Here and There

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

marceline

  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 »

Top 10 Fun Ways to Get Your Kicks in Carthage

Experience perfectly preserved 1930's small town America at Red Oak II.

Carthage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau announces summer 2013 is packed with family events. With traditional opportunities available as well as special events, Carthage offers individuals and families a variety of opportunities for fun in and out of the sun. Check the Carthage CVB website for all the up to date information and events, Visit-Carthage.com. Red Oak II is a work in ... Read More »

Springfield Offers Fun Indoors, Outdoors and Underground

Smallin Cave was the first documented cave in the Ozarks.

As Missouri’s third-largest city, Springfield offers guests a variety of reasons to visit. You can catch a class AA Springfield Cardinals baseball game at Hammons Field, shop the “Granddaddy of all outdoors stores” at Bass Pro and experience unique Missouri flavors at places such as Askinosie Chocolate and Mother’s Brewing Company. But that’s just the beginning of a Springfield adventure. ... Read More »