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Christmas Traditions in Cape Girardeau

With such unseasonably warm temperatures, can you believe Christmas is now less than three weeks away? For many of us, Christmas conjures up the fondest of memories.  Tradition is a word that is intricately woven within its very fabric. Every community has its own Christmas traditions. Ask about Christmas memories in Cape Girardeau and the Hutson’s Fine Furniture Store display ... Read More »

Holiday Time at Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks is known for summer fun on the water, but many people don’t realize the Lake Area creates a completely new atmosphere during the winter holidays. With three drive-thru light parks spread throughout the Lake Area, it’s no wonder people travel from all over to visit Lake of the Ozarks during the holidays. There are lots of ... Read More »

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 »