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Enjoy the Outdoors in St. Joseph

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St. Joseph offers some of the most unique outdoor opportunities in Northwest Missouri. The park system, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is comprised of approximately 1,500 acres with 26 miles of parkways and boulevards and 48 parks and related facilities. Early park planners not only left St. Joseph with our distinctive parkway system, but gave us the ... Read More »

13 Missouri Wineries Where You Can Stay and Play

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Visiting wine country is closer than you think. Missouri has more than 125 wineries across the state. Take a trip to wine country and stay at one of these wineries that not only offer delicious wine, but overnight accommodations as well. With so much to offer, why not get away this weekend? 1. Chaumette Vineyards & Winery – Ste. Genevieve ... Read More »

Travel Writer Explores Missouri

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Written by Janet Steinberg, this excerpt about traveling in St. Louis is from the first of her three-part series, “Missouri: The ‘Show-Me State’ Has Shown Me,” written for The Travel Authority Travel Blog. Links to the second and third parts of her series, focusing on Lake of the Ozarks and Jefferson City, also are below. I’ve strolled, sailed, or driven, beneath ... Read More »

Reflections on Morel Mushroom Season in Missouri

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If there’s one hunting season I look forward to every year, it’s morel mushroom season in Missouri. Starting about the first week of April, I start spending an inordinate amount of time checking the weather, trying to gauge the perfect time for our first mushroom hunting expedition of the year. It’s a delicate balance of factors – just the right ... Read More »

Adventures in Missouri Wine Country Made Easy & Mobile

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Just in time for warmer weather, Missouri Wine is debuting a new feature, the Winery Explorer. Now, learning about the state’s wineries and planning your adventures in Missouri Wine country is easier than ever and available on your phone! When you visit MissouriWine.org/wineries to look up information about any of the more than 125 wineries in the state, you will ... Read More »

Summer in KC: What’s Not to Love?

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Whew! So glad winter is finally over and summer is right around the corner. Even though summer officially starts June 21, most associate the start of summer at the end of May with Memorial Day! No matter which you choose Kansas City has fun covered this season. Here are 7 reasons families will love spending time this summer in KC. 1. ... Read More »

Destination Eminence

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When many of us think about traveling to Eminence, Missouri, the first thing that comes to mind is summertime floating down a beautiful clear Ozark river or taking a horseback trail ride through the rugged Ozark forests. Recently, I was fortunate enough to spend time in the area experiencing fantastic smallmouth bass fishing, hiking in to view amazing natural springs, ... Read More »

Prairie BioBlitz

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Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages are invited to enjoy a weekend on an original American landscape—the tallgrass prairie—at the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s Gayfeather Prairie in Vernon County on June 7 and 8. At this free event, adults and children with enthusiasm for the outdoors will team up with biologists to explore and document plants and animals from Gayfeather Prairie, named ... Read More »

A Weekend of Family Fun in Cape Girardeau

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Pack a bag and throw the kids in the car, we’ve put together a summer weekend of family fun in Cape Girardeau! Start out bright and early Saturday morning at the Cape Riverfront Market at 8 a.m.  This downtown farmers market has produce, baked goods, crafts and more.  The 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from May through August, kids ages ... Read More »

Bring on the Adrenaline at Lake of the Ozarks

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The Lake of the Ozarks has a lot to offer to everyone, whether it is relaxing, boating, or anything in between.  Yet, for all the thrill seekers out there, the Lake of the Ozarks has just what you need and more.  Here is a list of some action packed excitement to check out. Sky Surf from Iguana Watersports is taking ... Read More »