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Fall into Ste. Genevieve

The kids are back in school, the pools are closing, and the walnut leaves are turning yellow. Fall is just around the corner, but that’s no reason to settle in for the winter! Stay active this fall and keep making everyday an adventure. After all, just because summer is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean your fun times have to…

Ste. Genevieve has everything you need to make this fall fun and memorable.

There’s a ton of fun to be had this fall in the 573. This week 573 Magazine journeyed to Ste. Genevieve to see what they have in store to make your Fall fun and fantastic.

That’s right, I said Oktoberfest! Just like you, 573 Magazine was THRILLED to find out there was going to be an Oktoberfest right here in Ste. Genevieve. Kara Burt, our friend from Audubon’s, just happens to be on the Oktoberfest Committee and filled us in on all the details.

While Ste. Genevieve was settled by the French, a lot of the heritage that remains is German. So to celebrate all things German, we will be hosting Oktoberfest. The two day event will start with a Volkswagen Parade and end with wiener dog races. There will also be German Bands, Keg Toss Games, Beer Stein Holding Contest, Homemade German Food Competitions, Beer Gardens, German Spelling Bee, & Vendors. Why an Oktoberfest in September, you ask? That’s when they start in Munich so we decided to follow that tradition. Be sure to stop by the Beer Garden on Main Street to get your Official Oktoberfest Beer Stein & T-Shirt.

German Games, Home Brew Contest, German Food Contest & Weiner Dog Races...

You can register online for the German Games, Home Brew Contest, German Food Contest & Weiner Dog Races right here! And be sure to follow our Facebook page for updates to the map of the activities and our schedule of events. This event wouldn’t be possible without the committee of volunteers & our Sponsors Including our Platinum Sponsor Bloomsdale Bank. Attraction Sponsors include Audubons, Simple to Sassy, Burt & Associates, Tower Rock Quarry, & Lakenan Insurance.

Oktoberfest will be going on September 17th & 18th in Downtown Ste. Genevieve.

Owned and operated by Sam Oberle and his wife, Mary, the Ste. Genevieve Trolley has been providing fun and safe transportation to locals and tourists alike hitting several amazing, historical, and fun filled Ste. Genevieve destinations along the way. Sam filled us in on the details.

Ste. Genevieve Trolley was established in 2016 to provide a safe and friendly transportation service for the community. I was born and raised in Ste. Genevieve, and always knew I wanted to be able to give back to my hometown. I love visiting the wine country area and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and beautiful landscapes on the wine trail. I also know how important it is to have a safe ride to and from the wineries, but also a great way to tour the downtown historic district in Ste. Genevieve. I strive to always provide the best customer service and always try to make each guest feel at home in this beautiful town. Please come and visit Ste. Genevieve and check out all the fun things it has to offer.

A great way to experience the historic beauty of Downtown Ste. Genevieve...and the local wine country.

The Ste. Genevieve Trolley stops at multiple wineries including Chaumette, Twin Oaks, Crown Valley, Cave Winery, and more. It’s also a great way to experience the historic beauty of Downtown Ste. Genevieve and sample some great food or do some shopping before exploring your fun side while touring the breathtaking rolling hills and lush vineyards of the local wine country.

This 573 Magazine Story is sponsored by Workspace co-working space in Farmington, Missouri.

Twin Oaks is a family owned and operated Vineyard & Winery on the beautiful Route du Vin wine trail. The talent of these winemakers, the involvement of the family, and the enthusiasm of the staff make up a serious group of wine lovers passionate about their work at Twin Oaks. A popular venue for both large and small gatherings, Twin Oaks Vineyard & Winery is an amazing place to customize your dream wedding, plan a retirement party, hold a family reunion, throw a baby shower or just hang out with friends. Located in Farmington, Missouri, it’s a pick up point and a frequently visited stop for the Ste. Genevieve Trolley. We stopped by this morning to get more information.

A nice peaceful visit and a glass of award winning wine sounds amazing...

