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Somewhere in Time Gift Registry

Sometimes this season’s cool gifts are like ghosts of Christmas past. They are rarely seen, and yet they linger: a faux fur hat, orange size-12 knitted booties, a portable DVD player, and many other items cluttering the back of the hall closet. Giving great gifts means going beyond just what is “hot” this holiday season, which is both tricky and ... Read More »

Celebrate Art & Inspiration in Carthage

CarthageAtrium decorated for Christmas 2013

As the days begin to darken early and the nights begin to chill, retailers focus their attention on the holidays. It is a great time to see an upswing with extra sales and holiday bonuses but the holiday hustle and bustle can come with its own stresses. I find it is best to slow down and really enjoy time with ... Read More »

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Pulaski County

Newly dedicated Korean War Memorial Monument.

As Interstate 44 runs through the heart of Pulaski County in central Missouri, many motorists travel to our area. Pulaski County is I-44′s midway point between the Illinois State Line and the Oklahoma State Line. Many travelers look forward to seeing the Pulaski County signs on the roadway because they know when they need to top off their tank, grab ... Read More »

Nutcrackers Spin Holiday Fantasies Into Dance

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At a family Christmas party, a young girl is given a toy nutcracker by her godfather, an eccentric toy maker and magician. Late that night, the nutcracker magically comes to life. Wicked mice attack and the girl bravely rescues the nutcracker. He transforms into a prince who takes her on an enchanted voyage to a snowy forest and the candy-sweet ... Read More »

Discover the Natural Wonderland of Winter in Missouri

Burr Oak Woods in Blue Springs.

Winter in Missouri offers an abundance of natural beauty and is a great time to discover nature, both outside and inside. If you are willing to brave some cold weather in exchange for stark winter beauty, get out and explore some of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) areas located all around the Show-Me State. Wherever you may be in ... Read More »

Shop Around Springfield

Springfield Shopping

Holiday lights are twinkling in Missouri and people are searching for perfect gifts for their loved ones. Whether they begin their quest at Battlefield Mall or the mom-and-pop shops throughout the city, shoppers will find what they want in Springfield. Battlefield Mall features more than 150 retail shops filled with the latest fashions, home décor, gifts and more; wonderful restaurants; ... Read More »

Enjoy the Christmas Traditions in St. Charles

Photo courtesy of the St. Charles CVB.

Santa, and Mrs. Claus of course, rule in St. Charles for the Christmas Traditions festival.  It just so happens there are ten Santa characters as a part of this annual event celebrating its 39th anniversary this year. In the event you’re keeping score…here’s the Santa line-up for 2013: Victorian Santa Frontier Santa Civil War Santa Father Christmas World War II ... Read More »

Put Cape Girardeau on Your Shopping List

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Wonderful and unique, locally owned shops have put Cape Girardeau on the map as a top shopping destination in Missouri. Whether your list is comprised of gifts for loved ones or maybe just a few items you’ve been wanting for yourself, you will be sure to find everything you are looking for, and more. We have comprised a guide of ... Read More »

Enjoy Nature During Eagle Days

Enjoy eagle sightings all over the state of Missouri during December through February.

From December through February, Missouri’s winter eagle watching is spectacular. Discover nature with Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Eagle Days events around the state, or enjoy eagle-viewing on your own. Because of its big rivers, many lakes and wetlands, Missouri is one of the leading lower 48 states for bald eagle viewing. Each fall, thousands of these great birds migrate ... Read More »

Enjoy a ‘Christmas Castle’ in Independence

The holiday kitchen inside the Vaile Mansion.

Maybe you don’t have the time or money to travel to Disneyworld to see the famous Sleeping Beauty castle or even King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein fantasy palace in Germany, the inspiration for the famous Orlando symbol of Mickey’s kingdom. Happily, I’ve been lucky enough to do both in my lifetime. But the next best thing to be found in Missouri is, ... Read More »