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Falling in Love with the Missouri State Capitol

For those of us that grew up in Jefferson City, the Missouri State Capitol is a familiar sight, a place that you toured with your classmates in elementary school, or one where you had your senior pictures taken. I, for one, remember sitting on the lawn of the Capitol to watch the fireworks on 4th of July with family and ... Read More »

Fall Concert Series Returns to Wildwood Springs Lodge

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While the folks come to hear the music at the fall concert series at Wildwood Springs Lodge in Steelville, the star of the show is the rambling lodge itself. The lodge sits in a grove of tall oaks on a bluff overlooking the lovely Meramec River Valley. It was built during the Roarin’ 20s as a playground for rich St. ... Read More »

Ramble on Down to Sikeston this Fall

Are you looking for a convenient location that promises a weekend of fun-filled activities?  Look no farther than Sikeston, Missouri! Located half-way between St. Louis and Memphis, you find us at the junction of I-55, I-57 and U.S. 60. We invite you to celebrate fall and our cotton heritage with the 4th Annual Cotton Ramble Bike Ride and Cotton Festival ... Read More »

Celebrate Fall Along Missouri Highway 36

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Cool fall days are just around the corner. I hope you are getting ready to celebrate those by traveling through Northern Missouri! What? Not sure what to do? We have an eclectic mix of activities along Missouri’s Highway 36 sure to hold your interest through the next couple of months. Dozens of outstanding Americans were inspired in Missouri, and it ... Read More »

Lock-ups You’ll Love … To Visit

The Missouri State Penitentiary, Nevada’s historic Vernon County Jail, and the Glore Psychiatric Museum (or State Lunatic Asylum No. 2) once confined people deemed a danger to themselves or others. It is slightly ironic that the same facilities residents wanted to escape from are drawing crowds today. Yet these historic sites and museums have fascinating stories, interesting architecture, and contain ... Read More »

Food and Fun in Arrow Rock, Blackwater

The aroma of good food frying permeates the air as you approach the J. Huston Tavern in historic Arrow Rock. Inside the brick two-story building, a plaque on the wall explains what’s cooking. Rural Missouri magazine named the fried chicken tops in the state in the latest poll of its readers. Built in 1834 and once in danger of being ... Read More »

It’s Time to Think Christmas … Christmas Traditions, That Is!

Everyone knows all too well the temperatures have been hot, hot, hot across Missouri this summer. In St. Charles, we’re attempting to cool things down a bit with visions of the holidays. That’s right, by the time we kick off our annual Festival of the Little Hills event – Aug. 17-19 – the St. Charles Tourism Division will be primed ... Read More »

Crank Up the Fun as Summer Winds Down

I knew it was coming, didn’t you?  But I didn’t want to believe it. Our incredibly mild winter has morphed into an incredibly hot summer. For the last weeks of summer, consider these kid-tested/family approved ways to end summer with a bang and stay cool. Waterparks. Who doesn’t love a water slide? Oceans of Fun, has 60 acres of slide ... Read More »

Guests Can Go Gluten-Free at Chaumette

Ready for some Missouri wine country action, I recently skipped out-of-town and took a mini-getaway to Ste. Genevieve. On the agenda: Route du Vin, downtown Ste. Genevieve and of course, some wine tastings. After a lovely afternoon touring downtown Ste. Genevieve, we headed out to Chaumette Vineyards & Winery to check in to one of their villas for the night. ... Read More »

Saddle Up for Fun at Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo

Are you looking for a convenient location that promises some of the best, fun-filled activities in the region?  Look no farther; the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo, Aug. 8-11, brings you nationally ranked rodeo talent with the very best in live country music entertainment. Wednesday evening, Aug. 8, The Band Perry, takes the Rodeo stage followed by Jerrod Niemann on Thursday, ... Read More »