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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 »

Ribbon-Cutting at Dewey Short Visitor Center

The following is an excerpt from the April 23 Ozarks Water Watch newsletter. It was written by David Casaletto, executive director of Ozarks Water Watch. The wait is almost over! The US Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District announced the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Dewey Short Visitor Center in Branson will take place this Friday, April 27. The ... Read More »

Explore, Discover and Enjoy …

… all that Madison County, Missouri has to offer. Whether you’re planning to visit or relocate, you will fall in love with our beautiful, historic part of Southeast Missouri. Take a look around Fredericktown,as you enter from Highway 67, and enjoy local produce and crafts at the Madison County Farmer’s Market.  Opening on Friday, April 27, local growers and crafters ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Harry!

Forget that bunch of politicians wrangling about who will be our nation’s next president. If many folks had their druthers, we’d magically bring back our nation’s 33rd president. This man left office with dismal approval ratings in the low 30s and yet now polls among the top five presidents who ever served. Of course we are talking about Harry S. ... Read More »

Storytelling Festival Fun for All Ages

Scottish ballads with a North Carolina flavor, spoons as instruments instead of eating utensils, myths and folktales, tomboys and princesses … you can hear all of the above and then some on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi at the 5th Annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival. When we bill the festival as a way to “get back to your roots,” ... Read More »

Slow Down and Enjoy a Missouri Float Trip

With the rushed time schedules we have nowadays, we sometimes forget to notice the beautiful things in life and to take the time to enjoy them. Most of the rivers in Missouri are as natural and unchanged today as they were when the American Indians fished from their banks. And since Missouri was named after an American Indian tribe, one ... Read More »

Marceline, “Where Walt found the Magic”

I’ve lived in Missouri my whole life and had no idea exactly how magical Marceline would be or what fascinating things were in store for us (KatiesTrail and me) when we started our journey to Marceline. Our mission was to welcome the official Disney Fan Club, D23, to the boyhood home of Walt Disney. Even before we arrived, I was ... Read More »