The tiny river town of Kimmswick – founded in 1859 by German immigrants – stands as a living museum stocked with homemade crafts, antiques, historic structures and simple charms. Just 25 miles south of St. Louis, this charming slice of Americana boasts a history museum, the historic estate of Fred and Mabel Ruth Anheuser, riverboat cruises and a handful of seasonal festivals. Browse through over 20 specialty shops and enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the town’s famous restaurants, known throughout the region for hearty Midwestern cuisine and tempting baked goods. Shops are closed on Mondays.

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