Barbara Brueggeman

Barbara Brueggeman
Barb Brueggeman is the Web Editor for the Missouri Division of Tourism. She loves birding, being outdoors, and can't resist a good a cappella singing group.

Don’t Forget a Missouri Peach Run This Summer


When did it get to be July?  The year really got away from me and if a colleague hadn’t asked if I was making a peach run this year, I would have missed the season entirely. And that would be tragic. Thanks to the timely reminder, I got on Facebook to check the ripening schedule for my favorite spot, Peters …

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A Guide to Missouri Wildflowers

Photo courtesy of Missouri State Parks.

Spring is the season of renewal. Breezes are soft and warm. Tiny leaves emerging from awakening trees are a green you only see in this season. Bird song is at full volume. It’s the best time to explore Missouri’s outdoors – especially her forests. With the bluebird sky you’ve waited for all winter, Missouri’s state tree – the dogwood – …

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Missouri Museum Madness: Military

National Guard Museum

March is a great time to embrace your inner geek and hit the museum circuit. History and our nation’s military are passions of mine; I come by it naturally with parents who were World War II veterans. I’m so lucky to live in Missouri, where I can indulge my curiosity and fascination in every corner of the state. One of …

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Show-Me Romance

Loganberry Inn Outside

Every February, the pressure is on to bring your romantic A-game to Valentine’s Day. Chocolates? Flowers? Jewelry? You can do better, with a private getaway to one of the Show-Me State’s bed and breakfast inns, where you can take romance to a whole new level. “The Garden Room has a big Jacuzzi tub for two,” says Cathy McGeorge, who owns …

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Missouri Winter Events 2015-16


“Christmas… Christmastime is here. Time for toys and time for cheer.” (Admit it, you were singing along.) And when you put the Show-Me State on your holiday travel itinerary, you’ll find activities to make every day a time for cheer. We have music and lights, theatre and ballet (yes, of course you’ll find the Nutcracker), parades and arts and craft …

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Holiday Cheer in Missouri: Things to do in the Southwest Region


The holidays are coming. My inner child is making plans and she’s starting early. Who doesn’t love a parade? So she’s kicking off the season November 14 with the 3rd Annual “Most Wonderful Time of Year Parade” at Branson Landing, dedicated to Mr. Christmas, Andy Williams. But why limit myself to just one? The Carthage Christmas Parade steps off December …

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Holiday Cheer in Missouri: Things to do in the Central Region


The holidays are coming and there’s so much to be done. It’s easy to get caught up in the preparations and forget to enjoy all the season has to offer.  We have some solutions that let you do both. Whether you love to shop or just want to get it done, shopping in Central Missouri is full of fun and …

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Missouri Fall Festivals 2015

Painted Rock Conservation Area

You could spend almost every autumn day at a fall festival here in the Show-Me State. In fact, there is such an abundance and variety of fun activities available, I’m going to give you a short tour of some my favorite things (and be sure to check out the tabs at the bottom): ANIMALS: I love critters, so I’d check …

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Entertainment on Ice: A New Friend at the Saint Louis Zoo


I’m a sucker for zoos. I’ll say that right up front.  I’ve loved them since I was a kid, it was my favorite treat growing up and it was one of my first dates with the man I married.  But I don’t think I’ve met a cooler (pun intended) zoo resident than Kali (pronounced Cully) – the Saint Louis Zoo’s …

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15 in ’15: St. Charles Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions-3

This post is one in a series of 15 posts of 15 things to do in Missouri in 2015. Don’t miss these other “15 in ’15”  posts. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! In every made-for-TV Christmas movie, it seems the stars find themselves in a quirky little town where the true spirit of the season lives. I love …

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