Tag Archives: Mark Twain

So you have to come to Missouri…

It’s official. You’re going to Missouri for the holidays and you’re not super pumped. Aunt Edna’s house, it turns out, isn’t a hub for fun and excitement. Don’t be a Debbie Downer. There are plenty of reasons to get psyched about a holiday trip to Missouri. You just need to get to know MO. So what makes Missouri so special? …

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Add Hannibal to Your List of Fall Haunts

The month of October is unlike any other in Hannibal. There’s something spooky to look forward to every weekend, whether that’s haunted houses at dusk or the Batfest at Sodalis Nature Preserve. There’s always something fun going down in H town, including beer sampling, pumpkin carving and more. And without a doubt, the month of excitement leads up to one …

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Missouri Eats: Mark Twain Brewing Company

Across the street from Samuel Clemens’ childhood home in Hannibal, Missouri, is the aptly named Mark Twain Brewing Co. Husband-and wife brewers Dave Alley and Cat Golden quit their jobs in Tennessee to apprentice with Maryland Heights-based O’Fallon Brewery, and eventually landed the brewing gig at Mark Twain. They produce five brews year-round, plus a handful of seasonals and special …

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Summer Road Trips: Hannibal

AKA “Edutainment”; or “How to get the kids to learn something on your vacation without them realizing it” We understand.  The last bell of the semester rings, and suddenly it seems like half of what your children learned that year is magically sucked from their brains.  Endless days of video games, sports and free time stretch before their eyes, while …

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Hannibal: More Than Mark Twain

If you have visited Hannibal, you have most likely done everything Mark Twain-related. You have jumped on the Riverboat ride, you’ve toured his boyhood home and visited the Mark Twain Museum. You may think you have hit all the major allures of Hannibal- so that’s it, right? Wrong! This town has a lot to offer, in addition to the great …

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Hannibal: For a Person Your Age

My parents are infinitely annoyed by the phrase: For a person of your age. Whether it is scientifically stated, like a doctor telling my mom she is at a good weight ‘for a person of her age,’ or implied, such as a man complementing my father on an agile bleacher dismount at a little league game, it can be grating. …

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Book, Brews and Birds: Relax This Winter in Hannibal

Winter is the time of year when divisions arise in many a household. Over what, you ask. Precious free time on cold indoor days, of course! Broadly speaking, there are two camps: The ‘curl up with a cup of hot tea and a good book’ camp, and the ‘grab a cold one and watch the game while yelling at the TV’ …

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Show-Me Five: Things to See and Do in Hannibal

There’s a lot to do in Hannibal. I mean, just look at this list of events and this list of things to do and see over the next couple of months. But let’s step back for a bit. If there were only five things you could do – think a one-day trip – what would you do? Here’s a quick list …

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Sailing the Mighty Mississippi with Twain

Growing up, if you asked me my favorite place to visit, I would have said the library. I loved to read everything, from Judy Blume to J.K. Rowling, and of course, being a Missouri girl, Mark Twain. I was fascinated with the way his novels and short stories offered a great adventure you could revel in – one that led …

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Bicycle Along The Way of American Genius

Mark Twain. Pony Express. Sliced Bread. Walt Disney. These innovators and innovations are some of the most famous in our nation’s history and have set the standard for genius. When cycling or biking along Highway 36, you enjoy natural, cultural and historic sites, scenic farms, charming small towns, and museums. Along the route, discover those individuals and ideas that have …

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