Author Archives: Elise Eimer

Plaza Lights Shine on PictureMO

"Plaza Lights 2013,"  by Brian Devero

2013 really flew by and so did the fourth quarter’s PictureMO photo contest, sponsored by the Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT). That must mean it’s time to announce our winners! Through PictureMO, MDT asks talented photographers to step behind the lens and showcase Missouri. Each quarter, contestants submit photos that fit a different theme and MDT honors the top three ... Read More »

Keep Warm Watching Missouri-Made Movies

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Winter can get pretty brutal, as we all have seen this year. So why not cozy up, stay in and throw on some Missouri-made movies to get you laughing, crying and, all around, not thinking about how stinking cold it is outside. In no particular order, here is a list of five movies in which you’ll be sure to recognize ... Read More »

The Home of Sliced Bread Makes the Big Screen

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Did you know … Chillicothe is known as the Home of Sliced Bread. In 1928, the great brainpower of Otto Rohwedder and Frank Bench birthed sliced bread. Rohwedder invented the machine and Bench owned the Chillicothe Baking Company. It turned out to be a beautiful marriage of the minds, when Bench’s sales increased by 2,000 percent (no exaggeration). Their invention ... Read More »

Missouri Indoor Water Parks Make Winter Vacations Easy

Coco Keys Water Resort in Kansas City.

When Missouri’s winter winds start to bite, the daydreams begin: sun-warmed beach, surfing, swimming, floating lazily down a warm stream.  Fortunately, you don’t have to hop a plane to one of the coasts or a tropical island.  Just head to one of the Show-Me State’s many indoor pools and water parks for some weather-proof fun and relaxation the whole family ... Read More »

Silver Dollar City Makes a Holiday Best Bet

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Branson is known for its all-year-round heartland experiences. A lot of what keeps the vacation destination busy in the winter has a lot to do with shopping and shows but, also, the warm and cheerful feeling you get from visiting Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas. Recently, Silver Dollar City was named by USA Today  as one of the ... Read More »

Lonely Planet Names Kansas City a Top Destination for 2014

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It seems unlikely that people who frequent attractions in Kansas City will find themselves alone anytime soon. Today, travel website Lonely Planet named Kansas City as one of its Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2014. Lonely Planet’s selections were announced on CNN.com earlier today, and Kansas City came in No. 6. Emily Woman, editor-at-large for Lonely Planet, says the selections ... Read More »

Missouri is Home to the Happiest Cities

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St. Louis and Kansas City are the top two happiest cities in the U.S.! Jetpac analyzed more than 100 million Instagram photos of people smiling and laughing and created a list of the 20 happiest cities in the U.S. So, what has these two Missouri cities grinning ear to ear? Well for starters, the St. Louis Cardinals went to the World ... Read More »

Missouri Botanical Garden Glow

Photo by Daniel Doelling.

It’s officially the season of twinkling lights and hot cocoa. At the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, it’s also the season of kettle corn and roasted marshmallows, Christmas-light-covered hedge mazes and magical mistletoe photo ops, lit Christmas tree forests and a singing dance-party to pull it all together.   Garden Glow, aka the most wonderful walk-through winter wonderland light ... Read More »

Missouri Winter Events

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Across Missouri, seasonal celebrations take place in large cities and small towns, offering visitors an array of choices, from parades and drive-through light parks to live music and regional cuisine. Here’s a look at Missouri winter events designed to get you in the mood for this splendid season.   Read More »

The Forgotten Holiday: National Candy Corn Day

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It is the end of October and Halloween decorations are everywhere. There are three things that always come to my mind when I think about Halloween: Pumpkins, scary movies and candy corn. Admittedly, it’s never been my FAVORITE candy but it has always been a necessity. It just doesn’t quite qualify as fall/Halloween if, at some point, I don’t grab ... Read More »