Stephen Foutes

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

The Bubbly Side of Missouri

From New Year’s Eve parties and celebrating milestones to casual get-togethers and random Tuesday nights, everyone has room for a little bubbly in their life. Fortunately, Missouri has a nice selection of bars and restaurants offering Champagne, Champagne drinks and sparkling wine to ensure you’re not missing out. Some examples include: Room 38 Restaurant and Lounge, Columbia: Pop the top …

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Enjoy the Slopes in Missouri

Brisk conditions and a light snowfall in some areas of Missouri signaled a seemingly early (and unofficial) start to winter, but the seasonal change doesn’t mean an end to outdoor adventure. In fact, there are two spots in Missouri where fun and the cold go hand in hand … well, maybe hand in glove. About 40 minutes north of downtown …

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Cozy Public Fireplaces Around Missouri

Whether you’re talking with friends, enjoying the ambiance or simply relaxing with your favorite beverage – hot chocolate sounds pretty good right now! – there’s something special about cozying up to a fire on a cold Missouri day. There are some pretty sweet fireplaces in the Show-Me State, including some at popular destinations and attractions. Here’s a look at just …

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Antiquing in Missouri: Ozark

Just south of Missouri’s third-largest city, folks in Ozark welcome visitors from all over the country who stop to see the sights and to enjoy a big meal at Lambert’s Café II. Known for its comfort food and flying rolls, rare is the occasion when Lambert’s isn’t full of hungry travelers ready for a healthy dose of comfort food. Those …

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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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