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Founded around 1735 by French fur traders, Ste. Genevieve remained a French speaking enclave for centuries in the newly Americanized Midwest. St. Gen is the oldest European settlement west of the Mississippi. Sadly, the last generations of native French speakers are disappearing, but old traditions such as La Guiannée remain.
This ancient tradition, comparable to the English custom of Wassailing that harkens back to Europe's Middle Ages, is celebrated by descendants of those French settlers. Dressed in bizarre and somewhat archaic costumes, the revelers wander from place to place singing a beggars song for favors.
You can see and participate with these singers and musicians as they celebrate this 250-year-old tradition New Year's Eve in the streets, cafes and pubs of Ste. Genevieve's Historic District.
If you are looking for that special combination of live music, a jovial atmosphere and small town charm, then you need to know about the Summer Music Series in historic Ste. Genevieve.
Featuring a variety of musical styles ranging from soulful rhythm and blues to convincing musical tributes to Johnny Cash and the Beatles, the series runs for 7 consecutive weekends in June and July.
Now in its sixth season, the Summer Music Series brings regional and national touring acts to perform on stage at the Orris, a former movie theater in the historic district of downtown Ste. Genevieve.
Join us for a three-weekend Art Education Event commemorating the first Sainte Genevieve Summer School of Art in 1934.
In keeping with the spirit and context of the original school, instructors who are top in their field are being recruited through the St. Louis Artists’ Guild connections.
Art classes may be held outdoors (weather permitting) and will include a critique of the art created. The salons are patterned after those held in Paris where intellectual discourse about art were conducted in a collegial atmosphere.
For those art enthusiasts who would like to learn something about a variety of art techniques, the Show Me Art Demonstrations are a gathering of many artists and artisans actually performing their work with tips on how to get started, materials needed, etc.
Help do bousilliage repair on the Louis Bolduc House, play zombie versus human games, eat s’mores, plant garlic, hunt for a loup garou (werewolf), and sing zombie karaoke.
Love chocolate and shopping? This event is for you!
Sample a luscious chocolate treat at each participating downtown establishment and shop Ste. Genevieve's unique downtown. Tickets: $5.00; must have a ticket to sample.
Join us every Thursday as Chef Adam presents a selection of main courses and accompanying side dishes, with focus on locally-sourced, seasonal foods. We’ll serve “family style,” on decorative platters at your table.
In addition to our award-winning wines, Charleville micro-brewed draught beer is also available. $14.95 for adults, $7.45 for children.
Dec. 5: classic French onion soup; romaine, house-made Boursin cheese and quick pickled radishes; prime rib roast; twice baked potato; roasted root vegetables
Dec. 12: late autumn greens with apples and caramel vinaigrette; chicken pot pie; roasted Dempsey Farm winter squash; gently stewed green beans with shallot
Dec. 19: late autumn vegetable in pork broth; romaine, spinach with roasted onion vinaigrette and croissant croutons; roasted Meyer Farm Berkshire pork ribs; macaroni and cheese; grilled broccoli with garlic and herb
Dec. 26 Dempsey Farm winter squash soup with rosemary cream; hearty greens with balsamic vinaigrette; slow roasted beef brisket with buerre rouge; root vegetable gratin; roasted Brussels sprouts
Reservations suggested: 573-747-1000.
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Join us as Chef Adam offers a selection of locally raised beef with accompanying sauces and side dishes in addition to our seasonal dinner menu!
In addition to our award-winning wines, Charleville micro-brewed draught beer is also available. $28 for entree with soup or salad and dessert; $24 entree only.
Dec. 6: grilled flank steak; duchess potatoes; roasted beets; and hollandaise
Dec. 13: pan seared steak maison; crispy Dempsey Farm winter squash ravioli; wilted greens and beef broth
Dec. 20: grilled coulotte steak; onion rings; potato cakes and horseradish crème fraiche
Dec. 27: roasted sirloin “fillet”; root vegetable gratin; and Brussels sprouts and buerre rouge
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Join us every Sunday evening to celebrate our locally-sourced foods of the harvest season! Exec Chef Adam Lambay’s Sunday Supper gourmet menus feature premium cuts of meat and ingredients from local farmers and food producers. Guests will be served family-style on decorative platters at their individual tables. $18 per guest; $7.45 children 12 & younger.
