Tag Archives: Independence

By Air, Train, Car and Foot: Independence is Truman and More

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My addiction to travel began at an early age when a family vacation led us to Independence. By car, of course. Nowadays, it is an easy place to travel alone(my personal favorite) or bring the family. Now that I live in the Show-Me State, the attraction to historic sites of my Missouri roots are all the more accessible. Only 15 ... Read More »

Enjoy a ‘Christmas Castle’ in Independence

The holiday kitchen inside the Vaile Mansion.

Maybe you don’t have the time or money to travel to Disneyworld to see the famous Sleeping Beauty castle or even King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein fantasy palace in Germany, the inspiration for the famous Orlando symbol of Mickey’s kingdom. Happily, I’ve been lucky enough to do both in my lifetime. But the next best thing to be found in Missouri is, ... Read More »

Visit Independence – Where Holiday Traditions Begin

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Eggnog and freshly baked gingerbread, caroling in your neighborhood on a chilly evening, opening a present on Christmas Eve and finding a new set of pajamas (again!) or decorating your tree with paper ornaments  made by your children. Everyone has a favorite holiday memory. I’d like to share one of mine, which started many years ago after my first Christmas ... Read More »

Create Your Own Art: Family Arts and Crafts

Kids can express their creative sides in pottery classes around the state.

Throughout Missouri’s museums and exhibits you’ll find plenty of opportunities for the family to create their own arts and crafts. Here are a few stops to check out along the way … NORTHWEST Start your family arts and crafts adventure at the Puppetry Arts Institute , in Independence, to learn the history of puppetry and watch a featured presentation. Visit ... 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 »

Hail to the Chief!

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With President’s Day fast approaching, why not resolve to learn about former president Harry S. Truman and his many ties to Independence? You might be surprised to discover Truman and his family had more connections throughout this fascinating city than you might imagine. The obvious first choice on your journey of exploration should be the Harry S Truman Home National Historic ... Read More »

Enrich Your Getaway with Memorable Dining Experiences

One of the best things about travel is getting to explore new places and learn something different. Of course, one of the best ways to experience a place is through the food. You may have heard the adage that when you travel, eat where the locals eat. You’ll have an experience to remember years in the future. I still remember ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Harry!

Forget that bunch of politicians wrangling about who will be our nation’s next president. If many folks had their druthers, we’d magically bring back our nation’s 33rd president. This man left office with dismal approval ratings in the low 30s and yet now polls among the top five presidents who ever served. Of course we are talking about Harry S. ... Read More »

Five Secrets to Road Tripping with the Kids

One rainy Friday night, me, my 3-year old son Jack, my friend Sara and her 2-year old son Connor decided to test the fates and took to the road for a short vacation to Independence. It was a moms-and-boys weekend. Sara and I were high-fiving each other before we even made it to the highway. With self-satisfied grins, we shuttled ... Read More »