Here and There

Crank Up the Fun as Summer Winds Down

I knew it was coming, didn’t you?  But I didn’t want to believe it. Our incredibly mild winter has morphed into an incredibly hot summer. For the last weeks of summer, consider these kid-tested/family approved ways to end summer with a bang and stay cool. Waterparks. Who doesn’t love a water slide? Oceans of Fun, has 60 acres of slide ... Read More »

Maggards Cherish Ties to Current River Valley

When the federal government acted to preserve America’s pristine rivers, the Current, and its sister river, the Jacks Fork, were the first to receive protection. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways was formed in 1964 to create a national park along 134 miles of the two rivers, establishing a bluff-lined, green corridor that today attracts more than 1 million annual visitors. ... Read More »

St. Joseph Ready for Chiefs Football

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It’s almost time, Chiefs fans! Training camp returns to St. Joseph and Missouri Western State University for a third year on July 27; camp concludes Aug. 16.  Afternoon and evening practices will be open to the public and players will sign autographs following each practice session. The Chiefs will host a night practice at Spratt Stadium at 7:15 p.m. on ... 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 »

Travel Pros Enjoy Travel, Too

“I have found out there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” This quote from “Tom Sawyer Abroad,” a la Mark Twain, is on my business card. The other day I was asked “What do people in the vacation and tourism industry DO on vacation? Go work in ... Read More »

St. Louis Takes Your Breath Away in Summer 2012

In St. Louis, the phrase “Been there … Done that!” does not apply. From taking in a new sea-lion show to playing with fire, there’s always something new and exciting to do in the “Lou” – so much so, it may take your breath away. You can travel to the far side of the world with a trip to St. ... Read More »

RV Adventures in Southeast Missouri

Missouri is a state worth seeing, both for its beauty and historic sites. There is probably no better way to tour the “Show Me State” than to pack up an RV with all your vacation gear and set out on an adventure. Three of the greatest rivers in North America intersect with Missouri – the Mississippi, the Missouri and the ... Read More »

Thinkin’ About Hidden Treasures

As we celebrate Branson’s Centennial anniversary, it’s easy to focus on the obvious reasons folks from all over the world have for visiting Branson. There are the live-music shows. New shows such as it at the Hughes Brothers Theatre and founding shows such as the Baldknobbers Jamboree and the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama; national stars such as Jim ... Read More »

15 Hidden Treasures at the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is the Midwest’s premier lake resort destination, offering world-class boating, golfing, shopping and fishing, and a wide variety of lodging, restaurants, state parks, and other recreational activities to suit any budget and taste. Yet, there are “hidden treasures” at that Lake many visitors may not know but are worthy of exploring. Many may think these ... Read More »

Columbia Home to a Host of Hidden Treasures

There’s the Columbia you know: Mizzou, Shakespeare’s, The District, Harpo’s, The Columns, Columbia Mall. And then there’s those little things that are less known, less crowded … Columbia’s hidden treasures. We figured it’s time to share some of these lesser-known Columbia spots so you can check a few (or all of them!) out on your next visit. Sparky’s Homemade Ice ... Read More »