Author Archives: motravelmama

What’s on Your Local Must-See List

We are all guilty of it: You live in a place for a few years, or even a lifetime, and frequent the same shops, restaurants, parks, attractions. I have lived in the Jefferson City area most of my life but still hear about great places I have never seen. So, I have decided to make a local must-see list. My ... Read More »

At Buddha, You Can’t Leave Food on Your Plate

Platte County, which includes the communities of Weston, Parkville, and Riverside, is one area of Missouri I never had the privilege to visit until October, or so I thought. I was very excited to see this area, and when I received our travel agenda, I noticed the Zona Rosa shopping, dining, retail and entertainment complex was our evening destination the ... Read More »

My (Summer) Bucket List

Written by: MoTravelGirl Many of us have a bucket list – you know that list of things you want to do before you turn 30, 40, 50 or whatever. They may be exotic adventures, such as climbing Mount Everest or visiting Antarctica. They might be a trip to the Eiffel Tower or the top of the Statute of Liberty. But ... Read More »

Rainy Day Play

Fred Bird, MoTravelMama & MoTravelSon

“Rain, rain, go away,” were the words coming from my son’s mouth when we were in St. Louis last fall. We lucked out because the rain held off the day we were supposed to go to a Cardinals game. (By the way, he loved his first baseball game and loved Fred Bird even more.) The next day we were scheduled ... Read More »

I am a chocoholic.

Chips Chocolate Factory, the making of chocolate.

Written and submitted by Steven Fuller. I am a chocoholic.  Not the kind who has to have chocolate every day but the kind who CANNOT pass up a mom and pop shop, a candy store, or a local chocolatier EVER. Never, ever, ever.  From Shanghai to Kansas City I stop at them all, and I compare them.  Chips Chocolate Factory, ... Read More »

Root Beer Milk?

Milking cows at Shatto Dairy

I love to see the reaction on people’s faces when I tell them about root beer milk. Most people scowl and say “Yuck, that doesn’t even sound good.” Little do they know it is a little piece of heaven right there in a glass bottle; it’s brought to you by Shatto Milk Company in Osborn, Mo. My response to people ... Read More »

Red Oak II, words can’t describe

Red Oak II house

I have heard a lot about Red Oak II since I started working for the Missouri Division of Tourism, but I never fully understood what it was. I knew it was a community that had been built on a few acres by artist Lowell Davis and that it had open, closed and re-opened throughout the years. I recently returned from ... Read More »

Cupcake Discovery

Babycakes, Kansas City

I was very excited when I discovered The Cupcakery (soon to be called The Cup) in the Central West End of St. Louis. The sweet smell engulfs you before you even walk in the door. To walk inside and see such a great display of so many types of cupcakes can be overwhelming to a sweets-lover like me. I then ... Read More »

I pick, you pick, we all pick at you-pick farms

you-pick

Peer pressure, it really is a good thing, at least at my age! My friends, who have kids, kept going on and on about this great little you-pick farm in Jamestown, Mo., and how I just had to take my son. I admit it, I gave into the peer pressure and took him, completely unsure of what I was getting ... Read More »

Ste. Genevieve Wineries

Ste. Genevieve Winery

We all know each winery has its own flavor when it comes to wine, but their flavors go beyond that to include the atmosphere of each winery location. After a whirlwind tour of Ste. Genevieve, I really began to understand the wide variety of flavors of the wineries. After a wonderful tour of some of the historic homes and buildings ... Read More »