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Scare Up Halloween Fun in Missouri

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October is the month for festivals, fall weather and frights. There is no shortage of Halloween fun in Missouri, including haunted houses, terrifying tours and spooky sites to visit and have a good scare with family and friends Northeast Missouri Scares Visitors to Lemp Mansion in St. Louis expect a great meal at the restaurant, a lively theatre performance, and ... Read More »

Jefferson City: “Most Beautiful” Small Town in America

Jefferson City

Looking for the most beautiful small town in America? Try Jefferson City. That’s right, Rand McNally has chosen Jefferson City as the 2013 “Most Beautiful” Small Town in America. In September, Jefferson City was selected as one of five “Most Beautiful” finalists in the “Best of the Road” contest based off of an all-digital online voting process. As a finalist, ... Read More »

7 Ingredients for Missouri Hikes

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Hiking season is here in Missouri and hikers everywhere need to remember that it’s always a good idea to take a healthy snack, such as a granola bar, so that you don’t lose energy throughout the day. You want to be able to see that great view at the top, or complete the long trail for the first time, don’t ... Read More »

Ste. Genevieve: An Hour Away but a World Apart

History comes alive with demonstrations of traditional skills at the Rural Heritage Days festival on October 26.

Settled by the French in the early 1700’s, Ste. Genevieve still has the charm of an Old World village, featuring narrow streets, secluded gardens, and a nice variety of restaurants, quaint shops and bed-and-breakfasts.   Located only an hour’s drive south of St. Louis on I-55, this charming town is perfect for a getaway weekend or a mini-vacation. This historic river ... Read More »

Over the Bounding Plains of Northwest Missouri

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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

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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 »