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To The Batcave!

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For me, enjoying the outdoors gets a bit easier after August.  Even being born and raised in Missouri, I still get zapped from the 200% humidity we often have in July and August. This year, I’m looking forward to exploring more of Hannibal’s newest park on my (as yet unpurchased) new bike in September and October. Sodalis Nature Preserve, which …

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Missouri Eats: Farmers Gastropub

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Although not heralded for their traditional cuisine, the British do know how to make a mean breakfast: think massive plates of broiled tomatoes, eggs, juicy sausages, seasoned beans and cups of tea. For a similar experience in Springfield, Missouri, head to Farmers Gastropub. Chef and co-owner Andy Hampshire has stacked the brunch menu with British classics including a version of …

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Retreat to the Ozarks in Pulaski County

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Blue Jay Farm, nestled in a scenic valley of the timeless Ozark Mountains, is the definition of “escape.” Inspiring visitors for more than 75 years, this retreat beckons you and your family to relax and get back to nature. The seven-acre, spring-fed lake coaxes you to grab a rod and reel and to paddle its surface in a kayak or …

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Missouri Eats: Les Bourgeois Vineyards Tasting Room

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In 31 years, Les Bourgeois Vineyards Tasting Room & Gift Shop has never stopped trying new things. The family-owned winery recently expanded its tasting room, which is situated just off of Interstate 70 in Rocheport, Missouri. The expansion enhances Les Bourgeois’ other facilities, including its popular Blufftop Bistro, outdoor A-frame and adjacent production center. Les Bourgeois recently partnered with Broadway …

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Missouri Eats: Betty Rae’s Ice Cream

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At Betty Rae’s Ice Cream in Kansas City, owner David Friesen treats ice cream-making like running a bakery. “There’s something lovely about the bakery model,” he says. “Everything is fresh and ready to go in the morning, you’re trying to hit every flavor palate and there are things only made one week and never made again.” Friesen was the manager …

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Get Excited for Mizzou Football Season

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August may cause ‘back-to-school’ blues for kids and college students but for many of us in Columbia, it means excitement for the return of Mizzou football. If you’ve never been to a game, here’s what you need to know: We bleed black and gold. Sometimes we have a gold rush or a blackout, and every once in a while, we …

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Missouri Eats: Silly Goose

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Silly Goose opened in Augusta, Missouri, in December 2014, but its family recipes go back generations. The Southern-inspired restaurant emphasizes ingredients sourced from nearby farms, including produce from Centennial Farms and Sunflower Hill Farm, and executive chef Anastasia Adelman’s seasonally rotating menu is small but focused. A customer favorite is the pig wings appetizer tossed with Carolina mustard sauce served …

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Cool off in Cape Girardeau

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The mercury keeps rising and the humidity makes it feel even hotter out … take advantage of the heat with these cool spots in Cape Girardeau! Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center The littlest kiddos and the most adventurous teens will have buckets of fun at Cape Splash.  A splash pad and a zero-depth entry watery playground keep your little tykes …

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Farm-to-Table Dining in Branson

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Whether you’re staying at one of the area’s resorts or grabbing a bite at Hard Work U, Branson’s farm-to-table options offer unique dining experiences you’ll savor long after the meal is over. Out at Hard Work U, better known as College of the Ozarks, you find abundant menu offerings that have, quite literally, been taken straight from the farm to …

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Missouri Eats: Sweet Caroline’s Ice Box

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A mutual love for a favorite childhood treat was the inspiration behind Sweet Caroline’s Ice Box, the shaved-ice truck from cosmetologists Ellen Purvis and Maureen Blount. They make their signature dessert by shaving ice light as air, and then they generously drizzle up to three flavors on top. Expect traditional fruit flavors like orange, grape and raspberry, as well as …

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