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Interest in Missouri State Penitentiary Tours Heating Up

In 2011, visitors came in droves to get locked up inside the Missouri State Penitentiary. The 2011 season saw a 47 percent increase in tour attendance – more than 17,000 people stepped through the Missouri State Penitentiary gateway and heard the cool clang of the metal bars slam shut behind them. What happens once inside the walls of the Missouri ... Read More »

Mobile? Pulaski County has an app for that!

The evolution of the mobile device is causing a revolution for people who want to have everything literally in the palm of their hands. So, if you are one of those people and if you are traveling to Pulaski County, Home of Ft. Leonard Wood, we have the solution. Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is very excited to introduce our app ... Read More »

Historic Homes Offer a Peek at Private Lives

Snooping around a grand old house can be a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours, especially if the long-gone owners were interesting people, and all their stuff is still there. I recently had the opportunity to investigate two such residences: the castle-like home of John Homer Bothwell, just north of Sedalia; and artist Thomas Hart Benton’s home in ... Read More »

Saturday Morning Adventures

With two active little ones, it’s hard to get everything done. My husband and I work hard to make the regular tasks fun. Some examples are singing with the kids while we clean (complete with snowball fights with socks), saying yes to the grocery cart with the car in front (despite the poor turning radius) and talking up the dum-dums ... Read More »

What to do at The Lake This Winter … And Beyond

It’s easy to get to the centrally located Lake of the Ozarks.  It’s just 175 miles from St. Louis, 165 miles from Kansas City, 125 miles from Branson and less than a day’s drive from practically anywhere in the central United States.  Now that the Lake Area has the new expressway and 242 Highway, getting around the Lake is even ... Read More »

Missouri: A Winter Wine-derland

If you think wineries are only for the warmer months, think again! I find them to be a great oasis to escape the hustle and bustle, finish shopping, warm up and relax. Decorated for the holidays, and ready to greet you, are more than 100 wineries throughout the state. As the vineyards go into hibernation, the wines ferment and the ... Read More »

Snowy Days a Prime Time for Hiking

It’s coming. In fact, it may be here by the time you read this. Some folks treasure the start of trout season. For others, it may be baseball’s opening pitch in spring. For me, one of the grandest days of the year is when I awake to a blinding sun reflecting off the first snowfall of winter. Prime time for ... Read More »

Victorian Santa Makes a Lasting Impression in Saint Charles

The 37th annual Christmas Traditions festival is in full swing, having kicked off in Saint Charles the day after Thanksgiving.  But fret not, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy this year’s celebration, which continues until the afternoon of Christmas Eve. As in years past, we have more than 30 Christmas Legends characters roaming about the Main Street historic district, ... Read More »

Float Trips for All Seasons in Missouri

Veteran floaters who relish solitude may not appreciate my sharing this information, but, hey, Missouri has enough sparkling streams for all of us. My paddling group has regular spring, fall and winter floats. We look for a cold drink, a hot shower and a warm bed at the end of the day, so we book well in advance to get ... Read More »

There’s sugar in them there trees . . .

The days are already shorter.  The air is acquiring a sharper bite.  It’s hard to imagine the grey, cold indifference of winter could offer up one of Mother Nature’s sweetest gifts.  But winter does have its treats.  Sometimes you just have to go prospecting a little harder to find them.  Maybe even deep inside a tree. It’s really all about ... Read More »