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10 Missouri Arts Adventures To Explore This Summer

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Maybe our moods in summer are an echo from childhood, when the season really did bubble over with time to explore new things. Maybe, as recent studies suggest, our biology is hard-wired to feel happier when the weather is warmer and the days are longer. Whatever, summer in Missouri beckons with a spirit of adventure. We propose 10 arts activities to answer that call. Read on for ... Read More »

Hitchhiker’s Guide To Floating in Pulaski County

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Merriam-Webster defines floating as “continually moving or changing position.” In the Ozarks, floating is an art form, sometimes even a lifestyle, that involves canoes, kayaks, paddles, a river and family and friends. People float from a location on the river downstream to another location on the river. The exact destinations on Pulaski County’s Big Piney or Gasconade Rivers that are ... Read More »

10 Free Things to do in Hannibal

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“You get what you pay for.”  “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”  Sometimes, these words of wisdom are true.  Sometimes, you are pleasantly surprised. Behold – a list of 10 pretty darn cool things in Hannibal that are honest-to-goodness, worth-your-time, 100% free. 10. Mark Twain’s Recollections of the Civil War Civil War Missouri was a powder keg of ... Read More »

By Air, Train, Car and Foot: Independence is Truman and More

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My addiction to travel began at an early age when a family vacation led us to Independence. By car, of course. Nowadays, it is an easy place to travel alone(my personal favorite) or bring the family. Now that I live in the Show-Me State, the attraction to historic sites of my Missouri roots are all the more accessible. Only 15 ... Read More »

A Day at the National Churchill Museum

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So summer is here and you want to find outings of interest to family members of various ages! One excellent spot is the National Churchill Museum in Fulton (located just 90 minutes from St. Louis off of Interstate 70). From the time you arrive in the quaint town of Fulton, home of Westminster College, to the moment you drive toward ... Read More »

Cupcakes and Wine Pairing Anyone?

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Royalty has officially arrived in Weston – complete with crowns, diamonds and wine!! Weston Wine Company opened May 9th in downtown Weston, and it’s not your ordinary winery. When I walked in, I was offered a wine-infused cupcake complete with a fondant icing crown. It’s hard not to feel like royalty for the day (or at least an hour!) when you get that kind ... Read More »

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 »