From wine country to where the Mississippi and Missouri rivers meet, our region boasts scenic beauty, charming small towns, and incredible historical sites along its rolling hills and bottomlands.
It is commonly believed that the Hermann area’s resemblance to the Rhine Valley prompted scouts from the German Settlement Society of Philadelphia to choose the site for a colony on the American frontier. Hermann has been voted “Missouri’s Most Beautiful Town” by Rural Missouri Magazine and named “Best Small-Town Destination” and “Best Day Trip from St. Louis” in AAA’s Best of the Midwest poll.
New Haven is a small river town with such a rich history it’s on the National Register of Historic places. But small towns aren’t new around here. Nor are river towns, but there is something special about New Haven. It’s never hectic, but there is always something going on. It’s a place you can see friendly faces you have never met. It encourages you to do things the long way – if that means the right way. With a thriving arts district, historic places, winery, distillery and diverse events, New Haven has something for everyone. We encourage you to discover New Haven.
Marthasville is located in southern Warren County, along the Missouri River, just a short drive from all that St. Louis has to offer including Busch Stadium, the Cardinals, Six Flags Amusement Park, and Meramec Caverns. Visitors are Always Welcome. We are right on the Katy Trail and have Wine, Golf, Daniel Boone, German History, and the Peers Store. For a relaxing weekend “away from it all” or for an extended stay, we invite you to visit historic Marthasville in the beautiful Missouri River Valley. We’re sure you’ll want to come back again.
A beautiful, historic river town with a distinctive German heritage located in the heart of Missouri Wine Country… Washington is just minutes off I-44 between St. Louis and Branson. Washington’s rich history includes such famous individuals as Daniel Boone and Lewis & Clark
Augusta is located on the bluffs above the Missouri River Valley, a scenic 35 mile drive from St. Louis. Home to several excellent Missouri wineries and connected to the Katy Trail. Visitors can enjoy the flavors of the community while strolling around this quaint village – it’s the way the world used to be and visiting families seem to enjoy it that way.
Defiance is the gateway to Missouri wine country. The Defiance area offers a spectacular destination for weekend retreats, weddings, history exploration, or recreation, and is a wonderful place to live. Located just west of the St. Louis metro area, Defiance is easy to visit and hard not to love. Come explore the Defiance area, and plan your next outing with us.
Just west of St. Louis you’ll find St. Charles, a river city with a unique historical perspective, beautiful sites, friendly people and a pace just a little slower than that of the big city. Founded as Les Petites Cotes (The Little Hills) by French Canadian fur trader Louis Blanchette, Saint Charles, MO grew into a thriving riverfront trading center for a young America. You’ll find St. Charles offers first-rate hotels & accommodations, over 150 restaurants to choose from, and so many things to do, you may have to come back to try everything.
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To guide others in experiencing the rich cultural heritage, natural resources, beauty, and recreational opportunities within our unique river communities.
Board of Directors
Agriculture: Hubie Kluesner
Tourism/Chambers: Tammy Bruckerhoff, Hermann; Rachel Terbrock, New Haven
Conservation: Kristy Stoyer, Nature Conservancy
Government: Darren Lamb & Emily Underdown, Washington
Visitors Bureau: Elizabeth Phelps, St. Charles CVB
Wineries: Representatives from Hermann, Defiance & Augusta
Cultural Heritage: Steve Belko & Caitlyn Yager, Missouri Humanities Council
Small Business: Steve Engemann, Riverboat
Recreation: KATY Trail Representative & Outdoor
Regional Planning Commission: Chad Eggen, Boonslick RPC
Retail/Marketing: Christine Zika, Boonslick RPC