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Hidden Treasures Abound in Historic Missouri Wine Country

Travel the two-lane roads into the southwest corner of St. Charles County and you arrive at a place where history, nature, art, and award-winning wine all come together to create a treasured destination, known as Historic Missouri Wine Country. Perhaps best known for its wineries, nine in all, Historic Missouri Wine Country is the perfect place to relax. Share a ... Read More »

St. Louis Takes Your Breath Away in Summer 2012

In St. Louis, the phrase “Been there … Done that!” does not apply. From taking in a new sea-lion show to playing with fire, there’s always something new and exciting to do in the “Lou” – so much so, it may take your breath away. You can travel to the far side of the world with a trip to St. ... Read More »

RV Adventures in Southeast Missouri

Missouri is a state worth seeing, both for its beauty and historic sites. There is probably no better way to tour the “Show Me State” than to pack up an RV with all your vacation gear and set out on an adventure. Three of the greatest rivers in North America intersect with Missouri – the Mississippi, the Missouri and the ... Read More »

Thinkin’ About Hidden Treasures

As we celebrate Branson’s Centennial anniversary, it’s easy to focus on the obvious reasons folks from all over the world have for visiting Branson. There are the live-music shows. New shows such as it at the Hughes Brothers Theatre and founding shows such as the Baldknobbers Jamboree and the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama; national stars such as Jim ... Read More »

Enjoy the Flavors of Missouri’s Capital

While in Jefferson City recently, I was able to dine at four different local restaurants (within the span of two days.) I was pleasantly surprised to find sushi, Greek-style pizza, and frozen yogurt, choices more commonly associated with big cities. Each restaurant was unique and catered to all tastes. Love Sushi, an intimate Japanese restaurant located on Missouri Boulevard, brings ... Read More »

15 Hidden Treasures at the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is the Midwest’s premier lake resort destination, offering world-class boating, golfing, shopping and fishing, and a wide variety of lodging, restaurants, state parks, and other recreational activities to suit any budget and taste. Yet, there are “hidden treasures” at that Lake many visitors may not know but are worthy of exploring. Many may think these ... Read More »

Adventure Awaits at Jacob’s Cave

Turning off State Highway TT and traveling down a long hill brings us to a parking lot overlooking a small pond in the woods. What appears to be a house with an entrance sign on the side is nestled in at the base of a large hill. This is the actual entrance to Jacob’s Cave, near Versailles in Central Missouri. ... Read More »

Camper Cabins Are Hot Property at Parks

The noisy, early evening thunderstorm was a double delight. First, I got to watch the light show from a rocker on the porch of my cozy camper cabin at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. To the north, lighting flashed and thunder rumbled over Goggins Mountain. To the south, patches of blue sky peeked through the clouds. The deluge that followed overnight ... Read More »

Columbia Home to a Host of Hidden Treasures

There’s the Columbia you know: Mizzou, Shakespeare’s, The District, Harpo’s, The Columns, Columbia Mall. And then there’s those little things that are less known, less crowded … Columbia’s hidden treasures. We figured it’s time to share some of these lesser-known Columbia spots so you can check a few (or all of them!) out on your next visit. Sparky’s Homemade Ice ... Read More »

150 Years of Missouri War and Wine

As we continue to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Missouri, it is a great time to take a look at our state’s history. One hundred and fifty years ago, Hermann was a thriving wine community home to more than 60 wineries producing more than 100,000 gallons of wine. By the late 1880s, Hermann’s wineries were producing more than 2,000,000 ... Read More »