Here and There

Las Posadas Procession Reenacts the Story of Mary and Joseph

Among the dozens of activities and performances filling the 30-day Christmas Traditions festival in St. Charles is the Spanish heritage jewel entitled “Las Posadas.” The traditional story of the journey of Mary and Joseph, and their search for lodging, is reenacted in a 10-block procession of carolers, historic characters, the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps and hundreds of ... Read More »

Dining, Drinks and Dessert in Rolla

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A recent getaway to Rolla offered the opportunity to have some great barbecue, sample a couple of terrific brews, and to enjoy dessert at one of the most-famous bakeries in Missouri. Let’s start with the barbecue at Randy’s Roadkill Barbecue and Grill. I dined at Randy’s a couple of years ago on a press trip and had since been anxious ... Read More »

Christmas Print Evokes Holiday Nostalgia

If you love nostalgic Christmas prints featuring our Missouri Route 66 heritage, the newest public art commission by Viva Cuba is one you can add to your gift list. The commission to Missouri artist Ray Harvey allows citizens to take public art into their homes. Harvey was commissioned to bring elements of Cuba’s past and present to life for a ... Read More »

Fall Road Trip through the Ozarks

Take a minute to enjoy this photo essay, which showcases beautiful fall color in the Missouri Ozarks. The photos were taken by Tom Uhlenbrock, a Missouri Division of State Parks staffer and frequent contributor to the VisitMOBistro. Read More »

Springfield Offers Shopping Options Galore

Christmas is only how many days away? That means it’s time to get busy… busy shopping, that is. When it comes to holiday shopping, look no further than Springfield, where you find well-known stores along with unique mom-and-pop shops to help you pile the presents under the tree. First stop is Battlefield Mall, where more than 150 retailers offer the ... Read More »

Coffee Ethic a Great Blend of Taste, Practices and Decor

The Coffee Ethic is somehow industrial and welcoming at once, a coffee shop in the heart of Springfield that combines delicious coffee, outstanding ethical business practices, and killer décor. Enter from the side and find yourself in a long, open space full of light and coffee-scented air. The bar is a complex, multi-level structure covered in curving walnut slats salvaged ... Read More »

Cuddle Up to Columbia this Winter

With temperatures falling, visitors to Columbia may need a little help keeping warm during the fall and winter…that’s where we come in!  Here are just a few ideas on how to heat up your time in Columbia over the colder months…you’ll thank us when you can feel your feet! Take a Sip: One of the best ways to warm up ... Read More »

Site Commemorates African-American Soldiers’ Civil War Service

A plot of rolling prairie near Butler on the Kansas border is Missouri’s newest state-park facility, serving as a monument to the bravery of the African-American Union soldiers who fought a small but important Civil War battle there. The 240 soldiers, many of them escaped slaves, were members of the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry and took part in what ... Read More »

Discover the Mississippi River Hills of Southeast Missouri

Having lived most of my life in Missouri, I still find it amazing how much there is to experience here. I grew up south of Rolla, raised my family in Springfield, visited my cousin and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, stood in the halls of our state Capitol in Jefferson City, and enjoyed the bar-b-que of Kansas City.  But ... Read More »