Dining and Drinking

Central Dairy a Must-Visit in Jefferson City

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Tell someone who knows Jefferson City you’re planning a visit there and you might be surprised at the most frequently asked question about your trip. Not “Have you taken the tour at the Missouri State Penitentiary?” Not “Think you might ride the Katy Trail?” Not even “Are you going to check out the Capitol?” Nope, it’s likely you’ll be asked, ... Read More »

An Ideal Pairing: Missouri Wineries and Winter

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Sipping a delicious glass of Norton, Chambourcin or perhaps Missouri Port is a wonderful way to enjoy winter. With 118 wineries scattered across the state, a wine-centered getaway is closer than you might think. You can learn more at the Missouri Wine and Grape Board’s website. During the winter months, the grape vines are resting, wines are aging and there’s ... Read More »

Dining, Drinks and Dessert in Rolla

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A recent getaway to Rolla offered the opportunity to have some great barbecue, sample a couple of terrific brews, and to enjoy dessert at one of the most-famous bakeries in Missouri. Let’s start with the barbecue at Randy’s Roadkill Barbecue and Grill. I dined at Randy’s a couple of years ago on a press trip and had since been anxious ... Read More »

Enrich Your Getaway with Memorable Dining Experiences

One of the best things about travel is getting to explore new places and learn something different. Of course, one of the best ways to experience a place is through the food. You may have heard the adage that when you travel, eat where the locals eat. You’ll have an experience to remember years in the future. I still remember ... Read More »

Coffee Ethic a Great Blend of Taste, Practices and Decor

The Coffee Ethic is somehow industrial and welcoming at once, a coffee shop in the heart of Springfield that combines delicious coffee, outstanding ethical business practices, and killer décor. Enter from the side and find yourself in a long, open space full of light and coffee-scented air. The bar is a complex, multi-level structure covered in curving walnut slats salvaged ... Read More »

Cuddle Up to Columbia this Winter

With temperatures falling, visitors to Columbia may need a little help keeping warm during the fall and winter…that’s where we come in!  Here are just a few ideas on how to heat up your time in Columbia over the colder months…you’ll thank us when you can feel your feet! Take a Sip: One of the best ways to warm up ... Read More »

Discover the Mississippi River Hills of Southeast Missouri

Having lived most of my life in Missouri, I still find it amazing how much there is to experience here. I grew up south of Rolla, raised my family in Springfield, visited my cousin and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, stood in the halls of our state Capitol in Jefferson City, and enjoyed the bar-b-que of Kansas City.  But ... Read More »

Food and Fun in Arrow Rock, Blackwater

The aroma of good food frying permeates the air as you approach the J. Huston Tavern in historic Arrow Rock. Inside the brick two-story building, a plaque on the wall explains what’s cooking. Rural Missouri magazine named the fried chicken tops in the state in the latest poll of its readers. Built in 1834 and once in danger of being ... Read More »

Guests Can Go Gluten-Free at Chaumette

Ready for some Missouri wine country action, I recently skipped out-of-town and took a mini-getaway to Ste. Genevieve. On the agenda: Route du Vin, downtown Ste. Genevieve and of course, some wine tastings. After a lovely afternoon touring downtown Ste. Genevieve, we headed out to Chaumette Vineyards & Winery to check in to one of their villas for the night. ... Read More »

Relaxation in Excelsior Springs

An almost daily occurrence in the Missouri tourism industry is reading about, seeing pictures of, or meeting representatives from destinations that immediately make my “gotta see that” list. The Elms Hotel and Spa, a landmark resort located about 30 minutes northeast of downtown Kansas City, was near the top of said list, and I recently had a chance to visit. ... Read More »