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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 »

Boudreaux Center Opening at Mark Twain Lake

The new M.W. Boudreaux Center, as seen from Mark Twain Lake.

The grand opening of the M. W. Boudreaux Visitor Center is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 2.  The visitor center for Mark Twain Lake is located 12 miles south of Monroe City off Route J. The new visitor center will feature a multi-purpose community room, a covered outdoor classroom and a drive around the center that gives visitors views of ... Read More »

Springfield Falling into Fun

We’re so lucky in Springfield! Each season, we have the wonderful experience of a new time of year and the changes that result. Coming soon is one of the best seasons: autumn. That’s when the temperatures cool and we get the pleasure of watching the leaves change from green to brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Along with the outdoor changes, ... Read More »

So Much To Do …

Growing up, Mom always said summer was pretty much over after July 4. I hated that notion, but now understand what she’s talking about. The days of late July and August, though often punishingly hot, do move pretty fast. And while school is on the horizon, there are plenty of things to do in Missouri before the kids get back ... Read More »

Red Oak II, words can’t describe

Red Oak II house

I have heard a lot about Red Oak II since I started working for the Missouri Division of Tourism, but I never fully understood what it was. I knew it was a community that had been built on a few acres by artist Lowell Davis and that it had open, closed and re-opened throughout the years. I recently returned from ... Read More »

Ideas for State Employees to Enjoy the Truman Holiday Weekend

A three-day weekend is the perfect opportunity to take time to see Missouri. There are many fun events to attend this weekend, along with great new attractions around the state. Or, you may choose to take this opportunity to explore some place you have never been but always said you would like to see. Here are just a few ideas ... Read More »