gift store that will have something for everyone! Whether you’re looking for decadent chocolates, sour cream and onion flavored crickets, lollipops as big as your face, or jawbreakers the size of a baseball, we have it all! Stop by today and see why people of all ages love coming to our store.

Interested in our store, but you can’t make it to Ste. Geneviève? Give us a call or e-mail us and we can put together a selection of products to be mailed to you anywhere in the U.S.

Or maybe you want to surprise someone with a box of chocolate? We hand-deliver orders up to five miles from our store. What’s better than a hand-delivered surprise box of chocolate?

Treasured Memories Florist

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234 Merchant Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO, 63670

Call us at 573-883-5109

Hours

Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Treasured Memories is a full-service florist and specialty gift shop offering fresh flower arrangements, silk arrangements, plants, wedding rental products, evergreen decor flags, Yankee Candles, angels, stepping stones, home, and garden decor, gift baskets, and much more.

Treasured Memories also offers an on-site wedding venue.

Deb Says Sew

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702 Ste. Genevieve Dr.
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-3378

Deb Says Sew custom designs t-shirts and other items with screen printing or embroidery. They also design business cards, window decals, and more! 

First Settlement Antique Store

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132 Merchant St.
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-8002

Hours

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The First Settlement Antique Store features quality antiques. They specialize in primitives, fine glassware, vintage clothing, jewelry, toys, linens, handcrafted wood accessories, and stained glass items. Visit them today!

Zielinski and Friends

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288 Merchant St.
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-7551

Hours

Thursday thru Monday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Antiques & Collectibles, Books & Albums, Memorabilia & Ste. Geneviève mementos! These are Hand Picked items found throughout the adventure of the Zielinski family and friends.

Schultz Antiques

24534 US Hwy 61
St. Mary, MO 63673

Call us at 573-631-7225

Hours

Open most Sundays 11a – 6p.

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Family owned and operated antique store serving Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois for 42 years, carrying a wide range of antiques, collectibles, and furniture.

Antique furniture, antiquing, custom finishes, hutches, tables, islands. We redo bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms, and business offices.

Hometown Inn & Suites (City)

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21958 Highway 32
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
800-230-3734

Hometown Inn & Suites (formerly the Microtel) has 42 double queen rooms plus 6 suites. Meeting rooms are available. Tour groups, reunions, and weddings are welcome. Room reservations include free continental breakfast, local calls, high-speed internet, lobby computer, refrigerator, and a microwave.

Twin Oaks Vineyard & Winery

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6470 Hwy F
Farmington, MO 63640

Call us at 573-756-6500

Hours

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to Close

This family owned winery sits amid the vineyards providing a perfect spot to relax and enjoy a bottle of their red, white or blended wine, or a glass of cold, premium beer. In the tasting room, with its antique, turn-of-the-century bar, sample wines while you browse through a variety of unique gifts and apparel. An assortment of fresh meats, cheeses, crackers, fruit and chocolates is also available for purchase. A tranquil pond adjacent to the patio is the perfect gathering place for you and friends to enjoy live entertainment from April through October – or get cozy in front of the tasting room’s fireplace during the cool months. The winery’s facilities are available for private parties, corporate events, and weddings. Check their website for listings of upcoming events. Please click on the website link below for hours.

Night Of The Werewolf (Oct)

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The annual Night of the Werewolf, from 7 to 9 p.m., provides a rare opportunity for night activities on the campus of French Colonial America.

Loup Garou (werewolves) have been spotted throughout the village at night!  Enjoy lantern led historic house tours, werewolf stories & folklore around the fire, s’mores & cider, children’s games, and patrol with the militia as they capture and dispatch werewolves

Call about ticket availability at 573-883-3105.