Here and There

The Shows Go On in Branson

Greetings from Branson! As many of you know, on February 29, an EF2 tornado hop-scotched along the famous “Branson 76 Strip.”  We will probably end up calling it the “Leap Year Tornado.” News crews from all over the country descended on our town of 10,000 to report the “devastation.” I was amazed at how Mother Nature hit hard some properties ... Read More »

Find Hidden Treasures in Jefferson City

Been to the State Capitol in Jefferson City lately? Here are a couple of reasons to go, especially if you can get there on the last Friday of the month this summer and fall. First of all, the building itself is beautiful, inside and out. Completed in 1917, the Capitol sits high on a bluff, looking down on the Missouri ... Read More »

Madison County, Missouri – Where Past and Present Meet

If you’re looking for things to do in Missouri, visit Madison County. Located in the Saint Francois Mountains, our area features a perfect blend of rolling farmland and heavily forested hills with many creeks, rivers and lakes. Nestled amongst this natural beauty are the historic towns of Fredericktown and Marquand, each offering a unique experience to adventurers in Madison County. ... Read More »

Five Secrets to Road Tripping with the Kids

One rainy Friday night, me, my 3-year old son Jack, my friend Sara and her 2-year old son Connor decided to test the fates and took to the road for a short vacation to Independence. It was a moms-and-boys weekend. Sara and I were high-fiving each other before we even made it to the highway. With self-satisfied grins, we shuttled ... 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 »

What’s on Your Local Must-See List

We are all guilty of it: You live in a place for a few years, or even a lifetime, and frequent the same shops, restaurants, parks, attractions. I have lived in the Jefferson City area most of my life but still hear about great places I have never seen. So, I have decided to make a local must-see list. My ... Read More »

Interest in Missouri State Penitentiary Tours Heating Up

In 2011, visitors came in droves to get locked up inside the Missouri State Penitentiary. The 2011 season saw a 47 percent increase in tour attendance – more than 17,000 people stepped through the Missouri State Penitentiary gateway and heard the cool clang of the metal bars slam shut behind them. What happens once inside the walls of the Missouri ... Read More »

Mobile? Pulaski County has an app for that!

The evolution of the mobile device is causing a revolution for people who want to have everything literally in the palm of their hands. So, if you are one of those people and if you are traveling to Pulaski County, Home of Ft. Leonard Wood, we have the solution. Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is very excited to introduce our app ... Read More »

Another End-of-Year List

It seems December of every year brings with it an onslaught of “best of” lists spotlighting everything from the best movies and songs, to moments and news-making events of the past 12 months. Here in Missouri, we’re blessed with so many wonderful people, places and events, we could do a “best of” list every day. But this year has been ... Read More »

What to do at The Lake This Winter … And Beyond

It’s easy to get to the centrally located Lake of the Ozarks.  It’s just 175 miles from St. Louis, 165 miles from Kansas City, 125 miles from Branson and less than a day’s drive from practically anywhere in the central United States.  Now that the Lake Area has the new expressway and 242 Highway, getting around the Lake is even ... Read More »