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Happy Birthday, President Truman

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President Harry Truman loved all things history and anything to do with his adopted hometown of Independence, Missouri. To honor his memory, the historic tourism attractions of Independence celebrate his birthday on Saturday, May 4 – which coincides with the start of National Travel and Tourism week. Echoing the famous slogan on a sign that sat on his desk which ... Read More »

Visitors Keep the Ball Rolling at Kactus Creek

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Canon shots, wickets, Chernobyl, Irish Peel? Yep, it’s just a normal day at Kactus Creek Croquet Club in Platte County. With warmer temperatures, it’s time to start thinking about golf … or should I say golf croquet! When visitors arrive at the Welcome Center in the Platte County Resource Center, they invariably ask “What’s there to do in Platte County?” ... Read More »

Spring Capers in Cape Girardeau

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Cabin fever getting you down? Restless and need to get away? Make plans for a springtime getaway to Cape Girardeau. With excellent local shops found throughout Cape Girardeau, you’re sure to find treasures galore. Featuring local gift emporiums, home décor shops, specialty boutiques and a thriving antiquing district, Cape Girardeau is bursting with unique places to peruse; everyone will ask ... Read More »

The City of Fountains

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Kansas City is known for many things – among them jazz, barbecue and fountains – all of which add to KC’s unique culture.  As a native, I’m proud to say I was exposed to all at an early age. But what seems to surprise most visitors are our beautiful and vast amount of fountains. When I was growing up, fountains ... Read More »

Shopping, Dining and Fun in Parkville

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Are shopping and dining your secret pleasures? If so, you’ll fall in love with Historic Downtown Parkville’s eclectic collection of galleries, specialty shops, vintage boutiques, and unique eateries. Discover an interesting selection of merchandise, including handmade and personalized gifts; fine and fun art; one-of-a-kind crafts; jewelry; home décor; books; and collectibles not found in big-box retail stores. From antiques to ant ... Read More »

Quilting Retreat – Sew Much Fun

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If you’ve never been to a quilting retreat, you’re missing out. I recently attended one at Country Club Hotel and Spa at Lake of the Ozarks. Here’s how it works: you get to sew for an entire weekend; you don’t have to cook, clean-up, make beds or anything of the sort. Each year the Missouri River Quilt Guild (MRQG) arranges ... Read More »

Hunter-Dawson Offers Glimpse of Southern Living

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A tour of any of three historic Missouri mansions reveals plenty of secrets about their long-gone owners. The state historic sites in the Missouri parks system include battlefields, birth places, cemeteries, covered bridges, homesteads, grist mills and ancient Indian villages. Also on the list are three grand homes with much of their contents remaining as if the residents had stepped ... Read More »

Charleston’s Dogwood-Azalea Festival: Fun in Full Bloom

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You could debate whether the Missouri bootheel is part of the South, but there’s no dispute that each spring, Charleston, located near the top of the bootheel where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers meet, embodies a distinctly Southern charm, appearance, and hospitality during the annual Dogwood-Azalea Festival. In its 45th year, the festival will be held April 18-21, 2013, in ... Read More »

Branson in Running to Host SoMeT

Branson is one of 13 cities in the running to host the Social Media Tourism Symposium (#SoMeT13US is the hashtag to follow on Twitter). The host city of this tourism-focused, social media conference will be chosen via tournament-style voting on Facebook. “Branson is ideally suited for this conference. With new flights on Southwest Airlines it is easy to get here. ... Read More »

Enjoy the Tradition: St. Pat’s in Rolla

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Get your green on! Join us for a century-old tradition; a celebration that pays homage to St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers. St. Pat’s in Rolla is a festival of music, games and off-the-wall activities. The streets are painted green, a royal court is crowned and university students flaunt the creations of homemade wooden shillelaghs; it’s a celebration like ... Read More »