Please call for reservations: 573-747-1000.
Dec. 8: five bean soup; a salad of red leaf lettuce, cabbage, crispy onion, sun-dried tomato vinaigrette; Norton braised beef short ribs; triple creamed mashed potato; warm County Line Farm beet salad
Dec. 15: cream of sweet potato; spinach with simple vinaigrette, and toasted walnuts; boneless roasted chicken stuffed with dried fruit, brioche, herbs and celery; Dempsey Farm winter squash hash; caramelized Brussels sprouts
Dec. 22: winter minestrone; hearty greens with peppercorn dressing and croutons; grilled Meyer Farm Berkshire pork chops; mustard creamed spinach; roasted mélange of potatoes
Dec. 29: potato and herb cream soup; classic Caesar salad; beef Wellington sirloin steak seasoned with herbs, onion, garlic, mushroom and wrapped with puff pastry; confit of carrot and parsnip; mushroom Stroganoff
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 one portraying the well-to-do or the not-so-well-to-do from 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 on Saturday, October 25 from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in historic Memorial Cemetery.
The cemetery established in 1787, includes the tombs and grave markers of the area’s earliest French Pioneers, other European emigrants, African American slaves and freemen, Native Americans and a mass grave for victims of a steamboat explosion. The family friendly living history program provides visitors with an intimate look into the lifestyles and happenings in Missouri’s oldest town during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Tour the cemetery via lantern light and chat “face to face” with spirits clad in traditional dress and enjoy a hauntingly good time. This event benefits the Memorial Cemetery restoration efforts.
Join us for the 27th Annual Ecole de Soldat in the Historic District of Ste. Genevieve. Enjoy lectures on the history and life activities of the French Colonial Period in the Mississippi Valley and the Illinois country. Re-enactors will be present to demonstrate and talk about French Colonial and Militia life. The “Heritage Auction” on Saturday afternoon will offer entertainment and period goods for re-enactors and the public.
Featuring original artwork by Mary Peura and a collection of fine antiques including glassware, pottery, furniture, jewelry and primitives.
Regional dining emphasizing local ingredients and wood fired oven. Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. Casual fare and drinks in Fenwick's Bar. Banquet center and catering Opening late 2013
The Louis Bolduc House, a National Historic Landmark, was built in around 1792, by one of the wealthiest French Americans, in the first town in Missouri, when it was governed by Spain.
Visit his vertical log house, gardens, and discover what life in 18th century Ste. Genevieve was like. In addition to the unique architecture, the museum has a large collection of 18th century French colonial furnishings and artifacts. Discover the unique story of the Shawnee and Delaware Indian tribes in Eastern Missouri when you step into the Stone Cottage behind the Bolduc House and don't miss the Eastern Woodland Indian Village with its Three Sisters Garden and in-ground pottery firing pit.
Walk through the lovely flower gardens to the smaller home built in 1820 by Rene LeMeilleur and his wife, Agatha Bolduc. One room is furnished as an 1830s living room. The other room is our Hands-On History Room with activities for children and temporary exhibits.
Purchase admission tickets across the street at the Linden House, where you can shop, visit the Colonial Dames Parlor, the Salon de The - Chez Emilie, and the Rozier Library and Heritage Room. The spacious Linden House yard is a great place to relax, let the children romp and see the plants in the Lewis and Clark Garden.
Cave Vineyard derives its name from the remarkable Saltpeter Cave which is located under the tasting room. Visit this natural cave wine cellar.
Sample award winning wines in the tasting room and stroll to the cave to enjoy the koi pond and babbling brook. Take in the scenic views of the vineyard and rolling hills from the outdoor pavilion.
Bring your own picnic, or purchase cheeses and sausages in the tasting room. The cave may be reserved for your private event. Join the wine club for special offers.
We offer a variety of wines and hand crafted beers. Enjoy them in a wonderful rustic setting, with some of the best views in Ste. Genevieve County.
