Here and There

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 »

Cape-tivating day

H|L folks petting a piglet at Jones Heritage Farm

I hadn’t spent any time in Cape Girardeau until today, but our trip here has been quite nice and I look forward to a return trip to this wonderful city. Stephanie Lynch from the Cape Girardeau CVB was our host for the day and she had a wonderful itinerary, with stops at a downtown shop called Renaissance, the Jones Heritage Farm 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 »

Girlfriend Getaways in Missouri

Girlfriend getaways. For those that take them, this means you are now thinking of all the fun times you and your friends have had and thinking you need to start planning the next one. If your group of girlfriends is like mine, you are always looking for new ideas and things to do. Missouri has so many choices, even for ... Read More »

A Jolly Branson Christmas

Polar Express train ride

Branson, at any time of the year, is a fun and energizing place to take your family. At Christmas, Branson will get even the Scrooge in your family into the Christmas spirit! My 3-year-old son Cale has been asking to go on a train ride for a nearly a year. When I heard the Branson Scenic Railway had been transformed ... Read More »

Behind The Walls

Thankfully, I never had to serve time in the old Missouri State Penitentiary. Perhaps that’s why I was glad to return Wednesday for my third tour of the historic property, located in the heart of Jefferson City. First, a little history: The prison was decommissioned in 2004. It has been open for public tours and, this year, the Jefferson City ... Read More »

Lucky No. 13

The weekend is almost here, and while it starts on a somewhat ominous sounding note – and one feared by those with triskaidekaphobia (don’t go to dictionary.com; it means fear of the number 13) – there’s no reason to sequester yourself indoors all weekend. Instead, get out and see the sights. There’s plenty to do in Missouri on a fall ... Read More »

One Wild Idea, Thousands of Treasures

Many of us have come up with wild ideas, but very few people follow through on those. I was able to travel this week to Kansas City for some meetings near the River Market area and, while there, ventured over to the Arabia Steamboat Museum (www.1856.com). This museum is an excellent showcase of what can happen if you follow through ... Read More »

Catching up

The Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism was last week in Branson, but because of a technical snaffu, I wasn’t able to post anything from there because the power cord to my laptop was missing. In short, the conference was great. It was well organized, the speakers seemed to hit the right notes with their respective audiences and, of course, the ... Read More »

The Tour to Jefferson City

TV view of race into town

Yesterday, the Tour of Missouri began around 2 p.m. in St. James and the cyclists rode approximately 110 miles to Jefferson City. Now those not familiar with this area, let me tell you, the hills are mountainous and the curves are dangerous. The leaders arrived in Jefferson City shortly before 6 p.m. From there, they did three rounds around the ... Read More »