Eat, Engage, Center in Springfield

If you are like the rest of us, a journey of self discovery like Eat, Pray, Love may be too high of a goal for us real life people. How about trying out Eat, Engage, Center with Springfield? Not exactly India, but there is a triumphant journey to be had at the center of it all.

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First We Eat.

Any foodie can tell you food is a spiritual experience. With more than 1,000 restaurants in and around Springfield this can be overwhelming! If you are having trouble deciding, dive into fresh, local cuisine with [Farmers Gastropub][3]. Fall in love with local ingredients, as used by Farmers Gastropub, available at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks.

Food brings people together and so do drinks! Springfield wines and micro brews pair perfectly with life. Wineries offer intimate settings with attentive staff and owners who take the time to get to know you, so you are always drinking with friends. Take your taste buds on a tour of Italy at 7C’s Winery & Vineyard and OOVVDA Winery.

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Visit the Farmers Market of the Ozarks

Breweries like Mother’s Brewing Company and Springfield Brewing Company house some of the greatest micro-brews in Missouri. A well kept secret about the Springfield Brew Co. is the quinoa garden salad: seasonal greens decorated with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and a decadent balsamic vinaigrette. The flavors comprise a perfect marriage of tastes when accompanied by Paul’s Pale Ale.

No meal is complete without dessert. Treat yourself and promote a healthy life with chocolate from Askinosie Chocolate. Askinosie takes you from bean to bar, Brazil to Springfield with the city’s most beloved chocolate.

 

Then We Engage.

Engage and become part of the city! Shopkeepers in Downtown Springfield welcome customers to intimate shops and boutiques during the day while at night an energetic night club scene, eclectic bars and weekly concerts offer vivid nightlife.

The Gillioz Theater

The Gillioz Theater

No one ever said that you had to engage only with people. You can travel the world and engage with the beautiful metamorphasis of the Butterfly House at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. Maybe take a trip around the globe at the Dickerson Park Zoo? See animals from around the world! Our recommendation would be to feed a giraffe, it really happens!

Feed a giraffe at Dickerson Park Zoo

Feed a giraffe at Dickerson Park Zoo

 

Find Your Center in the Center of it All.

Finally, relax with one of the spas in town to find your center. Try finding your park to explore, hike or meditate. Come on a Friday and join our locals for one of the best ways to start your weekend: Yoga on the Square!

In the last leg of your travel, take a moment to cross the street to walk in the sunshine. Jefferson Avenue Footbridge is the perfect place to put your best foot forward while marching to the hum of trains underfoot. With the rumble, take note that the world is busy enough and has kept moving all this time. Center yourself before your return to that.

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Enjoy Springfield as a journey rather than a destination. When you do, we would love to hear your story on how you created your own journey of self love in Springfield. Below are some additional resources. Let us know about your journey of self love in Springfield in the comments below or by emailing me at wwatts@springfieldmo.org.

Written by Walter Watts, interactive content coordinator for the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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