Charleville is off the beaten path, in a country setting. Join us for a relaxed afternoon in the sun. Bring a picnic or purchase one here.
We have a refurbished 1860s log cabin bed-and-breakfast on-site; it features two guestrooms.
Do not use GPS or MapQuest to find us; they take you to all sorts of interesting roads that have not been in existence for 50 years. See our website or click here for directions.
Chaumette Winery sits amid magnificent rolling hills. Enjoy the views while sampling our award-winning, handcrafted wines. Visit our restaurant and our poolside cafe for lunch and dinner. Shop our gift shop and art gallery. We present live entertainment outdoors during warmer months.
Indulge yourself at The Spa at Chaumette, featuring all-natural products. Stay at The Villages at Chaumette: elegantly appointed villas with beautiful furnishings, hi-tech amenities, fitness center, pool with private cabanas, and alfresco dining.
For weddings and private events, we can accommodate 300 guests in our formal ballroom and in our refurbished barn. Our all-faith chapel is available for weddings and Sunday services.
Please Note: Our hours vary by season, so please go to our website for details and directions.
Get away from it all and unwind in a peaceful country setting. Coffman House is located at the intersection of Route B and Route F outside the historic city of Ste. Genevieve; it is located half a mile from Crown Valley Winery and the Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. Guests are invited to enjoy the spacious veranda, common living room, kitchen and dining room. A continental breakfast is included with each stay, served at Crown Valley Brewery.
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is a USDA-approved big cat rescue facility funded through a 501(c)3 foundation. Our mission is to provide a permanent home for exotic cats that have endured neglect, abuse, or other undesirable homes. We strive to provide these cats with a healthy lifestyle by providing the best vet care, diets, and enrichment activities possible.
Through both on and off-site presentations, tours, educational programs, and our website, Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary seeks to educate people on the importance of habitat conservation and wildlife preservation. Take a guided tour of Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, a non-profit rescue facility, home to our tigers and a lioness.
Bring your family for a general or V.I.P. tour or you can schedule your school group for an educational tour. Our cats are playful year round, so it’s always a good time to come watch them take a swim in their pools during the summer or pounce through the snow in the winter. Don’t forget to ask how you can Adopt-A-Cat to help keep them healthy and happy.
Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling features handcrafted brews made exclusively at the Coffman facility. All beers are produced in the state-of-the-art, 15-barrel microbrewery. The brewery bar, with rustic dark alder wood, houses all those who are eager to sample or purchase one of these brews. Right outside the brewery is a beer garden complete with stage and sound system for live music and events, as well as a large stone fire pit.
Customers are able to sip their favorite brew indoors or outdoors, watch the game on one of many flat-screen televisions, or take a tour of the facility to learn more about the brewing process and the historic Coffman area. But this new facility goes beyond beer, with the addition of a distillery, gourmet coffee roaster and country general store.
After sampling the specialty beers, guests can purchase freshly roasted coffee beans, try a cappuccino from the state-of-the-art Multi LM super automatic coffee machine by Carimali, try a cigar from the humidor, buy Missouri products in the general store, or simply relax by the fireplace in the sitting area. Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling offers a unique experience for more than just the avid beer connoisseur.
Crown Valley Winery is open to the public year-round, offering winery tours, wine tastings, banquet facilities, and a deli and gift shop. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Our winery is situated on 600 acres of land, with more than 200 acres of vineyards. Durning the fall, we offer vineyard tours and hayrides.
The architecture and interior of the winery features hand-carved oak doors with reclaimed stained glass; copper and wrought iron crafted by local artisan; and leaf-stamped copper bars. Live music plays on the weekends from May-October in our outdoor pavilion, where you can sit and enjoy the spectacular views and order a variety of food from the Vintage Grill. We can be the destination for your next party, event or wedding. We now have four areas available for rental, as well as catering options. Don't forget to ask about our shuttle service.
This circa 1850 French Chateau is located in Missouri's oldest town.
The four guestrooms include fireplaces, bath robes, ceiling fans, and king beds. The full breakfast can be served in your room.
