Author Archives: Elise Eimer

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 »

Where to Go on a Missouri Gameday

Mizzou pride in Columbia, MO.

It’s about that time when you want to watch every game possible but you just don’t have the money to sit in a seat at the stadium. Well go for the next best thing: Huge TVs, tasty food and an impeccable atmosphere. Between St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia we’ve got you covered for some great places to enjoy the ... Read More »

Fall Underground Hikes: Springfield Caves

Smallin Civil War Cave in Ozark, Missouri, just south of Springfield.

Missouri is known for many different things – great lakes and rivers for summer float trips and boat outings, picturesque wine trails with award-winning wine, and sports teams with fans that put others to shame. But one of the most interesting things about the Show-Me State is its abundance of caves. With 17 show caves and more than 6,500 more ... Read More »

Hiking Ha Ha Tonka

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A lot of people tend to go to Ha Ha Tonka State Park to see the stunning early 20th century mansion ruins that sit atop the bluffs of the Lake of the Ozarks. While the castle ruins are a natural draw, the gorgeous and elaborate trails that weave through the park’s grounds are the real stars of the show. There ... Read More »

7 Ingredients for Missouri Hikes

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Hiking season is here in Missouri and hikers everywhere need to remember that it’s always a good idea to take a healthy snack, such as a granola bar, so that you don’t lose energy throughout the day. You want to be able to see that great view at the top, or complete the long trail for the first time, don’t ... Read More »

A Rams Fan is Born

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I grew up in a suburb of St. Louis, but just recently went to my first Rams game. It’s funny no one had ever given me a hard time about that. Now, if I were to say I hadn’t been to a Cardinals game … I do remember the football parties my parents had back in the days of Kurt Warner ... Read More »

Soulful Music and Food in the Heart of Missouri

It's that time of year again to get excited for the Roots n Blues n BBQ Festival in Columbia.

Roots n Blues n BBQ  is an outstanding annual festival featuring 27 internationally renowned musical “stars,” performing a variety of blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, folk and soul music on two main stages in Stephens Lake Park, the weekend of September 20-22. Plus, there is a half-marathon, a 10k run, scrumptious barbecue and other food items, a full service bar, and a ... Read More »

Next Time You Go Camping, Take a Picture

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The next time you go camping, take a picture. Take a lot, actually – they could prove useful to fellow campers. The Dyrt will be the first campground app and website built from user-generated content, showing campsites from a ground-level view. A simple version of The Dyrt website launched in June, and users are encouraged to send in “documentation” of ... Read More »