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14 Ways to Fall in Love with Columbia

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February’s most notable holiday might fall on the 14th, but we think the best thing you do this month could be escaping with your girlfriends (single and taken!) to Columbia. Whether you are looking to relax or go all out, this list will help you and your ladies beat the winter blues. 1.  Stretch out with some yoga. Select from ... Read More »

Ten Songs for Your Missouri Vacation Playlist

Chuck Berry

You’re ready for an epic road trip to Missouri. You’ve prepared for every eventuality by packing your camera, swimsuit, snow boots (yes, we know in Missouri you can sunbathe and shovel snow on the same day), travel snacks and the other essentials to make your getaway complete. You may be overlooking one minor detail. It’s time to load your favorite ... Read More »

Seniors Enjoy Hermann

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This senior has been to Missouri many times and yet I had never heard of Hermann. The Ozark Mountains, St. Louis, Branson, KCMO are all in Missouri, and then there is tiny Hermann. Willkommen bei Hermann! This quaint city, nestled along the banks of the Missouri River, is blessed with original architecture, prize-winning wineries, a variety of shops, a strong ... Read More »

Plaza Lights Shine on PictureMO

"Plaza Lights 2013,"  by Brian Devero

2013 really flew by and so did the fourth quarter’s PictureMO photo contest, sponsored by the Missouri Division of Tourism (MDT). That must mean it’s time to announce our winners! Through PictureMO, MDT asks talented photographers to step behind the lens and showcase Missouri. Each quarter, contestants submit photos that fit a different theme and MDT honors the top three ... Read More »

Celebrate St. Louis’ 250th Year with ‘Biggest Birthday Bash’

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri on June 28, 2011.

A 250th birthday doesn’t come around every day but when it does, you want it to be a humdinger! That’s why St. Louis is putting together its Biggest Birthday Bash, a year-long celebration in 2014, to commemorate its founding 250 years ago. Here are the key events planned thus far (be sure to check out St. Louis’ birthday website often ... Read More »

What’s New in Branson for 2014?

See Elvis at Legends in Concert.

Branson has lots of theaters offering live shows with entertainment choices from Broadway songs to Country music, Rock ‘n’ Roll, to magic and comedy! A trip to Branson is not complete without experiencing Silver Dollar City, an 1880-style award-winning theme park where you’ll find authentic Ozarks history along with crafts, eateries, six festivals and thrilling rides. Visitors can enjoy three ... Read More »

Missouri Predictions for 2014

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As the New Year begins, people generally plan to make major lifestyle changes, whether it’s a diet, getting “organized” (whatever that means), or making sure to call Mom every Sunday night. No one knows if we’ll actually lose those extra pounds (probably not), get our homes cleaned up (dust bunnies make wonderful pets) or call Mom (do I really have ... Read More »

Celebrate Art & Inspiration in Carthage

CarthageAtrium decorated for Christmas 2013

As the days begin to darken early and the nights begin to chill, retailers focus their attention on the holidays. It is a great time to see an upswing with extra sales and holiday bonuses but the holiday hustle and bustle can come with its own stresses. I find it is best to slow down and really enjoy time with ... Read More »

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Pulaski County

Newly dedicated Korean War Memorial Monument.

As Interstate 44 runs through the heart of Pulaski County in central Missouri, many motorists travel to our area. Pulaski County is I-44′s midway point between the Illinois State Line and the Oklahoma State Line. Many travelers look forward to seeing the Pulaski County signs on the roadway because they know when they need to top off their tank, grab ... Read More »

Visit Independence – Where Holiday Traditions Begin

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Eggnog and freshly baked gingerbread, caroling in your neighborhood on a chilly evening, opening a present on Christmas Eve and finding a new set of pajamas (again!) or decorating your tree with paper ornaments  made by your children. Everyone has a favorite holiday memory. I’d like to share one of mine, which started many years ago after my first Christmas ... Read More »