Our tasting room is nestled right in the middle of our 25 acre vineyard, and is a lovely spot to come for a relaxing afternoon. Enjoy the peace while sampling our award winning wines or a glass of cold beer, or even have a premium cocktail from our full bar. Our inviting porch allows you to gaze upon the beautiful emerald vines and the tranquil lake. Savor the panoramic views from our patio, tasting room or GlassHouse.

Our wines are now carried in more than 75 area restaurants and outlets. Although most prefer to come out here so they can tour the vineyards, enjoy the view, and take lunch under the 350-400 year old Oak trees, for which our vineyard is named.

Twin Oaks Brings Back Grape Stomp...

A nice peaceful visit and a glass of award winning wine sounds amazing enough, but Twin Oaks offers fun and excitement as well! September 10th be ready with your stonewashed jeans and a 3 person team as Twin Oaks Brings Back Grape Stomp 80’s style. And on Saturday, October 22, come and experience Witches Night Out. With live bands, sweet contests and awesome party events, Twin Oaks is ready to help you keep the fun coming all season long.

The Bloomsdale Fun Farm is a Fall Festival of sorts, but it’s more than just a fun one time event. It makes autumn’s arrival a celebration that keeps coming back over and over during the Fall Season. Open from 10am-6pm every weekend from the last Saturday in September until the last Sunday in October, Bloomsdale Fun Farm offers a variety of family fun. An amazing family day trip vacation destination, a visit to Bloomsdale Fun Farm is the perfect family outing to make the transition from summer break to back to school easier on everyone.

Family owned and operated, this must visit family fun adventure has over 30 activities to experience. Daily admission includes access to 5 amusement rides, 3 lane fiberglass slide, wagon ride, trackless train, corn maze, tipi, yard games, bubble barn, jumping pillow, toddler jump, various swings, goat feeding, live music, sand & tire play area, hay pyramid, trike track, mini golf, pumper duck races, railroad caboose, gaga ball, photo ops, food & drinks and free parking. Other activities at the Fun Farm requiring additional fees include apple cannons, gem mining, gel ball, and pumpkin picking.

...make a weekend out of it...

Food and drinks include kettle corn, pretzel bites, hot dogs, hamburgers, turkey legs, pulled pork, nachos, pizza, beer, soda, wine, seltzers, water, and more.

Rather have a nice peaceful break from the chaos? Melt the stress or work and school away enjoying a full day outside in the country on the fresh air hiking trails.

Or even better, make a weekend out of it and do it all!

Ste. Genevieve has everything you need to make this fall fun and memorable. Offering all types of destinations to keep you entertained. Historical stops are many in Ste. Genevieve and include places like Felix Vallé House State Historic Site, Beauvais-Amoureux House, and the Green Tree Tavern.

Looking for something fun for the whole family? Spend those perfect fall days while enjoying the beauty of Hawn State Park or Pickle Springs. Whether you go on a hike with your friends and family on one of the many trails, or just picnic in one of the park areas as you watch your children enjoy the playgrounds and the natural world.

History is Just the Beginning!

Rather explore indoors? Book a room at one of Ste. Genevieve’s B&Bs and explore the treasure troves of boutiques and eateries in the downtown area. Or drop by the Ste. Genevieve Museum Learning Center where learning is fun and curiosities are satisfied. Get hands on by participating in a Wednesday Workshop or just stop by for a walkthrough and spend the day seeing the wonders of times past.

Play, Stay, Getaway, and experience Yesterday all Today in Ste. Genevieve.

No matter what day you choose to have your adventure, or which destinations you explore, fall fun abounds in Ste. Genevieve throughout the season. You can find it exploring the shops and art galleries downtown. You can feel it as you travel through time by touring the sights, hearing the beautiful histories, and experiencing the places and traditions from Ste. Genevieve's past that have been perfectly preserved. You can taste it in the delectable dishes of downtown dining and in the sweet nectar of wine country.

So what are you waiting for?


words by aj koehler


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