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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 »

Maggards Cherish Ties to Current River Valley

When the federal government acted to preserve America’s pristine rivers, the Current, and its sister river, the Jacks Fork, were the first to receive protection. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways was formed in 1964 to create a national park along 134 miles of the two rivers, establishing a bluff-lined, green corridor that today attracts more than 1 million annual visitors. ... Read More »

MDC Nature Centers: Cool Places to Discover Nature

You know what they say about Missouri weather: If you don’t like it, wait five minutes. However, it’s a safe bet summer in Missouri will be hot—and this one certainly has been so far. But here’s one thing you might not have to bet on: You can still spend hours enjoying the Missouri outdoors no matter how hot summer is. ... Read More »

Kansas City Has Long Been Crazy About Baseball

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Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on, and is reprinted with permission of, VisitKC.com. Back in the late 1800s, when America was first smitten by the tender young sport of “base-ball,” the enthusiastic crowds that came out to cheer major league nines like the Kansas City Cowboys and the St. Louis Browns were considered downright “fanatical.” A colorful fellow by ... Read More »

St. Joseph Ready for Chiefs Football

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It’s almost time, Chiefs fans! Training camp returns to St. Joseph and Missouri Western State University for a third year on July 27; camp concludes Aug. 16.  Afternoon and evening practices will be open to the public and players will sign autographs following each practice session. The Chiefs will host a night practice at Spratt Stadium at 7:15 p.m. on ... Read More »

Whooooo’s There?

This summer, many families will take extended float trips that involve camping overnight. A lucky few may see or hear owls.  These majestic creatures are an essential and beautiful part of Missouri’s forests and wildlife areas, and it’s important that they are not killed, captured or disturbed. If it weren’t for owls, animals such as mice, rats and rabbits could ... Read More »

Memories Made on Missouri’s Rivers and Streams

Summer is here and there is a river nearby just waiting for you to explore! Some of my favorite childhood memories are from family camping and float trips. I learned how to skip rocks across the water’s surface and chase tadpoles through the water. I learned how to fish, kind of, and how not to get pinched by a crawdad. ... Read More »

Heading Outside? Here’s an Inside Look at Camping in Missouri

So if Missouri is the best spot for camping, what are some of the prime state parks to pitch a tent or pull in a camper? In a recent nationwide poll at About.com, readers voted Missouri the best state for camping. Montana and Colorado were next in the online voting. Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, credits the state’s ... Read More »