Author Archives: Stephen Foutes

More Gifts from Christmas Past

Staffers at the Missouri Division of Tourism recently were asked to share memories of their favorite Gifts from Christmas Past, with the caveat their responses should be: Totally superficial Related to gifts received before age 17 or 18. Overall, the results were varied, but fairly heavy on dolls and music-playing devices. Today, we’ll focus on Andrea, Shari and Stephen. Out ... Read More »

Gifts from Christmas Past

Editor’s note: This is the first in a six-part series about MDT staff memories of Gifts of Christmas Past. Check back here for future installments. Staffers at the Missouri Division of Tourism recently were asked to share memories of their favorite gifts from Christmas Past, with the caveat their responses should be: Totally superficial Related to gifts received before age ... Read More »

BREAKING MOMO NEWS!

Pike County resident Andrew Stephens has contacted the staff here at VisitMO regarding another brush with the Missouri Momo monster. This time, Stephens was prepared. Stephens says he was quail hunting in a field near the site of the VisitMO team’s previous encounter with Momo (which was captured in a two-part video; for Part I, click here; for Part II, ... Read More »

Dining, Drinks and Dessert in Rolla

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A recent getaway to Rolla offered the opportunity to have some great barbecue, sample a couple of terrific brews, and to enjoy dessert at one of the most-famous bakeries in Missouri. Let’s start with the barbecue at Randy’s Roadkill Barbecue and Grill. I dined at Randy’s a couple of years ago on a press trip and had since been anxious ... Read More »

Finding Momo?

A camera crew from the @VisitMO team recently traveled to Pike County, Missouri, to search for the elusive Momo – a bigfoot-like creature who first appeared in the area in the 1970s. As we traveled to Mississippi River country, we couldn’t find anyone who had a connection to the original, 1970s-era sightings, to speak to us on camera. One area ... Read More »

An Early Morning on Table Rock Lake

The sun had not yet risen, and the slightly more than gentle breeze had the air temperature hovering somewhere between cold and go-get-a-big-jacket cold. Thus began a recent fishing and photography expedition on beautiful Table Rock Lake in Branson. Led by our outdoors expert and professional fisherman Scott Pauley, we hit the water before sun-up in search of lunkers. The ... Read More »

Five Ways to Cool Off in Missouri

High temperatures across Missouri have been breaking records for the last couple of weeks; as of this writing, the forecast high today in Jefferson City is 107. The hot weather has people wondering where they can go and what they can do to beat the heat. Fortunately, there are plenty of options in Missouri to help you stay cool on ... Read More »

Relaxation in Excelsior Springs

An almost daily occurrence in the Missouri tourism industry is reading about, seeing pictures of, or meeting representatives from destinations that immediately make my “gotta see that” list. The Elms Hotel and Spa, a landmark resort located about 30 minutes northeast of downtown Kansas City, was near the top of said list, and I recently had a chance to visit. ... Read More »

Missouri’s Hidden Treasures

If you pay attention to the Missouri Division of Tourism’s Facebook page and VisitMO.com, you know we think Missouri is a great place to find Hidden Treasures. We’re not the only ones who see it that way. Mike Cook, owner of Mikes Unique Collectible and Antique Flea Market in Springfield, says Missouri has become the go-to resource for antique lovers ... Read More »

Go Batty at Unique Missouri Festival

The public is invited to Missouri’s first ever Bat Festival on Saturday, April 21, at Onondaga Cave State Park at the Leasburg exit off Interstate 44. Rob Mies, the director and founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, is coming and bringing some of his furry friends, including a Malayan flying fox, which, with its six-foot wingspan, is the largest ... Read More »