Here and There

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 »

Enjoy Ghostly Tales in Cape Girardeau

It’s finally starting to feel like fall here in Cape Girardeau! Savor everything this lovely season has to offer with An Afternoon and Evening of Ghost Storytelling on Saturday, Oct. 13. This unique event showcases the oldest art form around – storytelling – in a fun, eerie setting at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s ... Read More »

An Early Morning on Table Rock Lake

The sun had not yet risen, and the slightly more than gentle breeze had the air temperature hovering somewhere between cold and go-get-a-big-jacket cold. Thus began a recent fishing and photography expedition on beautiful Table Rock Lake in Branson. Led by our outdoors expert and professional fisherman Scott Pauley, we hit the water before sun-up in search of lunkers. The ... Read More »

Falling in Love with the Missouri State Capitol

For those of us that grew up in Jefferson City, the Missouri State Capitol is a familiar sight, a place that you toured with your classmates in elementary school, or one where you had your senior pictures taken. I, for one, remember sitting on the lawn of the Capitol to watch the fireworks on 4th of July with family and ... Read More »