Plan a Holiday Trip in Missouri

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If your holiday plans are still taking shape, Missouri is the perfect place for a last-minute getaway to celebrate the season or start the new year off in style. A trip to the Show-Me State just might become a favorite new tradition.
Experience old world charm and rich German heritage in Hermann, located in the heart of Missouri River wine country. The historic brick buildings in this picturesque town house an array of shops and restaurants where you can sample freshly made sausages and other German fare. Travel the Hermann Wine Trail, seven wineries that include Stone Hill Winery, once the second largest winery in the United States. Then sink into a comfortable bed at a historic bed-and-breakfast such as the Alpenhorn Gesthaus and Kitchen, a romantic retreat that highlights its Swiss-German roots.
St. Joseph
Immerse yourself in the opulence of a bygone era at one of the Victorian mansions – now bed-and-breakfasts – on Millionaire’s Row in St. Joseph – once known as the Queen of the River Cities. The Shakespeare Chateau Inn and Gardens features intricate woodwork, ornate fireplaces and 47 stained glass windows. As the birthplace of the Pony Express and the town where Jesse James took his last breath, St. Joseph is filled with intriguing history. Learn more at the Pony Express National Museum and the Patee House Museum & Jesse James Home. Don’t miss the traditional Neapolitan wood-fired pizza at il Lazarone.
Famously known as Mark Twain’s hometown, Hannibal brings some of America’s most-loved literary works to life. Tour The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum and Mark Twain Cave, featured in five of Twain’s novels, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Check out Lover’s Leap for a view of the Mighty Mississippi River. Pamper yourself with a stay in a historic mansion turned bed-and-breakfast. The town’s stately structures showcase a variety of architecture – including the Italianate style Dubach Inn, the Victorian style Garth Woodside Mansion and the Georgian Revival style Rockcliffe Mansion. Treat to your taste buds to flavors from around the world at LaBinnah Bistro.
Ste. Genevieve
Explore Missouri’s unique French Creole history in Ste. Genevieve, the state’s earliest permanent settlement. You’ll find some of the country’s oldest French colonial architecture in this Mississippi River town. Five “post-in-ground” houses – built by the French in the 1700s – still stand in the United States, and three are located in Ste. Genevieve. Discover more about this interesting part of Missouri’s past at the Centre for French Colonial Life and the Felix Valle State Historic Site. Reserve a room at the Hotel Audubon, a Ste. Genevieve landmark since 1903. Visit nearby Chaumette Vineyards & Winery to enjoy award-winning wines and farm-to-table fare at the Grapevine Grill restaurant.
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