Touring Ste. Genevieve, a French-Canadian settlement located on the Mississippi River about an hour south of St. Louis, was a wonderful experience and the people there truly are a treasure.
We toured historic homes like the Bolduc House (pictured), the Guibourd House and the Felix Valle House (a State Historic Site that also includes the Amoureux House and the Shaw House) and learned about the city’s rich history. Homes there date to the late 1700s and early 1800s and feature impressive architectural features, like vertical log construction.
(In case the green in the trees didn’t give it away, I didn’t take these photos during our trip on Wednesday. MoPhotoGirl, who is a very talented photographer, took these on a prior trip and they are much better than anything I could take, so I posted them.)
We also had the chance to step into the Ste. Genevieve Winery, the beautiful Church of Ste. Genevieve, easily the most beautiful church I’ve ever stepped foot in, and the Ste. Genevieve Museum. After that, we head off into wine country, which is located in the beautiful rolling hills outside the city.
While we saw many wonderful attractions in Ste. Genevieve, the hospitality extended to us by the city, the chamber, the tourism department, local historians and our guide from the State Historic Sites and our gracious hosts at the Southern Hotel B and B was, in all seriousness, off the charts.
Ste. Genevieve features many charming shops and eating establishments, as well as the previously mentioned historic sites and wineries. If you’re in the area, stop for a visit because it’s certainly worth the trip, no matter where you’re coming from.