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Book, Brews and Birds: Relax This Winter in Hannibal

Twain Books

Winter is the time of year when divisions arise in many a household. Over what, you ask. Precious free time on cold indoor days, of course! Broadly speaking, there are two camps: The ‘curl up with a cup of hot tea and a good book’ camp, and the ‘grab a cold one and watch the game while yelling at the TV’ ... Read More »

15 in ’15: Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo

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This post is one in a series of 15 posts of 15 things to do in Missouri in 2015. Don’t miss these other “15 in ’15”  posts. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! Head due west of the Mississippi River and you’ll find Sikeston, known for its annual rodeo. If you haven’t had the chance to wear your favorite ... Read More »

Grab a Drink in CoMo: Columbia Breweries


Missouri’s beer business is booming, especially in Columbia. Here are a few Columbia breweries to grab a local brew: Bur Oak Brewing Company 8250 Trade Center Dr., 573-814-2178 Hours: Fri., 4 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; contact to schedule a brewery tour or to rent for an event. Bur Oak typically only opens the tasting room on Fridays and ... Read More »

15 in ’15: True/False Film Festival


This post is one in a series of 15 posts of 15 things to do in Missouri in 2015. Don’t miss these other “15 in ’15”  posts. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show! Come to Columbia’s True/False Film Festival and maybe end up the most knowledgeable person in the room at your next Oscars watch party. Often, films shown ... Read More »

Missouri Family Adventures: St. Louis

St. Louis Carousel, Faust Park, Chesterfield.

The days are long, but the years are short.” ~ Gretchin Rubin, author of, “The Happiness Project” Hello Missouri travelers! I am so grateful for the chance to join you this year as a guest blogger focusing on family travel. As a mom of two children who are growing faster than I planned (despite my urging them to slow down, ... Read More »

A Spa Day in Kansas City

Briarcliff Spa

For our 23rd anniversary, my husband and I decided to stay in Kansas City versus trying to fit in a quick weekend trip to Chicago. Still wanting to “get away,” we opted for an afternoon at the Spa at Briarcliff. While a winter in Missouri is not quite the same as a winter in Cozumel, Mexico, the experience at the ... Read More »

Planning a Winter Getaway? St. Louis Is All Within Warm Reach

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From delightful dining and comfortable hotels to cozy indoor attractions and other hot spots, St. Louis is an affordable, hot winter getaway for young and old alike. Don’t let the cold temperatures put a chill on your travel plans, especially with warm and inviting St. Louis just a short drive away. The following is a piping hot primer to warm ... Read More »

Eat, Stay, Play: Romantic Getaway in Lake of the Ozarks

Lodge of the Four Seasons

The Lake of the Ozarks is just as inviting in the winter as it is in the summer. This year-round destination offers romantic spots and activities that will make you wish you could stay there all season. Start your getaway off with dinner for two, stay at a luxurious resort, enjoy a spa day, get some Christmas shopping done and ... Read More »

Ring in the New Year in Missouri: Celebrations for All Ages

First Night St. Louis, photo courtesy of the St. Louis CVC.

Across the state of Missouri, folks are ready to start fresh and ring in the new year. Here are a few suggestions, for every age, to get the party started! St. Louis For Adults: Celebration at Blueberry Hill Blueberry Hill restaurant and music club is located in the Delmar Loop District of University City, so it is right in the ... Read More »

Hermann Romantic Getaway: Eat, Stay, Play in Wine Country

Stone Hill Winery cellars in Hermann.

When the weather in Missouri turns chilly, it is time for a romantic getaway to warm things up. Hermann is a historic, romantic and entertaining option for you and that special someone this winter. Enjoy delicious dinners at local restaurants and sip wine while watching the snow fall. Spend the night cuddling by the fire at a beautiful bed-and-breakfast. The ... Read More »