Author Archives: visitmospotlightguest

Prairie BioBlitz

A young butterfly enthusiast with lepidopterist Phil Koenig at the Missouri Prairie Foundation’s 2nd Annual Prairie BioBlitz 
Credit: Noppadol Paothong

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

Cape Splash

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

lotoFlyBoard1

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 »

Missouri Golf Course Trend: Long is Wrong

Eagle Knoll in Hartsburg Hole 12

Golf course operators in Missouri are taking steps to make golf courses easier and more economical to operate. Within the last 20 years, golf course design emphasized long, challenging courses with penalizing bunkers and undulating greens. Driven by the desire to attract golf course homeowners and sell them fabulous lots, many developers and owners hired famous architects to build the ... Read More »

History Comes to Life in Kirksville at the Red, White and Blue Festival

SONY DSC

Would you like to meet Jesse Kirk, the man Kirksville is named after or perhaps Nancy Sloan Miller, the first pioneer woman born in Adair County?   Maybe you want to meet Corporal Harvey Dix, a young Union soldier killed in Kirksville during the Civil War or Private John Kent, a Confederate Soldier captured and killed in the Civil War Battle ... Read More »

A Memorable Missouri Float Trip

Current River Near Akers Ferry

Summer is without doubt, my favorite time of year in Missouri.  There is always something to do outside and for me, it usually involves water. I’m working on summer plans now and look forward to several float trips with friends and family this year. I recall the first time I ever went floating and laugh at the memory.  As a ... Read More »

Gone Girl Trailer

On the Gone Girl set: gazebo in front of the Common Pleas Courthouse in Cape Girardeau.

Before he’s ready to fight crime as the caped crusader, Ben Affleck stars as a loving husband in the upcoming thriller, Gone Girl, based on the eponymous novel by Gillian Flynn. Filmed here in Missouri and directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network), the film revolves around Nick Dunne (Affleck) and the mystery of the disappearance of his ... Read More »

Unexpected Finds in Clinton

Henry County Courthouse

On a recent business trip regarding some economic development in Missouri communities, I had the opportunity to spend a day in Clinton. I knew the day would be interesting, but did not fully realize the number of activities Clinton offered for a getaway. Whether for a couple’s weekend, family trip or catching up with friends, Clinton is a gem you ... Read More »

Top Attractions in Missouri Golf this Summer

Sunset GlowTop of the Rock Golf Course_Branson_SW

Much of the golf world will be focused on two nationally prominent events taking place at opposite ends of the state this June 6-8. The Champions Tour will host the Big Cedar Lodge Legends of Golf presented by Bass Pro Shops June 6-8 at the renamed Buffalo Ridge course and at the iconic Top of the Rock par three venue. ... Read More »

Eat, Engage, Center in Springfield

eatengagecenter

If you are like the rest of us, a journey of self discovery like Eat, Pray, Love may be too high of a goal for us real life people. How about trying out Eat, Engage, Center with Springfield? Not exactly India, but there is a triumphant journey to be had at the center of it all. First We Eat. Any foodie can ... Read More »