Winer­ies & Day Trips

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AL­TON, ELSAH, GRAFTON— Lo­cated just north of the con­flu­ence of the Mis­sis­sippi and Mis­souri rivers, Al­ton, Ill., of­fers a day’s worth of sight-see­ing, shop­ping and an­tiquing. Sites around town in­clude the Lin­coln-Dou­glas De­bate, Robert Wad­low (the “Al­ton Gi­ant”), Un­der­ground Rail­road, Na­tional

Great Rivers Mu­seum. Hwy. 100 takes you past spec­tac­u­lar scenery to the river towns of Elsah and Grafton and Pere Mar­quette State Park. Hwy. 367 north across the Clark Bridge to Al­ton. www. vis­i­tal­ton.com. Al­ton Vis­i­tors Cen­ter, 200 Pi­asa, 618.465.6676 or 800.ALT.ONIL. Map 1-1F

HIGH­WAY 94 WINE COUN­TRY— Nine Mis­souri winer­ies about 40 min­utes from St. Louis of­fer tast­ings and tours. West on Hwy 40, across the Mis­souri River, south on Hwy. 94 and watch for signs. Chan­dler Hill Vine­yards, 636.798.CORK. Map 1-3C; Yel­low Farm­house Win­ery, 314.409.6139. Map 1-3C; Sugar Creek Win­ery, 636.987.2400 Map 1-3C; Mon­telle Win­ery, 888.595.WINE Map 1-3C; Mount Pleas­ant Es­tates, 800.467.WINE Map 1- 4C; Augusta Win­ery, 888.MOR.WINE. Map 1- 4C; Louis P. Bal­ducci Vine­yards, 636.482.VINO Map 1- 4C; Noboleis Vine­yards & Win­ery, 636.482.4500. Map 1- 4C; Blu­men­hof Vine­yards and Win­ery, 636.433.2245 Map 1- 4C

KIMM­SWICK— Founded in 1859, the river town south of St. Louis fea­tures cen­tury-old build­ings, an­tique and spe­cialty shops, B&Bs and restau­rants. Open year round Tu-Su. Lo­cated about 30 min­utes from down­town, 12 miles south of I-270. Take I-55 south to the Im­pe­rial Main St. exit, and fol­low signs east about one mile. www.vis­itkimm­swick.com. 636.464.6464. Map 1-5E

ST. CHARLES— St. Charles was Mis­souri’s first cap­i­tal in 1821, and the en­tire Na­tional Reg­is­ter His­toric Dis­trict on the banks of the Mis­souri River has been pre­served and re­stored. His­toric South Main St. is lined with more than 125 spe­cialty shops, restau­rants, mu­se­ums and at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing Mis­souri’s First State Capi­tol State His­toric Site, Foundry Art Cen­tre and the Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Na­ture Cen­ter. I-70 west across the Mis­souri River, N. Fifth St. exit, right on Boone’s Lick Rd. to the river­front. www.his­toric­stcharles.com. Tourism Cen­ter at 230 S. Main, 800.366.2427. Map 3-2A

STE. GENEVIEVE— The first per­ma­nent Euro­pean set­tle­ment in Mis­souri is lo­cated 60 miles south of St. Louis on the Mis­sis­sippi River, and in­cludes a price­less col­lec­tion of French colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture. At­trac­tions in­clude the, Ste. Genevieve Mu­seum, Beau­vais-Amoureaux House (1792), Be­quet­teRibault House (1780s), Bolduc House Mu­seum

(1770- 84), Bolduc-LeMeilleur House (1820) and Felix Valle State Site (1818). The town fea­tures some nine B&Bs. Great River Road In­ter­pre­tive Cen­ter, tourist in­for­ma­tion, open daily 9am- 4pm at 66 South Main. From St. Louis, take I-55 south to Hwy 32, east to Ste. Genevieve, www.ste-genevieve.com. 573.883.7097. Mis­souri Map-3C

WASH­ING­TON, MIS­SOURI— Nes­tled on the south bank of the Mis­souri River, Wash­ing­ton, Mis­souri, serves as the gate­way to wine coun­try. Down­town fea­tures gifts stores, restau­rants, an­tiques, the

Mis­souri Pho­to­jour­nal­ism Hall of Fame and the Wash­ing­ton His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety Mu­seum. Vis­i­tor Cen­ter at 301 Front St. www.washmo.org. west of St. Louis at the in­ter­sec­tion of High­way 100 and High­way 47, 888.7.WASHMO. Map 1- 4B

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