Dining and Drinking

Seven of Missouri Wine Country’s Best-Kept Secrets

Missouri is a great state for grape-growing and wineries.

1.       The Country’s First Wine Country! Yes, Augusta, Missouri, was named the first American Viticulture Area on June 20, 1980.  Napa was second.   The Ozark Mountain AVA, encompassing sections of southern Missouri extending into Northwest Arkansas and Northeast Oklahoma, was established in Aug. 1, 1986.  The Hermann and Ozark Highlands AVA’s were designated later in 1987.  The AVA distinction is ... Read More »

Root Beer Milk?

Milking cows at Shatto Dairy

I love to see the reaction on people’s faces when I tell them about root beer milk. Most people scowl and say “Yuck, that doesn’t even sound good.” Little do they know it is a little piece of heaven right there in a glass bottle; it’s brought to you by Shatto Milk Company in Osborn, Mo. My response to people ... Read More »

Cupcake Discovery

Babycakes, Kansas City

I was very excited when I discovered The Cupcakery (soon to be called The Cup) in the Central West End of St. Louis. The sweet smell engulfs you before you even walk in the door. To walk inside and see such a great display of so many types of cupcakes can be overwhelming to a sweets-lover like me. I then ... Read More »

From 66 to 61

Ellen takes a sip at Elbow Inn

After a whirlwind trip on Missouri’s portion of Route 66, MoPhotoGirl and I left St. Louis and Lambert Airport on a Missouri Mission. Our destination … Hannibal. More on that in a bit. First, let’s recap the Route 66 trek. In short, it was a blast. Tiring, yes. But fun, nonetheless. My part of the journey actually began in Lebanon, ... Read More »

Ste. Genevieve Wineries

We all know each winery has its own flavor when it comes to wine, but their flavors go beyond that to include the atmosphere of each winery location. After a whirlwind tour of Ste. Genevieve, I really began to understand the wide variety of flavors of the wineries. After a wonderful tour of some of the historic homes and buildings ... Read More »

What a day in Ste. Genevieve

Bolduc House, Ste. Genevieve

Touring Ste. Genevieve, a French-Canadian settlement located on the Mississippi River about an hour south of St. Louis, was a wonderful experience and the people there truly are a treasure. We toured historic homes like the Bolduc House (pictured), the Guibourd House and the Felix Valle House (a State Historic Site that also includes the Amoureux House and the Shaw ... Read More »

Title tilt a brewin’

Like a lot of people, I like to sit back and enjoy the Super Bowl with some salty snacks and a cold drink. Not so good for the arteries, but oh so tasty. But a trip to the store to find a drink with which to enjoy the game presents so many possibilities. There are countless choices to consider, and ... Read More »

Chocolate and Wine Girlfriend Getaway

It is almost time for Chocolate season! February 20-21 is the annual Wine and Chocolate Trail in Hermann. This, I believe, is my fifth year of partaking in the chocolate feast. Six of us load up into my friend’s van and head down the road to Hermann. We almost always have started at Robller because it is the farthest away ... Read More »

Onion Ring Tour

I was so excited for us to get our blog up and running because I wanted to share with travelers my familiarization tour of Highway 36 that turned into an onion ring tour. New to my job with the Missouri Division of Tourism, I was very excited to take some travel writers on a familiarization tour of Missouri Highway 36 ... Read More »