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.

Visit Missouri Caves All Year Long

There’s one sure-fire place to escape a cold day in Missouri … a cave. No, don’t go making yourself a snug little cave of your favorite blanket, a nice fire and your preferred snacks and binge-watching movie series. I mean actual in-the-ground, year-round, climate-controlled caves, which are abundant here in the Cave State: GO NOW – Caves open year-round Bonne …

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Spring is Near in Missouri

It’s already started. I recently got a text “Big V of waterfowl heading north. Sound like speckle bellies .” (That’s a nickname for White-Fronted Geese.) For my husband, it was the first sign of spring. It was January 31. Technically, the spring equinox falls at 5:28 a.m. on March 20. But people anticipate the season well in advance of its …

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Mardi Gras 2017 Celebrations in the Show-Me State

The name is French, the origins Roman, the slogan Cajun and the color scheme Russian. What else would you expect from a wild and crazy event like Mardi Gras? New Orleans and Mardi Gras may seem to be synonymous, but if you feel the urge to celebrate the season, the Show-Me State is a great place to laissez les bons …

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A Long Weekend is Perfect for a Fun Missouri Getaway

Whether you have a case of the post-holiday blues or just need a relaxing break following the holiday hoopla, winter is a great time to plan a short getaway in the Show-Me State. Adding just an extra day to a normal weekend is sufficient time to lift your spirits, soothe your soul and burn off some energy. This is the …

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Missouri in Winter Suits Everyone to a T(ea)

Much of the joy of vacationing is to be found in a chance to slow down, look more closely at the world around you, savor new flavors, just stop and smell the tea. Oh, you thought we were going to talk about flowers, in winter, in Missouri? No, I’m inviting you to join me on a Show-Me State exploration that …

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The Coolest Birds in Missouri

In Missouri, winter is for the birds. Literally. As January begins, bird watching opportunities abound across the state, indoors and out. And what better way to celebrate National Bird Day on January 5 than taking in the avian sights around the Show-Me State? Start by letting your spirit take wing at World Bird Sanctuary in Eureka, where you can meet …

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17 in 17: Must-see Theater Productions in Missouri

The holidays are over, winter has set in, and if you’re not careful, you’ll end up with a case of cabin fever or at least, the blues. That makes it the best time to plan an escape … into another world. The real magic of theater is the way it can sweep you up and carry you off into another …

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Discover the Spirit of Christmas Past in Eldon

When I was a child, the highlight of the holiday season was a visit to Marshall Field in Chicago to see the Christmas windows. Each year, they had a different but entirely wonderful theme that brought the excitement of the season alive for me. Someone I met recently at a holiday gathering mentioned a similar experience on the Plaza in …

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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

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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