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4 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Branson

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Holiday cheer and new traditions await you in Branson this holiday season. Branson’s Most Wonderful Time of Year Parade, the first Christmas parade of the season, happens along the Branson Landing Promenade on November 14 to honor Mr. Christmas himself, the late Andy Williams. Formerly known as the Parade of Stars, the Most Wonderful Time of Year Parade features several …

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Wandering in Wonder in Missouri

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If there is such a thing as the “wanderlust gene,” I probably have it. Although the science isn’t settled, researchers have discovered a gene variant that is linked to a person’s willingness to explore new places, try novel foods, take risks and indulge curiosity. Carried by approximately 20 percent of all humans, it’s called DRD4-7R and helps control dopamine, a …

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Missouri Eats: The BBQ Saloon

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Barbecue and whiskey are everywhere right now, with chefs and restaurateurs pairing the two inherently smoky items together in restaurant concepts across the region. One such recent addition to the St. Louis food-and drink scene is The BBQ Saloon, located in the space formerly occupied by The Majestic Restaurant & Bar at Euclid and Laclede avenues in the Central West …

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Explore Sea and Space in Bonne Terre

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Bonne Terre, an hour south of St. Louis, is the perfect town to curb your curiosity for sea and space. I know you’re probably thinking what I was thinking, “How can this tiny Missouri town provide any insight on sea OR space?” You would be pleasantly surprised, just as I was. Are you an experienced diver? Maybe you’re looking to …

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Missouri Eats: The Standard Pour

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David Sederholm makes his living managing the financial portfolios of others by day and is enjoying being hands-on with his own investment at night as the owner of The Standard Pour, a new watering hole located in Kansas City’s West Plaza. The neighborhood gastropub opened this summer in the former Boozefish Wine Bar location on Westport Road. The space has …

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Fall Escapes: Cape Girardeau and Sikeston

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It’s fall – that means it’s roadtrip time! Cape Girardeau and Sikeston are the perfect fall escapes. About a two hour drive from St. Louis and two and a half  hours from Memphis, Cape and Sikeston are just thirty minutes from each other and have big fun without the big crowds. Movie buffs will love Cape Girardeau for the Gone Girl driving …

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Gone Girl Driving Tour in Cape Girardeau

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How would you like to visit the very same locations that Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris helped make famous in the film “Gone Girl.” Cape Girardeau served as the fictional town of North Carthage in “Gone Girl,” which was directed by David Fincher and adapted by Gillian Flynn from her novel. The “Gone Girl” driving …

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Missouri Eats: Charisse

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About a year ago, Jason Craine, chef-owner of the Downtown location of Aixois Brasserie, purchased the French restaurant from its other owners and reopened it as Charisse, a contemporary bistro with traditional French influences. Named after Craine’s wife and business partner, Charisse changed hands internally and without fanfare – so much so that the restaurant might be the best-kept secret …

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Urban Forests Come Alive in Autumn: A Fall Guide to Springfield’s Parks

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As maple trees start to show eye-popping red hues and ash trees fade to purple in the Ozarks, it’s nature’s signal that fall foliage season is here. While the Ozark Mountains provide a pristine backdrop for fall colors, Springfield’s mature urban forest offers some of the best settings for leaf-peepers in the state — especially in city parks. Here’s a …

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