If you are looking for a fun day to venture out and enjoy the end of summer and beginning of fall, consider taking a road trip to Historic Missouri Wine Country in St. Charles County. From wineries to County parks, trails and historic sites, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The wine district in southwest St. Charles County is the oldest in the country and the fifth largest in the United States. In 1980, the federal government designated the first American Viticultural Area in Augusta. You don’t need to travel to Napa Valley to enjoy gorgeous vineyards and great wine! Late summer and fall are terrific times to visit, and most wineries have outdoor areas that allow for easy social distancing. Visit the St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau website for a list of wineries.
While you are taking in wine country, be sure to stop by our County parks in the area:
- The Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance features affordable daily guided tours of the house for individuals and groups. It is free for visitors to walk the grounds and even enjoy a picnic lunch on the property.
- Not far from the Boone Home is Matson Hill Park. If you like a rugged hiking experience, this is the place to go. The park has become the area’s top hiking and biking destination, with 475 acres of heavily forested parkland with more than 8 miles of natural surface trails.
- Klondike Park in Augusta has become a favorite destination for its scenic views and variety of amenities. The park features more than 5 miles of natural and paved trails, access to the Katy Trail, and boat access to the Missouri River. At the center of the former silica sand quarry is a beautiful fishing lake surrounded by a white sand shore. Visitors can hike to the top of the park’s bluff to get a spectacular view of the Missouri River. The park also is a prime camping destination, with campsites and cabins available to rent at a minimal cost.
These parks also have numerous events throughout the year. Visit the Parks website for more information.
I hope to see you in the beautiful rolling hills of Historic Missouri Wine Country!