A hidden gem only one hour south of St. Louis, the charming historic district of Ste. Genevieve is a treasure trove of shops, wineries, historic tour homes, festivals, museums and art galleries. Named for the patron saint of Paris, France, the tiny village of Ste. Genevieve was founded by French colonial merchants and traders in the early 1700's and it is the oldest permanent settlement in Missouri.
Many unique architectural features have been carefully preserved and are open for tours. The Ste, Genevieve area includes excellent bed-and-breakfast inns, hotels, unique local dining, shopping, wineries and microbreweries. Lots to see and do in this area. Excellent choice as a base of operations for exploring the Mississippi River Region south of St. Louis.