Maeystown, IL, a town with deep roots

Maeystown, IL

Oktoberfest 2012

35 minutes from St. Louis

South of Valmeyer

www.maeystown.com

10/14/12

Maeystown, il sign

Lynn’s Vine:

We had the opportunity to visit the Fall Festival at Maeystown, IL which is a quaint, little, historic village of about 400 people built near the bluffs of the Mississippi River.  It was founded in 1852 by German immigrants and still has about 60 significant structures that still exist including the original church, a stone bridge, and Zeitinger’s Mill.  It looks like the settlers just carved the stone out of the bluff to create their shelters.

 

I was told that they use to have an event each month but have narrowed it down to three bigger festivals a year. We had the pleasure of attending the Oktoberfest which is always held the second Sunday in October from 9:00am – 5pm.  People actually open up their back yard to vendors of art, crafts, and antiques. They are all set up along a stream and the cool air and beautiful fall colors of the 200 year old (plus) trees made for a very enjoyable day. They certainly were not lacking on the food options.  All the organizations in town provided different treats like homemade pie! It was a wonderful experience.

 

Maeystown by the brook

The other two larger events are: The Old Fashioned German Christmas which is held the first Sunday in December which includes music, carriage rides, shopping, and more and The Springfest/Fruehlingsfest is the first Sunday of May with an antique and garden show.  See how the town springs into bloom.

 

Believe it or not, there is lodging in this small town: Corner George Inn Bed & Breakfast which is a restored 1884 hotel and saloon. There is also a coffee house, restaurant, sweet shoppe, general store, mill and museum all in this little town! A short trip to Schorr Lake Winery, Lau Nae Winery, and Maeystown for their festival is the perfect little getaway for a couple looking for something fun to do.

 

Chrissy added that there was lack of parking spaces which was mostly along the sides of the streets and that you may have to climb the steep roads so wear your walking shoes.

 

Maeystown Guitar maker with old cigar boxes

Chrissy’s Crushes about Maeystown was the old buildings and scenic setting.

Lynn’s Wins was the beautiful brook and old bridge beside the festival.

 

 

 

 

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Saw a Pirate Ship while at Two Rivers Winery

Two Rivers Winery

211 West Main Street

Grafton, IL

(618) 786 – 3934

 http://www.tworiverswineryil.com/Grafton-Winery/index.php

 9/22/12

View from back of winery

By Lynn

Building & Location

The winery is a quaint, rock, old historic building, circa 1840,  nicely redone with a small bar for tasting.  It is located directly on Main Street in the middle of downtown Grafton. Easy find! Most of the seating was outside and plentiful on their decks which overlook where the beautiful Illinois & Mississippi Rivers converge. It was the most perfect day to sit outside and listen to the one man band play oldies and some blues music while watching the boats and barges go down the river.  We even saw what looked like a pirate ship.  Not quite sure what that was.

Food & Beverages

Two Rivers offers light foods like cheese and sausage as well as pizzas. They feature wines from Hopewell Winery in Rockport, Illinois and Villa Marie Winery in Maryville, Illinois but also carry other Illinois and Missouri wines. If you can’t find a local one that you like then try the different wines from around the world. For beer lovers, Two Rivers Winery carries several brands of beer, domestic and micro-brews. A little for everyone!

The owners do not make their own wines yet but after talking with the owner they plan to have an existing Illinois winery help them make wine to label with Two Rivers Winery by next year.

I enjoyed a glass of:

Villa Marie Archview White which is a local wine from Maryville, IL.  It was a semi-dry white with fruit like peach, apple, and pineapple.  It was nice, crisp and a little tart. I tried other national wines but went back to this one.

The workers were very kind and informative when we were doing the tastings. The view was wonderful. Enjoyed the evening at Two Rivers Winery and will certainly go back especially when they get their own wines.

Lynn’s Wins:  Villa Marie Archview White: 3 glasses

Service & Atmosphere:  4 glasses