Missouri Eats: Charisse


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


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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Overlook Farm: A Mississippi River Retreat

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Located in Clarksville, Overlook Farm is the ideal elegant escape. Sitauted on 327 acres, Overlook Farm has four exquisite inns to rent; 26 hoop houses along with five greenhouses that provide luscious produce for Overlook’s outdoor Courtyard Restaurant; and a farm that specializes in pasture-raised and grass-fed animals. The beautiful Courtyard Restaurant sports several pergolas draped in wisteria, adding to …

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Missouri Eats: Slamburger


In August, 2015, the owners of The Blue Duck in Washington, Missouri, transitioned their other restaurant, Smokey Duck Barbecue, to a fresh and fun burger concept called Slamburger. The switch was inspired by the weekly “slamburger” specials at The Blue Duck, which co-owner Chris Rayburn says have been a huge hit with diners. Past slamburger experiments have included the SlamDinger, …

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Adventure Awaits in St. Joe State Park


Are you a bit of an adrenaline junkie? Or do you have outdoor fever? Definitely visit St. Joe State Park in Park Hills where you can partake in an array of outdoor adventures. If you want a few days of outdoor fun, just camp out at one of their campsites which accommodate families, RVs and even horses! If you have …

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Show-Me Scary: Southwest Missouri

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Southwest Missouri has a lot to offer in terms of haunted history and terrifying good times. Here is a look at some of the spooky locations in Southwest Missouri. Go ahead, scare yourself silly. Curious to see what haunts a historic castle? Want to stay in a haunted bed-and-breakfast that was originally a school house built in 1907? Then head …

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Fall in Love with Jefferson City

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Summer has officially ended, but you can still enjoy the outdoors! Fall is the perfect time to break out the sweaters, grab a group of friends or family and venture to Jefferson City for an unforgettable time. Whether cozying up for a hayride, carving pumpkins, admiring fall foliage, or looking for a festival to attend, Missouri’s capital has something for …

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Show-Me Scary: Central Missouri


Civil War, angry prisoners, make-shift hospitals and public hangings apparently make for a plethora of restless spirits in Central Missouri. Here is a list of spooky locations in the central region of Missouri so you can scare yourself silly. It isn’t difficult to find a historical setting in this region, which has a past filled with creepy tales and wild …

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Missouri Eats: Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters

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Delightfully quirky and intimately thoughtful, Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters combines two excellent things: coffee service and cocktails. The vision for Thou Mayest came from friends and co-founders Bo Nelson and Bill Holzhueter, who first began roasting green coffee beans for fun. “Like all good things, it started in the garage, as a hobby,” Nelson says. They first launched their coffee-roasting …

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