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A Mental Coffee Break in Hannibal


Mmmmm… the wonderful smell that wakes you up in the morning.  That pick-me up when the-mid afternoon slump hits.  What would we do without coffee? Hannibal is very lucky to have Java Jive – the First Coffee Shop West of the Mississippi. (No, really – it’s one block from the Mississippi.  They dare you to find a coffee shop closer.) ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Creek Side Pub


There’s nothing swanky about Creek Side Pub in Springfield, Missouri, and that’s part of its charm. The crowds don’t come for dazzling décor or service; they come for two reasons: to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and to chow down on homemade chips and guacamole. Situated along the banks of Galloway Creek, the tiny bar and bistro draws large crowds that ... Read More »

Visit a True Missouri Landscape


All are welcome to Prairie Day and Evening on the Prairie, hosted by the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s and the Cole Camp Chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists • October 10, 2015 • Cole Camp, MO, 20 miles south of Sedalia. Up until the time of statehood, tallgrass prairie once covered more than 15 million acres of Missouri. It is as much ... Read More »

Hike, Bike & Sip Your Way through Cape Girardeau this Fall

Hunter Valley Winery

Explore Cape Girardeau in the fall, when the weather and leaves are at their best, on your bike or on a hike, while finishing up your active day with a trip to a local winery or microbrewery. Bring your bike with you to Cape Girardeau and take a ride along the Mississippi River at Riverfront Park.  This paved, 1.25 mile ... Read More »

Ha Ha Tonka: A Historical Place to Play

Ha Ha Tonka-5

What could be more exciting for outdoor adventure-lovers than hiking through old castle ruins with beautiful Ozark lakes and forest covered hills as your backdrop? Grab your walking shoes and a camera and head to Ha Ha Tonka State Park in the Lake of the Ozarks. Through 15 miles of trails (and boardwalks) you can see what’s left of a ... Read More »

4 Columbia Fall Festivals You Can’t Miss


Autumn just might be the best time of year in CoMo: the cooler weather is perfect for patio dining, our parks and college campuses become gorgeous scenes of fall colors, and of course, we have the return of four great festivals. 38th Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show September 19-20 | Nifong Park, 3700 Ponderosa Step back in time at ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Drinks at Publico

Publico - Mezcals and Tacos al pastor

  One of the most anticipated restaurant openings of 2015 in St. Louis was Mike Randolph’s Latin American-inspired Público in the Delmar Loop. The bar’s friendly and knowledgeable staff serves well-crafted, balanced cocktails and an interesting wine list. Start off with a frozen Paloma made with blanco tequila and frozen housemade grapefruit soda; it’s sort of like a light and ... Read More »

Bacon and Blues in Kirksville

Piggy & Bacon

What is it about bacon? Everyone loves it. The Kirksville Bacon Fest gives everyone an opportunity to taste crispy, flavorful bacon. On September 26, 2015, the 5th annual Kirksville Bacon Fest begins at 9 a.m. with a bacon-cooking contest and a Miss Sizzle and little Miss Bacon Bits pageant.  At noon, the local Oscar Mayer plant employees hand out free ... Read More »

Missouri Eats: Haruno Sushi Bar & Grill


The array of stunning maki rolls, Japanese dumplings and bowls of spicy soups at Haruno Sushi Bar & Grill in Springfield, Missouri, are partly what draws a steady stream of customers to the restaurant. The other big draw is the atmosphere: The deep red walls, oversized light fixtures, tufted booths and polished high-top tables in Haruno’s sleek, modern bar area ... Read More »

Grab a Bite to Eat at Missouri’s State Parks and Historic Sites

J. Huston Tavern Exterior

When you think of heading to a state park or historic site, you may think of campfire cooking or picnics.  But eleven of Missouri’s state parks and historic sites also have on-site dining options.  You can find everything from a small grill inside of a store to full-service restaurants where you can enjoy trout, fried chicken and cobbler for dessert.  ... Read More »