Dining and Drinking

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 »

Hidden Treasures Abound in Historic Missouri Wine Country

Travel the two-lane roads into the southwest corner of St. Charles County and you arrive at a place where history, nature, art, and award-winning wine all come together to create a treasured destination, known as Historic Missouri Wine Country. Perhaps best known for its wineries, nine in all, Historic Missouri Wine Country is the perfect place to relax. Share a ... Read More »

Enjoy the Flavors of Missouri’s Capital

While in Jefferson City recently, I was able to dine at four different local restaurants (within the span of two days.) I was pleasantly surprised to find sushi, Greek-style pizza, and frozen yogurt, choices more commonly associated with big cities. Each restaurant was unique and catered to all tastes. Love Sushi, an intimate Japanese restaurant located on Missouri Boulevard, brings ... Read More »

Why We Love Columbia

It’s no secret that those of us who promote Columbia for a living love the city. Like, really really love it.  A lot. There are, of course, many reasons we have a passion for Columbia, but here are a few of our biggest reasons why we heart Columbia. Outstanding Local Dining Columbia is a food-lover’s paradise!  Whether you fancy pizza ... Read More »

Big Games, Big Fun

While a good chunk of the sports universe is focused on Sunday’s Super Bowl match-up between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, folks in the Midwest have their eyes set on a different game. Missouri. Kansas. Saturday night, the rival Kansas Jayhawks come to Mizzou Arena to face the No. 4 Missouri Tigers. With the Jayhawks ranked No. ... Read More »

Missouri: A Winter Wine-derland

If you think wineries are only for the warmer months, think again! I find them to be a great oasis to escape the hustle and bustle, finish shopping, warm up and relax. Decorated for the holidays, and ready to greet you, are more than 100 wineries throughout the state. As the vineyards go into hibernation, the wines ferment and the ... Read More »

At Buddha, You Can’t Leave Food on Your Plate

Platte County, which includes the communities of Weston, Parkville, and Riverside, is one area of Missouri I never had the privilege to visit until October, or so I thought. I was very excited to see this area, and when I received our travel agenda, I noticed the Zona Rosa shopping, dining, retail and entertainment complex was our evening destination the ... Read More »

Columbia Offers Tastes for the Season

With the leaves changing and students returning, autumn is an amazing time to be in Columbia. In addition to festivals and football, Columbia offers a variety of ways to enjoy the harvest season whether you want to eat it up or drink it down. A great place to start is the Columbia Farmers Market. Providing mid-Missouri with fresh, local products ... Read More »

Where can a guy get a burger at this hour?

One thing was for sure. When I moved to Kansas City, I’d be going to Town Topic. Growing up in Wichita, my dad talked about burgers from Town Topic the way other people would about meeting the president. Or bungee jumping. Or watching the Royals clutch the ’85 pennant. That’s just how much he loved it. And whether it’s true ... Read More »