European Entitlements is a specialty shop that sells home décor and garden items made in Europe. We carry Irish blankets; French and Swedish linens; German, English, Spanish and Italian table top items, along with jewelry, toys, books on Europe, greeting cards, baskets, candy and food items, and English garden tools and accessories.
This historic site includes three houses: the 1818 Federal-style Felix Valle House; the vertical-log, 1792 Amoureux House; and the 1819 Shaw House. Exhibits interpret the lifestyles and history of early Ste. Genevieve. These are some of the finest examples of French colonial architecture in the nation. Tours: $4; ages 6-12, $2.50; younger than 6, free.
Quality antiques presented by dealers specializing in primitives, fine glassware, vintage clothing, jewelry, toys, linens, handcrafted wood and stained glass items. Hand quilting services and estate sale services available.
Set in eastern Ozark sandstone country, this park is located between Ste. Genevieve and Farmington on Route 32. One of Missouri's most scenic and unspoiled landscapes, this park is known for pine trees and wild azaleas. Picnic sites, a shelter and a campground are nestled under the pines. Hiking trails and a 10-mile backpacking trail are available.
This park offers basic and electric campsites, with some secluded walk-in sites. Services available include reservable sites, a dump station, showers, water and laundry. Set in eastern-Ozark sandstone country, this park is known for pine trees and wild azaleas. It features picnicking and a 10-mile backpacking trail. Camping reservations: 877-422-6766 and online.Read more
Art gallery featuring regional artists with exhibits changing on a monthly basis. A featured gallery on Ste. Genevieve's Fourth Friday Art Walk
Restored circa 1848 Inn: eight guestrooms and one very private carriage house, private baths. Four course breakfast, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.; you choose from eight entrees, served restaurant style so you have a private table. Enjoy these elegant surroundings in Missouri's oldest town.
The Jacques Guibourd Historic House was built in 1806, using vertical posts construction, hand-hewn log walls, and a double pitched roof. This is the only historic house in Ste. Genevieve where the visitor has an up-close view of the Norman truss architecture employed at the time.
The house displays a refined rendition of the typical French Colonial residence in the era of Lewis and Clark, and is finished with elegant French antiques. Guided tours are given by a docent in period dress.
Open daily, April through the first weekend of December. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Group tours at any time, by appointment.
Small local salon and day spa with big-town services. Offering hair, nail, massage and facial services. Located in historic downtown next to bed and breakfasts.
This rugged 1,740-acre area is bordered by Establishment Creek and Schmidt's Island, alongside the Mississippi River. This area features steep bluffs and scenic views of the Mississippi River. Eagles are commonly sighted along the river. A wheelchair-accessible viewing platform is available for observing the Mississippi River and Establishment Creek bottoms. This is a forest area with some old fields. Facilities/features include: a skeet range, an archery range, and a permanent stream (Establishment Creek). This area is in Ste. Genevieve County, 10 miles north of Ste. Genevieve, along the Mississippi River. Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area is south of Bloomsdale on Route 61, one mile east on Route V, then north on White Sands County Gravel Road.
This renovated circa 1882 inn features seven guestrooms, all with queen beds and private baths. Other features include a large perennial herb garden, porches, spacious common rooms, fine food and fine antiques.
While our building says historic, nothing about our merchandise is antiquated. Melange is a treat for the senses with color, music, and fragrance. The Paris-themed walls, along with shabby-chic and glass displays, blend our vintage and contemporary products.
Enjoy classical and instrumental music while searching for the perfect WoodWick candle and Lolita wine glass. Mix your style with Sally Jean and Lotti Dottie jewelry. We have handbags and scarves. Choose from customized stone plaques, inspirational decor, picture frames, memo boards, and decor for your home. We have the perfect gifts for baby showers and weddings.
Try our dips and seasoning mixes from Gourmet du Village. Also, Melange is your go-to store for custom-designed Sainte Genevieve merchandise. We change with the seasons, so visit often – you can always find the perfect gift.
We offer our guests free local and long-distance calls within the continental United States. Standard amenities including in-room remote-controlled flat screen TVs with ESPN, CNN and HBO; free continental breakfast; and Dream Well bedding.
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