Stephen Foutes

Stephen Foutes is Communications Coordinator for the Missouri Division of Tourism.

Pop-up Bars Will Fill You With Holiday Cheer

Springfield is going to be a great place for holiday cheers. Yes, cheers. Plural. That’s because Missouri Spirits (507 W. Walnut) is transforming into a holiday-themed hot spot called Miracle on Walnut Street from Thanksgiving night through Dec. 30. Miracle on Walnut Street features specialty cocktails, drinks and snack foods for a limited engagement, offering guests a “pop-up bar” experience. “A pop-up …

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Club Geek a Novelty in Northwest Missouri

  If you grew up in the 1980s, the following may mean something to you: 007-373-5963. No, it’s not Tommy Tutone’s follow up single to 867-5309/Jenny. It’s a passcode that takes you directly to the champ on the classic Nintendo’s Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. And at age 41, I recently used it again for the first time in a couple of …

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Find Your Favorite Pizza Styles in Missouri

In a clear example of suffering for art, I gained four pounds prepping for this article. Fortunately, the topic is pizza, so the gain was worth the pain. Somebody pass the Lipitor. Like the selection of toppings at your favorite parlor, there are a variety of pizza styles found across the U.S. In fact, one food-focused website says there are …

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Amtrak Day Trips Around Missouri

Whether you’re getting away for a day or enjoying a weekend retreat, the journey is part of the fun when you ride Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner. Traveling across the Show-Me State and paralleling the Missouri River, the train route takes you through a variety of charming small towns, with the state’s two largest cities as bookends. Cities on the route …

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Mid-Missouri Pubs Welcome Tiger Watchers

Columbia’s Memorial Stadium is electric on game day, especially when the Tigers are hosting an SEC opponent. Clearly, nothing beats watching a game in person, but there are times when tickets are hard to come by. When that happens, don’t settle for sitting at home, watching your TV and further indenting the cushions on your couch. Get out with like-minded, …

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October Brings Spirited Fun to St. Joseph

Late October evenings bring spirited conversation to St. Joseph’s Mount Mora Cemetery, and if you’re brave enough, you can join in. Each year Mount Mora hosts “Voices of the Past” interpretive tours where actors portray notable former residents and offer history lessons … from beyond the grave. While year’s theme is Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief, Doctor, Lawyer, …

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Restaurants on Route 66 in Missouri

Driving across Missouri on Route 66 leads to some unforgettable stops, ranging from the underground beauty of Meramec Caverns in Stanton to the vintage charm of Gary’s Gay Parita in Ash Grove. Adding to the allure of Route 66 in Missouri are abundant restaurants catering to virtually every taste. You’ll find greasy spoons, sweet shops, food challenges, pizza and more. …

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Summer May Be Over But The Fun Doesn’t Stop In Missouri

“Another long summer’s come and gone …I don’t know why it always ends this way” – ’Til Summer Comes Around, by Keith Urban “I feel it in the air, the summer’s out of reach …” – Boys of Summer, by Don Henley Yes, the long, sun-filled days of the prime summer months are behind us, but when it comes to …

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SEC Games in Columbia, Missouri: What To Do?

You’re coming to Columbia, Mo., to see the Mizzou Tigers mop the floor with your beloved team in SEC action. Although you won’t have success on the field, diamond, court, mat or pitch, or in the pool, there are plenty of ways to forget the crushing loss just (or about to be) suffered. Missouri’s fourth-largest city has a wealth of …

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5 Must-Try Patios in CoMo

Gentle breezes, the sounds of the city and enjoying the outdoors are among the top reasons to enjoy patio dining in Columbia. The best reason, of course, is the food. Columbia has a wealth of excellent restaurants, with many offering both fun and intimate settings for your next meal out. And by out, we mean, outdoors! Flat Branch Pub and …

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