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Kansas City Theaters: What to Watch this Winter

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Make a list (and check it twice) … here are the hottest tickets of the season. FOR YOU AND YOURS | Now arriving at the Kauffman Center for the Preforming Arts … the no. 1 Christmas music artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, and its 30th anniversary tour. NOV 23 REINDEER GAMES | TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars ... Read More »

Enjoy a ‘Christmas Castle’ in Independence

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Maybe you don’t have the time or money to travel to Disneyworld to see the famous Sleeping Beauty castle or even King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein fantasy palace in Germany, the inspiration for the famous Orlando symbol of Mickey’s kingdom. Happily, I’ve been lucky enough to do both in my lifetime. But the next best thing to be found in Missouri is, ... Read More »

Kansas City: An Affordable Destination

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The results are in and Travel + Leisure has selected Kansas City as America’s Most Affordable Getaway. This is Travel + Leisure’s 8th annual America’s Favorite Cities survey. Respondents to the survey rated their choice of 1,209 destinations in up to 67 categories, using a scale of one to five (with five being the highest score). At the closing of ... Read More »

Romantic Winter Getaway in Cape Girardeau

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Take some time for yourself this holiday season in Cape Girardeau, on a couples-only getaway or a fun girls weekend. Stay: In a furnished apartment or a cozy bed and breakfast in historic Cape Girardeau, or in one of our many hotels with amenities galore. Looking to “glamp” it up? We have very nice campgrounds. Eat: Dine at Cape Girardeau’s ... Read More »

5 Perfect Holiday Events in St. Joseph

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Celebrate the holiday season in St. Joseph this year. With a variety of one-of-a-kind shops, such as the Glass Eye Art Gallery at Tobiason Stained Glass Studio, Mod Podge, The Lucky Tiger vintage store, St. Joseph Avenue Antiques, and Jamie’s Secret Garden, St. Joseph is brimming with unique shopping opportunities. Couple this with our local accommodations decorated for the holidays, ... Read More »

Best of Show: Keep Kansas City on Your Radar

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The Huffington Post named Kansas City one of the top five cities you should keep your eye on, if you aren’t already. Affectionately nicknamed KCMO, the city was founded in 1850. According to the Kansas City Public Library’s website, KCMO was originally incorporated as the “Town of Kansas.” In 1889, after undergoing several incorporations, Kansas City was the final name ... Read More »

Hike Missouri’s Highest Peak at Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

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This state park in Southeast Missouri features 7,500 acres of hickory forests, rocky glades and geologic wonders that make it a perfect getaway for hikers during any season. Overlook point at Taum-Sauk Mountain State Park #earlymorninghike #beautiful #mostateparks A photo posted by Jessica Carter (@jessica_rochell) on Sep 9, 2014 at 9:00am PDT Taum Sauk is home to the highest point ... Read More »

Best of Show: Louie’s Gooey Butter Cake

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Business Insider scoured America for the best dessert of each state. For Missouri the honor goes to Gooey Louie’s in St. Louis, for its famous gooey butter cake. This Gooey Louie cake is all natural, made from scratch and offered Tuesday through Sunday. This sweet treat was originally made by accident during the 1930s in St. Louis. A baker put ... Read More »

Enjoy a Cold-Weather Hike at Weston Bend State Park

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Weston Bend State Park is 30 minutes north of downtown Kansas City. The park includes many trails that make for the perfect cold-weather hike day-trip. With the weather cooling down, a brisk walk is just the thing to get you out and moving to hold off hibernation for just a little while longer. These trails are ideal for hiking, bicycling ... Read More »