Tag Archives: Missouri

Eat, Stay, Play: Romantic Getaway in Lake of the Ozarks

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The Lake of the Ozarks is just as inviting in the winter as it is in the summer. This year-round destination offers romantic spots and activities that will make you wish you could stay there all season. Start your getaway off with dinner for two, stay at a luxurious resort, enjoy a spa day, get some Christmas shopping done and ... Read More »

Rhonda Vincent: A Life in the Spotlight, Part 2

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This is the second of a two-part interview with Rhonda Vincent, the Queen of Bluegrass, who hails from tiny Greentop, Mo., near Kirksville. Click here to read Part I. Known the world over as “The Queen of Bluegrass” – a nickname she’s carried for 14 years, following an article in the Wall Street Journal – Rhonda Vincent has become one ... Read More »

Rhonda Vincent: A Life in the Spotlight, Part 1

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This is the first of a two-part interview with Missouri native and musician Rhonda Vincent, a five-time Grammy nominee and one of the most well-known performers in the bluegrass genre. Rhonda Vincent wasn’t born with a mandolin in her hands, but she’s been a musician since childhood. Growing up in tiny Greentop, Mo., (a “suburb” of Kirksville, if you will), ... Read More »

Ring in the New Year in Missouri: Celebrations for All Ages

First Night St. Louis, photo courtesy of the St. Louis CVC.

Across the state of Missouri, folks are ready to start fresh and ring in the new year. Here are a few suggestions, for every age, to get the party started! St. Louis For Adults: Celebration at Blueberry Hill Blueberry Hill restaurant and music club is located in the Delmar Loop District of University City, so it is right in the ... Read More »

Route 66 in Missouri: Rolla and Cuba

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Route 66 has been celebrated in film, story and song. Many tales have been told about the bootleggers, bandits, movie stars, hobos, writers and singers who have traveled on this famous route. More importantly, though, are the visitors on Historic Route 66. It’s the everyday visitor who keeps Historic Route 66 thriving. Route 66 is the longest designated scenic Byway ... Read More »

The Magic Tree: Enjoy a Little Holiday Sparkle in Columbia

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The Magic Tree has been a part of Columbia’s holiday tradition for 19 years. It was started by a man named Randy Fletcher, aka Will Treelighter, who continues to light the tree every year. Last year he spent about 50 hours putting approximately 50,000 lights on an ordinary tree to make it extraordinary. This year he hopes to outdo himself. ... Read More »

Kansas City Theaters: What to Watch this Winter

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Make a list (and check it twice) … here are the hottest tickets of the season. FOR YOU AND YOURS | Now arriving at the Kauffman Center for the Preforming Arts … the no. 1 Christmas music artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, and its 30th anniversary tour. NOV 23 REINDEER GAMES | TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars ... 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 »

Missouri Botanical Garden Glow

Photo by Daniel Doelling.

It’s officially the season of twinkling lights and hot cocoa. At the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, it’s also the season of kettle corn and roasted marshmallows, Christmas-light-covered hedge mazes and magical mistletoe photo ops, lit Christmas tree forests and a singing dance-party to pull it all together.   Garden Glow, aka the most wonderful walk-through winter wonderland light ... Read More »

Kansas City: An Affordable Destination

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The results are in and Travel + Leisure has selected Kansas City as America’s Most Affordable Getaway. This is Travel + Leisure’s 8th annual America’s Favorite Cities survey. Respondents to the survey rated their choice of 1,209 destinations in up to 67 categories, using a scale of one to five (with five being the highest score). At the closing of ... Read More »