Miss Augusta is a luxury yacht that offers public cruises and private charters through Missouri wine country.

Miss Augusta Makes Waves in Missouri Wine Country

Tuesday March 21, 2023

By Rachel Huffman

Miss Augusta, a 105-foot Skipperliner yacht, departs from Klondike Park in Augusta, guiding passengers through Missouri wine country in style.

The luxury yacht has three stories, including two enclosed, climate-controlled levels and a sun deck, where you can enjoy the breeze, photograph fall foliage, search for bald eagles or watch the sunset.

“People hesitate to get on a boat in February, but, really, you can!” Molly Dempsey, marketing and customer events manager of Miss Augusta, says. “On nice days, guests head straight to the sun deck, though – they don’t even stop on the other levels.”

Miss Augusta, a luxury yacht, has two enclosed, climate-controlled levels as well as a sun deck.
Photo courtesy of Miss Augusta

Miss Augusta offers daily public cruises, which will give you a new perspective of the Missouri River. On the narrated sightseeing cruises, you’ll be treated to a first-class experience, but if you want to further indulge, look into the lunch or dinner cruises. The plated, three-course meals change with the season, but past highlights include spinach- and artichoke-stuffed chicken breast, beef tenderloin with béarnaise sauce, jumbo lump crab cakes and white Cheddar mashed potatoes.

Miss Augusta also offers a “more than hors d’oeuvres” cruise, which takes place at sunset and features a lighter menu of small plates.

The culinary team prepares all the food onboard, and the two full-service bars are stocked with wine from the Hoffmann Family of Companies wineries: Augusta Winery, Balducci Vineyards, Montelle Winery and Mount Pleasant Estates.

Miss Augusta offers public lunch and dinner cruises on the Missouri River.
Photo courtesy of Miss Augusta

Elegant yet relaxing, the cruises are a unique addition to your trip to Augusta, which became the country’s first American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 1980. An AVA recognizes and promotes distinct wine-making regions in the U.S.

Miss Augusta offers private charters, as well. Then, the vibe is what you make it. “We’ve hosted a variety of events, from fun company outings to formal affairs and large family reunions to intimate proposals,” Dempsey says. “We also have specialty cruises with themes for everyone – [think princess cruises for families, brunch cruises for friends and live music cruises for couples]. We have a fashion show cruise featuring apparel from the Augusta Clothing Company in the works, as well. Depending on how the holidays fall, I try to organize specialty cruises once a month.”

Miss Augusta, a luxury yacht, offers daily cruises on the Missouri River.
Photo courtesy of Miss Augusta

On each cruise, the captain decides the course, but don’t worry – he knows where to find the best views on any given day.

“This is a one-of-a-kind experience,” Dempsey says. “There isn’t another luxury yacht in the country that’s doing what we’re doing, and I love seeing passengers’ faces when they step onto the boat. Miss Augusta is a really beautiful venue, and our cruises are just fun.”