A Wine Country Getaway is Closer Than You Think!
Be Adventurous! Ever wanted to rent a canoe, kayak or raft and float the Missouri River? You can! You can travel the exact path Lewis and Clark forged more than 200 years ago! Missouri River Excursions is offering a new experience for adventurous souls. Take a chance on the Missouri – unlike floating smaller rivers, the Missouri is a wide-open adventure experience. Plan your adventure today.
If dry land is more your speed, then try your luck on the Katy. The state of Missouri is lucky to have the Katy Trail State Park, and historic Missouri Wine Country has some of the prettiest views along the trail. Stop by the Katy Bike Rental in either Defiance or Augusta and rent a bike for a day long adventure. It’s an easy 7.3-mile ride between Defiance and Augusta, we challenge you to do the marathon ride of 26.9 miles! Go ahead, be adventurous.
Explore the Night Sky! Broemmelsiek Park in Defiance features 494 acres of natural beauty, several large lakes for fishing and more than seven miles of multiuse trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use. But if you’re looking for something truly unique, check out the Astronomy Viewing Area. The site, which is free and open to the public, features 24/7 access, with nine paved telescope stations. Every Friday night, the skies come alive as members of the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) host public star gazing events, beginning at dusk.
Discover Why French Wine Has Missouri Roots! In 1876, when the French wine industry was on the brink of ruin, millions of cuttings of Missouri grapevine rootstock were shipped to France. Our Native American rootstocks were immune to the American plant louse that found the French roots particularly appealing. By grafting French vines on to the Missouri rootstock, healthy grapes could be produced.
St. Charles County is home to more than a dozen award-winning wineries. Take time to discover Birdlegs Blush from Sugar Creek Winery, or the Norton Missouri from Mount Pleasant Estates, or sit on the expansive deck with vineyard views at Chandler Hill Vineyards and enjoy a glass of Savage Norton. You’ll need a few days to discover them all!
Be Pampered! Tucked into a 100-year-old mill in downtown Augusta is Halcyon Spa. Whether you’re a cyclist coming off the Katy Trail or just looking for a relaxing escape, Halcyon Spa is the place to visit. Get a therapeutic massage, rejuvenating facial or refreshing body wrap and you’ll be nurtured and refreshed when you leave.
Be on the Lookout for Dangerous and Audacious Squirrels! If you’re a biker or a BIKER!, Historic Missouri Wine Country will not disappoint. You can get off the trail, or the highway, and stop for a libation at one of the colorful stops in Defiance, Augusta and New Melle. Try the Augusta Brewing Co. in Augusta for a bite to eat and a tasty craft beverage, head over to Liz’s Bar and Grill in New Melle and discover why it’s a cornerstone for locals, and then check out Terry & Kathy’s in Defiance for local bands, billiards and a “Defiant” attitude. Then cross the street to the Defiance Roadhouse and check out those cheeky Squirrels.
Walk in the Footsteps of Daniel Boone! Step into history at the Historic Daniel Boone Home at Lindenwood Park. Nestled upon the rolling hills of wine country and overlooking the Femme Osage Valley, this beautiful setting represents life in the early 1800s. At 65 years old, Daniel Boone came to Missouri with his wife Rebecca and several of their children and settled in the area. The home, located at Lindenwood Park, is the home of Daniel’s youngest son, Nathan Boone. Take a tour of the four story house with two-and-a-half foot thick limestone walls and discover life in 1800s.
You’ll Need a Bed, Breakfast, Perhaps Both! Historic charm with modern comfort? A quiet peaceful country setting? Boutique B&B with a convenient location and lots of charm? A pool with a great view? Historic Missouri Wine Country has what you’re looking for and is home to more than a dozen beautiful bed and breakfast. Plan to spend some time in Wine Country.
For all this and more, visit HistoricStCharles.com and discover St. Charles.