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Missouri Eats: Southwest Diner

There’s usually a wait at Southwest Diner on the weekends, with a line snaking out the door, but have some patience, and you won’t regret it. Inside, patrons love the diner’s breakfast fare with a Southwestern twist: The Southwest Slinger comes with two ¼-ounce burger patties, home fries and melted longhorn cheese topped with two eggs and green or red …

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Tour Missouri’s Innovative History While Biking Hwy 36

When you think of innovators and innovations from Missouri, some that might come to mind include Walt Disney, Mark Twain, retailer JC Penney, World War I Gen. John “Blackjack” Pershing, outlaw Jesse James, The Pony Express, the invention of sliced bread, and Dr. A.T. Still. These people and events all have ties and connections to northern Missouri, and the Highway 36 …

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Missouri Eats: Succotash

Beth Barden knows how to make people happy. Her eclectic restaurant, Succotash, near the Hospital Hill neighborhood not only fits in with the artistic feel of the community, but the menu also truly offers something for everyone. House cold-pressed juices including the Best Limeade, a blend of lime, apple, pineapple and cucumber spiced with a hint of ginger, or the …

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10 Fall Festivities in Missouri’s State Capital

After months of sizzling temperatures we happily welcome the brisk chill in the air, leaves changing color and the scent of all things pumpkin – all exciting signs of the fun activities fall brings. Whether cozying up for a hayride, admiring fall foliage or attending a festival, you’ll find lots of exciting fall festivities in Jefferson City! Here are the …

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Go Nuts for Doughnuts in Missouri

The simple act of bringing doughnuts to your colleagues can make you a hero at work. To achieve similar status on your Missouri road trip, get a dozen for the drive. Your traveling buddies will be grateful and might skip you when it’s time to collect gas money. Of course, picking up a box of doughnuts seems like an easy …

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To The Batcave!

For me, enjoying the outdoors gets a bit easier after August.  Even being born and raised in Missouri, I still get zapped from the 200% humidity we often have in July and August. This year, I’m looking forward to exploring more of Hannibal’s newest park on my (as yet unpurchased) new bike in September and October. Sodalis Nature Preserve, which …

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Missouri Eats: Farmers Gastropub

Although not heralded for their traditional cuisine, the British do know how to make a mean breakfast: think massive plates of broiled tomatoes, eggs, juicy sausages, seasoned beans and cups of tea. For a similar experience in Springfield, Missouri, head to Farmers Gastropub. Chef and co-owner Andy Hampshire has stacked the brunch menu with British classics including a version of …

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Retreat to the Ozarks in Pulaski County

Blue Jay Farm, nestled in a scenic valley of the timeless Ozark Mountains, is the definition of “escape.” Inspiring visitors for more than 75 years, this retreat beckons you and your family to relax and get back to nature. The seven-acre, spring-fed lake coaxes you to grab a rod and reel and to paddle its surface in a kayak or …

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Missouri Eats: Les Bourgeois Vineyards Tasting Room

In 31 years, Les Bourgeois Vineyards Tasting Room & Gift Shop has never stopped trying new things. The family-owned winery recently expanded its tasting room, which is situated just off of Interstate 70 in Rocheport, Missouri. The expansion enhances Les Bourgeois’ other facilities, including its popular Blufftop Bistro, outdoor A-frame and adjacent production center. Les Bourgeois recently partnered with Broadway …

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Missouri Eats: Betty Rae’s Ice Cream

At Betty Rae’s Ice Cream in Kansas City, owner David Friesen treats ice cream-making like running a bakery. “There’s something lovely about the bakery model,” he says. “Everything is fresh and ready to go in the morning, you’re trying to hit every flavor palate and there are things only made one week and never made again.” Friesen was the manager …

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