Stephen Foutes

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

Antiquing in Missouri: Warrensburg

About halfway between Sedalia and Lee’s Summit, the city of Warrensburg is probably best known as the home to the University of Central Missouri. For people who consider themselves Missouri history buffs, it’s also the home of Old Drum. The university’s connection to the city needs no explanation, but perhaps Old Drum does. More on that later. Along with the …

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Antiquing in Missouri: Weston

The beautiful views of the Missouri River afforded by a visit to Weston Bend State Park are reason enough to visit the area. If you happen to be someone who enjoys antique shopping, you’ll also appreciate the myriad chances to search for something old that’s new to you in Weston. A 40-minute drive north of Kansas City leads to Weston, …

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Antiquing in Missouri: Perry

The quiet northeast Missouri town of Perry is perhaps best known by anglers searching for trophy bass, and maybe crappie for the night’s supper, on nearby Mark Twain Lake. The area’s best known feature certainly is a major draw, but it’s not the only reason to visit this community of about 700 residents. Antique stores abound in Perry, with roughly …

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Great Comfort Food Spots in Missouri

How do you define comfort food? For some, comfort food is a connection to the past. Perhaps you’re searching for a fried chicken recipe that turns out like Grandma’s. Or maybe you’re waking up early on weekends to make biscuits and gravy for the kids, just like Mom did for you when you were little. For others, comfort food is …

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Antiquing in Missouri: Sikeston

If you’re from or travel to Missouri often, you’ve probably heard of Sikeston. Yes, it is home to the legendary Lambert’s Café. Yes, it hosts the Bootheel Rodeo each year. And yes, Neal E. Boyd, season three winner of “America’s Got Talent,” hales from Sikeston. Sikeston also is an excellent destination for antique shoppers. Along with a handful of storefronts, …

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Find Something Spooky at Missouri State Parks

There’s nothing particularly frightening about any of Missouri’s Official State Parks and Historic Sites, but as the Halloween season approaches and you find yourself in the mood for the macabre, a handful might make your must-see list. For starters, check out the Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site in Kansas City. While it’s noted as the home …

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4 Beautiful Fall Drives in Missouri

Missouri has excellent routes for memorable fall drives, with the rolling hills and winding back roads of the Missouri Ozarks serving up beautiful spots for enjoying fall foliage. Sometimes, though, staying on the beaten path is just as enjoyable, as Missouri’s major highways offer scenic views and convenient access to attractions. Here’s a look at four fall drives to consider …

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Super Shopping at Missouri’s Comic Book Stores

What do zombies, Kryptonians, billionaires in bat (and iron!) suits, mutants and genetically enhanced humans have in common? You can find them all at comic book shops in Missouri, where heroes and villains can become a fun part of your vacation shopping spree. Sure, most of the shopping you do while traveling revolves around outlet malls, antique stores and souvenir …

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Tips for Enjoying Fall Camping in Missouri 

Fall in Missouri means long-sleeved shirts, blue jeans, evenings around a fire and enjoying cooler temperatures and beautiful colors with your favorite traveling companions. The reasons to travel to Missouri in the fall are myriad, from festivals and foliage, to sporting events and sightseeing. Camping is another popular fall activity in Missouri. By late September and early October, the humid …

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Take a Fall Drive in Missouri

Trees drenched in shades of red, orange and yellow are a sure sign, and favorite annual occurrence, of autumn in Missouri.  And with so much foliage, the Show-Me State is an ideal place for fall leaf-peeping. Of course, there’s a lot of ground to cover in Missouri, so picking a route might be the most difficult part of your excursion. …

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