Amanda Long

Amanda Long
Amanda Long is the Executive Liaison for the Missouri Division of Tourism and a Missouri native. A supporter of the arts, she practices photography, ceramics and creative writing. Amanda is also passionate about all things food, travel and family.

Missouri Summer Camping Tips

There is nothing quite like spending the night under the stars, serenely drifting off to sleep amid the peaceful chirps of crickets and the sound of trickling streams. That is, of course, if you’ve successfully packed the essentials for your camping trip. Unpreparedness can be a camper’s worst nightmare, leading to a restless night of shivering and itchy bug bites. …

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Missouri Farmers Markets: Taste the Rainbow

It’s the shiny stoplight red of that perfectly ripe tomato. It’s the golden-amber glow of fresh honey. It’s the spring-green shoots of asparagus. It’s the brown-speckled dozen of farm-fresh eggs. The vibrant colors, the delicious variety and don’t forget the tantalizing baked goods. With more than 200 farmers markets across Missouri, reducing the distance from farm to table has never …

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Missouri Museum Madness: Art

Why do people love art? Art makes you think. Art makes you feel. Art is a universal language. Fortunately you don’t have to limit your love for art to one style or period. You can equally love the abstract paint splatters of Jackson Pollock as much as the intricate glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly. There is no one-size-fits-all definition of …

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Missouri’s Engaging Photo Destinations

Invented by John Michael O’Loughlin, National Proposal Day symbolically falls on March 20, the vernal equinox and first day of spring, when day and night are of equal lengths – signifying the equal effort it takes for a successful marriage. If you’ve already pulled off the perfect proposal – whether it was down on one knee or dancing in a …

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Missouri Eats: Cellar House Wine & Food

Soon after Bottle Cellars wine shop opened in 2010, owner Patrick Ahearn noticed a common complaint from customers: There weren’t many restaurants or bars in Oakville, Missouri, serving the same quality wine selection as was available in his shop. In May, Ahearn solved the problem: He took over the space next to his retail store and opened Cellar House Wine …

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