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The Other Side of Branson

While Branson offers superb entertainment, breathtaking thrills and outdoor adventures around every corner, the Branson area is home to a variety of coffee shops, markets and restaurants that your calmer side can’t help but appreciate. The coffee and wine shops are known by locals and tourists alike for their relaxed environments and live entertainment. Backstage Café & Wine Bar At the Backstage Café and Wine …

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Book, Brews and Birds: Relax This Winter in Hannibal

Winter is the time of year when divisions arise in many a household. Over what, you ask. Precious free time on cold indoor days, of course! Broadly speaking, there are two camps: The ‘curl up with a cup of hot tea and a good book’ camp, and the ‘grab a cold one and watch the game while yelling at the TV’ …

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15 in ’15: Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo

This post is one in a series of 15 posts of 15 things to do in Missouri in 2015. Don’t miss these other “15 in ’15”  posts. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! Head due west of the Mississippi River and you’ll find Sikeston, known for its annual rodeo. If you haven’t had the chance to wear your favorite …

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Grab a Drink in CoMo: Columbia Breweries

Missouri’s beer business is booming, especially in Columbia. Here are a few Columbia breweries to grab a local brew: Bur Oak Brewing Company 8250 Trade Center Dr., 573-814-2178 Hours: Fri., 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; contact to schedule a brewery tour or to rent for an event. Bur Oak typically only opens the tasting room on Fridays and …

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15 in ’15: True/False Film Festival

This post is one in a series of 15 posts of 15 things to do in Missouri in 2015. Don’t miss these other “15 in ’15”  posts. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! Come to Columbia’s True/False Film Festival and maybe end up the most knowledgeable person in the room at your next Oscars watch party. Often, films shown …

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Missouri Family Adventures: St. Louis

The days are long, but the years are short.” ~ Gretchin Rubin, author of, “The Happiness Project” Hello Missouri travelers! I am so grateful for the chance to join you this year as a guest blogger focusing on family travel. As a mom of two children who are growing faster than I planned (despite my urging them to slow down, …

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A Spa Day in Kansas City

For our 23rd anniversary, my husband and I decided to stay in Kansas City versus trying to fit in a quick weekend trip to Chicago. Still wanting to “get away,” we opted for an afternoon at the Spa at Briarcliff. While a winter in Missouri is not quite the same as a winter in Cozumel, Mexico, the experience at the …

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Eat, Stay, Play: Romantic Getaway in Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is just as inviting in the winter as it is in the summer. This year-round destination offers romantic spots and activities that will make you wish you could stay there all season. Start your getaway off with dinner for two, stay at a luxurious resort, enjoy a spa day, get some Christmas shopping done and …

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Ring in the New Year in Missouri: Celebrations for All Ages

Across the state of Missouri, folks are ready to start fresh and ring in the new year. Here are a few suggestions, for every age, to get the party started! St. Louis For Adults: Celebration at Blueberry Hill Blueberry Hill restaurant and music club is located in the Delmar Loop District of University City, so it is right in the …

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Hermann Romantic Getaway: Eat, Stay, Play in Wine Country

When the weather in Missouri turns chilly, it is time for a romantic getaway to warm things up. Hermann is a historic, romantic and entertaining option for you and that special someone this winter. Enjoy delicious dinners at local restaurants and sip wine while watching the snow fall. Spend the night cuddling by the fire at a beautiful bed-and-breakfast. The …

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