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Highway 36 Serves Up Innovation

There are so many family fun things to do along the northwest section of Highway 36.

  Highway 36, also known as “The Way of the American Genius,” holds valuable Missouri history along a cross-state section of northern Missouri. From Mark Twain in Hannibal, to Walt Disney in Marceline, you find many claims to fame along the highway, but my favorite is “The Home of Sliced Bread,” which is Chillicothe. If you are a bread lover ... Read More »

My Family Needs a Girl’s Weekend

Missouri Bluffs Boutique, Weston

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca I can tell it’s getting close, and boy, am I ready. Coming up in a few weeks, I will join three cherished girlfriends on a long-awaited getaway weekend in Weston, Missouri. My Pinterest board is already underway – partially to get organized, but mostly because it just makes ... Read More »

Tiny Arrow Rock is Big on Charm

Chez Trappeur restaurant

Great theatre productions and fabulous food are hallmarks of a trip to historic Arrow Rock, a small town in northwest Missouri. I recently was part of a group outing to Arrow Rock; our focus was catching a production at Lyceum Theatre, but I was blown away by the town and its charm. The first item on our agenda was a ... Read More »

Ralls County has a Worldly History

St. Paul Catholic Church

Ralls County is rich in history. Not far from Hannibal and Mark Twain Lake, the area was settled in 1821 by immigrants from many countries, including Italy, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, and Croatia, to name a few. People flocked to the area after Atlas Portland Cement was built and started recruiting European immigrants to work in the plant. Today, the area ... Read More »

Watch for Monarchs in Flight

Monarch

America’s most recognizable butterfly — the monarch — is poised to make its long southern migration to Mexico, and many of the beautiful orange, black, and white monarchs should be visible flying across Missouri as fall approaches. While our remaining prairies and other open habitats provide both food sources for the caterpillar larvae and nectar sources for the adults, loss ... Read More »

Climb So iLL

Climb So iLL 1

Summer: the term so many people associate with boating, hiking, barbeques, and family trips. My thoughts on the word only bring up one thing: adventure. I am always looking for something new to do with my time, especially during the summer, and last weekend I found a great pastime that, in my view, is not enjoyed by enough people. All ... Read More »

A View of St. Louis, From the River to the Sky

Riverboat 1

St. Louis, a city known for its museums, theatres, Cardinals baseball, and great nightlife, has much to offer its visitors. And when it comes to amusing activities that offer a lot of variety for family trips, the city certainly isn’t lacking in options. A recent trip to St. Louis offered the opportunity to experience the atmosphere all over again, to ... Read More »

Disney and Dusty Millers

marceline

  Marceline, Missouri was a magical place for Walt Disney; it was a place where a boy, a tree, and a town came together to help create the magical world of Disney. It is also home to famous Missouri desserts such as the Dusty Miller. Marceline was the boyhood home of Walt Disney and is the town he credits in ... Read More »

Branson 101

Branson: how to get here, where to stay and what to do.

Are you a Branson-newbie? A lot of people we talk to have a Branson vacation on their “bucket list,” but often, they don’t know where to start or how to explain this crazy and unique destination to their friends and family. Here’s a quick overview of all the essentials you need to know. 1.)    Where is Branson and how do ... Read More »

Weird, Wacky and Wonderful Adventures in Hannibal

Barron Aviation

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain Mark Twain was so right. And we love it. Your adventures in Hannibal might not always be weird, wacky and wonderful, but then again they could be. You could be in the office, and a week later be meeting ... Read More »