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Tourism Matters in Missouri

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Tourism matters. That’s something you likely hear from Missouri’s dedicated tourism professionals when you ask them about the travel industry in the Show-Me State, but it’s more than a catch phrase or something that’s chanted at industry meetings. It’s a simple statement of fact. In Missouri, and across our nation, tourism really does matter. That’s part of the reason it’s ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, President Truman

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President Harry Truman loved all things history and anything to do with his adopted hometown of Independence, Missouri. To honor his memory, the historic tourism attractions of Independence celebrate his birthday on Saturday, May 4 – which coincides with the start of National Travel and Tourism week. Echoing the famous slogan on a sign that sat on his desk which ... Read More »

Enjoy the Season: Spring is Festival Time in Springfield

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Spring means it’s time for festivals and other outdoor events in Springfield. First up is ArtsFiesta!, a celebration of Mexican arts and culture on May 3. This year, ArtsFiesta! takes place on Park Central Square and coincides with the popular First Friday Art Walk. The free event features authentic mariachi music, traditional Mexican dancing, live entertainment, bilingual storytelling and displays ... Read More »

Spring Capers in Cape Girardeau

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Cabin fever getting you down? Restless and need to get away? Make plans for a springtime getaway to Cape Girardeau. With excellent local shops found throughout Cape Girardeau, you’re sure to find treasures galore. Featuring local gift emporiums, home décor shops, specialty boutiques and a thriving antiquing district, Cape Girardeau is bursting with unique places to peruse; everyone will ask ... Read More »

The City of Fountains

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Kansas City is known for many things – among them jazz, barbecue and fountains – all of which add to KC’s unique culture.  As a native, I’m proud to say I was exposed to all at an early age. But what seems to surprise most visitors are our beautiful and vast amount of fountains. When I was growing up, fountains ... Read More »

Quilting Retreat – Sew Much Fun

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If you’ve never been to a quilting retreat, you’re missing out. I recently attended one at Country Club Hotel and Spa at Lake of the Ozarks. Here’s how it works: you get to sew for an entire weekend; you don’t have to cook, clean-up, make beds or anything of the sort. Each year the Missouri River Quilt Guild (MRQG) arranges ... Read More »

Branson in Running to Host SoMeT

Branson is one of 13 cities in the running to host the Social Media Tourism Symposium (#SoMeT13US is the hashtag to follow on Twitter). The host city of this tourism-focused, social media conference will be chosen via tournament-style voting on Facebook. “Branson is ideally suited for this conference. With new flights on Southwest Airlines it is easy to get here. ... Read More »

Sikeston Readies for Battle of Sandy Ridge Reenactment

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Looking for adventure and fun-filled activities? Look no farther than Sikeston, where the Battle of Sandy Ridge Civil War reenactment is set for March 1-3 on the site of the original battle. I’ve attended the Battle of Sandy Ridge on several occasions and am astounded at the historical knowledge and authenticity the reenactors bring to the event. Soldiers attached to ... Read More »

Hermann Sites Embrace German Heritage

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In the spring of 1838, steamboats carried German immigrants up the Missouri River to a hilly site, which eventually became the city of Hermann, as part of a massive migration that changed the face of Missouri forever. The immigrants were led by George Bayer, a schoolmaster and surveyor. Bayer laid out the town and assigned lots on 11,300 acres; the ... Read More »

Missouri State Penitentiary Posts Record-Breaking Season

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In 2009, when the Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) began hosting tours of the old Missouri State Penitentiary, the vision was to cultivate the incredibly historic site into an attraction that could hold its own alongside the longtime favorite spots. Today that vision has become a reality. Read More »