Here and There

Over the Bounding Plains of Northwest Missouri

stanberry sculptures 4 revised

Glancing out of your window while flying down I-35 South to Kansas City, you might think Northwest Missouri is little more than a vast, empty space for farmers to raise soybeans and corn. However, venture off of the interstate and you’ll discover so much more. Along the undulating hills there’s a whole world of new experiences waiting to be discovered. ... Read More »

A Rocheport Road Trip

Missouri River and Katy Trail

Satisfying an itch to travel doesn’t necessarily mean hopping the next flight to New York City, booking an African safari or boarding a Caribbean cruise. Sometimes you just need to get out of town for a day. Kansas City-based blogger Kimberly Winter Stern (@kimdishes) has just the ticket. The best part? It’s a one-tank trip with romantic appeal—and enough activity ... Read More »

My Family Needs a Girl’s Weekend

Missouri Bluffs Boutique, Weston

“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca I can tell it’s getting close, and boy, am I ready. Coming up in a few weeks, I will join three cherished girlfriends on a long-awaited getaway weekend in Weston, Missouri. My Pinterest board is already underway – partially to get organized, but mostly because it just makes ... Read More »

Ralls County has a Worldly History

St. Paul Catholic Church

Ralls County is rich in history. Not far from Hannibal and Mark Twain Lake, the area was settled in 1821 by immigrants from many countries, including Italy, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, and Croatia, to name a few. People flocked to the area after Atlas Portland Cement was built and started recruiting European immigrants to work in the plant. Today, the area ... Read More »

Watch for Monarchs in Flight

Monarch

America’s most recognizable butterfly — the monarch — is poised to make its long southern migration to Mexico, and many of the beautiful orange, black, and white monarchs should be visible flying across Missouri as fall approaches. While our remaining prairies and other open habitats provide both food sources for the caterpillar larvae and nectar sources for the adults, loss ... Read More »

A Perfect Day for Peaches

Peter's Market should have peaches available into early September this year.

The alarm went off at 6 a.m. On a Saturday. In the summer. That is just wrong on so many levels. But I was going day tripping for the first time in months, and this particular treat was several weeks overdue. It was the first Saturday of peach season at Peters Orchards and Market in Waverly, Missouri. My husband, Dan, ... Read More »

Disney and Dusty Millers

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  Marceline, Missouri was a magical place for Walt Disney; it was a place where a boy, a tree, and a town came together to help create the magical world of Disney. It is also home to famous Missouri desserts such as the Dusty Miller. Marceline was the boyhood home of Walt Disney and is the town he credits in ... Read More »

Branson 101

Branson: how to get here, where to stay and what to do.

Are you a Branson-newbie? A lot of people we talk to have a Branson vacation on their “bucket list,” but often, they don’t know where to start or how to explain this crazy and unique destination to their friends and family. Here’s a quick overview of all the essentials you need to know. 1.)    Where is Branson and how do ... Read More »

New Experiences in Downtown Jefferson City

Jefferson City might just surprise you.

Living in a place your whole life can either be a great thing, meaning you know everything there is to know, or a bad thing because your view on the area is jaded by only knowing what you were taught. Having always lived in the Jefferson City area, I thought I knew it all, including where the best places to ... Read More »

The Weekend Guide to Farmington

Catch beautiful views while relaxing at Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Marler

With its prized wineries, multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities and proximity to state parks, Farmington has a lot going for it. Visitors can experience the exhilaration of a water slide, the beauty of a scenic hiking trail or the challenge of a unique golf course. In addition, a wide variety of stores and more than 400 hotel rooms provide shopping ... Read More »