Located just 30 minutes to the west of St. Louis and nestled alongside the Missouri River is charming St. Charles. The state’s first capital, St. Charles might be most well-known for its historic South Main Street, lined with quaint, historic buildings and filled with one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and cafes. Take a leisurely stroll through the downtown area to window shop, have a coffee, or appreciate the architecture. From St. Charles, head to the rolling hills of Missouri Wine Country where you’ll be able to appreciate a slower pace of life. Relax with a great local wine or explore some of the towns in the area. In the summer months, many of the wineries even feature live music on the weekends.