Here and There

Let It Snow …

A massive snowstorm blanketed the Capitol a few years back.

I know snow isn’t the most travel  friendly form of precipitation, but I welcome it during the next couple of days. Hey, it’s a lot better than ice, right? I’m not asking for a blizzard (see picture of Missouri Capitol at left); but I would like more than a dusting. I have fond memories of snow-filled Christmas days growing up ... Read More »

Four Parks Light Up The Lake

Lake Holiday Lights Park in Osage Beach.

Lake of the Ozarks is known for summer fun on the water, but what many don’t realize is during the winter holidays, the Lake Area creates a completely new kind of family fun. With four drive-thru light parks spread throughout the Lake, it is no wonder people travel from all over to visit Lake of the Ozarks in November and ... Read More »

Lighten Up: Kansas City Illuminates for the Holidays

The Mayor's Christmas Tree is displayed Crown Center.

I may be biased, but few things are as magical as Kansas City during the holidays. Check out these six luminous Kansas City traditions — some new, some old — that are sure to brighten your holiday season. A tradition for more than eight decades, the Country Club Plaza’s Season of Lights is a Kansas City winter trademark. The 15-block ... Read More »

Touring Warm Springs Ranch

Meeting the Clydesdales at Warm Springs Ranch

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to tour the Warm Springs Ranch in Boonville. The ranch is home to a state-of-the-art breeding facility for the Budweiser Clydesdales. This educational tour was part of a Missouri Travel Council Board meeting and included several tourism industry members, including MDT Director Katie Steele Danner,  from around the state. John Soto, facilities manager, was our ... Read More »

4 Things to do to Avoid Being a Homebody When it’s Cold Out

It is late fall and the temperature has dropped significantly. Now, cold weather should not keep you trapped indoors all day; so below are four activities that are sure to warm up your day even if the weather isn’t. Spa day: Often times, cold weather makes your skin dry and itchy; what better time to rejuvenate your body with the ... Read More »

Welcome Center Opens on Route 66 in Webb City

A pair of vintage vehicles inside the new Route 66 Welcome Center in Webb City.

    This week I had the pleasure of joining in the celebration for the new Route 66 Center, located at the corner of Webb and Broadway streets, in Webb City. I was joined by several state and local leaders, Webb City residents and a few Route 66 enthusiasts.  Among the celebrants were Speaker Ron Richard (Senator-Elect), the new state ... Read More »

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 »

Branson Entertainment Pioneer Lloyd Presley

Tourism industry mourns death of entertainment pioneer Lloyd Presley.

All of us in the Tourism industry in Missouri mourn the passing of Branson entertainment pioneer Lloyd Presley. Mr. Presley died Saturday afternoon at the age of 86 after a long illness. His legacy to the entertainment industry, and to the contribution of tourism in Missouri, is to be celebrated.  He founded Presley’s Country Jubilee in 1967. It was the ... Read More »

Warrensburg: What’s a Newbie To Do?

Teachers Warehouse of Johnson County

When I first knew I’d be moving from my turn-of-the-(last) century home that I loved, in a community that I loved (Midtown, Kansas City), leaving a job I loved (with an environmental education organization) and moving to Warrensburg, I must admit, I did wonder. I wondered: what is there, exactly, in Warrensburg?  Will I find anything to do for fun ... Read More »