250 years ago, folks cruised the Mississippi River looking for a quiet place to live.
The special ambience of Ste. Genevieve — uncrowded and unspoiled is still here — just waiting for you to discover it.
Fine examples of 18th century French colonial architecture— in a concentration greater than anywhere else in the United States — are found in historic Ste. Genevieve today. Vertical post and horizontal log houses abound in Ste. Genevieve.
Scented herb and flower gardens located throughout Ste. Genevieve's central historic district entice visitors to stroll the quiet streets of our real, living town and experience our slower pace of life.
Browse in antique, craft, and specialty shops. Stop in at one or more of the historic homes to see what life was like a century or two ago. Ghosts of the past inhabit the old city cemetery and are rumored to make occasional visits at some of the local B&Bs. Mementoes from the old families and early settlers fill our local museum.
Hungry? Thirsty? Try freshly-made fudge in Sweet Things, an old-fashioned candy shop, or nibble on a gargantuan hand-dipped chocolate ice cream drumstick at Sara's, the local malt shop. Choose a latte or an espresso at Genevieve Java or a candlelit dinner at the Restaurant St. Gemme Beauvais or a hamburger or pizza at Sirro's or the Old Brick or the Anvil or... Fine Missouri vintages are just waiting to be sampled in the local wine tasting rooms.
Play tennis or play golf. Picnic in the city park. Workout at the Community Center gym. Ride a bike. Go for a hike. Or take a ride on the car ferry across the mighty Mississippi.
A car ferry operated by the IL & MO Dept of Transportation operates year round between Modoc, IL & Ste. Genevieve, MO. March thru November: 6 am to 6 pm, weekdays; 9 am to 6 pm Sundays. Dec. thru Feb.: 6 am to 5 pm, weekdays; 9 am to 5 pm Sundays. Call 1.800.373.7007 for further information.